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  • Summary: Velocity 2X features puzzle-platforming action alongside top-down shoot-'em-up gameplay.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Sep 2, 2014
    100
    Futurlab made a bold claim that Velocity 2X is the game of the year 2014… They are not wrong.
  2. Sep 2, 2014
    95
    Futurlab doubles down and delivers a sequel that beats its predecessor in quality on every level. A must have.
  3. Sep 29, 2014
    90
    Velocity 2X is absolutely worth playing. This game offers the lovely combination of platforming, space shooting and puzzling. There are a few flaws, but for the price that this game costs, we won’t even mention them.
  4. First thing about the Velocity 2X: It's a 2 in 1 game (Platform and arcade). I am impressed by excessive speed gameplay. Teleport and other stuffs are looking so cool. If you are a PS Plus subscriber, then it's a game that you cannot miss.
  5. 87
    I’d think you’re a bit crazy if you’re on PS+ and don’t get this game as part of your instant collection.
  6. Sep 5, 2014
    85
    Fast, smooth, clever and furious, FuturLab delivers a great shoot'em up that is actually improved thanks to the platform sections on foot.
  7. 70
    An impressive mix of game styles, and some of the most rewarding speed runs in recent memory, but that only increases the speed at which levels start to blur into each other.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 36
  2. Negative: 7 out of 36
  1. Sep 3, 2014
    10
    A well rounded, well designed shooter/platformer. It seamlessly integrates the mechanics in a way that encourages you to perfect yourA well rounded, well designed shooter/platformer. It seamlessly integrates the mechanics in a way that encourages you to perfect your gameplay. The reviewer accusing the game if "hand holding" obviously hasn't played very far in to the game. It only explains things the first time you encounter a new mechanic. I don't know what they expect, it's pretty stupid not to expect a game to have some kind of tutorial. The art is great, the music is perfect and it's just an all around great game. Plus it's free if you have PS+. Anyone giving negative reviews just doesn't get good gaming. Expand
  2. Oct 13, 2014
    10
    Don't listen to the haters who have been dogging this game. It is an amazing blend of top-down shooter, side scrolling platformer and puzzleDon't listen to the haters who have been dogging this game. It is an amazing blend of top-down shooter, side scrolling platformer and puzzle genres. I hadn't heard of this game at all until Sony put it up as a free download for Playstation Plus. I got it on my PS4 and my Vita and cannot stop playing it. It's an extremely addictive, slickly-designed game which I would highly recommend to anyone. Expand
  3. Sep 3, 2014
    9
    Hands down my favorite sci-fi shooter game of the past few years! Extremely fast-paced, never a boring minute, and challenging too! TheHands down my favorite sci-fi shooter game of the past few years! Extremely fast-paced, never a boring minute, and challenging too! The controls flow surprisingly well and the game itself just feels polished. Get PS+ and you get this game for free, so no reason to not at least try it! Expand
  4. Sep 11, 2014
    8
    Simple addicting fun. It's like r-type and metroid had a baby 5 console generations later. The game could have used a little more directSimple addicting fun. It's like r-type and metroid had a baby 5 console generations later. The game could have used a little more direct combat with quality AI though. I was hoping for something on-par with einhander, but after 17 years it still hasn't happened. Expand
  5. Nov 11, 2014
    6
    Velocity 2X is pretty good with his two game modes. The music is good but the gameplay is too repetitive.

    Graphics 6/10 Music 7/10
    Velocity 2X is pretty good with his two game modes. The music is good but the gameplay is too repetitive.

    Graphics 6/10
    Music 7/10
    Gameplay 5/10

    My overall score is 6
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  6. Sep 9, 2014
    5
    You know what? This game isn't necessarily bad. It's a functionally great game with a unique concept that you don't see as often nowadays, andYou know what? This game isn't necessarily bad. It's a functionally great game with a unique concept that you don't see as often nowadays, and really does have a good game mechanically.

    But this game is just so boring...

    So, I'm a kid who was raised on space shooters like Galaga and Bosconian, so this review may have a bit of bias in it. But all this game does is have you collect "survivors" by flying up to them. That's the point of the game. And for about the first 6 or 7 levels I was telling myself "Okay, this is all tutorial stuff, I'm sure the actual game will heat up soon enough!" So I kept playing on. But nope. Collecting this games equivalent to coins.

    And it's too easy! Once you get the mechanics figured out, it's not a hard game. Half the time I would buzz through the level with Silver, 3 stripes, and 3 stars.
    At one point I just got bored of the levels I was in, and thanks to all the XP I got I could jump 10 levels ahead (which, by the way the game requires you to earn a certain XP before going to other levels, but since the game's too easy I got so much XP playing a couple levels I could usually jump more levels up). And you know what? It was still boring!

    BUT WAIT! There's a section where you play as a human and run around! This time, you'll be collecting crystals!
    Aren't you just so lucky????

    And all that does is break up the bits of gameplay that are actually good. It feels like two completely different game-sets, where either one could've done fine on its own without the other. But going from moving in all directions to a Metroid-vania style just feels weird, and later down the line they decide it's a good idea to put multiple breaks in the flying to have these sections.

    And finally, the one hit kills in this game are bad. In a game like Galaga or Space Invaders, the developers can get away with one hit kills because you know what you're up against and you can see what's shooting you.
    But this game can't get away with that.
    See, because enemies are such a scarcity, sometimes you'll just be rushing through the level and all of the sudden you'll just die. Enemy placement is very cheap, purposefully trying to be out of sight or just barely out of the shot until you move a little to the left and get blown up.
    I felt robbed on those occasions because there's no way of knowing when those come, and unlike something like Castlevania where you're always on your toes, this game you let your guard down because you might spend whole levels not even being shot at once.
    Or, the few enemies you do get to fight are turrets stuck in one place, and they just shoot at you. But their bullets are one hit KO's. So the game designers set 2 near a wall and spam you with bombs!

    This is a game that wants you to go fast but punishes you for doing so. It puts me on a timer but forces me multiple times to go backwards in the level because of portals (yeah, the game uses portals and forces you to backtrack throughout certain areas up to 3 times!). It gives you all this freedom of movement and shooting but forces you to switch into Running mode.

    Again, the game works, but I find it to be a very boring experience. Even though it's free for PS Plus, I find it to be a very dull experience nonetheless. I still prefer the older games to this. You should still download this for free if you have PS Plus to see if you like it, but it's not something I liked.
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  7. Oct 17, 2014
    0
    Boring and repetitive. Non-challenging at least not in an interesting way. Meaningless story/interludes. I do like 2D platformers andBoring and repetitive. Non-challenging at least not in an interesting way. Meaningless story/interludes. I do like 2D platformers and shoot-em-ups, but this is just uninteresting. Got it for free with PS+, but will never play again.

    Real score 5,. but gets 0 to balance out the unrealistic scores from magazines and FuturLab employees.
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