Velocity 2X is a game that requires maddening precision. Sure, you can beat every level even if you’re not very good at the game; you get unlimited lives, after all. But if you want to truly master the game and attain every accolade it has to throw at you, you’ll need to get good. In a hurry.
The game starts slow. It holds your hand and teaches you the basic. This grace period almost lasts a little too long. The game didn’t hook me at first. Sure, it was pretty and fun to play, but it was a little too easy for too long.
It was almost at this exact moment that the difficulty level ramped up, and the game went from good to truly great. Adding in new game mechanics — like the ability to switch from your spaceship to your character for platforming sections — adds a new level of difficulty and fun.
With so many ways to die, it’ll take all the tricks in your arsenal to master each level. There are three goals to accomplish on each level: complete it without dying, complete it under the allotted time, and gather all pick-ups. To truly complete a level with a PERFECT rating, you’ve got to do all three in a single run.
I’d like to think I’m pretty good at video games, and there were a handful of levels I knew I’d never be able to PERFECT. I did manage to PERFECT about 45 of the game’s 50 levels, but it’d require a level of zen concentration I don’t possess to master that last handful.
I played the hell out of this game when it launched for PS4 last summer. Now that it’s available for Xbox One (and PC), there’s no reason for you not to play this game. Velocity 2X is one of the slickest and most polished game of the current generation. It may be maddening at times, but it’s ultimately fair. If you’re in for a challenge, it’s definitely worth your time.