Velocity was a smash hit released on the PS3, Vita, and PSP in May of 2012. The game was met with positive reviews all around and was defined as a “blast from the past, but plays like anything but.” One year later, Futurlabs received the help of Curve Studios. Together, they released Velocity again, remade in HD and designed for touch screen use on the Vita. With all these additions, however, does Velocity Ultra stand the test of time?
Velocity Ultra is a top-scrolling shoot-’em-up where you control the Quarp Jet, a ship capable of boosting, shooting, bombing, and teleporting short distances at any point without pause. Movement is done using the left stick or the D-pad, shooting with the ‘X’ button, bombs with the circle button or the right stick, a Short Form Teleport (SFT) is done with the square button and can be used with the entire screen, and you can scroll the screen faster with the R1 button. All of these techniques combined with fifty fast-paced levels that gradually add more and more gimmicks, and you have a game that’s fun, addicting, and increasingly challenging. However, for those wearing glasses or with eye issues, this game will cause some pretty bad eye strain. There is a lot happening, and you might need to take breaks in-between stages.
Along with trophy support (which includes a platinum trophy, of all things), Velocity Ultra has global and friend leaderboards, and for Vita players, touch screen support.
Velocity Ultra’s graphics are much more improved over the original’s, making sprites more clean and vibrant. Some levels have stylized and wallpaper-worthy pictures that give players a comic-like story. Each graphic is clean cut and beautifully made in HD, and flow perfectly well with one another. Each object is easily distinguishable, even while speeding through a level at an incredible pace.
The music is really good, although sadly that’s really all there is with the sound. Most enemies don’t have a distinguishable sound, and as such, the only major “sound” is the music you hear. I can’t really say much about anything else about it.
Overall: 8 (Great)
Velocity Ultra is a really good game for it’s price. Enjoyable addicting gameplay, appealing and improved graphics, and good music are the highlights of Velocity Ultra. Potential eye strain, and very few sounds are it’s downsides. If you don’t have eye problems and usually mix your own music while playing games, then you might want to give this a shot. Otherwise, try the demo and give it a shot before laying down the $10.