I had already seen this before it released on the PS4 in 2014 and rather liked the look of it, but it was not until the Xbox One version launched earlier this year that I finally got a hands-on with the game, and found myself absolutely blown away with its intoxicating mix of puzzle game, shooter and platformer. As if that was already a rather heady brew as it is, developer, FuturLab, also managed to add just a subtle hint Psygnosis’ futuristic racing masterpiece, WipEout 2097, in for good measure too. Sure, it sounds like a strange combination, and well it should, but in practice, there can simply be no denying that it all comes together frighteningly well in the hands of a young studio with a big future ahead of them.
It fluidly guides players across its fifty level or so expanse with what is essentially just one massive tutorial, constantly teaching the player the skills that they need to not simply survive each challenge, but perfect them. Many, many hours can be spent zipping backwards and forwards across areas, mastering the art of teleportation to ensure that the quickest level completion time doesn’t stay out of reach for too long, nor the many pickups and secret collectibles that are scattered across the plethora of maps. Velocity feels like a game that strives for perfection; it’s elegant, beautiful and a sheer joy to play, so yeah, it comes pretty damn close.