Hot Wheels: Velocity X
PlayStation 2Velocity X’s lackluster a/v presentation the fact remains: it is fun to play. And at the end of the day that is what really matters. Perhaps my affinity for all things Hot Wheels slightly clouded my judgment on the overall score, but I am confident that anyone who enjoys a good racer along the same lines as the simple-yet-entertaining Rumble Racing will get more than a few kicks out of Hot Wheels Velocity X Maximum Justice.
PlayStation 2For the past 10 years, Beyond Games has been quietly releasing racing games that take some liberties with the standard racing-game formula. Beyond's latest, Hot Wheels Velocity X Maximum Justice, doesn't try to break any new ground. Instead, it focuses its efforts on creating a thoroughly over-the-top arcade racing experience, and for the most part, it's quite successful. An unfortunately stuttery frame rate keeps Hot Wheels Velocity X Maximum Justice from reaching its full potential, but the game is still quite enjoyable.
WindowsEinfache Steuerung, quietschbunte Levels und über 30 bekannte Hot-Wheels-Autos sprechen vor allem jüngere Zocker an. Für die Großen bietet Velocity X auf Dauer zu wenig Neues.
WindowsSieht nett aus, fährt sich ordentlich und macht sofort Laune. Was will man mehr? Vielleicht eine gehörige Portion mehr Langzeitmotivation! Denn trotz zahlreicher Spielmodi hält sich die Abwechslung arg in Grenzen. Der Schwierigkeitsgrad ist für erfahrene Spieler zu läppisch und das Fahrgefühl bei jedem der knapp 50 Wagen gleich. Für Zwischendurch dank des Adventure-Modus ganz lustig, langfristig aber genau so spannend wie eine Inventur in der Spielwarenabteilung.
Game Boy AdvanceHot Wheels Velocity X is a significant improvement over the Hot Wheels games that were previously available for the Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance. Developer Saffire made the wise decision to drop the first-person viewpoint and instead go with a tilted two-dimensional presentation that leaves enough of the GBA's resources free to include a pleasant and varied game design as well. Velocity X does a good job of re-creating the toy car experience, and the inclusion of power-up items and weapons doesn't take away too much from your ability to perform tricks or speed through loops.
PlayStation 2This title is like a burrito stuffed with dirt, topped with soap shavings, and wrapped in a warm leather shell. In other words, Velocity’s gameplay components don’t get any more appetizing, whether they are by themselves or mixed together. The tricks are cumbersome, the driving isn’t smooth, and the car combat comes close to threatening the word "average," but that’s about it. Younger gamers will surely like to drive up the sides of walls for items, like I did, but you know kids – they’ve got a short attention span. I doubt this will hold it for very long.
PlayStation 2Graphically the game holds up pretty well. Bright colorful worlds and like I said before, the cars look fantastic. It's nothing earth-shattering, but it more than adequately gets the job done. The sound is another fine, but not too exciting job. The voice acting is terrible, but what can you expect? But the crashes, engines and other sound effects all come off pretty well. Again, no surprises, just your standard set.
PlayStation 2If anyone is really into racing, car combat, and the Hot Wheels line of toys, I guess there are far worse games available. Yet, being that there are tons of better vehicle-based racing and combat games that can be purchased or rented for the PS2, it's hard to recommend this game. Maybe curiosity could excuse this as being a rental, but the generic nature of the challenges, graphics and controls forces me to propose that gamers try something else.
Game Boy AdvanceIn the end, Hot Wheels Velocity X is just an average racer that could have been so much more. I went in with low expectations and perhaps even a bit cynical with my Hot Wheels-deprived childhood, but there is nothing here that can be played and exhausted within a normal rental period. And with no multiplayer support there is certainly no reason to make this a permanent additional to your GBA library.
GameCubeWith so much variety and so much potential, it’s sad to see just how bland this game turned out in the end. If the developers took the time and went over all the problems that were obviously present from the onset, the game just might be up there with the ranks of other arcade racers. Rent this one if you’re a big Hot Wheels fan, but otherwise save the extra cash for buying more Hot Wheels cars and play with them on your kitchen floor instead.
Game Boy AdvanceThe graphics and sound come out like the rest of the game as just being mediocre, but plenty of the technical issues already mentioned hugely detract from the final game. It’s sad to have to say that, but I’m sure the next version of the game will come out quite good so long as Saffire is at the helm.
GameCubeHot Wheels Velocity X Maximum Justice is almost a fun game, except that its controls really hold it back and kill any enjoyment that might have been had with the game. It's too hard to keep speed in corners, or at least take them properly without crashing into the wall. There are a couple multiplayer modes, and a fairly large number of cars and weapons to unlock, but once again, the controls get in the way and you can't really enjoy using any of them. The stunts were also intended to play a large part of the game, but after seeing your car flip once or twice, that gets boring as well.
PlayStation 2Hot Wheels Velocity X Maximum Justice is almost a fun game, except that its controls really hold it back and kill any enjoyment that might have been had with the game. It's too hard to keep speed in corners, or at least take them properly without crashing into the wall. There are a couple multiplayer modes, and a fairly large number of cars and weapons to unlock, but once again, the controls get in the way and you can't really enjoy using any of them. The stunts were also intended to play a large part of the game, but after seeing your car flip once or twice, that gets boring as well.
GameCubeI was actually really excited about this title. I had a huge collection of Hot Wheels cars when I was a kid. I must have matured during my years, because the game doesn’t feel as fun as it was to play with the cars. While the game is generally geared towards young kids, it’s still too expensive to warrant a purchase. Give the title a rent to see if you or your kids may like it, but otherwise, spend your money on forty Hot Wheels cars! It’s a much more of a worthwhile investment, to be honest.
Game Boy AdvanceVelocity X also lacks a save feature in favor of a password system. This, coupled with the general mediocrity of the game and the GameCube linking option, would seem to indicate that Velocity X was meant as nothing more than a hasty addendum to its console counterpart.
PlayStation 2Diehard Hot Wheels fans will no doubt be disappointed by this game. It could have been really good, but the controls (and the framerate) are not even on part with the average PlayStation 2 racing game. Save your $40 for something else.
GameCubeGenerally, the game is deaf gamer friendly and there will be nothing to hamper your ability to play. There are unfortunately a few omissions, Adventure modes FMV introduction and end movie sequences, together with Max Justice's occasional in game voice samples - such as "That's got to hurt" or "Gotcha" - are not subtitled. Thankfully, the mission briefings are.
Game Boy AdvanceVelocity X is a racing game where the cars are plenty and abundant, with various attributes of speed and handling. But the tracks themselves are small. Short straightaways are punctuated with loop-d-loops, corkscrews and other gravity-defying stunts. The 37 missions included will seem very short because of this design decision.
WindowsHot Wheels Velocity X ist kein Spiel, sondern eine fleißig abgearbeitete Feature-Liste, leider ohne jeglichen Pepp und mit argen Problemen bei der Grafik-Geschwindigkeit. Die Plastikautos machen mehr Spaß.
Game Boy AdvanceOverall, I would say stay away from this game. It’s not very fun, looks awful, and plays even worse. I really can’t find a single reason to get this game. You’d be better off going to Toys R Us and buying a few Hot Wheels and playing on the floor!
Game Boy AdvanceThere are a handful of racers that belong in every GBA owner's library: Mario Kart Super Circuit, F-Zero, and Konami Krazy Racers should be sufficient for most. There's also a growing list of mediocre racers for the system, some of which are worth checking out too. And then there are the absolute stink bombs, of which this is perhaps the most putrid by far. Velocity X ranks just a few notches below the widely disdained Shrek: Swamp Kart Raceway, which at least has a save feature and multiplayer options. Simply put, it is impossible to recommend owning this game.
GameCubeSchlampiges Rennspiel rund um die kleinen Hot Wheels. Persönlich würde ich es niemanden empfehlen - selbst wenn es bisher für Rennspiel Freunde auf dem Cube noch recht mau aussieht. Aber das Hot Wheels: Velocity X ist wirklich ein Griff ins Klo!