Thanks to superhero games traditionally being garbage (and Spider-Man being a prime example in most cases), I don’t think I ever really even noticed the existence of Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. Thanks to numerous fellow gamers online recommending it, however, I went back to play it. I might have had a different experience due to how late I was and how much I heard about it in advance, but I feel I managed to form an authentic opinion on it in the end.
Sidescrollers and 2D platformers are a genre I feel I know rather well, and I might even say it’s one of my favorite game types out there – particularly if you exclude the countless subpar shoestring-budget games that tried to capitalize on the genre’s nostalgic surge of popularity. I’m usually pretty good at determining very quickly whether or not a sidescroller is going to be good, based on its platforming mechanics, its visual design, and the level layout. Sometimes, however, I run into a curveball that isn’t quite so simple to judge.
Every now and then, it’s refreshing to put aside bigger, more complex games in favor of some simple arcade action. These games tend to be quite fast-paced and really quite merciless, which isn’t for everybody, but if you’re into that sort of thing, Velocity 2X is a game you shouldn’t overlook. After randomly choosing to buy and play it without knowing much about it, I ended up loving it quite a bit, and becoming rather good at it.