tl;dr -> If Mirror's Edge is too intense for your rig/playstyle, check this game out - where the hero is on a never-ending quest to do random tricks in the air while running for his life from armed men. Or maybe he's just that good. 11/10 for seriousness.
I got this game in a bundle and was interested in trying out a 2D speedrunning/parkour game. The experience was both satisfying and frustrating at different times, and it is a game that I revisit with my best friend.
If you like speedrunning/parkour, flashy tricks, precision platforming gaming, and semi-casual gameplay, then you will enjoy this game.
The aesthetics are nice - the amount of detail in the different backgrounds is good, and the different character animations (in particular, the large amount of speedrunning tricks) can be pretty flashy. A well-executed run is very aesthetically pleasing because of the smoothness in the movement transitions; however, this will also show you how bad you are doing when you are bumping into every obstacle. The music and sounds are good, however, I quickly decided to play my own music to add to the intensity of the gameplay. The levels are short enough to allow this game to be played in bursts, which is something I appreciated greatly.
The controls are easy to familiarize yourself with, however, I personally prefer using a controller - both the keyboard and controller have very responsive controls. Many movements require you to hit the appropriate key once your character enters a specific window (a square showing the type of movement), and you will not be able to do these special tricks without entering the window. The game rewards precision immensely - you will quickly notice that jumping even a few steps too early/late can result in your immediate death. There is a tutorial that is a little too long, but also very helpful in teaching you most elements in the game. The learning curve is minimal to moderate, and much of the game involves repeated trial and error (ex: finding that perfect spot to jump from to land on an obstacle instead of crashing into it). The most challenging part you will encounter is getting the timing correct. For achievement hunters, you will have a grand time trying to get 100%, there is a large enough amount of levels to keep you interested and playing.
During gameplay, your character is running toward an end point at the right side of the map. Along the way, you may collect pickups that add to your score (you need all of them for full stars (3/3) at the end). Trick boxes will litter the stage, and you need to have unlocked the specific skill found within before you can actually execute it. In the later levels, you will also have to run away from enemies, keeping ahead of them to avoid being incapacitated/caught.
There are multiple stages and many bonus ones as well.
Overall, the game is a lot of fun and remains challenging at a very appropriate pace. Any parkour/platforming enthusiasts will enjoy Vector and should definitely give this game a try.
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