Hot Wheels Velocity X

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Hot Wheels Velocity X
Hot Wheels Velocity X
PAL region cover art for GameCube
Developer(s) Beyond Games
Publisher(s) THQ
Series Hot Wheels
Platform(s) GameCube
PlayStation 2
PC
Game Boy Advance
Release date(s) Windows
  • NA: October 16, 2002
  • PAL: October 16, 2002
Game Boy Advance
  • NA: October 31, 2002
  • PAL: December 6, 2002
PlayStation 2
  • NA: November 11, 2002
  • PAL: November 29, 2002
GameCube
  • NA: November 12, 2002
  • PAL: December 13, 2002
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer

Hot Wheels Velocity X (also known as Hot Wheels Velocity X: Maximum Justice in the PlayStation 2 version) is a racing video game released in 2002 by Beyond Games. There are versions for the GameCube, PlayStation 2, PC, and Game Boy Advance. The game is based on the Hot Wheels toy automobiles. The game features 11 different gadgets and 5 different worlds - Monument City, Turbine Sands, Crankshaft Bay, Burnout Glacier and Underworld.

Gameplay[edit]

The story begins when The Hot Wheels car business, owned by Dr. Peter Justice, is robbed and bombed. Peter's son, Max Justice, insists to his dad's Robot "Gearhead" that he should try to track down whoever stole the cars and attempt to retrieve them all (in the GBA version, however the robot, 'Gearhead' is the playable character). He is confronted with various "Villains" on his quest, such as Nitro Byrne, Backroads Belcher, Fast Lane Friscatti, Simon "Slick" Deluca and Rupert Jacoby, all of whom work for Otto Von Diesel (Dr. Peter Justice's former assistant).

In the main Adventure mode, the player has to to beat all 30 missions, while completing tasks in each one. These tasks vary from destroying a few vehicles, collecting items, or racing/battling a boss. The game's missions take place across 10 different locations, with three missions in each setting.

In the GBA version, the story mode is simply races mixed with tasks given by the Professor such as destroying other vehicles and collecting items. At the end of each, a boss is raced.

In the Challenge mode, the player has to complete all 18 challenges. Each Challenge comes with various tasks, such as achieving "x" Stunt points, collecting "x" gears, or reaching the finish before the clock hits 00:00. Along the way, new vehicles as well as new race/battle maps and weapons are unlocked. In the GBA version the Challenges are Battle, where the player destroys opponents; and Tag, where the player rams opponents.

The game also has a Drag Race mode, a Battle mode, and a Joyride mode. The Drag Race and Battle modes are both single-player and multiplayer (except in the PC version of the game). The Joyride, in essence, is free roam. The player can also unlock cars in Joyride by collecting all ten gears or finding the hidden key in each map. These modes are absent in the GBA version.

The player begins with six vehicles. The game has 28 additional vehicles that can be unlocked by successfully completing various challenges and missions. Each car is rated on its speed, grip, stunt, and armor.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
GBA GC PC PS2
Game Informer N/A N/A N/A 6 / 10[1]
GameSpot 6.4 / 10[2] N/A N/A 7.1 / 10[3]
GameSpy 1/5 stars[4] N/A N/A 2/5 stars[5]
GameZone 7.4 / 10[6] N/A N/A 4.5 / 10[7]
IGN 5.5 / 10[8] 4.7 / 10[9] N/A 4.6 / 10[10]
NGC Magazine N/A 45%[11] N/A N/A
Nintendo Power 2.7 / 5[12] 3.5 / 5[13] N/A N/A
OPM (US) N/A N/A N/A 2.5/5 stars[14]
Aggregate scores
GameRankings 49%[15] 49%[16] 54%[17] 55%[18]
Metacritic 52 / 100[19] 55 / 100[20] N/A 54 / 100[21]

Hot Wheels: Velocity X received "mixed" reviews on all platforms according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[21][19][20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hot Wheels Velocity X (PS2)". Game Informer (118): 98. February 2003. 
  2. ^ Provo, Frank (January 3, 2003). "Hot Wheels Velocity X Review (GBA)". GameSpot. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ Davis, Ryan (January 13, 2003). "Hot Wheels Velocity X Maximum Justice Review (PS2)". GameSpot. 
  4. ^ Fryman, Avi (December 30, 2002). "GameSpy: Hot Wheels: Velocity X (GBA)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on December 16, 2005. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ Nam, Michael (January 7, 2003). "GameSpy: Hot Wheels Velocity X Maximum Justice (PS2)". GameSpy. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ Tha Wiz (November 30, 2002). "Hot Wheels: Velocity X - GBA - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on December 27, 2008. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ Bedigian, Louis (December 16, 2002). "Hot Wheels Velocity X - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on December 31, 2008. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ Harris, Craig (November 22, 2002). "Hot Wheels Velocity X (GBA)". IGN. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ Roper, Chris (November 18, 2002). "Hot Wheels: Velocity X (GCN)". IGN. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ Roper, Chris (November 18, 2002). "Hot Wheels Velocity X (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Hot Wheels Velocity X (GC)". NGC Magazine. 2003. 
  12. ^ "Hot Wheels Velocity X (GBA)". Nintendo Power. 164: 174. January 2003. 
  13. ^ "Hot Wheels Velocity X (GC)". Nintendo Power. 164: 173. January 2003. 
  14. ^ Rybicki, Joe (January 2003). "Hot Wheels: Velocity X". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 128. Archived from the original on March 29, 2004. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Hot Wheels: Velocity X for Game Boy Advance". GameRankings. 
  16. ^ "Hot Wheels: Velocity X for GameCube". GameRankings. 
  17. ^ "Hot Wheels: Velocity X for PC". GameRankings. 
  18. ^ "Hot Wheels: Velocity X for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. 
  19. ^ a b "Hot Wheels Velocity X (gba: 2002): Reviews". Metacritic. Archived from the original on September 13, 2008. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  20. ^ a b "Hot Wheels Velocity X for GameCube Reviews". Metacritic. 
  21. ^ a b "Hot Wheels Velocity X for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. 

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