Do you like space shooters? Do you like flying mechs? Do you enjoy fast paced aerial dogfight multiplayer? Strike Vector EX could be for you. Strike Vector EX is an HD remake and console release of Strike Vector for the PC. The original game, also developed by Ragequit, was released in 2014.
Strike Vector EX is set in the usual dystopian future where factions are fighting for — honestly, I don’t know what they are fighting for. The campaign story is so horrendous and the voice acting so terrible, I ended up skipping past it after the first few missions. Here are the basics. Players assume the role of the pilot of a Vector, a space ship that can transform from a fast moving fighter jet to floating mech battle armor in the flip of, well, the controller trigger. You go from mission to mission, learning how to control your Vector and the various armor, special skills, and weapon loadouts available.
The campaign consists of 15 levels of some very basic, defend this, kill that, escape this, type missions. Players earn and unlock weapons and skills as they go. It’s very short and really, its sole purpose is to get you ready for the real star of the package: online multiplayer.
Multiplayer in Strike Vector EX is fun, really fun. Players can choose how they want to play based on the six types of various scenarios to choose from. There is capture the flag, deathmatch, and demolition, where players have to destroy objectives. Teamwork is essential in many of the game modes in Strike Vector EX. Players also must decide on their loadout for the different matches, depending on play style and generally what fits your role on the team. I found myself flying around and stopping quickly to shoot the gatling gun or rocket launcher at my foes, then running off to heal with nanobots or pick-up items, so I could get back in the fight. It is incredibly fun and satisfying once you get the hang of the controls. Players swap between fast and stationary at a feverish pace, trying to avoid damage and take out the enemy.
Combat is VERY fast in Strike Vector EX. Dodge (square button) is your friend. My main complaint in multiplayer was the menu system; players cannot easily switch between game modes without exiting to the main menu. I would also have liked to see a “random” game mode selection. One last thing, each vector comes with a horn. Why is there a horn? It became a running gag for myself and others who watched me play, as we could not figure out the need or use for the horn. It is located on the R3 button, where in the heat of battle it would constantly go off. Beep, beep — CRASH!
The graphics are not mind-blowing, even at true 1080p, but they hold up and allow for the fast pace the game requires, with no slowdown. The area designs/maps are large and engaging. The music is lacking and repetitive, and the audio voices in the campaign are laughably bad. Strike Vector EX is overall a must-play if you enjoy fast multiplayer shooters with fully customizable mechs. If the game can find a player base on consoles, my hope is it can grow and evolve into an even better experience, as it is worth it. Get out there, hone your dodging skills, and enjoy that first crash trophy!
Strike Vector EX is available now on the PS4. This review is based off a copy of the game provided for review purposes.