...
Casey Scheld ReviewsGame ReviewsPC Reviews

Null Vector Review

Official Score

Overall - 70%

70%

Null Vector takes two great things and combines them to make something even better. Its short length and lack of variables somewhat take away from this title, but those who don’t mind repeatedly playing through similar scenarios for the perfect run will enjoy the roguelike elements in play here.

User Rating: Be the first one !

Twin-stick shooters are addicting. So are roguelikes. Seeing the merits in both genres, Optical Override has combined the two in their new title Null Vector. Does this mashup prove to be a match made in heaven, or should some things just not mix?

Null Vector Review

The ultimate goal of Null Vector is one all gamers know. As a little nondescript triangle, it’s up to you to blast away at all enemies and defeat the boss at the end, nabbing powerups and a high score in the process.

However, there’s a hook in this one – it has got all of the underpinnings of a roguelike. The procedurally generated stages are just the start – players can upgrade their ship with random power-ups on the field, level up said powerups, and tweak their way to the ultimate build. Weapon accuracy, damage, your firing rate, and more can all be tweaked, with some buffs coming with compromises in other areas. Limited health makes each choice that much more important, especially when trading it in for other goodies. Crystals dropped from enemies serve as the currency in all of this, and can be exchanged for parts (or traded for HP) in certain areas. As is true of most roguelikes, permadeath is always an underlying threat that will send players right back to the title screen.

Null Vector - Gamers Heroes

This setup adds a fair amount of variety to something that would normally be straightforward. Adept players can complete the game in around 20 minutes, but the amount of variables in play at any given moment will have players running through areas multiple times. Objectives vary from screen to screen as well – one will have players surviving waves of enemies, while another tasks players with defending a zone. This is one fast-paced game, and the tight twin-stick mechanics means that all deaths are no one’s fault but your own.

Those who have conquered the main part of Null Vector are just getting started, as there are a dozen variables that can be unlocked. Each one changes the game a good deal, and the only way to unlock them all is to try them all on for size. A challenging “Hell Mode” can also be unlocked after a few have been made available.

Null Vector takes two great things and combines them to make something even better. Its short length and lack of variables somewhat take away from this title, but those who don’t mind repeatedly playing through similar scenarios for the perfect run will enjoy the roguelike elements in play here.

This review of Null Vector was done on the PC. The game was purchased digitally.
Spirit City: Lofi Sessions is a fantastic (and pun-tastic) tool that dishes out good vibes as players knock out their tasks. While the title could use more customization options, we enjoyed getting down to business in its cozy world.
The soldiers of Contra: Operation Galuga have the right moves for this mission, but the steep cost, short length, and awkward perspectives lead to a less-than-perfect execution.
The Legend of Zelda series of top-down titles is pretty rad. So is the shoot-em-up genre and its endless stream of bullets.
Variety is the spice of life in Million Monster Militia, providing sheer chaos with its synergies. While it takes some getting used when it comes to what goes where, those hankering for a good roguelike deckbuilder will enjoy positively obliterating these titans.

Casey Scheld

Casey Scheld has more than 15 years of experience in the gaming industry as a community manager, social media director, event specialist, and (of course) gaming editor. He has previously worked with gaming start-ups like Raptr, publishers like Konami, and roller derby girls at PAX West (check out Jam City Rollergirls)! Gamers Heroes is a passion project for him, giving him a chance to tap into the underground side of gaming. He is all too eager to give these lesser-known heroes of the indie space the attention they so rightly deserve, seeking out the next gem and sharing it with the world. Previously making appearances at events like CES, GDC, and (the late) E3, he is all too happy to seek out the next big thing. For those that want to talk shop, send over a tip, or get an easy win in a fighting game of their choosing, be sure to check out his social media channels below.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *