TL;DR: Wow! They finally made a game about our commute to the home office.
Casting you as an innocent commuter, Speed Limit takes you by the collar and doesn't let up one bit. Right from the start, you're off on the proverbial run throughout the various levels with the simple goal of surviving wave after wave of relentless attacks.
Taking elements from classic games of the past, you'll be dodging bullets, weaving in and out traffic, and blasting bad guys from the air. The experience is surreal at times that at the end of it all, you'll probably feel what James Bond goes through on a daily basis.
Shoot first and ask questions later
The first few levels, a shootout inside a train and then a car chase sequence, acts as precursors of what's to come as each level becomes progressively more challenging and daunting the further into the game you get.
Improving and surviving each round takes practice, memorization, and a whole lot of patience because one small slip-up will almost always lead to death. And believe me when I say you will die. And die often. Thankfully the game's generous quick loading feature ensures that you'll be up and running in no time.
Thankfully the game's generous quick loading feature ensures that you'll be up and running in no time.
Visually, Speed Limit retains that old-school feel through its liberal use of pixel graphics that are reminiscent of games from years past. Despite the abundance use of blocks, each pixel is meticulously placed and never gets confusing to navigate around. The thumping soundtrack is synchronized perfectly with the action and helps to keep the adrenaline pumping at full speed.
Overall, Speed Limit is sort of an enigma. Despite its simple gameplay, it is deceptively difficult. While the missions look to be straightforward, it does take a lot of trial and error to successfully complete. And with the high frustration level that accompanies each mission, most players will probably end up throwing their controllers at their monitors in rage.
While the missions look to be straightforward, it does take a lot of trial and error to successfully complete.
Never stop running
But for those that can tough it out, you'll be filled with sheer delight knowing you've just beaten one of the most challenging games to come out in a long, long time. If you're the type that likes extreme challenges without the complicated subplots or storylines, Speed Limit is a game you should be playing right now. So run and get yourself a copy before it passes you by.
Healthcare Professional, Gamer, and Writer all rolled up in one. He once opened up an old Atari 2600 to see if it had a heart ... and it did. Hence, the lifelong love affair with gaming.