It's no secret that the Wipeout franchise has been an important one for Sony, acting as a launch title for pretty much every console since the original Playstation. With the recent sad demise of developers Sony Liverpool (more properly known to veteran gamers as Psygnosis), now seems an appropriate time to review the game in its PS3 incarnation.
Wipeout HD Fury is a futuristic racing game. Races take place on elevated tracks in spaceships that hover above the track and reach incredible speeds. You must hurtle along, avoiding obstacles, trackside barriers or other racers and finish in as high a position as possible.
On initial release Wipeout wowed PS1 owners with its stunning graphics, pumping techno soundtrack and incredible speed. Although I'd heard a lot about the franchise, though, I'd never actually played a Wipeout game until I downloaded this PS3 version.
Whilst this shares common ground with a lot of previous versions, it is no lazy port and the PS3 version has been lovingly rebuilt from the ground up. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the crisp, clean graphics which look fantastic. They are brilliantly designed to create an exciting atmosphere. The neon flashing lights, twisting tracks and various bits of scenery really help to recreate the excitement of race day. Crucially, the game is fast; blisteringly fast. There is a real sensation of speed and danger as you hurtle along the tracks at death-defying pace. No matter how fast you are going, or how much activity there is on screen, the PS3 copes with it all effortlessly, producing really fluent images.
Where I did have an issue was with the track layout. Some of the tracks (particularly on later levels) can be really twisty and windy; and there is so much going on at any one time that trying to pick out what is track and what is background can be rather tricky. There were several times when I found myself crashing into barriers simply because I thought the track went one way, when in fact, it turned in the opposite direction. This is particularly a problem because game is so fast, giving you very little time to react or correct a mistake.
And making a mistake in Wipeout can be fatal to your chances of winning. Wipeout HD Fury is hard. Brutally hard. It makes no apologies for it and from what I gather, it has been this way since the outset. One small crash or one missed Speed Boost Pad can cost you any chance of victory on some tracks. It is a game that is meant to challenge you; a game where when you get an achievement or win a race it's because you have earned it, not because you have learned how to turn your console on. This difficulty level that will make or break the game for you.
The good news is that the controls are easy to pick up and highly responsive, so at least you are only battling the track layout, blistering pace and high difficulty level. And don't also have to wrestle with awkward or non-intuitive controls at the same time!
If you accept it for the challenge that it is, then Wipeout HD Fury is going to offer you a massive amount of gaming time. With 28 different tracks to race and over 50 achievements to gain, it's not a game that you will finish in a hurry. Of course, if you find it too frustratingly difficult then you're not going to finish it at all. In fact, you possibly will barely even get started.
Personally, I tend to play Wipeout HD in bursts. I'll play it for ages, really enjoying it and then I'll hit a difficulty spike and find a track I just can't do and put it down in frustration. Such is the addictive nature of the gameplay, though, that I find myself returning to it after a while and enjoying it once more. Fun and frustrating in equal measure: that pretty much sums up Wipeout HD Fury.
Throw in several different game modes, split screen two player racing and online gaming with up to 8 players (which I haven't used, but is reportedly lag free) and Wipeout has the potential to keep you occupied for a VERY long time.
"But SWSt" I hear you cry "you haven't mentioned the sound yet". Well, no. I'm leaving that till last because I'm going to be a bit controversial. After everything everyone has said about the music over the years, I expected more. Yes, the pumping, pulsating music really gets you in the mood for racing and captures the adrenalin-fuelled atmosphere perfectly. Yes, the sound effects are great with the roaring engines, screams of metal as you crash and other sound effects adding to that atmosphere. But... is it really that different from other racing games? In a way, Wipeout is a victim of its own success. It became the benchmark against which other racing game soundtracks were judged. They all copied Wipeout's style and success to the extent that Wipeout no longer sounds unique. It sounds great; but not unique.
Available as a digital download, Wipeout HD Fury is not the cheapest game on the PSN, costing around £12 for Wipeout HD and a further £8 if you also want to unlock the Fury pack. Of course, if you're a fan of the Wipeout franchise, then this is cheap when you consider the price of the original games, and well worth paying. If you're not sure, then I'd recommend you just download Wipeout HD to start with - you can always buy the Fury expansion pack later on. Just be aware that you do need quite a bit of space on your PS3's Hard Disk: the Fury pack alone takes up around 700MB.
If you are prepared to put up with the punishing difficulty level and occasional frustrations over the graphics, then Wipeout HD is a must-have download that offers hours and hours of racing fun. It's a fitting way to remember Psygnosis/Sony Liverpool.
© Copyright SWSt 2013
For anyone that has not heard of Wipeout it is a futuristic, extremely fast paced racing game with weapons and the boosts to keep you entertained throughout the mayhem. For anyone with anything other than a playstation look away now as this is exclusive to the Sony device and was originally only available as a download but can be bought as a disc as well making it easily obtainable for everyone. The take home message is that it is a good game, good fun but probably not for the casual gamer. I actually first came across the wipeout franchise years ago on the PS1 and still keep an eye out for any new titles as they are normally very competitively priced and offer a good time.
Wipeout has a good variety of racing modes both in single and multiplayer.
Single Race: In a single race event, you compete on a track of your choice, at a level of your choice and you can compete against both AI and friends. This choice offers simple and quick fun for those on the go, or those in large groups changing between races.
Tournament: This allows you to have a selection of races in succession with the points tallied up. I have played this a few times, recently with a mate we went for 12 races, things looked good, I was well ahead of everyone after 6 races and still in the lead after 10 but the pressure took hold and I blew up in the last races to finish 4th (but crucially still thrashed my friend who came rock bottom). Great fun to be had in this mode, especially if you get 2 equally matched friends challenging each other until the end. The scoring system means that unlike F1 you can stay in touch with the competition with a bunch of podium results and then pip them at the end.
Both of the above races have 8 competitors in total, this is a good number and normally means that whichever end of the field you are at there is still normally someone shooting at you or someone to shoot at.
Speed Lap and Time Trial: Not my favourite mode but great for anyone who has to be the fastest, here you race alone, against the clock in an attempt to set the fastest time you can over either a single lap or a set of laps.
Zone: Zone mode is different to every other racing game that I have come across and offers a massive challenge to anyone willing to take it. Here you have not control of the speed, the game makes you get faster and faster, your objective being to receive as little damage as possible and last as long as possible, again personally I prefer the racing but this is, for me, better than just setting fastest laps.
Wipeout has few tracks but they will keep you thinking and test your driving abilities, with edges to fall off and sides to fly over and alternative routes which do differ in speed and ease of access the limited number of tracks isn't too much of a disappointment.
Teams and Cars (though they are not really cars):
There are many different teams, the difference here being that they give you a different vehicle to drive, these each offer their own advantages. This can be a crucial choice, picking the wrong one can leave you at the back with no hope, make sure you pick the right one for your driving style, the options really are:
Speed (how fast you can go), Thrust (acceleration), Handling (cornering ability) and Shield strength (determines the amount of impact that you can take.
Unlike some other racing game the shield is of upmost important, you don't just lose time and places by getting destroyed you are eliminated from the race forever, well until you restart at least.
Of course one of the most important features of Wipeout is the weapons, you can normally choose between a weapon or a speed boost, for the weapon go over the red X.
You do not get a choice of weapon it is, as far as I can tell, random. The selection of weapons is pretty good and varies between the good offensive weapons, to the rubbish weapons, to the defensive. Some examples of these include the earthquake which effectively lifts the track in front of you and sends out a quake to everyone in front meaning that you influence everyone You can also get a machine gun which allows you to blast out fire at the vehicles in line of sight. Some of the more defensive options include shield (covers you in an impenetrable barrier protecting you from the strongest of attacks, auto-piot guides you through the track at the best speed for a short time (watch out for it ending otherwise you will crash) mines / bombs which allow you to drop explosives behind you.
For me one of the annoying things is that you are not able to store weapons for later use, you can only have one at a time and either need to dispose or absorb it to pick up another. Absorbing the weapon is advisable for those who are hard on their crashing as this helps replenish and stop you from being eliminated.
Controlling in wipeout is easy to pick up... is not something that you will hear me saying, the controls are easy in that left is left and right is right, but cornering takes a long time to master and requires the use of the air breaks and sometimes you even have to slow down and in a game like this the last thing that is on your mind is using the brakes. This is not a game for those who have never gamed before or for those who have not raced before, me and my mate are fine on this but have been playing games for years, my other half and my mum however are hopeless and don't want to learn as it is so tricky, if you want something for them try Blur (also reviewed on here by me).
Wipeout does excel in looking cool, don't think I really need to say more than that, the cars look good, the environment looks good and the use of the weapons produce the desired effect.
Wipeout is a good racing game, those who have played it before probably have it and those who have never heard of it will probably find it too hard (especially if you have never raced before). Is it worth it, well when I got it it cost about £20 and it has been well worth that. If you are on the look out for a more family friendly game rather than a hardcore racing game go for Blur, in fact personally I would say go for Blur anyway.
This game is a must play, unbelievable how fun it turns out to be when you are playing alone in the campaign mode, co op mode or even in multiplayer. I first came about this game when i went to my mates house and he introduced it to me.
There is added download content which you can get, this makes the game alot better and unlocks more ships and other such items. There are many different styles of races that you can do and all of these come on a range of different tracks so this keeps the game fresh and interesting
Graphics and Game play
There are twelve different teams and each of them have there own versions of the cars all with different perks and down sides ranging from Toughness to speed to acceleration. This keeps the game fresher as once you have completed the game with one car there are plenty more options which you can do on it. Meaning for the cheap price you will pay for tyhis game there are always more and more that you can do
The more races you win and the further you can get in the career mode the more you unlock and then you get into the super cars, these are what make the game really fun! There are 8 tracks to start with but you can also play these in reverse. this then doubles what you can do and even if you think you know that track perfectly .. play it in reverse and i can guarantee you will not know them all straight away and you will CRASH.
The game's graphics look awesome! they run at 60 frames per second which leaves you with a perfectly smooth experience which is perfect for this fast paced racing game, it makes it feel so much more alive and realistic, especially when played in 1080p on a HD television. This game can then be taken to the next level as if you play this with a good sound system or even better surround sound. the game throws out some strong techno like tunes which really get you in the mood for racing.
There is a setting where you can play your own soundtracks in the background so if you think you can race better to bon iver or slipknot these options are available making the game more diverse and ranging out to alot more people.
There are also some fun settings in the game aswell, there is a section called Zone mode. this is my most favorite section as you start of by driving round the track at normal speed. you then get faster and faster as you go around when your score slowly increasing. the fast you get the higher your score. the object of this is to see how far you can get before you explode and die essentially. This is really challenging and makes you want to try beat it time after time. this also comes up well at parties as you can feel the big man when you have the top score and they physically cant beat you as you have (secretly) put hours and hours into this game because of its addictiveness.
The only down side to this game is you will find yourself sitting there for hours on end playing this game as time just flys by and you will not stand a chance at getting out and getting some real sunlight as the virtual lighting effects on the game feel real enough for you mentally! Enjoy!
brilliant game. well worth a purchase and play!
Note: With Wipeout HD being one of the 5 free titles available to PSN users after the PSN outage of April 2011, I decided to review the game that I already had, but wish I didn't yet. I hope this helps users make Wipeout one of their choices!
Wipeout is far from a new title, its been around since the beginning of the PlayStation and hopefully will live past even the end of PlayStation itself. Definitely not to be confused with the obstacle course TV series, Wipeout is a futuristic pick-up racer with blazingly high speeds that have never been rivalled in any other racing game I've played. Wipeout HD brings the series to a new high with silky smooth 60 FPS online action on the PlayStation 3, making for a real treat of an experience.
Racing games never really had a place in my games collection unless some form of violence was involved, be it pelting other motorcycle racers with fists in Road Rash, slamming a racer from the road into the sea on Burnout or even tripping other racers up with bananas in Mario Kart. As long as there was some way to punish other players and essentially take them out of the race. What I like from a racing game is speed, weapons and a good laugh. Wipeout HD simply nails every one of them.
Wipeout HD is akin to Mario Kart, where the karts are spaceships, the bananas are highly explosive bombs and the general speed is faster than what any mushroom could ever possibly dream of giving to a go kart. Its rough and not for sore losers. A race typically involves choosing one of the several ships with different strengths and weaknesses (speed, thrust, defence and acceleration) and aiming for blue pads on the track to give a little boost to the already accumulated high speed. Red pads grant the player a randomised weapon to either deploy on the enemy, or absorb to repair some of your ship's health. The tracks are all pretty self-contained and as you may expect, bashing against the sides of the track will lower the ship's health as will being hit by enemy weapons. The player can perform barrel rolls in the air to give that extra boost of speed on landing at the expense of some health which plays a tactical advantage by finding new jumps to barrel roll from. The player can also tilt the nose of the ship up and down slightly to give more air or a faster descent which aids the barrel roll business. That's all there is to the standard Wipeout races, its a fairly simple formula but the execution is simply a joy that it brings me back for more.
Wipeout is mostly renowned for its unforgiving speed and Wipeout HD definitely does not hold back. For players new to the series even the lowest (baby) speed might be too much to handle causing them to play ping-pong with the solid ridges of the track until they blow to smithereens. The game has 4 speeds to play on; Venom, Flash, Rapier and the sickly reaper of a speed appropriately named Phantom. Players new to Wipeout should have a shot at Phantom first, seriously. It just might blow you away (literally, you are sure to blow up) at how fast the corners appear before you can react. This is where you aim to be, this is the speed you will eventually conquer as impossible as it may feel to begin with. If you are having trouble, there is a pilot assist option which veers the ship away from the sides of the track at the cost of a very slightly reduced speed. Of course, it is still possible to crash and can help a lot of players get into Wipeout.
There is several weapons, some more common than others which are gained after passing over a weapons pad. Although the player must mostly remember the symbol of the weapon, the name is sometimes read out by a slightly robotic female announcer who also cruelly lets you know that someone behind you has just deployed Quake: a flaming earthquake which hits hard on every unfortunate player who is in front of you as it waves down the track. Luckily the most powerful weapons such as Quake are much less common than the likes of mines or machine guns. Although not technically a weapon, the player can also pick up a boost, auto-pilot or a shield making for an invulnerable ship for a limited time. Sometimes the weapons feel cheap, but that is what is fun about these kind of games.
Wipeout could be taken more seriously than other pick-up racers, but where is the fun in that? Taking Wipeout too seriously is only going to lead to frustration. Whilst the majority of the gameplay very much has skill as a requirement, the randomised weapon pick-ups makes for an element of luck. Wipeout HD can be played multi-player both locally (split-screen on the same system) and over the internet with a wide array of players. Letting a friend pass you on purpose in a race and proceeding to fire a missile at them doesn't really get old. Wipeout is certainly a better experience with friends despite having a solid single-player campaign.
In the single-player game there are 4 different game modes. The standard race which could be played as a tournament, speed lap- where you continuously lap around a track until you beat a certain time, time trial and finally Zone mode. Zone mode is the most interesting and difficult mode of the game where you loop infinitely around a track until you destroy your ship. The player must use a ship unplayable in the standard races whilst they start their journey around one of the tracks which has now been saturated in bright colours. Every lap gradually increases the speed and adds a new set of colours to the funky looking track which acts as a music equaliser to the excellent electronic soundtrack of Wipeout HD which can also be replaced by your own music! Zone takes practice, practice, practice. Originally unable to beat 25 zones, I eventually made it up to 76 to get the 'Zone Zeus' trophy, one of my greatest gaming achievements.
The optional extra to Wipeout HD known as Wipeout HD: Fury adds new tracks, upgraded ships and brand new game modes; eliminator, detonator and zone battles. Eliminator makes for a kind of battle mode where the objective is to damage enemies until a certain number of points have been gained. With the ability to quickly switch direction and go the opposite way, it makes for some intense fire fights. Detonator is similar to Zone mode, except the ship is kitted out with a gun to destroy the objects and mines blocking the path. It is a fantastic mode which does not have a multi-player equivalent unfortunately. Lastly, Zone battles is again based on the awesome Zone mode, except this time it is a race against other players to reach a top speed. By driving across pads, the player builds up a boost gauge which allows them to get a quick burst of speed and place a barrier which if hit by other players slows them down. This boost gauge can also be absorbed for more health. The decision between repairing the ship or taking a risk and using that boost is what makes Zone Battles great fun.
Wipeout HD coupled with Fury is bound to provide endless amounts of entertainment to both yourself and those you play with. There isn't very much replay value as far as the single-player goes, but when it comes to multi-player you will be sure to have the urge for a quick game of Wipeout now and then. Its pretty difficult to pin-point many flaws with Wipeout HD, its an excellent racer which at times is maybe a little hard? But how can that be a weakness when it is also a strength of Wipeout HD... The music is incredible, the graphics are pleasing and the gameplay is pure genius.
WipeoutHD should be played in HD! It's ok without HD but it's amazing with HD and it runs smoothly at 60 FPS, (Framer per second). The game is where you race "cars". They are hover cars/spaceships that can pick up abilities and attack enemy cars. The game is no doubt set in the future. The game's graphics are stunning and the visual design is fantastic. For £11, this game is a must get off the Playstation Store as it is like a full game more or less.
The graphics are the thing that may hit you the most when first playing this game. You will notice the flashing neon lights, all colourful and a million lights flashing and moving smoothly as you race and leap at half a thousand mph across futuristic detailed tracks.
The controls are simple. They are easy to pick up on and the steering is not very flexible which makes it realistic when spinning around a corner out of control. The controls feel realistic and your car/ship feels heavy which is a good thing.
The features in the game are good. You get different types of single player game modes. Time trails, racing modes, and a mode where you have to go around a track getting higher the rounds. Your car get's faster and you must not hit the sides, the more you hit the side, the more your car will explode. This game mode is fun and there are a lot of online game modes which are fun to play with friends or with random people across PSN. You can play tracks in reverse mode and you can get bronze, silver and gold trophies for each event. To achieve platinum in this game, it is very hard but it challenging. There are also difficulty levels which make it even harder when racing in advanced events.
The online is fun and nothing is more satisfying than rocketing someone or blowing up someones ship with a laser. You can have a lot of fun and there are leaderboards and ranks which are good. You can have a lot of fun with this game, online and offline and there is a sandbox game mode where you can choose track, difficulty, customize rules/options etc..
There are also additional things that you can do in the game as well which make it last long like unlock skins for your ships. There are a lot of unlockables and going for trophies in this game is fun. Great game and suitable for everyone to play, worth £11, great game and will last you a while!
Let me start off by saying that I hate racing games. But Wipeout is so distinct from any other racing experience that I am a huge fan and therefore a hypocrite.
Wipeout uses space ships instead of cars and moves at a faster pace than any other racing game (even burnout). This takes a while to get used to but eventually you get there. There's different speed settings to get yourself used to the game (I still can't play on phantom and struggle on rapier).
Playing through single player lets you unlock ships and different tracks for use in multiplayer modes. Gameplay is pretty simple, you race other ships BUT THERE'S A TWIST. It's a bit like mario kart in that if you fly over certain panels (instead of boxes) you get a random weapon to assist you in winning the race. Weapons include guns, lasers, mines, bombs, shield and speed boosts which is pretty fun times. As well as weapon panels there are panels which offer a quick boost in speed. There's other gameplay modes to keep you amused too such as speed trials, endless tracks etc in fact campaign mode is made up of different events to keep things fresh.
Multiplayer is where it's at though. You play against other players from around the world in any mode you like. Tournaments are fun, there's a certain thrill of racking up points are feeling the pressure of needing 3 more points to reach number one. Voice chat is supported which is always a good thing.
FEEL THE FURY!!!!
That's right the game is enhanced by SO much with the expansion pack 'Fury'. It's a whole new game! It introduces three new modes one of which is the brutal eliminator. In eliminator mode you need to destroy your opponents using weapons. Every time you manage to destroy an enemy ship you get points, reach the target amount of points first to win. You can even flip around at any time and go backwards to shoot an enemy in the face with a plasma cannon MUAHAHAHA. As well as new modes there's updated ships and new tracks which makes the game much better. Wipeout without fury is like toast without butter, if you don't have both you'll get funny looks from everyone around you.
Other notable features are the HD graphics which run at a full 1080p yummy indeed. Custom soundtrack means you can listen to your own music stored on your ps3 if you get bored of the awesome techno beats that play by default. Trophies are in there for all you trophy hunters. If you're really good online then you may even get into the leaderboards (not like me, I really fail online).
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Wipeout HD is the first of the games in the series that I have played and having completed and collected all the medals for the campaign section of the game I have decided to encourage other novices out there to give it a try by writing this review.
My partner and I downloaded this game to our console through the Playstation Store so it has instant convenience factor as I never need to worry about putting a disc in or waiting for it to load up, that being said the game isn't totally free of loading screens and while the levels load up you're treated to advertising interspersed with tips on how to play the game. I for one am not loving this development of actual advertising in games but it won't last forever so I'm trying to just accept its here for now. However the loading screens are a reasonable feature as the graphics are fantastic and it uses pretty much all of the Playstation 3's processing power to display it.
The game is a racing game with 5 different types of events, a speed lap, a time trial, tournaments, single races and zones and there are 3 difficulty levels, novice, skilled, elite. In speed laps you have 7 laps to achieve a target time which the computer has set. This target time increases depending on which difficulty level you are playing the game at. Speed laps are a good way to familiarise yourself with the tracks of which there are 8. Time trials give you a set time to complete 3,4 or 5 laps of a track depending on which campaign and difficulty you are playing with. Single races are races against 7 computer players and tournaments consist of 4 or 8 of these races. Zone events involve you driving a specially designed vehicle around a track at an increasingly fast speed.
There are 8 campaigns to play in total each with a larger amount of events and usually a new track or two. For each event you complete with a medal you can receive up to 3 points and these points allow you to unlock the next campaign when you have enough points- you do not have to complete every event in a campaign before being able to move on which can be a frustrating feature of some games.
The Playstation offers trophies for achieving a medal in each event on each campaign. Playstation fans have said that this game is one of the hardest games to achieve a platinum trophy on and I'm inclined to agree as even with those 8 trophies there are a lot that still seem very out of reach.
The game has a range of vehicles most of which are unlockable throughout the game. Each vehicle has different strengths connected to its ability to handle, shield, speed and thrust. If you are after another trophy it is worth noting that playing with a certain vehicle more than others will provide you with a lot of loyalty points which once you have 100,000 will earn you another trophy. You can get additional loyalty points for eliminating other racers and getting perfect zones in the zone events.
This game provides great entertainment and does have multiplayer features which makes it possible to play with friends and has an online play option. As you can select the events you wish to play and the game has a quick access menu it is ideal if you don't have long to spare but want to play a quick game and at the same time if you want to play something repeatedly for hours you are unlikely to get bored of this game. On top of its fun factor of being a fast racing game (going back to the early levels is really strange as they are so slow compared to the later levels) this game looks stunning however because it is so fast you don't really get a chance to appreciate the detail that has gone into each track. Wipeout HD is definitely worth a purchase if you're looking for a non car racing game.
Having played the original WipeOut on PS1 only a couple of times, I wasn't really drawn to this game by it's history, it just looked like a genuinely good game, and I was right!
The first thing that will hit you when playing this game is the amazing graphics, in full glorious 1080p on my 40" Sony Bravia, it's just absolutely breathtaking. It's amazing that they managed to get such fast paced action and such great graphics in the same game.
You can choose from a range of ships, and there's some amazing tracks to be played on. If you choose the campaign type mode, there's a range of gameplay modes that you have to get through including, time trials, race's, tournaments, and fast lap etc. There's enough to keep you going for ages. Unfortunately, some of the tracks etc. do a get a bit repetitive but streaming through tracks at high speed in glorious 1080p never gets old in my book!
Theres also an online mode which I haven't checked out much since I'm not that much into online gaming, but it's nice that the choice is there!
I have always loved wipeout. And then I heard they were making a HD remix almost. Now we all know how most of those go, you pay 40£ for a game with better graphics, yet the gameplay is rubbish compared to the original. But it was on offer, so I got it. And I was wrong.
The game is the best wipeout yet. The graphics are jaw-dropping, every single part of the game has some eye catching graphics. And when you first play it, you will just be amazed by the quality of the graphics put in. Screenshots can not do it justice, nor videos. You must get this game. The gameplay is also great. Its just how I remember it, screaming along at 1000KPH, in space age ships, shooting rockets at people. The single player is great, and if it was single player only, you would still get months of fun out of this game. But theres more. Multiplayer
Multiplayer is a amazing addon to the game. You will get some fast paced fun races, with people from around the world. There is very little lag, and the multiplayer feels very well made. And you still get the amazing 1080p graphics with 8 people. And honestly, there is no drop in frame rate.
And there are some wicked challenges in the game, to be awarded as trophies. This is one of the first games I enjoyed collecting them. From the easy, to the impossable (Beat Zico), they offer some fun to the game trying to get some of them. And thats what i love about wipeout, it is honestly hours and hours of fun. So if your looking for a good racing game, get this. If you are looking for a good game, get this. And if you are not looking for a game, get this. You will not regret it.
Wipeout is back in HD.
The main mode in wipeout HD is single player, as you play through the races you gain points for the position you come and when you geta certain amount you unlock a new event.
There are many events and these will keep you entertained for quite a long time. There are many different vehicles to choose from with different acceleration, top speed and handling but if you stick with the type you like you will earn loyalty points and unlock new skins for the vehicles.
There are foup types of races in wipeout and they are your standard race where you have to come first, one where you have to complete a certain amount of laps in a certain time, speed lap where you have to do a lap at speed within a time limit and zone mode which is the most original.
Within zone mode you start off slow and start to build up speed, you do not control the speed, you just have to concentrate on keeping the car without damage for a certain amount of laps.
There is also online multiplayer which is a nice extra in which you can either play with friends or anyone from around the world.
Wipeout HD is the newest instalment of the super fast racing series for the Sony Playstation 3.
The games made mode is the campaign mode, here you can pick from a variety of events to play in different cups. Each cup will have a grid of events to fill up, by achieving victory in these events you get points and when you have enough the next cup will be opened up to you. There are many cups to unlock and play so this game will have you playing it for quite a long time!
The race events are mostly generic ones you've played before your standard single player races return where you must beat all your rivals, time trials where you must complete a set amount of laps in a certain time, fastest lap where you must do a quick lap and beat the target time.
The one really interesting mode the game has is the zone mode, here you start off slowly and you must race while the game gets faster and faster and you have no brakes on your machine, the graphics are insane in this mode you may even zone out! It's really addictive to see how fast you can go and how far you can get.
There are a ton of futuristic racing machines for you to pick from but if you stick to one you like you will earn loyalty points and unlock new skins for that brand. The racing action is very good, it starts off slowly but the pace soon picks up and you will really have to master the controls and powerups properly to succeed.
The graphics for a downloadable title are amazing, this could easily be a full priced game on the shelves and the techno soundtrack is what you have come to expect from this series, it does support custom soundtracks if techno isn't your thing however.
You can pick this one up on the Playstation store for £12, excellent value especially if you are into the series.
WipeOut HD is one my favourite games for the PS3, and probably the one game that I have spent the most time playing. I will explain why:
Firstly, the graphics are fantastic, 1080p at 60 frames per second, if you have a full HD tv you can really get the most of the stunning visuals, but if you don't, it won't will still look great but you won't get as much detail. The frame rate never drops throughout, even when the explosive action is at its maximum the visuals remain smooth and steady. The ship designs are brilliant and imaginative, the levels are all unique, well designed and challenging in their own way, the menus are cutting edge and futuristic and the zone mode is absolutely stunning.
Secondly, most importantly, the gameplay is insane and super addictive. Racing at breakneck speed while dodging traps, trying to hit speed boosts or pick up weapons, then trying to shoot down your opponents and try to win the race. The race types are excellent; race, zone, speed lap and time trial. Race is just a standard 8 player race, you can do 2 player splitscreen, 8 players online, or just yourself against computer. Zone is really hard, it starts off slowly, but the speed increases over time until you crash so many times that you explode, takes a lot of practice, a lot of very hard trophies are based on zone. Speed lap, is trying to complete a lap in the fastest time possible and time trial is completing the track in the fastest time possible, both are fun and can be quite hard as you progress through the campaign. You can play these race types throughout the campaign, in racebox or online. The campaign is solid, very enjoyable, my favourite part of Wipeout. It does take a lot of time and practice to complete the harder levels on elite difficulty however and this can be really frustrating, especially as you winning or losing a race might depend on the type of weapon you pick up randomly. Racebox is for practising, earning trophies or playing your friend in split screen, it is a good feature. The online is decent enough, it is very basic, you can customise what features you want for the race, i.e. pilot assist on/off, what maximum speed, what level you want to race. you can do a tournament or a single race. There is also a basic rank system which is satisfactory but not something that has me rushing online to rank up for.
In conclusion, Wipeout HD is a great game, but requires a lot of dedication and practice to get good at and complete the campaign. There is a very steep learning curve and the higher speeds can be a bit daunting for beginners, some of the trophies are also incredibly hard to attain, I am still trying to get the platinum trophy (you get it for having all the trophies). The online mode is basic but fun. The custom soundtrack is fantastic, I absolutely love it and wish other games would incorporate it, It really adds longevity to the game, not that the Wipeout music is bad, I don't particularly like the techo, electronica genre. For the very low price that it is sold for compared to other PS3 games, Wipeout is well worth your money and is a must buy.
A Quick Background
The Wipeout games are a series of futuristic Anti-Gravity (AG) racing games originally made popular in the mid '90s with the second game in the series '2097' and its 'Club Culture' style. Originally developed by Psygnosis who were bought and merged with Sony STUDIO Liverpool (SCE STUDIO Liverpool) who have been developing since Wipeout Fusion (Wipeout 4 for all intents and purposes).
I've been a fan of the Wipeout series since Wip3out (That's Wipeout 3 for the non-initiated) although I'd been familiar with the series since the original made its way to the Playstation One and Sega Saturn. What had initially made me sit up and take notice when Wip3out was released in '99 was a completely renewed handling system, futuristic designs by 'The Designers Republic' and it was the first in the series to run in the Playstation's High Resolution mode. The handling in previous versions was very "floaty" and you'd bounce all over the place, but in Wip3out you stick to the track nicely so all you needed to worry about was making turns and not missing the track.
Jump forward four editions and you're now flying around in glorious 1080p at 60 frames per second, meaning you're Wipeout experience is ultra crisp and super smooth. Needless to say, the graphics are amazing - the detailing in the AG ships are stunning, right down to nice little touches like seeing your airbrakes pop up when you apply them during the race. The tracks are also as beautiful as you'd expect, especially with the addition of photo mode which can be accessed at the end of every race, which is like a replay with a fully free floating camera so you can see every detail and view the action from any angle. Also when you pause the replay you can save photos of your race using various lens filters and effect to your PS3 hard drive.
Everything in this game screams style, the game menu's are beautifully simple and you'll never get lost, the in-game HUD is informative without being intrusive, the weapon effects are stunning, the numerous fake advertisements dotted around each track are well designed as are the ships different skins and company logos. This is a part of the Wipeout experience I've always loved and little details like these make you feel all the more immersed in the Wipeout world.
Wipeout HD takes the best tracks and weapons from the PSP editions of Wipeout Pure & Pulse to the big screen, the PS3 version also handles a lot like its PSP brother and anyone familiar with the portable versions will be able to pick this up straight away. However for any newcomers to the series you can now turn on 'Pilot Assist' which tries to push you away from the walls and keeping you from bumping in to things. This is a nice addition and a couple of my friends who aren't Wipeout veterans like myself use this feature to great success. I've tried playing using Pilot Assist but I find it over complicates things as I'll steer to take the perfect racing line on a corner and the assist will push me further than I was prepared for, either plowing me into the opposite wall or another racer.
This latest edition also makes use of the motion control of the PS3's wireless controllers to steer, while this is a nice option, I can't see myself playing the whole game using the motion control as it doesn't feel remotely responsive enough if you consider how insanely fast this game gets. Its amusing to play with this turned on a couple of times for the novelty however you'll probably find yourself quickly switching back to the comfort of your analog sticks.
Most of the control commands are brought over faithfully from the PSP games also, the PS3 making obvious use of the extra analog shoulder buttons for more precision with the airbrakes. The "Speed Start", barrel rolls and the side shifts are implemented here also (For the first time in the console version) and much like the Portable versions are vital for your success in the game. I find the barrel rolls are still very frustrating as they use a "left, right, left, right" (Or opposite) motion of your analog stick or D-Pad and although you'll think you've nailed the command it sometimes just won't happen. Other than this minor gripe, the controls are as responsive as you'd expect from a game this fast, the button layout is easy to remember and you'll soon be leaving the controls to instinct, which I feel just highlights how simple this game can be.
The Wipeout series has always been known for its pumping Electronic soundtracks and HD is no different. You'll find the likes of Kraftwerk, Stanton Warriors, Mist and many more, which you can blast out in 5.1 surround sound. Taking another page from Pulse on the PSP you can also use your own custom playlists from music held on your PS3. Great if you're not a Dance or Electro fan. I have to admit, I'm serious into my Metal music but I came to love dance music with help from the original Wipeout games and I feel Wipeout wouldn't be Wipeout without its signature music. My custom playlist for HD features music from Wipeout's past, present and potential future!
Keeping things simple, the main menu has five main options: Campaign, Racebox, Online, Options and Records.
Is the main backbone of the single player experience. Here you will find eight events, only one of which will be available to you to begin with. Each event gives you a grid of races which you must complete, ranking Gold, Silver or Bronze to gain points to unlock further events. These races can be any of the races available in the game (More about these in a minute). Campaign mode is also how you unlock the locked teams and tracks in the game.
Also the further you progress the faster the game will become. You'll start off with Venom class races (The slowest the game has to offer) and as you unlock higher events you'll start experiencing faster classes right up to Phantom class in which you'll likely turn into the ball of a pinball machine and start bouncing off of every wall and obstacle as the game becomes uncontrollably fast!
Is where you can race on any of the tracks you have unlocked in any of the ships you've unlocked in any of the five race types available. These are Single Race (Pretty self-explanatory), Time Trial (Try for the fastest time over a number of laps), Speed Lap (Try over a set number of laps to get the fasted single lap time), Tournament (Race in a set of up to twelve races to get the gold overall) and Zone (Complete a number of 'Zones' as the ship gets faster and faster and see how long you can survive).
Racebox is also where you will find your split-screen two player mode, which is a very welcome addition. I find games are often more fun when you can share the excitement with your friends or at least when you're head to head with real players, which brings me to:
Which is pretty self-explanatory also. I've tried playing this online a couple of times and have found it frustrating. When you try to join a game it'll most often let you join with no problems. However my frustration comes when, after you've waited for your game to load, you find the race has already started and you can only spectate. Of course the other option is to create your own game, which I have also tried and had to wait for fifteen minutes before someone else joined my game.
Although it clearly has a few problems, once I did manage to get racing it is a very fluid experience. I haven't noticed any lag at all and I haven't come across any bailers (People who quit because they're loosing.). So if you have the patience to find a good tournament to join, good for you. Unfortunately due to my initial findings there are other games I'd rather worry about playing online.
The last two options from the main menu are Options and Records. I feel these speak for themselves, but I'd like to point out that the records are a very nice touch, as this is a good way to keep the game competitive with friends even if they aren't playing at the same time.
I got Wipeout HD shortly after it was released. It is, in fact, the reason I bought my PS3. I played it pretty intensively to begin with, however (Probably due to my short attention span) I still haven't unlocked everything. This is more a detriment to myself than the game as I do still play it. I come back to a lot of my Wipeout games when the mood grabs me.
Maybe this is the only problem I have with the game as a whole: Because HD is modeled closely on the PSP Wipeout games I feel that the big screen addition suffers from the 'Pick up and Play' aspect which was actually a strong point for the PSP versions. Meaning that although you'll come back to it from time to time, you're probably unlikely to sit playing it for hours as it lacks the depth of the previous console editions. Although in Pure and Pulse on the PSP have a back-story that sets the scene, this appears to be completely absent on the PS3.
This is a near perfect edition of Wipeout. Its crisp, fast and beautiful, however lacks any real depth. I like the idea that you're supposed to be the pilot for you team, gaining loyalty points after each race, but I honestly miss the 'named' driver characters and team rivalries from Wipeout of yester-year. I am proud to own this game and will always recommend people play it as it is a fantastic game. Take away my issue with the online gaming (Which I ignore now anyway) and this is the best Wipeout game by far.