Product Type: Sony PS3 games
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Wipeout HD (PS3)
Member Name: Kary
Wipeout HD (PS3)
Advantages: fast paced action racing
Disadvantages: Hard to pick up and even then is very very hard. I prefer Blur
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.
Summary: Fast paced action game for gamers 4/5.
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