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I loved the original Wipeout games on the PSP and PS2; they were visually exciting and utterly frantic, and this PSP outing, Pure, very much follows along the same vein thankfully! The premise isn't about much - the future sees the welcome in on a grisly new sport where competitors attempt to blow each other up with amazing weapons on their hovercrafts - but then the series has never been about an intricate story, and so this game delivers everything a fan would expect.
The gameplay is great; you race around some futuristic tracks in a hovercraft equipped with weapons such as missiles, trying to take down your opponents and finish first. It's hardly complicated and not exactly super challenging, but it does offer a legitimate level of difficulty and isn't a totally smooth ride. What I like is how each harder difficulty makes the game faster, with the highest difficulty being absurdly quick! The game benefits a lot from some superb level design, keeping things dynamic and ensuring that they never get boring, while there's a solid change-up of combat and racing, delivering both in equally satisfying measure.
Visually, the game looks fantastic, and ranks among the best-looking PSP releases. The textures are robust and the effects are excellent, while the tracks looks stellar; in short, this does a great service to the handheld medium, and coming from a cynic like me that's quite a compliment. Aurally, though, it's not so great: the soundtrack is incredibly generic tripe, while the sound effects aren't as sonic and "whoosh-y" as they should be.
This is just challenging enough without being annoying, and is immensely addictive to boot. It is one of the best racers for the PSP and well worth picking up whether you're a long-time fan of the series like me, or just getting into it.
Way back in 1995, when I was a wee lad, a new type of racing game was launched for the sony playstation. Wipeout hit the console like a wave crashing onto a beach. Graphically superb, and with one of the best soundtracks that has ever been heard on a console game.
Instantly I was won over, and gave this game loads (possibly too much.) of my valuable time. So, to say that I was excited to see that the game was re-vamped, and available for the psp is an understatement of mammoth proportion.
The game was originally created in 2005. ten years after the original game on the PS1. It was created to be launched with the console itself, and therefore, you would like to think that it would be up to scratch. Well, you will not be disappointed.
Set in the year 2197, you are once again part of the future of racing. Hovering craft of great beauty, and immense speed are the order of the day. Combine this with an array of weaponary, second only to the US military, and we have got a great game.
Graphically, this game is as astounding as its earlier counterparts. The game is beautiful, and does not suffer from slow down, even when you get up close and personal with your enemies. Backdrops are spectacular, and the amount of detail that has been pumped into each level is second to none. This is combined with truly brilliant gameplay. The game runs slickly, and the sense of speed is superb. Put that together with the odd missile or two, and you have got yourself a recipe for success.
The main changes from the closest relative, 2097, are that there are no longer pit lanes in which to charge up your shields. Now, you have the option to absorb weapons, rather than fire them, in order to feed off their energy. Apart from that, the game has stuck to the old model well. Shoot, and be shot at. Kill, or be killed. But above all, win!!
Slick, and speedy gameplay. Great to look at, and a soundtrack to match! The tunes on this are pumpin'! Perhaps not as great as in previous outings, but still great. They really set you up, and put you in the mood for racing. You really get drawn into the game, and even if you are taking part of a tournament that lasts eight races, you will not become complacent. The difficulty level is set just right. For me, racing games can be too easy, but with this, one mistake really costs you the race. Easy to learn, but hard to master.
Overall, I would give this a nine out of ten. Great game, and one of the best racing games you are ever likely to play. Plus for extra fun, up to eight can play against eachother via wifi. The pal version of the game, has a demo version of the game that allows game sharing. This basically means you can send the demo to friends, and then play against them with only one copy of the game!!
Excellent value for money, and one of the best games about. An oldie, but a goodie!!
Wipeout Pure is a racing game in the Wipeout game series and released in 2005 for the Playstation portable. It is mainly single player but you can play up to 8 players at once.
The game was the first game on the PSP to support additional downloads like new cars, tracks and artwork, these can be downloaded over the internet for free.
As in the other games in the series you have to pilot a hovercraft travelling at high speeds over racetracks which are usually very narrow and over different landscapes. You have to outrun you opposition or use your weapons to your advantage to slow up or take them out.
There is a large selection of tracks to choose from which although are well designed and good to play on, they could have tried to make a few harder maps.
There is plenty of unlocks for you to do as well new tracks, cars, teams and soundtracks which have been well put together.
The controls are nice and easy to use and learn, the graphics are very good and detailed.
The game takes quite a bit of practice for you to complete it and can be quite hard at times as one slip up can cost you the race.
The game supports up to 8 players at once racing.
Value for Money
With plenty of unlock able contents and the option to download bonus items for free there is plenty to keep you entertained and as in all racing games each time you play is slightly different, so you can keep going back to the game again time and again.
My rating 6 out of 10
I picked up this game as I love the Wipeout series. This game is more of the same with some great action and fantastic fun.
The graphics are very good with lots of detail. It has some of the best visuals I have ever seen on the PSP system. The sound is very good and has one of the best soundtracks ever. The game has no slowdown and runs very smooth.
The gameplay is great with lots of fun. It has some great gameplay options and plenty to keep everyone statisfied for hours.
However, I found some races to be a little too hard and they took me forever to complete. This will get some people fustrated and will never play the game again. This gets annoying and will make you put the game down. There are plenty of options for gameplay and you will never get bored.
The online is very good with no lag and plenty of people to play with.
The controls are very easy to learn so everyone will be able to play and still enjoy the games great gameplay.
The game has lots of cars to use and the tracks are very fun.
Overall, the game is a great racing game and at least worth a rent.
Way back in 2005, Sony released a portable Playstation, imaginatively called the "Playstation Portable", or "PSP". This was a handheld console that was, and still is, more powerful than any of it's competitors. It was released alongside several games, one of which was "WipEout Pure" (yeah, the "E" is capitalised. Weird, but there we go).
Two years later I bought a PSP and WipEout Pure, and now a year later I am reviewing it. 3 years is a very long time in the gaming world, so one would expect that WipEout Pure is now horribly outdated. Indeed it has had a sequel, but I still play WipEout Pure from time to time, and it is one of the best games I own.
So, having established that WipEout Pure is awesome, perhaps I should tell you what it is? Well, WipEout is a series of anti-gravity racing games, and Pure is the first PSP title in the series. Basically you race in in wheel-less car/space ship that goes really fast. Really, really fast. As you race around the track you can fly over speed boosts or weapon pick ups. You use the weapons to attack your opponents and hopefully slow them down. Weapons include things such as missiles and shock waves, but there are also shields and speed boosts.
There are five single player game modes. "Single race" is, as the name suggests, just a single race of choosing. This is good if you just want to pick up the game and have a quick play. "Tournament" is the main game mode, in which you progress through a series of tournament and classes. The higher the class, the faster the race and the harder the opponents. The difference is very dramatic, especially the speed. You'll go from trundling along the track to blinking and missing the entire race.
"Time trial" is very simple, you just race against yourself trying to beat your own time. It really isn't very interesting, and I don't play it much, but I suppose it is better being in the game than not. "Free play" is just you and the track - no opponents or goal. I guess the idea is that you can learn the ins and outs of the track, but I never bothered with it.
"Zone" on the other hand, is awesome. You get shoved in a hover-car-thing that is constantly going forwards and accelerating, and are told not to blow up. Each time are hit the wall of the track, your ship gets damaged, and when it gets too damaged it's game over. Your aim is to keep going for as long as possible. It gets very fast and is good fun.
There is an online mode in WipEout Pure, but sadly it is no longer supported and cannot be used. However, if you find somebody else with PSP and WipEout Pure, then you can have a game with them. This has never happened to me so far though.
As I said before, there is a sequel to Pure called Pulse. It has several additions to Pure, but I never bought because it didn't seem different to Pure to be worth it. If you are looking for a game like WipEout, Pulse is probably the best choice, but Pure is now considerably cheaper so if money is an issue, then WipEout Pure is a great choice. The gameplay is good, the graphics are good, and it is very replayable. The only downside is some long load times.
Having played Wipeout Fusion on the PS2, I hoped that I might get a similar joy from Wipeout Pure on the PSP. And guess what? I did.
I bought this game soon after I bought my PSP, and soon found myself sitting in bed playing it at midnight on mute (so that everyone else in the house could fall asleep without hearing the music and sound effects of my game) pushing my anti-gravity ship through race after race.
On the topic of music, Wipeout Pure features a soundtrack filled with the usual strange experimental electronic music, which I must admit, has grown on me.
Anyway, the gameplay itself is basically what you would expect from Wipeout games - fast-paced and occasionally violent action.
Weapon pads supply you with various weapons to shoot at other ships/drop behind you so other ships drive into them - some are more helpful than others, but all have their own use.
I only have one problem with the game - its difficulty.
Having gone through a couple of leagues, I was faced with ever more intelligent AI, and found myself coming in 6th, or just being shot at so much my ship exploded. In the later stages of the game, winning seems to rely more on luck than skill - when the AI ships suddenly decide to blow each other up, instead of you, or something like that.
On the whole, I thoroughly recommend Wipeout Pure for just about anyone - you (hopefully) won't regret it.