The Wipeout series is definitely a staple
for Sony's console diet and there was no surprise from me when I learnt
that Wipeout would be making its maiden debut on the PS Vita. Although
reminiscent of previous Wipeout games, it's actually quite sturdy on the
Vita, especially the control system which makes it quite fun to play.
the distant future, Wipeout sets the player in a futuristic race as
players control these strange flying crafts. Supporting both a
single-player mode and even an online multiplayer mode with up to
8-players, this game definitely delivers a true Wipeout experience on
the PS Vita, especially with the gorgeous and extremely smooth graphics.
modes include Single-player campaign, online campaign, adhoc and
cross-play. When you select Single-player campaign, it throws the player
into the year 2048 where you first earn your stripes as one of the
first ever Anti-Gravity Racers. This is where you also master your
airbrakes and of course, all the power-ups and weapons that are slowly
given to the player.
career mode is quite in-depth and requires the player to complete a
variety of challenges. The controls of the game necessitate the player to
use the left stick to steer/pitch, right shoulder button to thrust,
square for airbrake, x to fire/use a pickup or circle to absorb a
pickup. If you want to try the touch screen and the tilting functions of
the Vita, these work as well but are definitely harder than the
plenty of shortcuts and great boosts and this is really an adrenaline
pumping experience with a healthy touch of Vertigo. Even though these
ships glide, they are similar to other racing games but there's
definitely more freedom in the control system here and there is a pilot
assist mode to assist newbies. However with that said, it can be quite
hard at times.
progress, you are given access to other ships, each with their pros and
cons plus some cool weapons that are sometimes needed to give you the
edge while you race your opponents. Nonetheless with some of the ships, you
do need to choose carefully because sometimes speed can be a hindrance,
depending on your track. Online multiplayer is equally as fun but
sometimes it can be hard finding 7 other players but hopefully as the
Vita becomes more popular, this should not be a problem.
Graphics are quite lush on the PS Vita and the game has this real
futuristic Ridge Racer meets Blade Runner atmosphere to it. I love the
designs of the ships, especially the special effects from the power-ups,
weapons and those dastardly mines. Lighting is great as well, although
the lens flare is a little too much. Music is boppy, albeit repetitive
and the sound effects are perfectly implemented with the gameplay.
not be your traditional racer but if you want to try something different
in the world of racing games, than Wipeout 2048 is definitely a game you
should investigate. It contains some brilliant gameplay, great graphics
and lots of replay value, especially with the inclusion of online.