"Wipeout Fusion" is a good game, but compared to "Wipeout XL"
(the second game in this series), this can't even hold a candle to
Which is tough, really, and maybe a bit unfair, but when you own
all of the games in a series like I do, your expectations are
supposed to be too high. Tracks in "Fusion" are fine, the
various hovercrafts are cool-looking and the soundtrack, once again,
is phat. But, it doesn't have that special something that the
other games had (at least, 1 and 2; "Wipeout 3" was a bit of a
disappointment as well). Trying to beat all of its various
modes to earn a 100% Complete rating will only drive absolute
purists; for the rest of us, there just isn't enough incentive to
get through all of the Challenge, Arcade, and League settings to
make that worthwhile.
Of course, if you can get it on the cheap, like I did, then you
should feel pretty good about this purchase, because at least the
game takes a while to work through. I'm not sure if a "Wipeout
5" will ever be produced, but if so, hopefully the developers will
take time to work through the blasť aspects of this game to give me
Feedback? Comments? Hot doughnut tip?
Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience