It's fair to say that I am a fan of the "Wipeout" series of
games; I have played every version released on the PlayStation and
PS2, and a few months ago, a version of the game that was released
on the PSP was updated for the PS3 with hi-def graphics and
sound...enter the Justin!!
Here's what I can say about this series now--been there, done
that. "Wipeout HD" is a capable game, with stunning graphics
and in-game sound effects. But, that's really where the game
gets old fast. There's only 8 tracks. In a world where
racing games like "Gran Turismo" has 30 tracks (each with a reverse
option), 8 tracks with reverse options is a bit of a drag.
There are a dozen vehicles, but the only thing to unlock on each
ship is a different skin, which is a letdown of some significance.
Races fall into the same problem that old "Wipeout" games
suffered--no matter how great you are, you never really take the
lead on the other cars until the last lap. The computer AI is
still stunningly effective the first two or three laps, and then
it's like they forget how to fly their ships!
You have campaign options, single race options or online
capabilities; it seems like there are never more than about five
games going on at a time online, a bit of a bummer. The
campaign difficulty near the end was so steep that I eventually
decided I no longer cared to see what the game's ending was; even on
novice, "Wipeout HD" will give you a run for your money.
But, for $20, this wasn't awful, and I got ten or so hours out of
it, so I can't really complain. I just wish the series was
moving forwards, not back, so count this in the long line of PS3
Feedback? Comments? Salma Hayek's digits?
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