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Wipeout 2048 - play modes and verdict

By Stuart Andrews
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Wipeout 2048

Summary

Our Score

8/10

Review Price £29.99

The single-player campaign is structured around seasons, with each consisting of a grid of events that, when completed, unlock other events until the season final becomes available. Some events are straight races, others combat events where you have to gain so many points through blasting the competition to win, while others are one-track sprints or time trial.

Wipeout 2048

Best of all, we still get Zone events, with the tracks pared back to ribbons of glowing neon, and the scenery bathed in psychedelic pulsing light. Here you just keep going, faster and faster, until your craft takes so much damage that it can’t go on any more. We don’t like to waffle on about synaesthesia – an arty term for the effect you get when you combine two or more senses in one powerful experience – but when you’re sitting in the ‘Zone’ zone it’s only a natural response. This is Wipeout in its purest, most exhilarating form.

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Cleverly, completing events isn’t necessarily about winning. While there is an experience system and incentives for coming first, you can happily scrape through many early race events in fourth or even sixth, while other events just require you to reach a specific points score or milestone to proceed. This ensures that, while Wipeout 2048 is never less than challenging, you rarely get stuck for too long. In fact, there’s an option to skip some events if you’re finding them impossible.

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At the time of writing we’re unable to try Wipeout’s online options, so we’re limited in what we can say. There is a multiplayer version of the campaign mode, which puts the emphasis on meeting certain conditions in each event rather than reaching a pole position. It’s designed to be played online with PSN friends in the same lobby. For more straight competition there’s a crossplay mode, which allows you to race not just other Vita owners, but PS3 gamers running Wipeout HD. We’ll return to this review and add more details once we’ve played both modes in more depth. There’s a chance that the verdict below and score might change.

Verdict

Even running at 30fps, Wipeout 2048 leaves other handheld racers looking tame, and its smooth, detailed graphics and incredible pace are another indicator of how powerful a mobile games machine the PlayStation Vita is. It’s a slightly conservative game, not taking the franchise in any bold new direction, but it delivers the core Wipeout experience we all know and - if we're sensible - love.

Our Score

8/10
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ToRJS99

February 17, 2012, 2:07 pm

The original Wipeout on the PS1 now there's man's game...

Did you know that if you buy a 3G Vita you can get this free when you top-up 5 to Vodafone.

Interzone

February 17, 2012, 5:29 pm

...meh - gimmie F-Zero (the orginal anti-gravity racer) over Wipeout any day.

FutureAlien

February 17, 2012, 8:18 pm

[i]While it's mildly disappointing that Wipeout 2048 runs at 30 rather than 60fps [...] [/i]

I stopped reading right there.

Jmac

February 21, 2012, 2:34 pm

Why?

Jmac

February 21, 2012, 2:37 pm

Can someone please explain to Stuart Andrews the difference between "its" and "it's"? It's very grating to read, and quite inexcusable from a professional writer.

Ed

February 21, 2012, 2:54 pm

How annoying. I must've missed those in editing. What's doubly annoying is the only errors are in that opening paragraph, giving a poor impression when the rest of the article is fault free (at least when it comes to its). Suffice to say I've corrected the errors.

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