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Wipeout 2048 (PS Vita)
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- PEGI Rating: Ages 7 and Over
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
In the year 2048, the world witnesses the emergence of breath-taking anti-gravity racing. Daring to dream, the newly-formed racing teams defied centuries of belief as they reinvented physics… and WipEout was born. Racing at street level in this prologue to the WipEout series, hold on tight as you hunt down your foes, claim the gold medals of glory and write your name into the history books. Featuring stunning graphics and a pumping soundtrack, you can now feel the true force of WipEout with unique touch and tilt controls. Fly solo or hook up with friends online for a shot of adrenalin-fuelled racing like never before. The future of racing is here – RIP gravity.
- Pilot your ship intuitively using touchscreen and motion controls.
- Cross platform play.
- Experience the thrill of the race whilst seeing your fellow pilots using the Vita's front camera.
- Hit 10 brand new tracks with touch and tilt controls.
- Adrenaline fuelled low-level racing through the streets of Nova State City.
- Cross-play with PS3 WipEout users.
- 8-player online races.
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If you've not played Wipeout before then this is what you need to know.
Wipeout is a fast paced futuristic racing game. You race your hovering race machine through various cityscapes and futuristic tracks defying gravity, using offensive and defensive weapons, and controlling your craft with a mix of car and airplane controls (accel, brake, air brakes, roll with stick etc). It's starts off relatively easy and the futuristic setting implies an arcade experience, but towards the latter stages of the game gets hard as nails.
In addition to basic racing there are time attack, combat and zone modes.
This version supports not only Vita vs Vita multiplayer but also Vita vs PS3 thus enlarging the online community at a stroke and it works very well indeed. Additionally the excellent Vita community features mean you can always see what times and performances your friends are putting in and how you stack up worldwide.
Graphically this is one of the best looking and performing titles on Vita and that means it's probably one of the 2 best looking handheld games available today on any platform (the other being Virtua Tennis 4 for Vita).
It really is a no brainer to purchase this game if you have any interest in the racing genre at all, and to top it all this game is developed in Liverpool so we can all feel happy we supported a UK developed product!
One final note - if you have the PS3 version (Wipeout HD and/or Wipeout Fury) Sony have said that you will be entitled to download the Vita version of those tracks as DLC for FREE. A great game gets just a bit better!
It's fast, smooth and all a Wipeout game should be. The focus appears to be a little more on combat than previous versions but I don't mind.
The tracks are nice and well detailed and the graphics are very nice and bright.
The online is a little basic at present as you can't choose the race type as you want but apparently this will be amended soon.
Overall, anyone who likes Wipeout won't be disappointed, but those that didn't like previous versions will probably not like this.
Great game for me though as a Wipeout fan.
Sony/Studio Liverpool have recently announced that people who bought both Wipeout HD/Fury on the PS3 will also be able to download both of them as FREE DLC in Spring for the VITA which is brilliant as you're basically getting all the content/additional tracks etc from both of those games when you purchase Wipeout 2048 on the Vita so as a package I think thats fantastic.
The first thing that strikes you about the title is it's visuals. Blockbusters hits such as Uncharted Golden Abyss truly flex the Vitas muscles but for a showcase of the Ps Vitas new OLED screen then this is the game for you. Colours and visuals are vibrant and crisp all running at a smooth 30fps. With so much going on screen you will truly be impressed by the eye candy that wipeout 2048 offers, nothing else comes close to demonstrating the power of the Vita at present. Period.
As with all titles in the franchise you will be expected to make clever use of you power ups and boost to outsmart your opponents as the AI has been ramped up significantly from the standard HD & Fury iterations evident on the PS3. With clever use of offensive and defensive tactics you will have to be quick on those analog and shoulder buttons if you want to stand a chance of progressing from track to track as your senses are pounded with awesome music, sound effects and visuals that will leave you feeling satisfied with the hard earned cash you just parted with (or not if you bought the 3G vita and got this amazing game for FREE).
As expected there are a plethora of tracks and vehicles that can be unlocked as you further progress through the various classes. The campaign itself is impressively long which covers 7 whole seasons which increase in difficulty as you progress. As you move forward through the campaign you will encounter standard racing, battles, phase and lets not forget your standard time trial courses.
The must publicised loading times have now been vastly improved with the release of the recent patch, and although some may still feel, they are slightly too long for a handheld game (30 secs average between races), I for one feel they are justified by the amount of detail and content this game produces.
With it's gorgeous looks, heart pumping soundtrack from the likes of the Chemical brothers, DJ Fresh and more and gameplay that truly is as enjoyable as ever, Wipeout 2048 is worth every penny and should be one title every Sony Ps Vita owner should own. Go get your copy now!
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