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UK PSN Goes Live For Vita Titles, WipEout Now Even Better

Me vs. the world.

I’ve already gone on and on about how brilliant WipEout 2048 is, but my earlier impressions were purely based on the game’s single player portion, the online section (which requires a Network Pass, you’ll remember) was out of bounds.

WipEout 2048. Quite possibly the best game in Vita's already rather strong launch line up.
Yesterday though, old buddy Joe (from ShopToNews) mentioned to me that the previously timing out sign-in process was letting him in – I gave it a quick go and, yes, he was right – WipEout’s online mode was now up and running; presumably to tie in with the Japanese release of the game.

So what’s new?  Well, apart from the actual multiplayer half of the game (it really is about half) there’s a few tweaks to the game’s home screen: namely an indicator to highlight how many of your friends are online (regardless of what they’re playing, or on what platform) and a news ticker icon.

It’s this news box that’s of most importance – it highlights any updates that your friends might have done in terms of beating your score, time or position on the various courses.  Think Autolog, but in near-future New York.  It’s really neat, clicking on an update takes you directly to that track to try to win back first place.

Leaderboards are now up and running (both Friends only and Global) for everything in the game, and now that I’ve spent a bit of time with the Speed Run section of single player (which opens up not long into the campaign) I’m happy to report that ghosts are in, along with the ability to download them and race against them.

At the time of writing I’m in first place for the first Speed Run.  Sure, there’s only two of us in there, but in second place is a certain WipEout pro you might have heard of…

I tried the Crossplay option (the one that connects to your PS3) and although it let me pick any of WipEout HD’s tracks (and ships) and jump into a lobby, the PS3 game wouldn’t recognise anything – presumably there’s going to be a patch for HD to make this all happen.

Finally, games like ModNation Racers also now have a fully functional online – you can share karts, mods and tracks and everything else the game offers.  I’m assuming the same for Everybody’s Golf, although the multiplayer stuff for that will require a patch update, which isn’t yet available.

  1. tonycawley
    Pint! Pint!
    Since: Feb 2009

    Lol, modnation now has full online functionality, apart from the fact you can’t race online!

    Comment posted on 19/01/2012 at 08:54.
    • nofi
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      Well, yeah.

      Comment posted on 19/01/2012 at 08:58.
      • Bilbo_bobbins
        Since: Jun 2009

        lol excellent feature that

        Comment posted on 19/01/2012 at 10:46.
    • Darksidesystems
      Since: Aug 2010

      which instantly turned this from a day 1 must have to a won’t bother actually…

      Comment posted on 19/01/2012 at 11:32.
      • TheDemocrodile
        Since: May 2010

        likewise, crazy crazy decision.

        Comment posted on 19/01/2012 at 15:27.
  2. sparkyscrum
    Since: May 2011

    So jealous!

    Comment posted on 19/01/2012 at 09:19.
  3. revolver6
    Since: Jan 2010

    i can’t wait to pick this game up looks awesome. whats the AR for viewing cars like?

    Comment posted on 19/01/2012 at 09:39.
    • cam the man
      Since: May 2009

      Cars? It’s 2048, we’ll all be driving/flying hover-floaty things by then.
      Does sound good.

      Comment posted on 19/01/2012 at 13:10.
  4. ossian
    Since: Jan 2011

    ok. so.
    can we finally answer the question that’s been nagging me: your japanese online pass works on your uk PSN account?

    Comment posted on 19/01/2012 at 10:18.
    • nofi
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      Nope, this is the UK version of the game.

      Comment posted on 19/01/2012 at 13:29.
  5. SpikeyMikey23
    Since: Jul 2009

    Looking forward to this now that i finally took the plunge and ordered a vita!

    Comment posted on 19/01/2012 at 10:40.
  6. MayContainEvil
    Since: Feb 2011

    Sounds absolutely wonderful, I’m drooling at the very thought of playing it. Looks like I might have to get a Vita after all. I’ll have to see what else it gets worth playing.

    Comment posted on 19/01/2012 at 12:07.
  7. MICKY17
    Since: Dec 2008

    This is sounding better and better. Are ghosts downloadable through 3G or only Wifi?

    Comment posted on 19/01/2012 at 12:17.
    • nofi
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      Not sure, sorry, only have Wi-Fi.

      Comment posted on 19/01/2012 at 13:29.
  8. Jambo
    Since: Jul 2009

    Will have to get a race going once HD/Fury gets patched.

    Comment posted on 19/01/2012 at 12:37.
  9. Foxhound_Solid
    Is a smart cookie.
    Since: Dec 2009

    Cant wait. Wonder how mad COD on Vita will go…? Not for me tho..uncharted n creed first of all….

    Comment posted on 19/01/2012 at 18:30.

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