WeView Verdict: WipEout HD

Look I know this is the bit where I’m supposed to say something about the number of people who took part, or to say something vaguely witty about the game. The thing is I know next to nothing about the WipEout series. I played F-Zero a few times but that’s the closest I’ve ever come to a WipEout game (I know they’re not the same series, please don’t write me angry comments). If you remember it was Blair who picked this game last week.

Hopefully as I read through your opinions on the game I’ll learn something about the series.

It’s odd that 2ofclubs seems to have written a view that’s tailored perfectly to my lack of playtime with the series. It’s not that they tell me anything about the futuristic racer that I didn’t already know, but the last sentence is strangely appropriate. Clearly the only answer is that they’re psychic.

For a game that seems to be made for the fans it does little to surprise them other than delivering something they’ve already seen, albeit with a stunning lick of High Definition paint. That said, it’s still a solid foundation for WipEout’s blistering style of racing on the PSN and provides a teaser of what will hopefully culminate in the next true continuation of the series. However if you are new to the franchise then what are you doing reading this? Go get it now!

Next I turn to colmshan1990, partly because they’re short sentences and paragraphs reminded me of a haiku; yes I’m really that easily pleased. It’s a shame it’s not actually in haiku, perhaps that’s a challenge for someone next week. What really caught my eye here though is the comparison to Uncharted, it’s a small surprise to see someone putting another game over it.

This, and not Uncharted sets the Playstation standard for graphics and fun. On top of that, the pure, blistering speed sets this racer far apart from the pack. Unbeatable, and (until Resi 4 HD came out) my favourite game. As for the Fury DLC, it’s the best piece of DLC I’ve ever got, it added a whole new game, what more can you ask for?

I wonder if anyone else will agree on putting WipEout over the Uncharted series. Hopefully colmshan1990 won’t be left alone in their opinion.

I’ll be honest, I was slightly surprised to see this view when I was reading through the thread, everybody was being so overwhelmingly positive about the game that it didn’t look like I was going to see any differences of opinion. The suddenly Origami Killer and gave the complete opposite opinion to the general flow of the discussion.

I usually like a challenge, but WipEout takes this too far and is just too hard. Even on the easiest difficulty. I don’t get why people say it’s the best looking game on the PS3 as t really isn’t compared to other games such as Uncharted. It’s too hard and the turning is crap. That sums it up for me.

Finally, lets to turn to anthro’s opinion of the game. This was actually the first quote I picked this week, just because it struck me as nicely summing up everything about the game.

Wipeout HD is simply the best racing game that I have ever played on any console. It has all the elements it needs: speed, fluidity, myriad tracks, myriad ships with widely differing characteristics, superb graphics, and fantastic weapons. And to cap it off the online mode is nothing short of stunning. Oh, and then there’s the music, which is excellent as well – and you can even set up your own soundtrack if you so choose.

As I do every week, it’s time to finish off with your verdict of the game. Although sixteen of you took part this week, only fifteen remembered to put their rating at the end of their review. If you don’t include it I can’t take it into account when I’m counting everything up. Anyway, this was an utter landslide of a verdict, with just two of you giving it a rating of Avoid It and the remaining thirteen rating it as Buy It. That seems pretty conclusive to me.

Remember, I’ll be back with a new game for you to sink your teeth into tomorrow. If there’s anything you’d particularly like to see covered then just drop it into the comments below.



  1. got to agree this game is stunning in 1080p, 60fps and 7.1 surround sound. it also has a nice surround sound speaker check in the options, for which is great to check all speakers are function right.Throw in custom soundtracks and it cant be beat, always loved the wipeout games but i think this is great value for money even with the price of the dlc included to make a complete package.

  2. I read Origami Killer’s “It’s too hard and the turning is crap” as “I’m not good enough so I’ll complain about the one of the best features of the game and claim it’s awful” :-p

    • This. Wipeout is awesome, fact. With pilot assist turned on you can almost race without steering at all, so complaints about difficulty are completely baseless. Though that platinum is soul crushing, I will say that.

  3. I like Wipeout, Wipeout HD no exception, but cornering is almost impossible for me.

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