Many of us I’m sure, have fond memories of whizzing about in futuristic space craft. For some, it may be an old Star Wars game or Starfox. Yet, for many it was Wipeout. Even in the pixelated lo-res days of yore, Wipeout oozed with class. It was colourful, handled well and designed beautifully frantically. Old style effects would now have to be brought up to modern speed. And speed is what Wipeout revels in. Let’s discuss how Wipeout: Omega succeeds in many of these areas, lending from those race tracks of old and bringing a modern experience to nostalgia heads all around.
Developer: Clever Beans, XDEV, EPOS Game Studios
Publisher: Sony Computer Interactive
Avg Game Length: For as long as you’d like to race
Five Minutes With Wipeout: Omega Will Assure You That, Yes, They Nailed It
As the first race begins, we see those panning race track cameras and the ships poised to explode forth into mayhem. Indeed, mayhem is something you’re absolutely guaranteed in every game mode. Unless, you’re trying to ace a circuit in Time Trial. It’s those game modes in particular that teach you several things. Playing the campaign, bouncing off walls and still coming first will certainly not suffice for online play. Wipeout: Omega Collection is as technical and precise as you want it to be, just like its predecessors. Some Time Trials will demand such perfection from the player that every speed pad must be covered and not a single wall touched. The slightest mistake will cost you dearly.
But that’s not a bad thing. When sitting down alone with Wipeout, players will soon realise there is some deep learning that must be done here. An understanding of each track, in order to perfect it. Sometimes, Wipeout: Omega will accept nothing less from you. The high bar of challenge is reminiscent of the many games releasing around its predecessors. They weren’t a process to finish, as they are now. They were nerve wrecking challenges to surmount and the result was genuine pride for having finished it. Who finished Tomb Raider II? Without digressing, it’s easy to say that the developers have 100% nailed Wipeout’s authenticity, both in art style and how it feels to play.
Every Ship Handles Differently And Serves A Purpose Somewhere
Different ships retain their qualities from back in the day. They each handle in noticeably different ways. As before, they are segmented into their different teams and then split into fighter, speed, agility and a fairly slow tank unit. Each will specialise in…something. It will up to the player to find out which ship is specialised for what. Perhaps the AG Systems Agility will be best suited to Time Trial on Sol? Or maybe the Feisar Speed is best suited to a race on Downtown. Each ship corners and accelerates differently, which also demands practice and understanding to drive properly. Isn’t it great to know that all this has been done right?
That said, it would have not gone amiss if a little more work had been done on Wipeout HD and Wipeout Fury. Sure, everything is still extra shiny and it all still runs at 60FPS. Heck, it’s even optimizable for your PS4 Pro if you’re in that 1%. Alas, these two titles, much older originally than 2048 (which is where it’s all happening, let’s be honest here), are faithfully remastered… a little too well. How could such a thing be possible, you ask? Well, go back to a first generation racer, play it a bit. Feels slow doesn’t it?
While HD and Pure were breakneck nicker-grippers in their time… perhaps not so much now. Wipeout:2048 is the most, a remaster of the blistering speeds our nostalgia addled memories give us. Yet, the other two (which follow after 2048 on the menu screen) being older, just feel slower and clunkier. Sure they’re still fun and at the end of the day – we’ve got three games for one in a cool £30 price bracket. We can’t complain, really.
What Sci-Fi Racing Would Be Complete WIthout Without The Massive Bangers?
On the bright side, Wipeout: Omega blasts into your living room with ridiculously hefty beats. The slamming techno nature of Wipeout, I’m pleased to report, is still here. It is alive and kicking. We’ve got the likes of Prodigy, Swedish House Mafia and Chemical Brothers, wumping us along with a beat that mirrors our breakneck speeds with perfection. These tunes were so crazy, it was hard not to play Wipeout: Omega without waving my arms about like a crazed hippy at a festival. That said, there’s only about thirty tracks in total.
Phwoar blimey, you might say, “that’s alright, mind!”. On paper, perhaps it is. Although, when you’ve spent an hour trying to perfect that one lap that won’t let you go and you hear “ALIENS MUST DIE” for the one hundredth time, it’s not long before you’ll be wishing for more… musical variation. If you use Spotify, it may be an idea turn the music on 0% in game, then just crack on with your Spotify app. You can do that all just with your phone!
Aside from the occasionally maddening bumping club bangers, Wipeout: Omega has a lot of cause to be your ultimate replay-value winner this year. As discussed, we already know that there could be as little as three tracks and we’d still get a lot out of them. Not only is there the constant chase for perfection and the practice that involves. But in Wipeout: Omega, we have twenty six tracks, nine game modes and forty six ships to unlock and whizz around in. On a special note, the ships themselves are very detailed. It’s quite some feat for them to have gone from the Cornetto racing machines to where they are today. Pop the ever “Sony is vain, knows it and doesn’t care” photo mode on and you’ll see for yourself.
Wipeout Omega Collection Is A Bargain That Can Only Leave You Satisfied WIth Your Purchase
All in all, Wipeout: Omega is sure to make fans and non-fans alike smile. It may even make you frown in the deepest concentration as you push for first place. Yet, this is the kind of frown that makes you feel like a pro racer with genuine skill. Such a rewarding feeling is expected as par for the course with Wipeout. Wipeout: Omega Collection, with its high bar of challenge and demand for reflexes, delivers that while brushing off its shoulder and jauntily strutting down the street. Cool guys don’t look at explosions and Wipeout: Omega is not one for turning when it’s busy melting your face at mach three.