Tuesday 13 June 2017

WipEout: Omega Collection Review - A gravity defying joyride

WipEout: Omega Collection Review
Worth the wait - 4.5 / 5
Wipeout and PlayStation go hand in hand. Since 1995, this adrenaline-fuelled futuristic racer features on all of Sony's consoles and although we've had to wait a little longer to see a Wipeout game grace the PlayStation 4, the delay has been worth it.

WipEout: Omega Collection includes all the content from three previous instalments in the series: WipEout 2048, WipEout HD and WipEout Fury. In total, there's 26 reversible circuits, 46 ships and of course, a bunch of pulsating tunes. With nine game modes, including Single Race, Speed Lap, Detonator and online/offline multiplayer, there's plenty of depth to keep you busy.

Wipeout: Omega Collection PS4 Review

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Eliminator mode is a personal favourite of mine, where the objective is not to win the race but merely cause other opponents damage using a variety of different weapons. And while it's fair to say that most Wipeout veterans have probably played these three games until their eyes have melted, it doesn't mean that this latest instalment, isn't worthy addition to the series. If anything, experiencing Wipeout on the PlayStation 4, in HD, (especially 4k), gives it a new lease of life.

Indeed, although the visuals are quite stunning, the thing I like the most about WipEout: Omega Collection is the nostalgia it induces. Not only does the soundtrack take me back to my teens where I was throwing shapes on the dance floor like a legend (at least I think I was), it also reminds me about the times I went head-to-head against my friends in split-screen multiplayer 22 years ago! Sure, I'm a little older now, and my mates are different, but I like to think that after two decades I'm a bit better at handling corners!

Graphics & Audio

With eye-popping visuals, supersonic gameplay and a pumping soundtrack, it's no surprise that WipeOut: Omega Collection looks fantastic on the PlayStation 4. Although both HD and Fury were already well put together on the PlayStation 3, unsurprisingly, it's Vita's WipEout 2048 that looks the slickest out of the three games. As for the audio, an array of new, and remastered '90s tunes compliment the gameplay and sound better than ever.

Wipeout: Omega Collection PS4 Review

Final Thoughts

The thing that sets Wipeout: Omega Collection apart from racing games of today is that it doesn't take itself seriously during a time where some racing games are beginning to do so more regularly. Wipeout is silly, it always has been, but that's the beauty of this gravity-defying joyride. Every time Sony releases their latest console, I eagerly anticipate the release of a new Wipeout game to accompany it. Although this time it's taken a while for this iconic racer to get an update to next-gen, WipEout: Omega Collection has been worth the wait.

Overall: 4.5/5

Gameplay: 4.5
Graphics: 4.5
Audio: 5
Value: 4.5

Game Details

Primary Format: PlayStation 4 (reviewed)

Game Genre: Racing
Rating: G