Parents' Guide to

WipEout Omega Collection

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Three great futuristic racing games fly onto PS4.

Game PlayStation 4 2017
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Retreading of the game won't win any new fans with 'unforgiving' controls.

Wipeout has all the aesthetics of a compelling racing game, but if you're unfamilar, this is not F Zero. The controlls are quite unforgiving and you are 'flying' rather than having any feel whatsoever of grip or real drifting mechanics per se' or interaction with the track besides hitting walls. I couldn't get into this because the floppiness of the flight controls and lack of subtle race mechanics I'm accustomed to that seemed to be all missing. The weapons aren't that fun to use and it all just comes together as to unwieldy for most racing fans with touchy controls that lacked any resemblance to Podracing on the 64 or PS2 or Nintendos F Zero. Perhaps that was what I was exspecting, but if that's you, be warned, this aint THAT by a long shot. I tried repeatedly to tweak setting and TRY to enjoy it, but in the end it just looked Sooo much better than it actually plays and the floppy flight mechanics are just too much to get over for anyone that's not already a fan of the older Wipeout games. (I only rated the game '12 and up' because of the skill curve which may frustrate young players looking for a simple racing game.)

Is It Any Good?

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Though it's just an aesthetic upgrade, for race fans who never played these futuristic speedsters, this compilation is essential. As the name suggests, the WipEout Omega Collection features three installments of the iconic and titular sci-fi racing game series that have never been available on the PlayStation 4 before: 2008's WipEout HD, which was originally released on PS3; its 2009 expansion WipEout Fury; and its sequel, 2012's WipEout 2048, which was made for the PlayStation Vita. In them, you pilot an armed, floating ship that goes in excess of 400MPH on tracks that are as twisty and loopy as a rollercoaster. While this has all of the events, vehicles, and tracks from those games, they've all been upgraded, visually.

But while that's not enough to make this worth buying if you own the originals -- well, unless you'd really like to race online some more -- it is if you enjoy such similarly futuristic racing games as F-Zero and Star Wars: Episode I Racer, but never had the pleasure of playing these games before. Along with all three games' individual career modes, this also has a full complement of online events and one-off races, all of which have multiple options. In fact, the only real disappointment about this are that you can't mix the three games together to, say, race tracks from WipEout HD using ships from WipEout 2048. Still, if you've ever wondered what it would be like to race a floating, jet-powered ship through a cyberpunk city, the WipEout Omega Collection is far better than trying to build a time machine.

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