Wipeout: The Game
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wipeout: The Game is built around laughing at people falling down. It's presented in a cartoony, over-the-top way, but it still delivers a negative message. You should also be aware that the characters are (supposedly humorous) stereotypes, and that the game is frustratingly difficult to play.
What's it about?
WIPEOUT: THE GAME is an incredibly faithful adaptation of the television game show that shares its name. The real hosts provide voice-over commentary and all the physical challenges are straight from the program. Contestants on Wipeout have to work their way through ridiculous obstacle courses, designed to make them stumble and fall -- usually into mud. They leap across giant rubber balls, dodge robotic boxing gloves, duck swinging foam arms, and so on. Each time a person slips or gets knocked down, their fall is repeated in slow motion and the commentators mock them.
Is it any good?
The first few times you see a characters fall onto his face or bounce between two giant balls, it is admittedly pretty funny. But that's not enough to recommend an entire video game. And that's all you really get from Wipeout: The Game. The graphics are so-so, the events often too similar to one another, and the controls absolutely terrible. You won't be given any instructions whatsoever; the timer starts running and you need to dash out and start leaping over things. Unfortunately, none of the logical control schemes you can think of will help you across the obstacle courses. If you're a fan of the show, you might want to rent the game for its loyalty to the source material.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the game's -- and the TV show's -- sense of humor. Is it okay to laugh at people when they fail at something? What if it looks like the person might be hurt?
Families can also discuss whether there is anything realistic about the characters in Wipeout: The Game. How can stereotypes be harmful?