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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Wipeout 2 is a collection of mini-games based on the TV show by the same name and follows the same premise as the original game, Wipeout: The Game. Contestants attempt to get the fastest time through an obstacle course that is designed to "wipe" them out by knocking them down, flinging them into the water, sweeping them into the mud, etc. Players in the game take on an avatar, many of which are wearing silly costumes, such as a chicken or cow suit, and race their way through the courses. One of the tag lines for the game is, "We mock people so you don't have to." Commentators make fun of contestants when they fall.
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What's it about?
WIPEOUT 2 is a game show where contestants attempt to get the fastest time through a series of summer and winter obstacle courses. Each course includes several rounds of play, most of which involve running from one end of the track to the other without being knocked into the water, mud, \"snow,\" or other messy substance. An elimination round requires a player to stay on a platform for as long as possible without being knocked off. Players get penalties for being knocked off, but can gain bonus time for collecting gold and silver rings. The player with the lowest overall time at the end of the entire game wins. Replays and commentary from the hosts are designed to exaggerate punches, falls, and other mistakes. Some of the obstacles include swinging on a rope, dodging punching gloves, jumping on trampolines and moving platforms, avoiding a large swinging bat, and walking on a rotating pole.
Is it any good?
WIPEOUT 2 will likely appeal to those who think it's hilarious when someone trips, falls off a bike, or walks into a wall. The learning curve for using the controls is high and may be frustrating for some kids, but as the "fun" of the game is in falling off, this could be less pronounced than other games. The ability to skip an obstacle and take on a time penalty is also a bonus for kids who are more focused on finishing than finishing first. There are eight courses to play, but they start to feel repetitive after a while; and unlocking new avatars isn't all that compelling. However, the game encourages kids to get up a move in time with what is happening on the screen. It will really come down to whether or not you find it entertaining to see someone punched off a platform.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about stunt-orientated play. What is safe? What isn't? How are the contestants in the show protected? What is safe behavior around the house?
Families can also talk about laughing at/making fun of other people. What makes the show so funny? Would it be as funny if you saw someone fall like that in real life? Why or why not? How would you feel about being on the show? How would you feel if you fell or hurt yourself in real life?
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