A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This video game is based on the TV show, which shows people trying all sorts of dangerous and wacky things. That said, this game encourages kids to get up off the couch and physically move.
Positive Role Models
Most of the characters are caricatures or fall into stereotypes, such as "the cheerleader" or "the nerd."
Ease of Play
The game includes tutorials for both simple and more advanced obstacles, but these videos do not automatically play. Players must select the tutorials from the main menu. There is also a practice option for most of the courses in the same tutorial menu. Physical controls are mediocre. Some work as expected, such as running and jumping. Others, especially those involving airtime (Big Balls, trampolines, etc.), seem haphazard. A player can skip any obstacles except the last one, so there is little danger of being stuck mid-course.
Violence & Scariness
Characters are punched, knocked down, pelted with snowballs and muck, and more, all in the name of the game. Every fall, hit, and slide is captured and replayed in slow motion.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Commentators make jokes about things like "Big Balls," which is one of the obstacles in the game.
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The commentators are irreverent and in-your-face with their snarky comments.
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Products & Purchases
This game is built around the television show of the same name. Bonus content includes footage and behind-the-scenes content from the actual TV show.
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.
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.
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