Wipeout 3

Common Sense Media says

Simplistic obstacle course game is glitchy and boring.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Like the TV show, this game elicits laughter through the depiction of contestants as human rag dolls bouncing off giant obstacles, though no one ever appears seriously injured. The stunts could give kids ideas about setting up an obstacle course of their own.

Positive role models

The game's contestants spend their time running fast and trying to avoid obstacles. They don't perpetrate violence, but they do willingly suffer the physical punishment the courses dish out. Their dialogue -- and that of the game's two hosts -- is restricted to harmless, vaguely humorous one-liners. 

Ease of play

Simply push forward or backward on the control stick to move, press one button to jump and another to duck. It's very simple stuff. Plus, unlike the TV show, players get bumped past obstacles if they fail them three times in a row.  

Violence

The player's avatar gets whacked by swinging bars and panels, bounces off giant balls, and even gets shot out of a cannon. Characters never really seem hurt, though. If they fall off a platform they simply re-spawn on the course and continue running and jumping.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This game is a product tie-in for the popular TV show Wipeout.
 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Wipeout 3 is a simulation of the popular TV show with which it shares its name. It contains about the same level of violence -- players will see contestants getting whacked and falling in water, sometimes in replays from new angles -- though the humor is perhaps a little bit cleaner (unlike the TV show, the game's virtual contestants never utter any profanity that needs to be bleeped out). Parents should also know that most of the hazards in the game would be difficult for kids to reconstruct themselves, though the game may inspire them to build their own obstacle courses.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • momentum

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together

What Kids Can Learn

Wipeout 3 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • momentum

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together

Wipeout 3 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chad Sapieha

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What's it about?

If you've ever seen Wipeout the TV show then you probably have a pretty good idea what WIPEOUT 3 the video game is about. Players choose one of several \"episodes\" and then run and jump through four themed obstacle courses, just like contestants do on the show. The goal is to complete each gauntlet -- composed of various slides, swinging arms, and rotating platforms -- as quickly as possible in order to beat your competitors. Unlike the TV show, the game also features golden rings for players to collect. Players can earn points used to purchase new costume items that confer slight performance advantages. Four-player simultaneous party play is supported. The Wii U version allows one player to use the Wii U GamePad screen as a dedicated display in two-player matches.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

It's strange how a TV show that feels so much like a video game should translate so poorly to the video game world. Part of the problem is that the action is overly simplified. All players do most of the time is press forward or backward to move their contestant and tap one button to jump and another to duck. It almost feels like a game from 30 years ago -- except most classic games didn't have so many glitches. Expect to encounter everything from badly echoing audio to frozen screens. And poor collision detection means characters are just as likely to bounce off a wall of air rather than one of the show's famous big red balls. Wipeout super fans may eke out a little fun through a few quick episodes, but whatever meager charm this product tie-in has wears off far too quickly to justify its price tag.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about social gaming. Would you rather run through this game's challenges on your own, or with a friend playing simultaneously? Does playing together with someone in the same room make the game more fun?

  • Families can also discuss physical humor. What is it about people injuring themselves on TV that makes us laugh? Would you laugh if you watched a video of yourself getting hurt? When is it definitely not okay to laugh at people suffering physical abuse?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:November 18, 2012
Genre:Mini-games
ESRB rating:E10+ for Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 10 years old October 6, 2013
AGE
3
QUALITY
 

What in the world are you people talking about?

It has no bugs, no gliches, none of that. Minecraft Xbox gives you a frozen screen. The game is terribly addicting.
Kid, 11 years old June 15, 2013
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6
QUALITY
 

Fun and Funny

This game will have parents and kids rolling on the floor laughing. This is a great game!!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 10 years old June 14, 2015
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

fun game

what are these people talking about!!!!!!!!! its not glichy and boring!!!!!!! It's fun and silly!!!!!!!
What other families should know
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