A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the WipEout Omega Collection brings the futuristic and combative racing game WipEout HD, its expansion WipEout Fury, and its sequel, WipEout 2048 to the PlayStation 4. But while players get to use guns, explosives, and futuristic devices to knock their competition out of the race temporarily, there's no blood or gore. There's also no inappropriate content, even when you're the one getting temporarily knocked out of the race. The game does feature online competition, during which conversations between players isn't monitored.
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What's it about?
As racing games, the three included in the WIPEOUT OMEGA COLLECTION —WipEout HD, its expansion WipEout Fury, and its sequel, WipEout 2048 -- don't have stories. Instead, you have a series of races that include time trials, multi-lap events, and others -- including some that wouldn't work in real-world racing games -- all designed to test your steering skills.
Is it any good?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in games. In this game, you use futuristic weapons to temporarily take out the competition, but does this make you feel differently when you win this way, as opposed to just outdoing the other racers?
Talk about road safety. What does this game teach us about obeying speed limits?
Discuss budgeting money. Do you think this collection is worth getting if you've already played these games? Do you feel it adds anything new?
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