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.