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Wipeout: The Game

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TV-based game with slapstick violence, poor controls.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The main takeaway from Wipeout is that it's funny to watch people fail. And fall.

Positive role models

The contestant characters are all stereotypes. And while the hosts provide colorful commentary they get a little too excited when they see somebody get hurt.

Ease of play

The controls on the Wii version of Wipeout: The Game are terrible. Completing even one event can prove incredibly difficult. And even if you're able to laugh at the over-the-top falls you're character takes, you'll soon grow frustrated if you never make it across a finish line. A good tutorial might have made things a tiny bit better, but the only one available is vague and unhelpful.

Violence

A good part of the reason for the existence of the TV show Wipeout is the schadenfreude-type joy viewers get from watching people fall down. The same goes for the game. Contestants slip, trip, tumble into mud, get pelted by tennis balls, and even get hit by boxing gloves that pop out of walls. "Ragdoll physics" are used in the game to make the slow-motion falls look even sillier (and occasionally more painful).

Sex

The commentary contains innuendo around an event called "Big Balls." (The event involves literally jumping across large rubber balls).

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The game is tied in to -- and could be viewed as an ad for -- the ABC television game show, Wipeout.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Wipeout: The Game is built around laughing at people falling down. It's presented in a cartoony, over-the-top way, but it still delivers a negative message. You should also be aware that the characters are (supposedly humorous) stereotypes, and that the game is frustratingly difficult to play.

What's it about?

WIPEOUT: THE GAME is an incredibly faithful adaptation of the television game show that shares its name. The real hosts provide voice-over commentary and all the physical challenges are straight from the program. Contestants on Wipeout have to work their way through ridiculous obstacle courses, designed to make them stumble and fall -- usually into mud. They leap across giant rubber balls, dodge robotic boxing gloves, duck swinging foam arms, and so on. Each time a person slips or gets knocked down, their fall is repeated in slow motion and the commentators mock them.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The first few times you see a characters fall onto his face or bounce between two giant balls, it is admittedly pretty funny. But that's not enough to recommend an entire video game. And that's all you really get from Wipeout: The Game. The graphics are so-so, the events often too similar to one another, and the controls absolutely terrible. You won't be given any instructions whatsoever; the timer starts running and you need to dash out and start leaping over things. Unfortunately, none of the logical control schemes you can think of will help you across the obstacle courses. If you're a fan of the show, you might want to rent the game for its loyalty to the source material.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the game's -- and the TV show's -- sense of humor. Is it okay to laugh at people when they fail at something? What if it looks like the person might be hurt?

  • Families can also discuss whether there is anything realistic about the characters in Wipeout: The Game. How can stereotypes be harmful?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Price:$24.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:June 21, 2010
Genre:Mini-games
ESRB rating:E10+ for Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence

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Kid, 11 years old April 14, 2011

Good

This game is good, but it is better if you have some friends to play it with.
Teen, 17 years old Written byPlayItSafe July 20, 2010

Difficult But Fun

Funny game that kids will love. It takes a while to get used to and can be frustrating at times but it also makes you laugh a lot. There is no blood or swearing in the game, but I did realize it makes fun of obese people. When you choose a large sized character nicknamed 'Tattoo Practice' one of the hosts says "She say's her body is a work of art, like a lot of art." and that offended me a little.
Kid, 12 years old August 3, 2011

AWESOME!

I love the tv show, and a few months ago, I rented the Wii Game. I loved it! I just got the DS game a few days ago, and it's awesome. The only problems are that I wish there were a lot more obstacles that are featured. Other than that, I would recommend it to Wipeout fans!

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