Wipeout HD is a Racing game available on the PS3. It can be played in Firstperson Competitive Cooperative Splitscreen modes.
Wipeout HD can be played in a Firstperson mode. First Person games view the world from the eyes of the in-game character. You don't see the character themselves apart from their hands, gun or possibly feet as in Mirror's Edge. Because of the imediacy of the experience and sheer volume of visual information the player is offered First Person games lend themselves to the shooting genre. The FPS view enables players to immerse themselves in the experience and react quicker to events in the game. Other games have used a first person view to deliver an unusual perspective on an old genre - Mirror's Edge for example delivers a Platforming genre through a First Person view.
Wipeout HD can be played in a Competitive mode. Competitive Multiplayer games provide experiences where players compete against each other and the computer. Obviously lending itself to sports and team games, these competitive engagements have also dominated the shooting and fighting genres because of the direct combat and expertise involved in each. Although these games were originally played in a split screen style, more recently they are played online via services such as PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and the Nintendo Wireless Connection.
Wipeout HD can be played in a Cooperative mode. Cooperative Multiplayer games provide an experience that is played symaltaneously by multiple players. Unlike the simple arena competitive multiplayer style games where players try to kill the most enemies, true co-operative games are designed to take a group of players through a campaign experience together. This will involve sections where players have to work together to proceed - either from the sheer difficulty as in Halo 3 on 360 or by the design of levels such as LittleBigPlanet on PS3.
Wipeout HD can be played in a Splitscreen mode. Split Screen Multiplayer games involve multiple players by providing a portion of the screen for each person. This enables two, three or four players to be involved in the game using just one console. Although popular for the PS2, Gamecube and Wii it is becoming less common in modern 360 and PS3 games which are less willing to sacrifice horsepower from the visuals to accomodate the extra players - they opt for an online multiplayer mode instead.
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Wipeout HD is a surprisingly good fit for family gamers, and epitomises a more intelligent broadening of gaming's audience.
Everyone wants a slice of family gaming action these days. Now, I'm not talking about Mums and Dads wanting their time of the 360 or PlayStation 3, although no doubt that's true, I'm talking about the platform holders that are busy courting the wide open seas of the family market.
Wipeout HD 3D uncovers just how impressive the game has always been. In 3D, the speed, art design and even sound are magically more engaging, transporting you to another reality with a technical tingle down your spine.
The original Wipeout for the Playstation in 1995 was a revelation. The style and design married to super-fast anti-gravity rocket ships was very special. Many games since have tried to create the almost mind altering stream of visuals.
Wipeout is visually unique amongst racing games. Its gaming kudos enables it to draw on the top graphic designers from both the gaming and print industry. Wipeout HD on PS3 is simply stunning to look at. Although sticking to the tried and tested Blade Runner aesthetic, the sheer pace of the action coupled with an impressive replay and photo mode make this the best looking future racing game around.
Add to this the gesture controls of the Sixaxis (or DualShock 3) controller and you have an experience that is as nuanced to play as it looks. What's more, the ability to turn on driver assist to help keep the player on the track, and the to calibrate the gesture controls for small hands, turn this into a surprisingly suitable game for all the family.
The combination of sparkling HD visuals and motion sensitive steering is a mouth watering combination to fans of the Wipeout series. But it is the little touches such as driver assist and gesture sensitivity that make the biggest difference to us family gamers.
Wipeout was first released on the PlayStation 1 in the late 90's and became famous for demonstrating how to successfully mix two youth cultures - clubbing and gaming. The hover racing game more recently game to bolster Sony's handheld lineup with Wipeout: Pure PSP and Wipeout: Pulse PSP.
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