Written by Jon Scarr
When I think of famous PlayStation franchises there are many that come to mind such as Uncharted, God of War, Twisted Metal, and Wipeout. Ever since Wipeout made its debut on the PlayStation back in 1995, I’ve had a special place for the futuristic racer in my heart. Known for its fast-paced gameplay, unique 3D visual design, and catchy electronic dance music soundtracks—Wipeout was a game like no other. Read our review of the Wipeout Omega Collection.
It’s been several years since Studio Liverpool, the game’s developers, closed their doors. So when Sony announced at the 2016 PlayStation Experience that Wipeout was coming back, I was left in disbelief.
It’s unclear as to whether Sony has any current plants to create a brand new game in the series based upon the success of the compilation. Though, if you have never played Wipeout before this is the perfect chance to try out what is arguably the best the series has ever been.
Wipeout Omega Collection features all the content from the last three games in the franchise: Wipeout HD, Fury and 2048. Wipeout HD contains the same race tracks from the PSP games Wipeout Pure and Wipeout Pulse with upgraded visuals, Fury is an expansion of Wipeout HD, and Wipeout 2048 is the game that launched on the PS Vita, which was a prequel to the first Wipeout game on the PlayStation.
Combining all these three games, Wipeout Omega Collection packs a whopping 26 circuits, 46 unique ships, a ton of game modes and a revamped soundtrack, featuring 28 hits from a mix of Wipeout legends like The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy. Essentially, Wipeout Omega Collection is a Wipeout fan’s dream come true.
The question remains, can this HD remake collection can stand on its merits alone in 2017?
If you are new to the Wipeout franchise, then you are in for a treat. Like wise, long time veterans will feel right at home with Wipeout Omega Collection. Across the three games there are a total of nine different unique game modes including time trails, battles, zone battle, traditional races, Eliminator and Detonator to name a few—all with a great deal of replayability.
As you complete race objectives you’ll unlock various different events. However, if you are up for the challenge, you can unlock additional ships by coming in first place in each challenge. What I like about Wipeout Omega Collection is that the level of difficult in these challenges gradually ramps up, giving you time to improve your gameplay skills.
The Wipeout series have always been known for its unique and sometimes touch controls, while those controls can still be found in Wipeout Omega Collection—you now have the option of driving assist. It provides just enough help to keep you on-track without making you feel like you have training wheels on.
Given how much can go on at any one time, between enemies, weapons, and sharp turns, it’s good to have some advantage when you can get it. The ability to customize the button mapping is much welcomed feature. Wipeout HD, Fury, and 2048 all control like a dream, so there’s no blaming the controls for losing.
In terms of multiplayer, Wipeout Omega Collection has both a two player split screen mode and an eight player online mode. Before starting a race, you can customize just about anything including mode of play (HD, Fury or 2048), the type of race (single or tournament), the category of vehicles (or class), number of laps and so on.
Multiplayer is buttery smooth in all the games regardless if its split screen local play or eight players online. Getting into a game is just as simple as a few button presses away and the time it takes to get into a match is seamless.
Visually, Wipeout Omega Collection is jaw droppingly gorgeous. Running at 4K 60fps on PS4 Pro and 1080p 60fps on PlayStation 4, the increase in graphical fidelity is incredible. I was shocked at how well these nine-year old games have held up, with Wipeout 2048 looking the best.
The vehicles, tracks, and various lighting and weapon effects all shine, with increased resolution and a rock-solid framerate. Without a doubt, every game in this collection is a feast for the eyes and ears. The electronica soundtrack brings back fond memories and still to this day is a perfect fit for the game.
Here are a few tips and tricks for Wipeout Omega Collection that are sure to shave off some valuable time against your opponents:
If you love the Wipeout franchise or have ever heard about it and never had a chance to check it out—Wipeout Omega Collection is for you. With three games included, there’s a whole heck of a lot of content and all of it is superb. Though it’s a bit of a let down that there isn’t anything extra included beyond the games.
Wipeout Omega Collection plays wonderfully, looks gorgeous, and sounds incredible. Another must have game for racing fans on the PlayStation 4.
Platform: PlayStation 4
Developer: Sony XDev, Clever Beans & EPOS Game Studios
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Modes: Single-player, multiplayer
ESRB Rating: E 10+ (Everyone 10+)
Based in Toronto, Jon is a proud Canadian who loves all things gaming. He is a veteran of the video game and tech industry who has been in love with technology and gaming for over 20 years. Come say hi and join the conversation with Jon on Twitter.