PlayStation brought a remastered collection of WipEout games to the PlayStation 4. Find out if it’s worth picking up in our WipEout Omega Collection Review!
|Release Date||June 27, 2017|
|Developer||Clever Beans/EPOS Game Studios|
|ESRB Rating||Everyone 10+|
The WipEout series began in 1995 on the PlayStation 1. It was seen as a different take on Nintendo’s popular F-Zero series. I never played many of these games growing up. I think I played the original and a little bit of WipEout HD on PlayStation 3 when it came out. It just never really pulled me in and I never knew anyone that had it to spend more time with this series. This past week, I got a crash course in recent WipEout games as I played the WipEout Omega Collection. Let’s dive into what I thought!
The WipEout Omega Collection consists of three of the most recent games in the series, WipEout HD, WipEout HD Fury, and WipEout 2048 which was previously exclusive to the PlayStation Vita. Each game is remastered with 4K graphics, HDR, and a targeted 60 FPS. It’s a beautifully successful remaster that manages to make an already good trio of experiences even better. I like that PlayStation chose to stick with the newer games to remaster giving the game a more cohesive feel than if they tried to dive further back in the library. HD give you the normal WipEout experience, Fury adds more combat to the fray, and 2048 adds a more natural feel to the tracks. There’s something for everyone here.
No matter which of the three titles you choose, they’re all racing games at heart. All the ships control relatively the same across the games with players drifting around corners and using barrel rolls in the air for a speed boost to gain a competitive edge. As in most racing games, you’ll encounter acceleration pads as well as weapon pads. It’s not unlike the Mario Kart series in that way, but these games are a lot less cartoony than that series. These are definitely games for the hardcore racing fan, but there is the ability to turn on Assisted Steering if you’d like a bit of an easier experience.
As much fun as you can have in these games, they’re pretty tough, especially if you try playing on the Elite difficulty level. The first batch of races start out easy enough and you start to feel like you’re getting the hang of it, but as the races become more difficult, so does your AI competition. Sometimes a weapon blast or a hitting an acceleration pad is the only thing standing between you being first place…or last. There’s a strategy element there and it’s deeply satisfying to glide by a group of opponents using a well-timed Quake blast.
The WipEout Omega Collection is one of the better-looking games on the PS4, which is saying a lot. It’s amazing to see these racing pods speeding through these colourful and futuristic tracks. It all comes together in one beautiful package and that’s always been one of the highlights of this series. It’s stunning. The music only helps to add to the experience with EDM blasting through your speakers as you fly through the track. Of course, with the ability to use Spotify on PS4, you can also use tracks from old WipEout games to change things up a little bit. It’s a nice option to have.
This collection includes online play for all 3 games as well as leaderboards for all the different modes and tracks. It becomes very addicting to try and shave a few seconds of your time to get into a better position on the world leaderboard. I always found it fun to find new shortcuts or quicker ways of completing a lap on each track in a way that I don’t normally experience in racing games. There is also 2-player split screen for those that enjoy couch co-op. I thought that was a really nice touch for a game like this. With the shortage of titles that support split screen, it’s certainly going to be a big selling point.
The WipEout Omega Collection represents some good fan service by PlayStation. They managed to get a great Vita game in front of more people on PS4 while reminding them why the WipEout series was so popular. I’m hoping that this serves as a catalyst to make a new game in the series because I really think PlayStation needs more of these types of games. This collection certainly offers great value and these remasters are definitely worth the price. I’d recommend this collection to anyone who enjoys futuristic racers, you won’t be disappointed.
*A copy of this game was provided to FYIG by PlayStation for review purposes*