Summary: The Wipeout games have always served as a solid system showcase with their flashy graphics and impressive sense of speed, so Studio Liverpool's latest, Wipeout 2048 , makes for a nice launch title for the PlayStation Vita. Nice, but not easy. As with the other games in the series, this one's lovely looks reel you in. But then you're quickly hit with a lack of road resistance, too-fast movement, and the slight sense of motion sickness from all the swerving.
Summary: Racing games on handheld platforms aren’t really that successful but, with Wipeout 2048, the Sony Liverpool studio wants to showcase both the power of the new PlayStation Vita, and the fact that a racing game on a portable device can look and feel just as great as one for a home console.
Excerpt: Going back to the days of the original PlayStation, Wipeout has been the game that gets made when Sony wants to show off. That ambition has never been more apparent than in Wipeout 2048, which is clearly meant to show the new Vita at its best. For the most part it does just that, but there are a few noticeable dents in what ought to be the showcase game for Sony's new handheld. To their credit, SCE Liverpool has done their best to shake things up a bit with this one.
Pros: Terrific backdrops look even better than those of Wipeout HD, Objectives make for an interesting and creative online mode, A lovely and easy to navigate interface
Cons: The slightly chunkier handling, The reduced framerate, The removal of modes such as Detonator
Sci-fi racer delivers high-octane thrills, fantasy violence.
Common Sense Media
23 April 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Wipeout 2048 is a futuristic fantasy racing game where players pilot extraordinarily fast hover cars armed with a variety of deadly weapons. Like most racing games, high-speed collisions simply result in lost time. Weapons -- rockets, machine guns, mines -- can damage and destroy the game’s cars, but vehicles respawn almost instantly.
Excerpt: But really, WipEout 2048 is a shining example of a polished launch title. Solid controls, steady framerate, and a nice amount of content are enough to make the game worth picking up, even to people who wouldn’t normally consider this a genre of choice. 2048 is fantastic for both bite-sized and long play sessions, and I can’t recommend it enough for any Vita owner’s library.
Pros: Lots of content, great online implementation, solid racing controls and options
Cons: Courses take a fair bit of time to load, camera feature in online play can’t be disabled
Excerpt: Sony's Wipeout franchise has been dazzling gamers since the original PlayStation. It came as no surprise that the company decided to release a launch title - Wipeout 2048 - alongside the PlayStation Vita. Can Wipeout hold up as a handheld title? Most certainly!
Excerpt: Wipeout 2048 is one of the best reasons to own a PS Vita at the moment. The game really shows off what the system’s hardware is capable of and contains enough enjoyable content to keep you entertained for months, irrespective of whether you play on the go or at home, online or offline.
Summary: " WipEout 2048 " is a fantastic looking title. Speed, as well as an interesting (unspoken) narrative through the campaign, ensures that it will strike a cord with fans as well as being one of the most visually impressive launch titles. Some small issues with frame rate aside the only real complaint is the relative length and variety of the title compared to the (cheaper) home version.
Summary: When the Vita launch lineup was originally announced, the one title that really had us salivating at the thought of was Wipeout 2048 . Given our love for the PlayStation 3 ’s Wipeout HD and its Fury expansion pack, the promise of taking our face melting futuristic racing on the road with us was simply too tempting a prospect – but would our expectations prove to be unrealistic or would Studio Liverpool deliver the goods once more?