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.
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
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?
Excerpt: The Wipeout series is definitely a staple for Sony's console diet and there was no surprise from me when I learnt that Wipeout would be making its maiden debut on the PS Vita. Although reminiscent of previous Wipeout games, it's actually quite sturdy on the Vita, especially the control system which makes it quite fun to play.
Excerpt: WipEout Pure and WipEout Pulse are two of the strongest titles in the PSP’s back catalogue. Indeed, they are in large part the main reason I own a PSP, so it was fantastic to hear that WipEout 2048 would blaze a trail for Sony’s latest handheld system, just as Pure did when it launched back in 2005 alongside the PSP. The good news is it handles as brilliantly as any WipEout title should. The gameplay is intense and frenetic.
Conclusion: At its core, Wipeout 2048 is a solid arcade racer, but it suffers from a few too many poor design decisions to truly shine. Die hard series fanatics will still find a lot to enjoy, but mileage may vary for first time players.