WipEout Pulse Review
WipEout Pulse box art
System: PSP Review Rating Legend
Dev: SCEE Liverpool 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: SCEE (SONY) 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Feb. 12, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 (2-8 online) 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

But the best feature of the gameplay has to be its online functionality. Not only does WipEout Pulse have online capacity for up to eight players to compete in multi-level custom tournaments, but it will also be the first PSP game to feature downloadable content. Although there is none available as of the time of this review, there should be some on the way fairly soon. The game links directly to the WipEout Pulse website, so delivery should be pretty simple. In addition to the downloadable content that will be available at the website, you can also customize your favorite WipEout Pulse vehicles.

WipEout Pulse screenshot

Control for this game is pretty simple, and is actually a real departure from other games in the futuristic racing genre. While games like Fatal Inertia suffered from a control scheme that was a little too difficult to learn and very frustrating to play, WipEout Pulse has a control scheme that is the exact opposite. You use the X button to accelerate, the d-pad to steer (or the thumbstick if you so desire), and the shoulder buttons to make sharp turns. You also have a button that allows you to regain power by absorbing weapons you pick up instead of using them. And that is the extent of the controls. The control scheme feels very precise and responsive. There were very few moments where I felt that the controls were too much for me to master.

Visually, this game looks pretty good. Tracks look absolutely beautiful, and feature smooth environments that compliment the futuristic sci-fi feel of the game. The color in the game uses a lot of silvers and grays and uses some interesting lighting effects to showcase the most interesting parts of the course. The only facet of the visuals that does not look completely stunning is the different vehicles. They look a little rough, and seem to lack the polish of the tracks. But aside from this minor detail, the game is probably one of the best-looking games on the PSP.

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WipEout Pulse is a pretty awesome racer for the PSP. It is one of the few futuristic racers that feels actually playable after a few minutes, a considerable feat considering the competition. It has great tracks, varied gameplay, and some pretty innovative online functionality. It is a blast to play, and I would definitely consider this a must-own for PSP owners who also consider themselves fans of racing games. Even if you've never played games like Fatal Inertia or F-Zero, you'll almost certainly find something to love in this high-octane title.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
Pretty good, although some rough edges could have been smoothed out.
4.5
Control
Vehicle control is very smooth, a huge improvement over other games in the futuristic racing genre.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Music has a great electronic sound, but the voiceover track intros are a little hokey.
4.4
Play Value
There aren't too many tracks, but play mode variation, online modes and the promise of downloadable content is enough to keep you coming back for more!
4.3
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Intense gaming experience loaded with high-tech weapons, high-octane speed, and futuristic anti-gravity combat racing.
  • 8 teams including the new EG-X team and 12 new reversible tracks.
  • Large variation of in-track design including loops, vertical drops, and 90-degree angled sections.
  • Pumping soundtrack licensed by top artists including Mason, Loco Dice, Stanton Warriors, and Kraftwerk.
  • 7 game modes including wireless multiplayer mode via Ad hoc and Infrastructure modes.


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