If you had no idea there was a Wipeout 2, let alone a Wipeout 1, then you are in the right spot. I’ve taken some time to provide you a full review on Wipeout 1 and 2 as well as what is changed in Wipeout 2 as they are the same game with minor changes listed below.

The Game

Wipeout is a good representation of the TV show, the hosts and their voices are in there but they are avatarized (if that’s a word). In both games, their mouths do not match up with the words which I really thought would have been fixed by now, but kids think its hilarious since it really is goofy that their mouths are all over the place. The objective is to get through an obstacle course, with some crazy obstacles just like the show. You start with the The Qualifier, onto The Eliminator which is a “sweeper” of some sort (there’s only 1 sweeper in Wipeout 1, two different ones based on the season in Wipeout 2), and complete the course in the Wipeout Zone. After completing an episode, you unlock the next episode. You are also able to unlock additional avatars in case you are bored with yours. Some achievements require the use of the extra avatars.

With avatars being used as characters, the games provide a complete cartoony world which is fine for this type of game, the goal of this game is for kids and group parties. Single players may not get excited about these games unless they are die-hard fans.

Wipeout 1 (Top) vs. Wipeout 2 (Bottom) - Really...there is no difference.

Both wipeouts can be fun, but can also drive you absolutely insane. If you are stuck on obstacle, you typically have to keep retrying or you can skip it and take a time penalty. When you skip, you are automatically moved to the next obstacle with a time penalty. Where it became insane is when you are stuck at the last obstacle and you can’t skip it. You have to keep trying and trying. The best part of both games is the actual Wipeout. The replays do a good job at showing you some different angles of how your body can bend.

I would have to mention that sometimes you do get lucky and can blow through a course in one try. Doing this is quite satisfying as you typically understand how challenging the game is in the first run through.

Multiplayer

Multiplayer has you taking turns for most things in the first game, although the second player can use a regular controller to throw balls in the summer wipeout, and fling mud/slush in the winter wipeout. This does get annoying at a point as you take time penalties for being hit, and it’s not really easy to dodge these. It also doesn’t make it fair as even with you and a partner playing, the computer opponents almost do well on all the courses, so even though both you and your partner and trying to mess each other up, you both will lose to the computer opponents because you don’t get a chance to hit them.

In Wipeout 1, there are 9 summer episodes which can be finished in 3-4  hours depending on how many times you have to retry obstacles. Wipeout 2 provides 12 episodes total, with 6 summer episodes (which are replicas of the Wipeout 1) and 6 winter episodes. Unfortunately with both titles, after you complete everything, there’s not much replay value. Most of the achievements are not that difficult to accomplish so for the achievement gamers, this may be an easy one if you have handle the physical stress the game puts on you. Both games could have easily been released as arcade titles which is where I feel they belong.

Controls

The controls work well for the most part, but my gripe is that some obstacles need absolute precision. The precision of a controller to be exact. At this time, Kinect doesn’t offer the precision so you find yourself retrying obstacles and it becomes quite annoying at that point. Other than the precision, all gestures and motions are recognized well except some things are buggy such as the balancing and the leaning in air to direct your avatar.

Some other bugs are voice stuttering in both titles, the balls are very weird as they suck you in and then you have to lean forward or backward to direct your avatar which doesn’t always work.

The summer episode (top - Xbox) vs. the winter episode (bottom - ps3)

Conclusion

Unfortunately the difference between Wipeout 1 and 2 is minimal and you won’t even notice anything unless you read this review and look for them. Istran’s review is spot on and it goes for this one as well. I feel this was going to be part of the first one but the developers ran out of time, so instead of adding DLC somehow, or even patching the original, they are going for the 2 for 1 deal. If you played the first, you aren’t missing much in the second, if you don’t have the first, you are better off getting this one as it has the first one in it already so you get the 2 for 1 deal instead.


This review is based on a retail copy of the Xbox 360 version of Wipeout 2
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