The latest installment in the Wipeout series will make its official debut to the PS3 in WipeoutHD. The series is known for its extremely fast-paced, “anti-gravity” combat racing, and this newest version seems like it will stay true to the series’ gaming roots and not disappoint; all while looking very pretty.
The game is comprised of 8 of the best levels from Wipeout Pure and Wipeout Pulse, two titles that were released on the PSP. However, these tracks have been completely rebuilt, fine-tuned and upgraded, bringing them to the next gen to take full advantage of the high definition capabilities of the PS3.
WipeoutHD boasts some appealing technical and in-game features, as you would probably expect with an “HD” in the title. These features include:
- full 1080p resolution
- 60 frames per second animation
- 5.1 surround sound
- support for the sixaxis wireless controller
- 8 tracks (Vineta K, Chenghou Project, Sebenco Climb, Sol 2, Ubermall, Anulpha Pass, Moa Therma and Metropia)
- 5 game modes (Single Race, Tournament, Time Trial, Speed Lap, Zone Mode)
- 8 multiplayer online racing
- 9 electronic music tracks featuring Kraftwerk, Booka Shade, Stanton Warriors and more
Want some more? Sure thing! Aside from the sweet electronica tracks that accompany the game, WipeoutHD will support the use of custom soundtracks from playlists you’ve created on you PS3.
So if you’re in the mood to do some adrenaline pumped, hardcore racing to the sounds of Enya or Yanni… have at it.
I’m curious as to how this support for custom playlists will be incorporated though. Whether it will be done exclusively within the game (for example, as a menu in the game that lets you view any previously created playlists on your console and select one), or whether it will use the future in-game XMB update (that is, depending on whether the in-game XMB update is released prior to the game). It would be great if you could be playing the game, decide that you want to create a custom playlist on the fly, so you launch the in-game XMB, create a playlist and then continue with the game, racing to your new tunes. We’ll just have to wait and see.
WipeoutHD will be available exclusively on the Playstation Network as a downloadable title. No word yet on the official release date.
[See also: WipeoutHD gallery]