PS3 Attitude’s 20 Days of PSN: #3 – WipEout HD
The WipEout series has been a PlayStation stable since its initial release in 1995 and has appeared on every platform in some form. Released in 2008, WipEout HD marked the series’ debut on the PS3 with 1080p graphics, 60 frames per second visuals, and 5.1 surround sound. In essence, it was one of the biggest downloadable titles at its time, with a $19.99 price tag to prove it.
It was worth every penny though as the game featured five game modes, online play, split screen multiplayer and an optional SIXAXIS control scheme. For these reasons and more, WipEout HD is #3 on PS3 Attitude’s Top 20 PSN titles.
Despite being three years old, WipEout HD stands as a top notch PS3 title with graphics and gameplay that still rival current titles, both disc-based and downloadable. If there’s one racing game you should own, it’s this one.
With eight reversible tracks and 12 futuristic race vehicles to choose from, there’s plenty of content to keep you occupied for hours upon hours. Even though each track is remastered from one of the two PSP WipEout games, experiencing them on the PS3 is like nothing else. The visuals, the soundtrack, everything is absolutely perfect.
WipEout HD is great for newcomers and veterans alike and will provide a challenge no matter your skill level. In fact, was the first download-only PSN title that had a platinum trophy; that’s how much this game is held in high regard. Earning the coveted platinum trophy makes you feel like you’ve actually accomplished something; it’s that difficult. Just earning “Beat ZIco” should be platinum in itself.
Don’t worry though if you’re not quite at the expert level some of the trophies require you to be at. WipEout HD offers numerous difficulty settings to accommodate players of any skill. It’s also the first game in the series to introduce Pilot Assist mode which provides an extra level of comfort to newbies. Whatever your experience with the WipEout series is, HD is one game that can be enjoyed by all.
Later in 2009, the game was expanded with the WipEout Fury expansion pack which doubled the number of tracks and vehicles as well as added three new gameplay modes; Eliminator, Zone Battle, and Detonator. Fury added an extra challenge to those who had all there was to experience in the original game.
The WipEout series has always pushed the limit of its respective console and really shown what it’s capable of. It’s one of the main reasons why we’re so excited for the upcoming WipEout 2048 for the PlayStation Vita, which will feature cross-platform play with WipEout HD.
#3 in our 20 Days of PSN goes to WipEout HD.
[Updated to reflect that it wasn’t the only downloadable title to have a platinum trophy. Thanks Axe and FurryFreak!]