Wipeout has been going strong on PlayStation since 1996 and has been a system classic ever since. It has, to this day, always had a special place in my heart. The Wipeout Omega Collection brings us Wipeout 2048 which was originally a Vita title, and for this collection has been upgraded for the PS4. It also has the original Wipeout HD from the PlayStation 3 and Wipeout Fury, which was an expansion for Wipeout HD.
When it comes to Wipeout, know that this is full on, straight out racing, no narrative here. You jump right into a futuristic anti-gravity ship/speeder-like craft and zoom about on tracks with different modes. Some modes come from previous Wipeout games, which aren’t included in this collection, but were considered some of the best features from titles in the past. I never felt bored playing Wipeout Omega Collection as this is straight out classic racing fun. You can play each track in various modes of your choosing. For example, the standard single race mode or the fun and exciting Eliminator. In this mode, you can challenge other racers and you are all given the opportunity to use weapons or defensive items. These are acquired by driving over red X’s marked on tracks. Weapons can be canons, missiles or bombs among many others to take down your opponents.
There are various other customizable options for your vehicles. A.I Intelligence and Power Ups can be used which determine the direction you go on a track. Wipeout Omega Collection runs as smooth as butter. I did not come across one bit of rubber banding or any glitching at all. This game would look amazing on a PS4 Pro in 4K being played on a giant 4K TV. It is a must have for anybody with that set up, whether you’re into racers or not.
Much of the controls and handling are the same, but for newcomers, Wipeout holds your hand somewhat early on. Not in terms of annoying hint and tip boxes, but more so that as you progress you gain access to faster vehicles and more complex tracks. Wipeout Omega Collection includes 26 tracks and 46 ships as well, so there is a lot to keep you entertained and great value, each track on HD and Fury is also completed with a medal level from bronze to gold. So it gives those achievement hunters a reason to come back and complete each race to collect as many gold medals as they can to get their trophies from another PlayStation game.
Graphics and Sound
Wipeout Omega Collection is simply beautiful. Each game has most definitely been upgraded for the PlayStation 4. Each track looks absolutely stunning with no glitches or graphical tearing at all. The game runs in 60fps and is an excellent choice for anybody who owns a PlayStation 4 Pro. It blows my mind how a lot of the tracks from Wipeout 2048 look so good on the PlayStation 4.
The soundtrack for Wipeout is awesome as well, it gets your blood pumping as you blast along tracks to music from electronica legends like The Prodigy. Wipeout is fast, so the pumping music that accompanies the game builds up your excitement levels and makes the game much more enjoyable.
Wipeout Omega Collection is a beautifully presented, remastered edition of some classic games from both the PS Vita and the PlayStation 3. They look amazing on the PS4 and while running at 60FPS, it also gives the PS4 Pro a run for its money. A worthwhile edition for any Sony fan that has enjoyed the experience in the past. I would have to say that Wipeout Omega Collection is most definitely worth picking up, as the game is gorgeous, runs like a dream and is a whole lot of fun to boot.