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    Default Its heart is still beating...Just - Pulse smashed by OPS2

    Its funny how things change. Back in the 1990s Wipeout was an exciting futuristic racer, unparalleled for both speed and garishnes, the pride of the Playstation. Now, it feels like little more than a slice of nostalgia to fill the gaps in the release schedule in between RIDGE RACERS AND BURNOUTS!! (caps added by me, also, F*** OFF! Yes because every burnout is SO original and doesn't feel like the pile of crap the came before it in any way shape or form)

    Going hands-on for the first time with the latest version, Wipeout Pulse, highlights just how much the cyber-racing franchise is starting to get cold and stiff. First, you must navigate through a bizarre career that’s laid out in a fiddly beehive style (each cell representing a race you need to complete).

    Then your into the racing. As with all in its genre, Pulse starts out sedate and gets quicker. Competitors become more aggressive and use their weapon pick-ups more liberally, the tracks get twistier, the races longer.

    But the excitement is sadly lacking. Choosing between any of the eight racing teams doesn’t make a difference when your out on the tracks (WRONG, prick) and the majority of the 24 new circuits have the same uniform, grey sheen we’ve seen a hundred times before.

    It’s not all doom and gloom, though. Although we weren’t able to try it out, we have high hopes for Wifi multiplayer (I have high hopes of your being hospitalized) which lets you compete over a local or national connection in seven race modes.

    The customization options look good too. You can personalize the skin of your craft, then post pictures of it online. Sony is promising downloadable music, tracks and ships too, after the games release in September, so as a package this is top portable fodder. Its simply a shame the core game is so dated

    Little box at the bottom with stupid rating-based-on-heat-o-meter says:

    There will be plenty on offer for hardcore Wipeout fans in Pulse, but the old and rather dated formula is unlikely to garner much favor with newcomers

    Rating: Tepid, Warm, Hot, Boiling, Meltdown:: WARM.

    Bits in brackets added by me I'd like to hurt the man who wrote this though, severely so.

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    Well that review was a pile of crap. There is no way the ships are so similar that they don't make a difference on track. That just doesn't happen in wipeout.

    Therefore, I think the whole review has pretty much 0 credibility. Specially if they think burnout or ridge racer are games that people should look forward to. Those two are probably a pair of the worst racing game franchises I have ever come across. I hate them both. Almost as much as I hate PGR and Forza.

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    I agree that was total bollocks, though it doesn't surprise me to see someone think that.

    Someone needs to tell him that FEISAR =! Triakis.

    Oh, and I do like all four of those other game series too, mclaren. I just happen to like WipEout better.

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    Who wrote this? I'd like to give him a peice of my mind! He calls WipEout (do I dare say?) boring. WipEout made the Playstation the greatest console in the world in 1995, and he is unimpressed? Why!?

    I can't wait for WipEout Pulse. By the time it's released, it'll be the greatest game on the PSP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Angryman View Post
    WipEout made the Playstation the greatest console in the world in 1995
    Of course, every "knowledgeable" gaming journalist will tell you it's either FF7, Metal Gear Solid, or FF8. (Lance, I don't know what the rolling eye smiley is!)

    They're all great games, but did they establish the system's place in gaming history first? **** no. And that opinion is why, for the most part, I hate a lot of mainstream gaming mags and sites. Because they don't. get. it.

    What do most casual PSP gamers think of when Wipeout Pure is mentioned? The ****ing web browser exploit. Not the actual game, the god damned BROWSER. That seriously makes me ill.

    Wipeout, to most of them, is just a novelty item. Nothing more. >_>
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    Thanks for backing me up, man!

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    This is what psm3 say:
    (I may need permish to dub-post.)
    After a 2 year hiatus, Everybody's favourite A.G. racer is back on psp with a host of new tracks, ships, weapons and new features...we know the features

    Comparison, no? (héhé )

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    Meh, in terms of racing games, the only ones I play are the wipeout series, the gran turismo series, F1 Career 99-02, and the new F1 Championship

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    don`t worry about it - even Mozart got some bad reviews and now he`s regarded as pretty good. It annoys me in the way that WipEout is always criticized for doing the same thing as it did in the older games, and it`s implied that it`s stale for this, yet none of these reviewers ever start an FPS review by saying "yawn, it`s just you looking down a corridor over the barrel of a gun." They won`t start their Halo3 review by saying that wandering around shooting people with a variety of weapons is a "dated" concept. They won`t call the next Burnout "dated" for being a car racing game where you have to dodge oncoming traffic to a soundtrack of nauseous rawk music. I mean, what`s Pulse supposed to do to avoid being "dated", turn into a different game altogether? That review is really pretty meaningless, and it`s just written by a journalist who doesn`t like the genre.

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    Yeah, the reason why WipEout still retains most of the original formula is because the formula is extremely well done. And WipEout Pulse does have some features that make it different from the previous games, including the Mag-strips, revised Zone mode, Racebox, new ships, and new circuits. Simply putting WipEout off as a novelty item or a tired franchise is ignorant and unintelligent. WipEout is still considered the gamer's choice for futuristic racing. In fact, most WipEouts fare off better than most normal racing games. The only stumble that WipEout ever made was in Fusion, but SL quickly got on it's feet and ran off with WipEout Pure. Pure is still running strong in the PSP's library, even though it's been over 2 years since it was released. WipEout is not a boring franchise that needs to be put out of it's misery. It's a great series, equal to that of Metroid and Final Fantasy. GO WIPEOUT!

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