Review by Five_Spice
"A masterpiece of racing games"
Wow. I'm glad I chose this game for my PSP bundle. I had played Wipe Out: Fusion on the PS2 and I was confident this would be a great game too. Turns out it was.
Graphics - 10/10
When I watched the opening cut scene for this game, I was amazed. It looked so good, I watched it over and over again. The in game graphics did not disappoint either. The whole thing was a fun filled ride. Smooth, smooth, smooth is all I can say. The frame rate isn't choppy at all. The colors are brilliant, and there is lots going on in the background. The texturing, was actually better than what I remember in Wipe Out: Fusion. Everything looked so good, that this was a real treat.
The effects are great, and I really liked the music too. I liked it so much, I actually listened to it for an entire week on a school trip. It's all techno, which may be a bad thing if you hate it, but the music was of great quality, and everything was well thought out.
Solid controls, and they didn't get annoying at all. You can use both the pseudo-stick and the control pad. The controls are in all the right places and they don't make your hands tired, which is important in a racing game.
Game play- 10/10
Although this game is hard for some people, don't let it scare you. You get a real sense of speed at the higher levels. There are new ships to unlock, new tracks and tournaments to complete, and down-loadable content to keep the game new and fresh. I loved this game, and I still do. The AI is pretty good, and although it can feel really cheap at times, the game is not impossible, like some people say. There are a lot of weapons in this game, all of which serve a purpose, and in multi-player it's a lot of fun. Even though the tracks are basically recycled after a while, the game didn't get boring for me at all. I had to play this for a week straight, and I found it interesting the whole way through. There are a lot of different ways you can play through this game, that appeal to a lot of different gamers.
Final Score- 9.5/10
Why not a 10? If a game was truly perfect I would never put it down, and although I play this game a lot I do play others as well. In my opinion, no game deserves a perfect score, but this game comes pretty close. It was a blast to play and I recommend it to everyone. Rent or buy? I'm one of those guys who never says buy! buy! buy! because I know someone out there will hate everything about it. Rent it and see if you like it, but if you are a fan of the old series or racing games I would buy this one right away. Yes. It's that good.
Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 04/25/05
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