Wipeout: Omega Collection – Ludicrous Speed is GO

In 1995 the racing genre was quite literally turned on its head by the anti-gravity antics of Wipeout. Tyres became tired. Up became down. Few could resist zipping about a roller-coaster track in a missileship to the sweet staccato sound of explosions and the best of British electronica.

You can barely imagine how pretty those sharp bends, stomach-churning loops and sheer drops look now as they whip past in 4K, 60 frames per second. Wipeout: Omega Collection has taken the crusty-looking content from Wipeout HD, Wipeout HD Fury and Wipeout 2048, and dragged it kicking and screaming into an impossibly breath-taking future.

The 26 reversible circuits, 46 unique ships all look resplendent thanks to textures sharp enough to have your eye ou, and a new lighting system throws God rays like it’s focus testing for the Rapture. Don’t let the age of these games fool you: this is a PS4 Pro visual benchmark.

The polygons have been run through the pretty machine, but the purity of the original gameplay hasn’t been tampered with. At incredible speeds you still need to make the moment-to-moment decision that is: should I run over the boost pad, the weapon pad, or the defensive measure pad?

Skilfully connecting the dots on four or five boosts could rocket you out of enemy weapon range. Conversely, a randomised weapon could allow you to carve a path through the pack. Defensiveness  could nullify incoming fire or let you place lovely little mine presents to increase your lead further.

Wipeout is simple looking, but the tactics are rich. The utopian mega-highways you’ll thunder along all tuck away nefarious shortcuts. If you’re quick on the analogue stick, any bit of air you get might be a chance to waggle out a barrel roll that comes with a turbo boost, too.

Great gameplay truly is timeless thing, and the three-games-in-one nature of Omega means the fun-factor is matched with sheer value for money.  Whether you’re blazing past a friend in the split-screen two-player mode or leaving all-comers in the dust via the eight-player online matches, frenetic fun is always at your fingertips. Don’t hold back on a purchase. Engage this at full thrust.

Score: 9/10

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