Reader Review: Wipeout HD: Fury

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This review was submitted by Isaac Rooskov. If you’ve played Wipeout HD: Fury, or just want to ask Isaac more about it, leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Wipeout HD: Fury (PS3)

Wipeout HD is a fast paced, adrenaline filled, futuristic racer, presented in 1080p glory; Wipeout HD: Fury is an expansion pack to revolutionise the series.

Visuals – It’s true, the visuals for the original Wipeout HD were fantastic, reminding me of how eye-popping the Speed Racer Blu-Ray movie visuals are. It is also true that this expansion pack obviously doesn’t improve upon this but I’d like to see another racing game do better.

More Of What We Already Had – With an additional 8 tracks that can be played in reverse, 13 new ships and 6 added music tracks, this expansion pack is a game unto itself. Sure all the tracks are from earlier games in the Wipeout series but even if you have played them before, you haven’t played them like this!

New Race Modes – 3 new race modes have been added, Eliminator, Zone Battle, and Detonator. Eliminator sees the player attempting to blast all others out of the race, Zone Battle pushes the player to be the first to a certain Zone level and Detonator is another Zone-type mode where the objective is to blast bombs and the alike that littered on the track, in order to reach a certain point level.

New Menu – Some will love it, others will hate it. The change of the vehicle selection menu to the hexagon layout of the campaign event menu feels like an unnecessary change. It does add menu continuity but the selection experience doesn’t seem as clean and crisp as it once was.

This expansion pack is really a new HD experience. If you don’t have Wipeout HD yet, $43.90 Australian for the original plus Wipeout HD: Fury is a bargain when compared to what retail racing games include.

Reviewed by: Isaac Rooskov

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