I love Wipeout. No bones about it. It's one of my favourite games of all time; Wipeout HD is my favourite game from the PS3/360 era, next to Uncharted 2.
What I love most about it is the unbridled, sheer sense of speed. When you nail all the boosts, hit the air brakes perfectly and fly through the track, it's breathtaking.
But I don't know whether I could handle that same experience in VR.
It's called Radial-G: Racing Revolved. It's a Wipeout-style anti-gravity racer that's been in Early Access for over a year, and it's finally launching next month to coincide with the release of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
Given that pre-orders for the Vive open tomorrow, developers Tammeka Games decided to push out their launch trailer today. Let's check it out.
Here's the problem. I don't know if I'm physically capable of enjoying a game with Wipeout-esque speeds while immersed in VR. I'm barely capable of following everything that happens during a Wipeout game at full pace. That's part of the fun.
But I don't get sick sitting on my couch. Although it's not like I've gotten sick with VR before, although I've tried to stay away from the rollercoasters (which I don't enjoy in real life anyway) and other "shock" demos.
Could this push me over the line though? I keep going back to that trailer and thinking ... man, I really want another Wipeout. Hell, I'd throw oodles of money at Sony just to get them to release Wipeout HD on the PS4.
But in VR? That might be a step too far.