New "Side By Side Multiplayer"
I was thrilled when I saw that Wipeout was returning to the video game world as a 4 player game, unlike the 2nd Wipeout game for Wii. The game is, for the most part, a fun and challenging game, but some parts of this game left me disappointed. There are a number of new and exciting obstacles, as well as a new "side by side multiiplayer" feature, which allows 2 players to run through the obstacles at the same time. Being the 3rd Wipeout game, Activision has added some good improvements to this edition. Unlike the previous Wipeouts, there is larger selection of characters and episodes. The characters can also be customized with unlockable helmets, gloves, and boots. Another interesting addition to the game, is the camera positioning. Instead of the standard side view, the camera is now chasing the player from behind, which has both advantages and disadvantages. This new camera angle allows the player to see the obstacles ahead, but sometimes not the current obstacle. Of course every game has to have problems, and Wipeout 3 is no exception. The ball throwing feature has been excluded from number 3, which may mean the players waiting for their turns will be left with nothing to do. The loss of the ball feature is a result of the camera angle and "side by side" action. Loosing the ability to throw balls at opposing players also means a decrease in the number of wipeouts. Although there are obstacles for the players to get through, you are able to hit an obstacle multiple times before an actual wipeout will occur. This may mean that the game is geared more towards a younger age of players, which makes sense since they have added children into the character list. In fact it is easy for children to play because of the loss of player control. In regular courses, no matter what direction you move the joystick, the players will not walk off of the elevated paths. This limits control and takes away some of the fun and challenge. Overall, this game is a fun party game for a group of 8 or less people. I would share this game for anyone who struggled playing the 1st Wipeout game and anyone with younger children.