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Wipeout 2048

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  • Platform: PlayStation Vita
  • ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B0050SW8AC
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 1.3 x 13.5 cm
  • Release Date: Feb. 21 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #455 in Computer and Video Games (See Top 100 in Computer and Video Games)

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Experience the thrill and speed of anti-gravity racing with PS Vita enhanced controls - intuitive touch interface, motion active tilt and voice commands. Optimized for 23rd century racing, you can compete with up to 8 other players on 10 new tracks. It’s a never-ending battle to stay atop the online leaderboards.


WipEout 2048 is a high-speed, high-energy multiplayer Racing game releasing as a launch title concurrently with the PlayStation Vita. Set in the year 2048, the game is chronologically a prequel to earlier releases in the series, introducing longtime fans of the game series as well as new players to the beginnings of the addictive futuristic sport of antigravity racing. The game utilizes PlayStation Vita's innovative touch interface, motion active tilt, and voice-activated controls to create a fluid high-end racing experience that players can take anywhere. Additional features include: eight player support that includes races against PS3 players of Wipeout HD on PlayStation Network, co-op mission play and wider tracks designed to increase players' focus on weapons and maneuverability.

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Challenging for the lead in a race in WipEout 2048
Heart-pounding Wipeout antigravity racing comes to PlayStation Vita.
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Antigravity Racing Comes to PlayStation Vita

In Wipeout 2048 players experience the thrill and speed of aggressive, antigravity racing in the palm of their hand via the PlayStation Vita. One of the most exciting launch titles releasing concurrently with the PS Vita, Wipeout 2048 retains the frenetically-paced, futuristic racing action and vehicular combat that has thrilled and challenged fans of the series, while also upping the ante by harnesses the PS Vita's enhanced controls. These include motion active tilt, touch interface and even voice-activated commands. Filled with fast-paced, futuristic racing action and wireless connectivity, Wipeout 2048 is a never-ending battle to stay atop the online leaderboards.

Multiplayer Options That Include PS3 Players

Wipeout 2048 is designed for multiplayer fun. The game features widened tracks which encourage side-to-side contact between racers, as well as maneuverability. These allow for evasive maneuvers and the pickup of offensive and defensive items arranged on pads along the track. Eight player support is available throughout the game, either wirelessly against other PS Vita players utilizing the handheld's 3G and/or Wi-Fi connections (depending on the PS Vita version), or against PS3 players of Wipeout HD on PlayStation Network.

Key Game Features

  • Frenetic Wipeout Racing Action for PS Vita - The fast-paced, futuristic racing action of the Wipeout franchise comes to the PlayStation Vita handheld gaming system
  • Intuitive Active Racing - Antigravity racing like never before with intuitive touch interface, motion active tilt, and voice-activated controls
  • Multiplayer - Race against up to eight players simultaneously
  • Crossplay with PS3 Players - Multiplayer functionality includes races against PS3 players of Wipeout HD in PlayStation Network
  • Co-Op Missions - Compete with your friends in a series of challenges for the top placement of the online leaderboard

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A close-up view of an antigravity vehicle during a race in WipEout 2048
Fast, futuristic vehicles.
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The leader in a race taking fire from competitors as they pass the grandstand in WipEout 2048
Devastating in-race firepower.
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Two antigravity racing vehicles side-by-side on a race track in WipEout 2048
New side-by-side racing.
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Racing in front of a huge crowd in WipEout 2048
Dramatic city environments.
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Three years from launch and SCE Liverpool's (nee Psygnosis) last outing for the venerable franchise and as a studio, 2048 still remains one of the Vita's finest games. WipEout has always been a technical and aesthetic showcase for PlayStation systems, and 2048 is no different.

Going back to the very beginning of the racing series' lore/universe (yes, it has one), 2048 features level design that's a halfway point between recognizable urban landscapes and the futuristic neon-lit skylines of the previous games. The near-future meets the far-future, this is a relatively new look for the series.

Signature WipEout club aesthetic is slightly updated with electropop and dubstep and while the soundtrack may not be as excellent as previous entries, this is still a very fine sounding game, sure to please dance heads as well as speed junkies.

It's true that coming from HD's 60fps PS3 debut is a step back as the game now renders at 30, but because the game is such a generational leap from the PSP entries, I feel the visual to performance tradeoff is acceptable. Gyro controls are an option as with many Vita launch titles, but thankfully are not required.

The game shipped with some pretty egregious load times but patches have made it far more tolerable now. Coupled with the entire suite of WipEout HD's base and Fury expansion campaigns as DLC made to work within 2048's engine and you've got a very feature packed, content rich package.

It may not be the best WipEout game, but it is a worthy sendoff for both the series and the PS Vita itself.
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By SpartanA259 on June 8 2013
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Excellent game for the PS VITA. The graphics are amazing, excellent sound and music. I enjoyed this game as it was a different kind of racing and I'm trying to catch up with people who have been playing it for some time. For example, my brother holds a lot of the track records. Another feature of this game was that you are able compare tracks records and scores of other players from around the globe. Unfortunately, this game studio is no longer around. I hate seeing game developers shut down.
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By David on April 2 2013
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Really enjoying game! with a discount of 50%... how to be more happy than that. It'S the best present and it was shipped faster than i expected!
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By Amelia on April 14 2014
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The concept is great and its very fun but gets boring fast. The graphics and music although are very good
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Easily the best WipEout experience available; wonderful new modes and features abound March 5 2012
By Christopher Engel - Published on
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NOTE: This was initially written from the 1.01 patch that was released very early, which addressed many issues reviewers are talking about, particularly the long load times, which have been drastically reduced to not be that big an issue anymore. I expect the next patch will further reduce load times, so that really isn't a concern for me at this time.

**UPDATE: 6/23/2012**

Well, we knew we were getting DLC at some point, but they *really* handed it to us this time, potentially for free if you qualify. The most recent add-on for the game is the entire, complete version of WipEout HD Fury, which was initially solely a PSN title and then made cross-multiplayer possible on the Vita since launch. However, now you can do all of the single-player campaign and everything else, too. If you don't own Fury already, it's a $7.99 upgrade that also gives you the console version to play with. This is a great deal, especially considering that Fury was an expansion to WipEout HD and also If you already own Fury, though, it's a free add-on that adds every bit of the game on the Vita, along with all the Vita tweaks that take advantage of the hardware.

It took a long, long time, but the new DLC is potentially an entirely new experience for new players. Fury's campaign isn't a slouch, nor is the multiplayer or its own Fury-specific mechanics. It's different from the core game, sure, but it's still basically a totally different WipEout game.

Anyone looking for more content can't go wrong with Fury add-on pack for the core game. There's no reason not to get it, because, if you already own Fury, it's a free update so you can now play on the go, should you choose it. If you don't yet have Fury, then you've got a whole new campaign to play through, along with every Fury track, ship, and campaign to go with it. It's pretty much an entirely new game with the add-on pack.

**UPDATE: 5/28/2012**

1.02 has been out for quite some time now, with some talk of future DLC, the content of which has not been officially announced to my knowledge, if it happens at all. For anyone who still was frustrated by the load times even after 1.01 made them at least tolerable, 1.02 nearly halves them. The game now feels like it loads just as fast as any other given racer, console or portable. An initial load of a race is about 20-30 seconds maximum, with retries taking only a few seconds (this is not to be taken for granted, as many racers have the truly awful fault of reloading *everything* from scratch, with the same load times as if you were starting an entirely new race. Considering the unforgiving difficulty that WipEout is known for, this is definitely critical, as you will be restarting very often due to its punishing, yet still fair, difficulty.). Its initial load of the game before you can even pick a mode is also almost nonexistent now. Basically, load times aren't an issue anymore, so everyone can sleep easy on that point.

It should be noted, though, that if you have the digital version of the game instead of the cartridge, load times will have a few seconds added on, just like any other digital version of any game. It's a common myth that loading directly from a memory stick makes for better performance, but the opposite is actually true, due to mandatory data compression. While the idea of not using external media to load data and instead taking it directly from an internal memory would be faster in theory, the truth is that every digital game for consoles or handhelds is released with compressed data to conserve space--without the compression, the amount of space required would be astronomical, and unreasonable. Unlike cartridges, which have little to no compression, digital data has to be decompressed before it can even begin to load, which adds time, and takes away none.

Don't fall for the myth that digital downloads perform better, because the opposite is true. It was true with the PSP as well. If you want the best performance, you want to go with the physical copy. This is pretty much universal for all downloadable games and content.

Besides that, little else has changed besides a couple of minor bug fixes. As for the possible DLC, well, we'll see.

(end of update)

Really, this is *the* WipEout experience, absolutely loaded with content, and a multiplayer component including a "multiplayer campaign" which are all excellent. The multiplayer campaign, gorgeous graphics, thumping soundtrack, ship selection, weapon variety, balance, and general feel are all worth noting as exceeding my expectations.

The use of the camera is also a fun little feature, in which it will take an optional photograph of you before every race, and the top three players are shown with their photographs. If you're camera-shy, you don't have to do this, but I find it very fun.

Also worth noting is the multiplayer campaign aspect of this, which is essentially an extension of the single-player campaign that includes real people instead of AI ships. This is really a beautiful thing, as it is for the most part the single-player experience that you are playing with everyone at the same time. It isn't just a race or a battle--it's a campaign that everyone can participate in, and drop in or out of at any time. The experience system which has become so popular these days is there, so the more you play, the more you get. It's really just a lot of fun to do the campaign with other people instead of the AI.

Also note that cross-platform play is possible with the PS3's WipEout HD Fury, meaning you will never have any shortage of people to enjoy the game with. Further, if someone you know has Fury, but not a Vita and this game, you can play with them without a hitch. Cross-platform multiplayer is always a welcome addition to anything, so this may be very important for people with friends who don't own a Vita, or you simply want to play Fury-specific style.

I have little to complain about, but one thing I dislike is the controls have three schemes only, and aren't fully customizable. At the same time, none feels *quite* right, the closest I can get being the "Racer" scheme. It takes some getting used to. One other complaint I have is that you can't add your own soundtrack a la WipEout Pulse for the PSP, which is a real shame. Pulse, if you don't know already, let you add up to 30 tracks from your memory card to the game, and then let you create your own soundtrack for the game. At the moment, this is not a feature, and you have the in-game soundtrack, which, while still very good, could benefit from more selection that you, yourself, should be able to add like Pulse did.

At the end of the day, though, this is WipEout at its finest, bar none. Its added Vita-specific features are just beautifully done, and a happy surprise for me, since they actually work. The multiplayer in particular stands out as excellent and far beyond my expectations, and the added multiplayer campaign is a joy. There's little to complain about now that the load times have become bearable with the patch, and we can expect them to lessen further in the next one.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Amazing PS3 like graphics on the go Feb. 13 2012
By D@rkFX - Published on
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I had no doubts that Wipeout for the Vita would have incredible graphics, tracks are very diverse and the ambient soundtrack very engaging. Speaking of tracks, they're as diverse and detailed as they are on the PS3.
Controls are smooth but responsive and the rear touchpad is supported as well as the six-axis motion control.
I'm only a couple of races into the game and I love it, it's also one of the cheapest games you can get for the Vita so you can't go wrong here.
I haven't experimented this feature yet but it seems like the game supports cross-play with the PS3 and most likely also remote play which doesn't work for any other PS3 game I have.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
WipEout 2048 Is A Fun And Intense Racing Experience Worth Checking Out Feb. 14 2012
By Joseph Born - Published on
WipEout 2048 is a racing game. Instead of the the racing cars you're familiar with we get futuristic hover-racers that blaze across futuristic cities in an effort to come out on top. Couple this with the techno soundtrack and detailed graphics and you get one heck of a ride. As someone who doesn't normally play racing games, I was surprised to find myself enjoying this as much as I did.
WipEout 2048 introduces you to a futuristic world full of fantastic skyscrapers, intense vehicular battle, techno-style music, and high octane races that leave you with a sense of accomplishment after completing them. The gameplay starts of easy, you a few races that teach you the mechanics of gameplay, including racing and combat. The controls work well, with only a few times I found them to be a bit clunky. The level of difficulty increases dramatically a third of the way through the game. I found this to be a bit jarring, as did other reviewers, but it didn't detract from the fun for too long. Vehicular combat is fun, it gets more difficult as you progress. A few times it took me a few tries to finish a level, but this wasn't a frustrating experience at all.
The graphics are good, on par with some console games. They are detailed and I experienced very little slowdown while playing it. The soundtrack is very well done as well. Heavy techno beats and electronica help set the futuristic tone of the game and help get your pulse pounding while you're trying to come in first place.
There are a few flaws to this game. The load times are very long. 50 seconds to a minute for each track. The developer are working to fix this with an upcoming update and I will update my review once they do. Another flaw is the difficulty spike a third of the way through. While this isn't exactly a flaw, it is a bit jarring to the player.
Overall this is a fun and excellent launch title for the Vita. Anyone who has ever been interested in trying a racing game should give this a shot. WipEout 2048 shows what the Vita can do, and I'm looking forward to the next WipEout title for it. Four stars out of five and a recommended title for Vita players.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Intense and fun racing, amazing Vita release game Feb. 24 2012
By Sun Jian - Published on
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I'm not a huge racing game fan, I especially dislike the realistic ones because I'm just really bad at driving with a stick shift. Wipeout 2048 is the first racing game I've bought since Mario Kart Wii, and man is it awesome! You get to ride a huge selection of different futuristic racing 'cars' on beautifully crafted and exciting courses. The graphics are amazing and really made me feel like I was getting a taste of the future of hand-held gaming. There is no frame rate lag and beside the slow load screens there are not technical flaws that I've found so far. The racing is intense and gets increasingly difficult, I love how challenging the game is without being overly unfair like some racing games. The great techno music really gets you pumped and the combat missions especially get really crazy.
If you've just bought a Vita you cannot go wrong with this title. It supports online multiplayer as well as ad-hoc play so try it with your friends. One warning if you're buying this used, it does require an online pass to use multiplayer and I'm not entirely sure if it's a one-use thing or not, so you may want to check before you buy it.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
My first Vita game and taste of next gen handheld gaming Feb. 16 2012
By Steven J. Sprigler - Published on
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I bought a few games for the Vita, but this was the first I put in to play. I haven't played wipeout since its early days so to me the game has a lot of appeal as I feel it controls a lot better than the first game. If you're coming from some of the later in the series you might be less appeased by what the game has to offer.

Either way if you're new to the series, a long time fan, or just a casual wipeout player there is something to be said about really actually being able to play wipeout in a form that looks like it should be on your TV, but is in your hands instead.

Wipeout 2048 really sold the Vita to me in terms of it providing an experience I would expect from an Xbox 360 or PS3. It doesn't utilize all of the Vita's new control schemes and features over the PSP, but it does really show you what kind of games we can expect from the Vita in the future.

I don't want just pretty games on the Vita... I want fun, fast paced games that look great too. Wipeout does that and playing it on the Vita makes me a little sad I've missed out on all the previous games up until now.

Another plus for me was Amazon had it priced below even what the PSN discount was at launch. At full price it might become less of a deal if you've already got a next gen Wipeout. If you don't or really want a portable version then definitely pick it up as it's every bit of a game as its bigger brother is.