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WipEout Pulse: Anti-grav addon for your PSP

TeeManTeeMan BrainSpoonRegistered User regular
edited January 2008 in Games and Technology
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What is it?

Are you serious?D: WipEout Pulse is the lastest in a long line of futuristic anti-gravity racing series that encompasses a unique control scheme with offensive and defensive weapons to aid you against its' great AI. With loads of different speed, difficulty and ship classes, it's easy to find your favourite setup to race in if you're a fan of the series.


What's new about it?

Well if you've played WipEout Pure to death, all you'll find here is a refining of the same mechanics; not a massive departure. Here's a short rundown of new things you can expect:
  • 12 all-new tracks
  • 12 racing teams including 2 new teams; EG-X and Mirage
  • In addition to the Pure game modes (Single Race, Zone, Tournament, Time Trial and Free Run) comes Speed Lap and Eliminator
  • "Mag-Strip" feature makes your craft stick to the tracks for some mind-bending track designs
  • 2 all-new weapons in Eliminator mode: Repulsor and Shurikens
  • All-new ship skin customisation tool lets you create skins on your PC, load them up to your PSP and skin out your ship of choice! Think Forza 2
  • Tired of the same tournaments? Problem solved with the new RaceBox function that allows you to set up and save any combination of races. These can also be uploaded online.
  • Scalible difficulty means you can still fly all the fastest anti-grav craft in the game and not go up against herculian AI. Conversly if you want to make the slower craft more interesting, max out that difficulty!
  • The new photo mode will allow you to pause and take shots of your craft at any time to save on your memory stick.

Sure, those are all good reasons. But why would I want to buy this over Pure?

WipEout Pure today still stands in my books as the greatest exploiter of downloadable content for the PSP in terms of vehicles, themes, tracks and music. This sequel will build on this expectation from day 1 of the release.

But these really pale in comparison to the two greatest new features.

Wireless multiplayer via AdHoc and Infastructure mode up to 8 players! And my personal favourite... FINALLY you can play the MP3s on your SD card IN-GAME!! Even though I'm expecting the packaged music to be amazing as usual, I'm very excited to see how different genres of music from my own collection will sound.


What official music tracks are packaged with the game?
Spoiler:


Enough talk, show me some pics!
Ohhh boy you aren't going to be disappointed...
Spoiler:


When's this game getting released?
Europe: 14/12/07 (I've seen it on ebay already however)
Australia: 14/12/07
America & Japan: Uhh...


Links and Reviews
WipEout Pulse Homepage
IGN AU Review: 9.0



Well thats enough from me. This is a definite first day purchase for me and hope to see some of you PA guys n gals online :D


This is also my first OP, hope you like it :)

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  • AhhseeAhhsee Registered User
    edited December 2007
    This game looks very good, and I'm probably going to pick it up. I almost got Pure on the psn store, but I found it at gamestop for $4, so I saved like $6 to have loading times...

    That said, someone really needs to make a thread about BEATS. I don't want to derail this thread, but man, that game is nice.

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    edited December 2007
    There is a thread about Beats, I think.

    That said, this looks shiny.

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  • Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood Living Proof That Sometimes Friends Are Mean.Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    This makes me wish I still had a PSP. Pure was the shit, especially all the DLC.

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  • ben0207ben0207 Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    I need to know only one tihng: Does the Qirex ship fly like it should? (i.e, like it did in WO3 - fast but shit at cornering)

    Pure and Fusion both got it wrong in different ways, and it's vital to me.

  • PatboyXPatboyX Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    I love the Wipeout Series.

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  • TeeManTeeMan BrainSpoon Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    ben0207 wrote: »
    I need to know only one tihng: Does the Qirex ship fly like it should? (i.e, like it did in WO3 - fast but shit at cornering)

    Pure and Fusion both got it wrong in different ways, and it's vital to me.

    I'll be able to tellya this weekend.

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  • TheCrumblyCrackerTheCrumblyCracker Registered User
    edited December 2007
    I loved Wipeout for N64.. it was sooo pretty.

  • LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Is this a EU release first? Would make sense, I'm just so not used to putting those words together in that sequence. :)

    I really like Pure, though I don't know if I'm enough of a fan to justify picking up the sequel when I've barely done half of the original. The online multi and custom soundtrack support is killer, though.

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  • Xenogears of BoreXenogears of Bore Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Sometimes I really wonder if anyone outside of Europe cares about Wipeout. Don't get me wrong, nothing wrong with the game itself, just that for whatever reason Europe loves the shit out of it. I guess they've never played F-Zero.

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  • TeeManTeeMan BrainSpoon Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    I'm really the opposite when it comes to F-Zero. Sure, I played it from SNES days to GCN but I've always liked Wipeout more. Wipeout has weapons and more elaborate graphics coupled with a control mechanism and track design that I find more satisfying. All at the cost of a few AI racers.

    Fair trade in my books, Wipeout FTW.

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  • sonictksonictk Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    So

    This thing called Pulse

    I hear it's pretty good

    A short review or read it with screenshots here:
    Spoiler:

    More screenshots!
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  • InzignaInzigna Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Is it me, or is there absolutely no fucking hype for this game?

    That said, I long for a console iteration of this series.

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  • AoiAoi Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    This should totally be a multi purpose thread. There were some Wipeout HD screens released recently that just look amazing.

    That being said, I will totally be snagging this. I loved Pure, and I'm looking forward to Pulse/HD/PS3 versions a lot.

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  • Kris_xKKris_xK Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    WTF according to gamespot this isnt coming out in North America until Feb 12.

    Fucking shit.

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  • CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Kris_xK wrote: »
    WTF according to gamespot this isnt coming out in North America until Feb 12.

    Fucking shit.

    Maybe they didn't want to get involved in the holiday rush. The problem is with the 4000000000 other games that are also coming out around that time for the same reason.

  • urahonkyurahonky Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Titmouse wrote: »
    Kris_xK wrote: »
    WTF according to gamespot this isnt coming out in North America until Feb 12.

    Fucking shit.

    Maybe they didn't want to get involved in the holiday rush. The problem is with the 4000000000 other games that are also coming out around that time for the same reason.

    2 days after Super Smash Bros Brawl? It fails. :P

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  • CZroeCZroe Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Despite their content updates for WipEout PurE, they never fixed the bug they introduced and that doesn't leave me with much enthusiasm for their support here. Basically, they broke a launch title and never fixed it.

    This is referencing the US launch BTW. I've tried various PSPs and copies of the game, though I haven't tried a Slim or a Greatest Hits copy, but I doubt they help (despite my earlier reports, Sony had nothing about it in their support database when I called back well after the GH release).

    You couldn't put the PSP to sleep and then wake it back up and play another race if you had any downloaded content on your Memory Stick. This was critical for the tournaments that lumped in all your downloaded tracks with every basic and unlocked track! Also, this game took a particularly long time to get started if you had to do a real shut-down every time your quit playing.

  • CZroeCZroe Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Kris_xK wrote: »
    WTF according to gamespot this isnt coming out in North America until Feb 12.

    Fucking shit.

    Import. PSP = Region Free

  • Kris_xKKris_xK Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    CZroe wrote: »
    Kris_xK wrote: »
    WTF according to gamespot this isnt coming out in North America until Feb 12.

    Fucking shit.

    Import. PSP = Region Free

    Sweet. Hello Ebay!

    I'm still bitter about Canada getting fucked on the Rock Band release, so I tend to go up in flames lately when dealing with non-worldwide release dates.

    And not wanting to release it now because of all the other games is a pretty shitty reason. If its a good game, it will sell. If not, well, stop making shitty, forgettable games.

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  • CZroeCZroe Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Kris_xK wrote: »
    CZroe wrote: »
    Kris_xK wrote: »
    WTF according to gamespot this isnt coming out in North America until Feb 12.

    Fucking shit.

    Import. PSP = Region Free

    Sweet. Hello Ebay!

    I'm still bitter about Canada getting fucked on the Rock Band release, so I tend to go up in flames lately when dealing with non-worldwide release dates.

    And not wanting to release it now because of all the other games is a pretty shitty reason. If its a good game, it will sell. If not, well, stop making shitty, forgettable games.

    My only conern is that it might not play well with your US/CAN compadres and it might be using a distant laggy European server when you go online. Oh, and the download content did differ between regions for WipEout PurE.

  • Shooter McgavinShooter Mcgavin Registered User
    edited December 2007
    Nice OP. The only Wipeout game I have ever played was the first one, on the Saturn (which was graphically inferior to the PSX). I thought it was OK, but I don't remember it being a very fast racer, especially when comparing it to F-Zero. Still, I got a PSP for Christmas, and the custom skins are tempting me to want this.

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  • sonictksonictk Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    CZroe wrote: »
    Despite their content updates for WipEout PurE, they never fixed the bug they introduced and that doesn't leave me with much enthusiasm for their support here. Basically, they broke a launch title and never fixed it.

    This is referencing the US launch BTW. I've tried various PSPs and copies of the game, though I haven't tried a Slim or a Greatest Hits copy, but I doubt they help (despite my earlier reports, Sony had nothing about it in their support database when I called back well after the GH release).

    You couldn't put the PSP to sleep and then wake it back up and play another race if you had any downloaded content on your Memory Stick. This was critical for the tournaments that lumped in all your downloaded tracks with every basic and unlocked track! Also, this game took a particularly long time to get started if you had to do a real shut-down every time your quit playing.
    Interesting. I have never tried doing this before though so I'm not sure. All my custom WPure content is already deleted (needed the space) so anyone else who can test this should.

    You know, because crashing your PSP is so fun.

    Yea the game took a while to load up if you had custom content though, that's not entirely unreasonable to expect but without those packs it really loads super fast though. What I did was to have one pack of tracks on at a time, and I didn't bother installing the silly custom ships they offered.

  • CZroeCZroe Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    It will allow you to finish your race you put it to sleep on, but it will lock up shortly after you boost in the next race. You can trigger the same bug by ejecting and reinserting your Memory Stick (sends the media changed signal), but that's a little more understandable than sleeping and waking up your PSP. I guess they don't really know if you took the stick out or not, but that's no excuse.

  • LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    F-zero with weapons.

    How quaint.
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  • MangarooMangaroo Registered User
    edited December 2007
    feels like the first with a brushed up UI for me (played it)

    edit: of course i love wipeout and this is still a great game but nothing revolutionary being brought to the series (although i do like the new ui)

  • TeeManTeeMan BrainSpoon Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    Well I've got one minor gripe with Pulse after playing it to death the past 2ish weeks.

    Eliminator Mode.
    I don't think this sort of game type is right for this kind of racing. I've played it a whole heap of times and I'm still a little unsure about how to approach it. Do you purposely lag behind everyone to chip away at them, get right in the thick of things with lots of explosions or charge out to a large lead and drop defensive weapons? A mix of the first and second methods seem to work best for me, but it just isn't fun.
    More often than not I just find myself cruising around slowly and absorbing any weapons that arent leach, repulsor or quake.

    But its a minor gripe compared to the rest of the game, which I'm really enjoying! :) The scalible difficulty is a freakn godsend at Rapier class (haven't unlocked Phantom yet) and some of the Zones scores that are on the official site just seem impossible...


    Favourite PSP game of 2007 by a mile :D Shame its not on any GotY lists.

    Edit: Oops, Puzzle Quest is my PSP GotY, but Pulse is a close second haha.

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  • sonictksonictk Registered User regular
    edited December 2007
    When I'm in the lead, I generally just continue to absorb every powerup I can as soon as I get them in order to get a speed/shield powerup asap. I find it works a lot better than trying to rocket someone who's speed-boosted ahead.

  • RandomVinceRandomVince Registered User
    edited December 2007
    This game is nothing like F Zero, just quietly. Aside from the "futuristic racer" business, the two games handle very differently. F-Zero is very twitchy, incessantly forward moving (with slight adjustments to your line) and it has very little in the way of combat. WipEout, on the other hand, has a lot more in common with Formula One on an air hockey table with Euro club underground songs and racing lines that are best found with a caress of the airbrake.

    Chalk and cheese, in other words.

    For those who like WipEout, a week long playthrough has re-enforced me with the opinion that this is the best in the series since XL/2097 - and actually the better of the two. Racebox is a lovely structure for this type of game, it reminds me a little of DiRT in the sense there are different themed challenges in each box. The repetition of each track early on means you learn them quickly and effectively, making for sweet demonstrations of racing prowess on the tougher ones.

    eg Speed boost over ramp + barrel roll + boost from said barrel roll into sweeping left hand turn OHSHITTURNRIGHT aiiiiirbraaaakkess .... GET!



    ....

    Ahem.

    I'm slightly happy with it. 8-)

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  • TeeManTeeMan BrainSpoon Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Anyone else taken it online yet? Its pretty sweet! I keep seeing craft that I obviously haven't unlocked yet, they'r quick whatever they are haha.

    But why do you have to wait 45seconds after the race has ended?? ~3min races with a 45sec break inbetween them feels like an eternity.

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  • KreutzKreutz Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Oh shit, I cannot get addicted to a game again like I did with WP's zone mode. It might just kill me and my PSP this time.

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