So I found this game the other day on Steam. It’s pretty good. I don’t have a previous experience with Wipeouts but it seems it’s kind of a clone or at least a new entry in that genre of “anti-grav futuristic ships racing fast on neon tracks”.
Graphics and art are good.
Techno music is good.
Performance is good (all ultra, 60 fps).
Speed feeling is good (and I’m still on the first class category of 4, it seems they are faster and faster as you advance).
Controls are interesting, you handle normal movement with one stick/hand and pitch/strafe with the other.
Gameplay wise is focused on racing, but you also pick one passive and one active item, and the active item are things like emp, repair, countermeasures, energy drain, etc, so there a slight vehicular combat aspect, I suppose, but as I say it’s small, some races are classified as ‘pure’ and you won’t have items, and even the others they aren’t the key to win.
There are the typical variety in the career, for now I’ve seen normal races, last man standing races, time trials, pure races, tourneys. It has also contracts where they give you a specific condition (win with this vehicle and this item we give you temporally for free, and you will win the item permanently as a reward).
There is a very simple elements of upgrading ships (5 single upgrades, they are all the same for each vehicle), upgrading items, and buying new vehicles with the credits you win.
It does an interesting thing with vehicle damage, you suffer damage as you grind yours in the sides of the track, it doesn’t affect performance but you will blow up and lose a few seconds if it reaches 0. To avoid it, you have to avoid receiving damage for x seconds, so you will have a tendency to slow down a bit. IMO, it’s a good compromise between arcade games where hitting the sides doesn’t have almost any effect, and sim games where any mistake are super bad and you can forget winning the race.
One thing where you notice it isn’t a $50-60 game is the variety of tracks/environments, 20 tracks with 4 ‘themes’ in total is not much.
Online multiplayer - match against 12 players around the world for a real challenge
Optional VR Support - Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or Razer OSVR.
Career mode - 75+ events to race, experience, level up and upgrade your ship
A Diverse World - 20 tracks scattered around 4 locations on a post-apocalyptic Earth, plus boss circuits
Never bored - 7 event types, from classic Race to innovative Arena Race and Score-Based Endurance
Create your story - 6 racing teams, each requiring a different driving approach, and 4 increasingly fast racing classes
Powerup - 10+ racing-focused, upgradable powerups:
additional turbo, shields, self-repair drone, advanced grip system,
slipstream enhancers, and more
Music for your ears - full 5.1 support and a dynamic soundtrack that will drop sicker and sicker beats the faster you go!