Review of the game Wipeout Omega Collection
Back in 1996, when my parents gave me a Sony PlayStation console was Wipeout became one of the first games ever settled in my heart. Bright and incredibly fast race on antigravity bolidah music popular in those years, electronic groups Orbital, The Chemical Brothers and Leftfield unconditionally fall in love with yourself. The game has become the hallmark of PlayStation and marked the beginning of an entire franchise. What it was disappointing fans of the series, when in 2012, Sony has decided to close the studio developer Wipeout. But enough of the bad news, because earlier this month went on sale for the PlayStation 4 exclusive collection of remastered Wipeout Omega Collection, which included just three games of this remarkable series.
Liverpool Studio Psygnosis, marked the beginning of the Wipeout series, was founded in 1984. During its existence as a developer and publisher, she gave us such great games like Obliterator, Shadow of the Beast, Ecstatica, Lemmings and hundreds of others. In 1993, two years before the PlayStation Sony, the studio was acquired by Sony launched the console sales. To promote their consoles in the Western market the Japanese decided to invest in the creation of a powerful starting line, which bought the studio right and left. Psygnosis, getting the previously unknown resources, increased its production capacity quickly enough, and began to develop several new games, including the G-Police, Colony Wars and, of course, Wipeout. The company's success in those years was so great, that about 40% of all video games sold in Europe were Psygnosis games.
The studio continues to expand and open additional offices in several cities in the UK and also in Germany, France and the United States. Initially Sony tried not to completely subjugate Psygnosis, so the studio from time to time surreptitiously released games on other platforms, including Sega Saturn and even the Nintendo 64. This led to an inevitable conflict of interest, which resulted in the British studio, it was decided to sell. Fortunately, in the end it is not sold, but instead, in 2000, several units reformed in other studios, leaving from Psygnosis a head office in Liverpool. I get in the end the studio and named - SCE Studio Liverpool.
Until 2012 SCE Studio Liverpool has been developing new games within only two series - Wipeout and Formula One. August 22, 2012 Sony management has made an official statement that the studio is closed due to serious reforms in the internal structure of the Japanese company. Along with the studio it was is minimized and work on two large-scale projects for the PS4, including a brand new Wipeout. Apparently, something went very wrong. Many employees SCE Studio Liverpool were assigned to other internal departments Sony Interactive Entertainment, and some decided to abandon the transfer and pursue a solo activity. For example, employees of the newly formed studio R8 Games are trying to make your own Wipeout with blackjack and antigravity called fireballs Formula Fusion (a play on words from Formula One and the Fusion Wipeout game titles over which these guys once worked).
Whatever it was, the old games in the series no less love and did not mind not going. Sony has decided to freshen up the order hits obsolete in technical terms, releasing a collection Wipeout Omega Collection for the PlayStation console 4. The collection includes three games: Wipeout HD (remaster PS3 games in 2008), Wipeout HD Fury (an extension to the previous game, which includes many new routes , cars and game modes), and Wipeout 2048 (remastered games for PlayStation Vita in 2012 - the latest game released by SCE Studio Liverpool). During the development of the collection immediately met three studios: British Clever Beans, Swedish EPOS Game Studios, as well as internal studio Sony - XDev.
What is so good collection of Omega Collection Wipeout for fans of the series? Firstly, thanks to advances in technology, the first time we can enjoy your favorite games in the full 4K resolution with a frame rate of 60 fps, and the color range of the HDR. Of course, if you have the right to this modern TV and video game console PlayStation 4 Pro. Frame rate, it is necessary to pay tribute to the guys from Clever Beans, really is very stable and allows you to race on a bright futuristic tracks at tremendous speeds, without being distracted by technical flaws. Significantly been improved lighting effects and post-processing of the image, allowing a visual feast happening on the screen began to play a completely new colors. Sometimes the feeling that in front of me a completely new game, not remaster those that I have long check-up holes.
The game has never been a full story, but something about it we still know. The action takes place in the future when the incredible popular races antigravity F3600 league. His aesthetics game series Wipeout reminiscent of Mario Kart "on acid". The design of the first games were working artists British studio The Designers Republic. They have created a truly unique, bright style and a memorable image of a future world where racetracks are made of steel and glass, and hung around the neon signs of the tremendous speed blend into the spectacular light lines. Spectacle for its time, it was extremely unusual and even "acid". Then raves in the UK were at the peak of his popularity, which explains the similar approach of developers to design. Not surprisingly, then, these same artists have created the best album art for celebrities such as Aphex Twin, Autechre and The Orb.
I always thought that the Wipeout series developers much ahead of their time and their games do not have enough iron capacity to embody on screen the incredible speed that they would like to see in the end. Well, Omega Collection for the first time allows you to experience the speed of the real thing. On top of that, at any moment, you can activate the "photo mode" and capture his car in all its glory, and then to publish the picture on the social networks. The screen interface is easily customizable, allowing you to get rid of the disturbing elements and indicators. Developers also built into the collection "management assistance" (Pilot Assist) for those who are faced with Wipeout for the first time, or for veterans who have over the years managed to lose the skill. However, you can disable this always help and rely solely on their own instincts.
A compilation of games includes 46 cars that differ in their characteristics, 26 trails and a variety of game modes. The most attractive mode of all, in my opinion, is a split screen, when you are with a friend or girlfriend can get comfortable on the couch and play together on the same screen. Passing three campaigns (one for each of the games), you will gradually unlock new race cars and earning medals. If you like to compete with other players, the game will ask you to go online, where the tracks converge from 2 to 8 players. Some will need to take place at the time, and in some cases will have to fight with rivals, shooting them out of their guns and exploding plasma rockets. During the race, we should not forget that your car is able to accelerate, riding straight on the special notes, and more able to evade enemy attacks, dramatically leaving aside.
We should also talk about the musical accompaniment games. Soundtrack was harvested at zero and includes compositions such groups and performers as DJ Kentaro, Noisia, Swedish House Mafia, The Prodigy, Deadmau5 and The Chemical Brothers. Rush of blinding the road to the sound of Invaders Must Die - indescribable pleasure. But I, and then, sadly remembered how much I miss the music Orbital, Daft Punk, Underworld, and Propellerheads from previous games. And yet I have not found in any OST track of the legendary composer CoLD SToRAGE (Tim Wright), who for the past 22 years is a permanent composer Wipeout series. Licensing music tracks - it is very trim, so I understand why Sony has gone to such a move. On the other hand, Omega Collection sounds exactly as it should sound any Wipeout. And it's just wonderful. In addition, it is absolutely all the sound effects collection have gone through a thorough process of remastering and sound in the 7.1 format is incredible.
From the serious disadvantages of the game, I would note the absence of any new content. We got exactly the number of tracks and cars that were in the original three games (two, to be precise, because the Wipeout Fury - just add-on). The developers decided not to engage in independent action, but just as thoroughly as possible to improve the materials that were in their hands. It is possible that this was done out of respect for the studio SCE Studio Liverpool and original games. Collection Omega Collection is distributed at a discounted price of 2199 rubles for a digital version (disk will cost you 100 rubles more expensive). For the money you get at their disposal three full competitive campaign, a bunch of extra modes, a wonderful soundtrack of 28 songs from the world-famous musicians and a lot of joy. Agree - very tempting offer.
- None of the Wipeout series of games have never looked so great.
- HDR 4K-image and stable 60 fps ideally transmit enormous speed.
- A great soundtrack including The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers.
- A lot of game modes, including a remarkable split screen.
- Have photo mode allows you to create incredibly beautiful pictures.
- A huge set of futuristic cars and bright racing tracks.
- As many as three games of the legendary series, and even at a reduced price.
- The developers have added to the game is almost nothing new.
- It is not enough music from previous games.
Collection Wipeout Omega Collection - a great gift for fans of the series. For those who are with Wipeout was never familiar, this compilation can be a pleasant discovery and give a lot of bright emotions. Considering that you get the right set of their three games at a reduced price, the issue of the purchase does not cause any internal conflicts. Owners of the PlayStation 4 Pro and modern 4K-TVs with support for HDR get maximum pleasure from the collection, because it is in the presence of iron Omega Collection begins dazzling shine their faces. If to all this beauty and more support for PlayStation VR headset tie - it would be altogether perfect! Put the game 9 out of 10.