Wipeout Pulse is a racing game set in 2198, one year after the events of Wipeout Pure. As with its predecessor, the game revolves around players competing in the FX400 anti-gravity racing league. Players pilot anti-gravity ships owned by racing corporations . There are ten teams in Wipeout Pulse, with one ship available for each – although the player will have the ability to upgrade and change the appearance of their ships.Each ship has different characteristics; depending on the team chosen, its ship will vary in terms of handling, speed, acceleration and shield strength.
Every ship is equipped with an energy shield which will protect the player from damage sustained from weapons fire or colliding with walls, although energy is taken away if this happens. If the shield completely runs out, the ship will explode and the player will be eliminated from the race. In addition, the player’s ship is equipped with air brakes which can be used for manoeuvring through difficult corners at high speed.The game features a number of weapons which can be utilised to destroy other opponents or for self-defence. Defensive weapons range from shields—which make the player’s ship invulnerable to damage for a short period—to land mines and stationary bombs. Offensive weaponry vary from machine guns, missiles, plasma bolts, and a “quake” – which comes in the form of a devastating earthquake that will damage all opponents.
The campaign mode features sixteen grids divided into cells, each containing a separate event which will vary from ordinary races to tournaments. Once the player finishes the event in a single cell, they will earn “completion points” needed to progress to the next grid. Clearing a cell will unlock additional cells adjoining it.Returning game modes from Wipeout Pure includes single races, tournaments, time trials, and the “Zone” mode, which involves the player’s ship automatically accelerating to extreme speeds. A returning game mode from Wipeout 3 is “Elimination”, which revolves around a group of competitors attempting to destroy each other the quickest in a set amount of time
This game has excellent graphics, audio and presentation but the key thing in this racing game is that the actual races are fast paced with no glitches – a truly fantastic racing game on the PSP