WipEout Pulse review

PSP's leading arcade racer will take some beating

GamesRadar+ Verdict


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    Polished racing

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    Great online extras and downloads

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    Hugely addictive


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    No major new features

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    Losing sleep over one more race

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    Knowing you'll never master it

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By now it must be more difficult to bugger up a WipEout game than to get one right. PSP launch title WipEout Pure perfected the anti-gravity ship racing to such an extent that Pulse can only evolve the series with more tracks, ships, weapons and extras. If it’s a revolution you want, then we’re afraid you’re looking in the wrong place.

So what’s new? The racing is still exclusively about hitting as many boost and weapon pads as possible, and then choosing the right moment to use or fire your pick-up so you can collect another one as soon as possible. Using the airbrakes to take corners without dropping too much speed or damaging your ship on the barriers that enclose each narrow track is absolutely essential. You won’t get very far even on the first grid’s set of challenges if you fail to master these basics.

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DescriptionAfter a three-year layoff, Wipeout Pulse brings hovercraft racing back to the PSP with a massive new single-player campaign, true online play and the expected slate of post-release downloadable content.
Franchise nameWipeout
UK franchise nameWipEout
US censor rating"Everyone 10+"
UK censor rating"3+"
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)