I was so nice, they did it thrice – um, I mean they did it three times.
Wipeout 3 tries to follow the same format as the television show, except they put in several kids to make it more family friendly – which makes the cast consist of a few dozen player types.
But all these characters come at a cost. There’s not much commentary made by John Henson or John Anderson or the contestants themselves – and the phrases get repeated far too often.
The obstacles also repeat far too often as well. The game boasts having more than 200 unique obstacles, but I can only find about 20 unique obstacles. The rest just make minor cosmetic changes.
But what really drags this game down is the episodes (there are 12 in all) are far, far too short. It will take about five to eight minutes for most players to get through the four obstacle courses.
Which means it will take about one and a half hours to get through all 12 episodes with few reasons to replay those 12 levels – which doesn’t bode well for a game costing $40.
They try to add shelf life to the game by letting players buy gloves, helmets and shoes to make their avatar run faster, swim faster, balance better or jump higher – something not available in the previous two Wipeout games.
There’s also the option of adding more characters to the cast, but it just doesn’t work. The contestants don’t have much personality in them, and they don’t have much to say during the game.
The best thing about the game is the multiplayer where up to four players race simultaneously through the courses. But there’s no commentary in this mode of the game, and most of the content can only be unlocked in single player mode – something that makes this a lot less of a party game.
Wipeout 3 has the look and feel of the TV show, but it’s far too repetitive and short for most players to enjoy. SKIP IT.