• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Sep 25, 2008
Metascore
87

Generally favorable reviews - based on 52 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. 100
    That it's available to anyone with a broadband connection for an extremely reasonable price point instantly places Wipeout HD in the must-buy/must-have category for anyone who considers themselves a fan of high-quality, high-speed, white-knuckle racing.
  2. If WipEout HD were a full-priced Blu-ray release, it would have been just a tad disappointing. As a twenty dollar downloadable title, however, it is a great value and an excellent slice of instant gratification.
  3. You’ll find yourself repeatedly going back to earn gold medals or trying to hit higher ranks on the online leaderboards as well since it’s easy to get caught up with hauling ass through the short raceways.
  4. It sticks to the basics of racing games - going fast and looking nice. It combines a well-balanced learning curve with realistic challenges to keep you coming back again and again if you're even remotely interested in racing games Wipeout HD is a must-have game.
  5. It is beautiful, it is deep, and it is only $20.
  6. WipEout HD is a remix in the most proper sense - it takes what made the series popular, gives it an ample layer of polish, and slaps on a hard-to-resist price tag.
  7. 92
    While WipEout HD is essentially a redressing of the previous PSP games, it's hard to complain when the source material was so good in the first place and the redressing is so assured. As a standalone title, WipEout HD would impress, but as a download title it's nothing short of essential.
  8. What more can I say, the game plays great, looks great, sounds great and has great online capabilities. Quit reading and go download it!
  9. wipEout HD is easily one of the top five, if not top three downloadable games this year. If you’re a fan of the series then this is the best version yet, and if you’ve never played a wipEout game before, strap yourself in and prepare to be amazed.
  10. 91
    This is easily my vote for best downloadable game of the year.
  11. Everything next-gen gaming was mean to be. Only faster. [Dec 2008, p.82]
  12. You'll have a hard time finding an arcade or combat racer that is anywhere close to being able to catch up to WipEout HD and when you factor in the price WipEout HD is in a league of its own.
  13. A game that commands your attention, ruthlessly hauling your eyes into the flatscreen while tickling your brain with impeccable track design and spine-snapping speeds.
  14. For such a beautiful, engrossing and challenging game, it almost feels wrong to pay just 11.99 for it, but the price tag is just the tip of a spectacular iceberg.
  15. It truly is a great game worth picking up if you want ‘a balls to the wall’ racer for the PS3, and at its low price there’s really not a reason that I can think of for not checking it out; fan of the genre or not, it’s still worth a test drive.
  16. Wipeout HD is a budget priced game that has more than enough content for a full price, and some of the best visuals out there to date.
  17. This isn't really WipEout's PS3 debut, being a collection of things we've seen before, but as a teaser to what is surely to come it's a highly polished and tremendously exciting game.
  18. While not a true sequel (Sony pulled its eight tracks, modes and vehicles from its WipEout Pure and Pulse PSP games), it feels fresh and exciting because of the gorgeous high-definition graphics, which run in 1080p and at a blazing 60 frames per second.
  19. This is a perfect update, with glittering HD and savage speeds. [Nov 2008, p.112]
  20. 90
    A fantastic experience through and through. Though it's a downloadable title and runs one-third the cost of a full retail disc, it could have been packaged on a Blu-ray disc and sold in stores for full price and we would've been happy to pay for it.
  21. Owners of the Wipeout games on the PSP will appreciate the chance to play the game on a large screen, but other than that, Wipeout HD is more like the PSP games than it is different.
  22. 90
    Wipeout HD is the best PSN game yet, jam packed full of content and polished to a shine. Highly recommended to anyone with a love for speed.
  23. At $20, if you're a racing fan, don't pass up what feels like a full game.
  24. Though Wipeout HD isn’t exactly the new experience that Wipeout fans may have hoped for, the amazing visual and audio upgrades and the dearth of actual content and features make this another must have game on the PlayStation Network.
  25. Wipeout HD ranks as one of the finest in the series, and at a discount price, PS3 owners would be foolish not to pick it up.
  26. All said and done, I would happily pick up WipEout HD as a full priced game from any store, as it is just that damn good. So for a paltry £11.99 it should be considered a absolute steal.
  27. An incredible update to a much-loved title, WipEout HD has set the bar for high-speed, high-adrenaline racing! A must for every PS3 owner.
  28. 90
    Sony has taken an unforgivably long time restoring WipEout to our living rooms, so it's just as well the results hold up under scrutiny - and then some.
  29. A stunning racer which will provide you with hours of entertainment. Don’t let this game pass you by.
  30. For the price, it's almost impossible to find a game that offers what Wipeout HD does. State of the art visuals, excellent technical performance, a good amount of content, and those small touches like the trophies that finish to polish an excellent package. Perhaps the game looses a bit of its shock factor on people who already played Pure and Fusion in PSP, but the experience of seeing the tracks in this PS3 engine is worth of it.
  31. 90
    The lack of an Elimination mode constricts the variety of gameplay and no additional skin-editing functions is irksome, but these issues don't prevent WipEout HD from doing what the franchise does best: go really, really fast.
  32. While it might not bring anything particularly new to the formula, the wealth of features and enhancements ensure that WipEout HD is the best iteration in the time-honoured series so far. For the incredible price, it’s an unmissable package.
  33. For $19.99 Wipeout fans can’t lose. Fans of racers in general will also find a lot to like.
  34. Fans of this historical series can be certain that they will be completely satisfied with this game. It’s nothing revolutionary, but Sony managed to elevate all the elements to an outstanding level, appealing not only to fans, but also to new players. [Oct 2008]
  35. This is a surprising PSN game, one that wouldn't be scorned if it were to show up on stores with the regular price.
  36. WipEout HD is one of the best PlayStation Network games to date, and the only decent futuristic racer on a home console since 2003. It doesn't look half bad either
  37. 84
    HD is the most polished WipEout game so far, but doesn’t offer many new features. The single-player campaign warrants the low cost, but fans and newcomers alike will spend the most time seeking multiplayer thrills.
  38. It’s cheap, it’s fun, it’s challenging, and it’s a much less embarrassing way to relive the ‘90s than reuniting your old band.
  39. It’s resplendent with detail and vibrancy: each of WHD’s eight tracks is a shimmering, 1080p rhapsody, played at an unwavering 60fps. [Dec 2008, p.93]
  40. It’s classic WipEout adorned with the kind of hypnotic visuals that only PS3 can slupply. [Dec 2008, p.100]
  41. Though it's not a new WipEout, this retread in new clothes is one of the best PS3 downloads. These classic circuits will remind you how great the series was and still is.
  42. Wipeout HD is the new definition of HD gaming. The high quality of detail and coolness seems to drip of your screen. And the best part is that the gameplay doesn't even suffer from all of this. Only renewal is something that you won't get for the asking price of Wipeout HD.
  43. If you’re excited for today’s PSN update and can’t wait to get your hands on HD then you’ve got a solidly crafted, highly playable and visually stunning upgrade of Pulse.
  44. Racing at unspoiled 60 fps on tracks you can’t imagine without the use of illegal substances. High-speed addictive game comes with no changes to previous PSP installments – for the good. [Oct 2008]
  45. For just £11.99 Wipeout HD represents great value for money and should be an essential purchase for fans of the series, or anybody that thinks videogames have got a little too easy in recent years.
  46. 80
    It contains enough content to warrant an actual off-the-shelf product, so it’s really encouraging to see it so cheap.
  47. The biggest problem with Wipeout HD is repetition. Eight tracks is a fine start, and a decent value for a game that's being sold for $19.99, but after running them forwards and backwards dozens of times, they can get old, though it's nothing that some DLC couldn't cure. Either way, this is more of a nostalgia trip than a reinvention of the wheel, but it's a well-produced one that might just snag a few new fans along the way.
  48. If cost isn't a concern, this is one of the best games the PSN has to offer. [Dec 2008, p.86]
  49. Wipeout HD may be a rehash of other games in the series, but a bargain price and fantastic 1080p visuals should please new and old fans alike.
  50. 75
    Despite some flaws WipEout HD is an enjoyable, eye-popping title. But its $20 price point for content that's 1-3 years old takes some of the fun out of it.
  51. WipEout HD may not make the huge industry-changing impact it once did, but this is the most accessible entry to date (delivery method aside), and easily one of the most impressive technical demonstrations on the PS3.
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 136 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. Mar 20, 2012
    8
    Wipeout with excellently smooth controls and polished graphics. Career mode has decent length, variety of game modes, great stuff. Downside: only tracks from past games. Upside: all your favourite tracks again. Full Review »
  2. Oct 31, 2011
    10
    The sound, graphics, and presentation of this game are absolutely fantastic. For aesthetics it gets full credit completely. You can read about those anywhere, so I won't go into detail.

    Unfortunately, it's a game you have to get into and learn fanatically to have any chance at winning. This would be great if I had to develop a skill set - I go nuts for deep and difficult games, like Demon's Souls for example, that make you concentrate and get better to win. But memorizing tracks is pure tedium, not any kind of creative design choice, and that's all the challenge comes down to. Whether or not you know what's coming up, and if you can run the track perfectly enough for that gold to advance to the next track, which you'll have to memorize in the exact same way. There's no depth at all to the skill, it's just whether or not you know exactly what to do for that particular track.

    With some leeway and better difficulty options it would have been so much better to me, but as it is it's only for those who want to devote their lives to it for a few weeks. And that's why you haven't heard of it more, because it's impossibly difficult, and who wants to go through that just to win a game?
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  3. Feb 22, 2014
    4
    I played this game round my friend's house last week, and it was a terrible F-Zero clone. The graphics (obviously) are better than F-Zero, but overall it is bad. The controls are under average, for the most part they are fine, but my vehicle kept stopping, even though I didn't let go of the button. Full Review »