Wipeout Pure (PSP)
Sean W. Gibson / Mar 22nd, 2005 No Comments
|GAMING ILLUSTRATED RATINGS FOR WIPEOUT PURE (PSP)|
A host of cinematic effects give the game a unique look and feel, without it ever feeling terrible
Not the best looking game around but environments are impressively detailed and perforances sensitively captured
Stirring, evocative score by LA rock back Health highlights some amazing work.
Simply yet fun and styling, frequent interruption from cut scenes might spoil it.
The main story lasts no more than 12 hours, but the multiplayer is nice.
World Tour Soccer is one of 989 Sports top titles, a real winner for the 1st Party Sports software development company of SCEA. Now, soccer fans can take the popular franchise title on the road and play a match whenever and wherever they like with the release of the title for PSP. The game boasts 128 club teams, 86 international teams, nine classic teams, seven all-star teams, six international super teams, eight stadiums, and multiple gameplay modes. In addition, the game supports wireless networking for head to head gameplay.
Ad Hoc Mode – Allows two or more PSP systems to communicate directly with each other via Wi-Fi connectivity for regional/local multiplayer gameplay.
• Soccer Authenticity / Realism –
Moves – Gamers can pull off a variety of special soccer moves like the shimmy, step over and the classic header while leading their favorite team to victory.
Team Style of Play – A new Artificial Intelligence (AI) system, Brazil is loaded with athleticism and talent, Germany plays tenacious defense and the Italy display its ability to retain constant possession of the ball.
Game Interface – Depending on the situation, gamers can choose to power the ball past a wall of defenders by bending the kick, or they can use the icon passing system to have a striker make a run and volley the ball into the back of the net. With its free kick interface, gamers can change the flow and momentum of the game.
Enhanced Presentation – World Tour Soccer for the PSP new animations, passionate celebrations, TV-style presentation, enhanced lighting effects, new cut-scenes, and smooth gameplay giving delivering the look, feel and passion that core soccer fans expect from their sport.
I had absolutely no idea that the graphics for the PSP would be this solid. The game looks fluid and going back and forth on the field is a fun experience. When showing the game to my soccer-addicted cousin from Italy, he simply responded – "Oh my god! Why do I even need my PS2 now?" – and with good reason, the game offers up the graphics normally associated with console systems. The menus are bright and the backgrounds are nicely done. However, the core of the graphics – the gameplay itself, is a fine experience and makes the game a pleasure to play.
Not just English voice support while playing … but three other languages! Although 90% of the play by play in the game is simply the names of all the players, it's amazing that the game supports the amount of play by play it does. Listening to the game in Italian or Spanish brings it a flavor that can't be paralleled for other sports titles – even if you don't speak the respective languages. The music track, played in the menus, is a nice selection to round out a nice audio experience for World Tour Soccer on the PSP.
You'll immediately want to jump into the quick play mode and get your feet wet with the title. It's a nice way to get things going and the beginner difficulty mode is a real nice way to break into the title if you are a newcomer to soccer. The various game modes are really fun to get into – especially the challenge mode and the various tournament types such as the "World Tournament" which can be interpreted as the World Cup. Getting a team and taking through a tournament is very satisfying, with complete standing and statistics being kept throughout the entire tournament! With such a variety of teams and gameplay modes, soccer fans should definitely be satisfied with the amount of things to experience with this title.
ONLINE / MULTIPLAYER
WTS came in with the first batch of titles when the PSP came out, and I've been playing it everyday since it came out. I love playing through the tournaments, unlocking stadiums and unlocking new teams (done by winning money and "purchasing" them). I love the stats, I love the action, and I love the sound. It's a really fun game to play that translates perfectly for the handheld console system. Fully expect to be playing this title time and again when using your newest love in your life (yes, the PSP).
Well, it's pretty original in the sense that it's the single solitary soccer title for the PSP console. In that sense, it gets high marks since it breaks new ground in the gaming industry.
Overall, World Tour Soccer for the Portable PlayStation (PSP) is an addicting, impressive, and most importantly fun game. The graphics are very nice, the sounds are equally impressive, and the gameplay of the soccer and the amount of modes available make for a tremendous gaming experience.