No, this is not a joke. I’ve been to the future where gravity defying races are the norm. A future where blowing up competing racers is not only considered normal, but is actively encouraged. I’ve been in WipEout VR. It is phenomenal.
Let me say this before I get into it – I’ve played around 90% of the “big games” from the top developers and publishers for PSVR, so I’ve got a fair idea when it comes to what the PSVR can do in terms of visuals. It’s running on a weak system and has no real right to work as well as it does. I’ve seen some top-notch graphics, and I’ve seen some absolute howlers. WipEout VR is, right now at least, the premier example of what can be done when time and money is invested into a VR project.
A recent PSVR game that I played and reviewed, ARK Park, was terrible. Not just as a game, but as a showing for VR. The visuals were piss poor and gave me a headache. Blur here, blur there. Blur everywhere. I didn’t expect much from WipEout VR. I expected to see downgraded graphics, much like DriveClub VR, but I’ve been left massively impressed. It’s not quite as clean and crisp as the regular flat version of the game, but it’s bloody damn close and it puts other VR-compatible games to shame. Yes, I’m looking at you GT Sport. You stinking pile of VR disappointment. (The regular game is decent, to be fair.)
If you’re a PSVR owner on the fence about WipEout, I’ll just say that I recommend it without any hesitation. It’s a great game by itself, but VR takes it to a whole new level. There’s a short video up above of me having a quick blast in a race, and while it’s never going to be the same as actually playing it for yourself, maybe give it a quick watch to see what all the fuss is about. And yes, that moment where I seem to be inspecting the control stick around a minute in, that’s me puking my guts up. And yes, I wiped my mouth with my t-shirt, left the puke on my shoes, and went straight back in to win the race. I’ve got laminated floors. It’s all good.