When the WipEout games debuted for PS1 in the mid-90s, the future was a bright time of neon highlights, flying cars, and a world that looked like the liner notes from a Paul Oakenfold mix CD. Nowadays we've got global recession, wars everywhere and a generation of ravers struggling to fit into their vinyl pants – but WipEout, in the form of an imminent new installment for PlayStation Vita, wants to assure you that the city-wide racetracks and anti-gravity racecars are still just around the corner.
Nothing wrong with a little blue-sky thinking – but in 2048, when the Sport of the Future debuts, will we really still be expected to type it out with that goddamn infuriating capitalization? Surely the youth of 2048 will have better things to amuse themselves than sneaking outdated drug references into their game titles. Either way, does the most reliable prediction of this trailer –“you'll be able to play WipEout 2048 as soon as the PlayStation Vita launches” – fill you with hope for the near future?
Aug 16, 2011