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Nintendo DS Review: ABC Wipeout 2

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Wipeout 2 is a new video game offering from Activision that’s based on ABC’s hit TV game show, Wipeout. Wipeout 2 has contestants competing in outrageous physical challenge courses for a chance to win $50,000. Updated courses and special infects are taken straight from the show’s summer and winter seasons. The game is narrated by the show’s hosts. John Anderson and John Henson and includes the popular obstacles Big Balls, Sucker Punch and Smackwall Sweeper. You compete to improve your time and become the Wipeout Champion.

Wipeout 2 is an obstacle course that has your character running, sliding, crouching and jumping over a variety of obstacles similar to the TV show. Running, crouching and sliding are accomplished with the directional keys. Jumping is accomplished by pressing the B key. You can sprint with the Y key, slow time with the X key and add flair in the air using the A key. You can play in single player or multi-player modes (up to 4 players).

The game itself is played on the bottom screen. The shows hosts are shown in the top screen with commentary on how well/poorly you’re doing and occasionally suggestions for what to do to accomplish each obstacle. When you first begin the game, you choose a character appearance and are given the option to start in tutorial mode or regular mode. As you proceed through the obstacles, you have the option to retry or skip each option if you don’t succeed the first time. Some of the obstacles can be tough so I found this to be very handy. Skipping an obstacle does does add a time penalty to your score.

During the qualifying round, contestants compete for the fast time across the obstacles. The sweeper round has contestants competing against the Sweeper Bar and each other. Only the top two contestants will move onto the wipeout zone. During the wipeout zone, the last two contestants compete for the title of wipeout champion.

During the game, you earn a better score the quicker you complete each challenge. You can also earn more points by using the flair button which you use to show off. More flair activates special moves like sprinting and slowing down. You are also given the chance to collect rings in each qualifying round and in the wipeout zone. This unlocks new characters. You are judged on seventeen different categories including the number of jumps and flair earned. When you break a record in a category, you earn an award.

This game is definitely fun to play and anyone who likes the action in Wipeout will love Wipeout 2. The graphics and music are nothing amazing but you are honestly so focused on getting through each obstacle that you never notice. While it’s rated E for everyone, younger kids might find it too challenging. My fourteen year old was entertained for hours. If you’re looking for a video game that will keep your tween/teenager busy for hours that you don’t have to worry about violence in, this is definitely the one you need to choose.

ABC Wipeout 2 is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB for Comic Mischief and Mild Cartoon Violence. This game can also be found on: Nintendo 3DS, PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360.

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