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Wipeout HD: A Full $60 Experience For A Budget Price

As many of our loyal readers already know, Wipeout HD is a PSXE favorite, amongst both staff and viewers, and there's a damn good reason for that: it rocks. But perhaps some of you are wondering- how did we get such an unbelievable game for only $20? Not that you're complaining or anything...

Well, it was one of the interesting questions posed to Sony Liverpool during a recent GamePro interview. When asked why they charged half as much as other full downloadable titles like Warhawk and Gran Turismo 5: Prologue (each of which cost $40), Wipeout HD director Tony Buckley had this to say:

"We can't comment on the pricing of other PSN titles (each territory's Marketing Dept determines pricing), but with regards to Wipeout HD, we feel it's a great value. For the first time, the line between downloadable game and full-price offering has been blurred, which is something we are very proud of."

We remember being told by another Sony rep that we'd be very happy when we learned of the game's price, and he was certainly right about that. GamePro also asked if Sony Liverpool had ever considered a retail release of the popular title, but it seems the team never did. "Wipeout HD was a PSN-exclusive title from the very beginning, and we remained entirely focused on that throughout our development phase," added Buckley, who also mentioned the importance of the online play via the PlayStation Network. Given everything this game offers, it seems as if they could've very easily charged $40 - or hell, even the full $60 - and gotten away with it. But the thing is, they wanted to make the greatness easily accessible for everyone, and with October's competition through the roof, that was a damn good idea.

Head on over if you wish to read the rest of the interview; it's a good read. The bottom line, though, is that Wipeout HD is one hell of a steal at only twenty bucks. We all know it.

Related Game(s): Wipeout HD

10/6/2008 John Shepard

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Comments (17 posts)

food86
Monday, October 06, 2008 @ 10:52:12 PM
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yes yes it is a steal sometimes I feel bad bying it at that price. aww heck who am i kidding. this game is friggin awesome and for 20 bucks it is a steal but hey i got some extra dough for the other games coming out.

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AceTatsujin
Tuesday, October 07, 2008 @ 12:06:28 AM
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man it rocks Ben, i love this game so much. everything about it! music, graphics, gameplay, online! omg it ROCKS!!

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, October 07, 2008 @ 12:13:05 AM
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I want it!!!

This review really helps, was getting worried 'bout the "freezing" problems

This review really re-affirms that it is a solid downloadable game.

For such a low price, such great polished graphics and all the extras it really is worth it.

I'll probably play this offline for the most part or against good friends.

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Aftab
Tuesday, October 07, 2008 @ 9:32:46 AM

That's the idea. Important thing is take your time, learn from your mistakes, and learn the tracks. This takes patience, and one won't be able to possess that if one just jumps online to play veterans. Once you do have an intimate knowledge of the tracks, racing online really is an exhilirating and rewarding experience.

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WaR_HaWk
Tuesday, October 07, 2008 @ 12:46:15 AM
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ben any news on R2 beta?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, October 07, 2008 @ 12:53:04 AM

Off-topic. For any separate questions, please use the forums or e-mail me directly.

And no, I'm not sure exactly when the R2 beta starts. Should be very soon.

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Sir Shak
Tuesday, October 07, 2008 @ 3:11:03 AM
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sony is telling the gamers how better and cheaper sony's online experience is from microsoft.

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Tim Speed24
Tuesday, October 07, 2008 @ 4:57:14 AM
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Now call Sony and tell them to drop GT5P to like $10.00 so more of us would feel better about paying to play a demo.

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Aftab
Tuesday, October 07, 2008 @ 9:37:51 AM

I agree. But, honestly, for $10, I'd rather have an expansion pack of sorts for WOHD. You know, with new tracks adn crafts...

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caliblue15
Tuesday, October 07, 2008 @ 7:41:56 AM
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Still waiting for patch, so I can play...(dang friends list.)

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Aftab
Tuesday, October 07, 2008 @ 9:19:17 AM
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You don't need the patch, so I here, if you want to play offline. Just sign-off, and play offline.

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Aftab
Tuesday, October 07, 2008 @ 9:25:19 AM
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It is a full title, no doubt. Funny thing to notice is that the download is a mere 990 MB or so, compared to the 1430 MB of only the demo of Bioshock. At 1080p and 60fps, with no slowdown, for $20, this game is a steal, and missing out on it is a crime.

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Frenchy17
Tuesday, October 07, 2008 @ 10:18:07 AM
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I would love it if they would release some of the tracks from Wipeout XL for download..

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Aftab
Tuesday, October 07, 2008 @ 1:38:59 PM

I actually got wipeout xl and wipeout 3 from ebay just a couple days before wipeout hd, so that i can rip the music tracks. Wipeout has evolved quite a bit since xl and 3. Borrowing elements from fzero, and touches from even extreme g racing, it is a significantly different game.

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pavlovic
Tuesday, October 07, 2008 @ 3:51:01 PM
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Actually if WOHD was more than 20 I wouln't never get it.

For the price it's an amazing game, expenseier wouldn't be right.

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Aftab
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 10:29:36 PM

I got my ps3 more than a year and a half ago, instead of a 360, particularly for this game. For me, the price of it is nonissue. I actually feel bad for Studio Liverpool and Sony, that they did not charge more...But I am quite happy more people have been able to afford it and play it.

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ZubraZap
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 3:52:22 AM
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This game is one of the best downloadable titles you can find. Brings back those wonderful XL memories while keeping it FRESH! ONLINE ONLINE ONLINE!! See ya fellows on ANNULPHA PASS..

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