2011-06-27

Wipeout: In The Zone – Finding Safety On Perilous Paths

by Yo Snyder

ABCs Wipeout has to be one of the most entertaining game
shows to come along in a long time. Finally, someone realized that
adults like to play on cool obstacle courses and they created a grown-up
Double Dare to feed that desire. Every time I watch that show,
all I can think of how its probably one of the coolest playgrounds
Ive ever seen and I wish I could play on it. Of course, Im not
entirely sure how contestants avoid hyper-extending a limb or completely
dislocate something with the way they spin, twist, and flail as they
get knocked about, but I still think itd be fun. Well, if youd like to
give Wipeout a try, and want to do it someplace a little safer, why not your living room? Thanks to Kinect, you can now bring the fun of Wipeout home with Wipeout: In The Zone for Kinect. Its not the best Kinect game, but its definitely a lot of fun.

ABCs Wipeout has to be one of the most entertaining game
shows to come along in a long time. Finally, someone realized that
adults like to play on cool obstacle courses and they created a grown-up
Double Dare to feed that desire. Every time I watch that show,
all I can think of how its probably one of the coolest playgrounds
Ive ever seen and I wish I could play on it. Of course, Im not
entirely sure how contestants avoid hyper-extending a limb or completely
dislocate something with the way they spin, twist, and flail as they
get knocked about, but I still think itd be fun. Well, if youd like to
give Wipeout a try, and want to do it someplace a little safer, why not your living room? Thanks to Kinect, you can now bring the fun of Wipeout home with Wipeout: In The Zone for Kinect. Its not the best Kinect game, but its definitely a lot of fun.

Wipeout: In The Zone follows the same premise of the show.
Various contestants run through wacky courses and try not to get smacked
by random objects. Of course, most of the fun comes from seeing people
get knocked down by punching gloves, giant bats, and other random
objects. In The Zone doesnt disappoint when it comes to that.
You get to see every smack down in glorious slow-motion, complete with
commentary from the guys from the show. This is where In The Zone
works best; in a party setting with a bunch of friends to laugh at all
the crazy antics taking place, to cheer you on, or on occasion, to try
and blast you off an object using a water blaster.

Controls for Wipeout: In The Zone are pretty good, but
theyre by no means the most accurate Kinect controls out there. Its
next to impossible to stop your character on short notice, so make sure
you plan ahead and put on the brakes well before you need to. Also, you
have to jump a bit earlier than might feel intuitive. I also noticed
that if you come to a dead stop but need to jump forward, its hard to
get that little bit of momentum needed to do so. These little lag and
slow response issues abound in the game, and yet they never really
detract from the fun. In
fact, at times they add to it by giving the whole affair a level of
unpredictability. You may think you have the skills to safely traverse
the crankshaft, but perhaps Kinect wont quite register those skills
quite as accurately as you need and thereby send you flying
unceremoniously off the platform; much to the delight of everyone else
playing. Running, jumping, ducking, dodging, leaning and more are all
necessary to make it to the finish, which makes this game on of the more
active ones youll play.

I find it interesting that Psalm 18:36 says You provide a broad path
for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way. Its interesting
because thats exactly what people need on Wipeout (Ive seen
plenty of ankles literally give way on that show) and in life (where
Ive seen plenty of ankles give way figuratively). We face a lot of
challenges in life, so much so that it can feel like were going through
an obstacle course thats constantly pummeling us, and while that may
be fun for a TV show, its much less so in real life. We all need a
little help to find our way through, and thats why we need the ultimate
trailblazer; God. Over and over again throughout the Bible, he promises
to guide us along the path that leads to the finish line. That doesnt
mean well avoid every obstacle or avoid getting pummeled every now and
then, but it does mean well have firm footing to get through those
times. However, to successfully navigate that course, we must first
choose to trust and follow his directions. Oh sure we have the option to
run off on our own, but that generally results in us falling awkwardly
down into a mess, which isnt nearly as amusing as it is on TV. Look,
all Im saying is if youre having a tough time, if youre looking for
direction, if you need a path to follow to bring you through, why not
let God guide you to where you need to be?

Not everyone is brave enough (or crazy enough) to allow themselves be
tossed around like a rag doll on national TV. I think it looks like
fun, but I also think the recovery time would make the fun fade fast.
Fortunately we have the next best thing; Wipeout with Kinect.
Oh sure, it doesnt quite do everything you want it to, but at least
its not your real body being contorted and pummeled by all those crazy
contraptions. Wipeout: In The Zone is a fun family and party
game, but beyond that, doesnt have much going for it. So if you can
find it bargain priced, or would like to rent it, I think youll find
plenty of fun in the zone, even when you wipeout.


Score out of 7:

Graphics: 4 – Its a Kinect game, so dont have high expectations
here. Still, it looks decent enough; like an HD Wii gamewhich, it kind
of is.

Sound: 5 – All of the wacky music and commentary is here, which makes things just that much more fun.

Gameplay: 5 – Run, jump, dodge, lean; its a workout and its fun.
Plus the best part is watching people get creamed, just like in the
show, but with fewer injuries.

Controls: 4 – These are pretty spotty and not nearly as precise as
they could be. Still, they get the job done and often unintentionally
add to the hilarity.

Story: N/A

Content: 6 – Aside from some mild, sarcastic quips, nothing to fear here.

Final Score: 5 – Despite its shortcomings, Wipeout: In The Zone
is a surprisingly fun if shallow game. Its best used for party
settings and great if you can find it cheap, but the iffy Kinect
controls keep it from being a must buy. My score really reflects more of
the fun factor then the technical excellence.

,

ABCs Wipeout has to be one of the most entertaining game
shows to come along in a long time. Finally, someone realized that
adults like to play on cool obstacle courses and they created a grown-up
Double Dare to feed that desire. Every time I watch that show,
all I can think of how its probably one of the coolest playgrounds
Ive ever seen and I wish I could play on it. Of course, Im not
entirely sure how contestants avoid hyper-extending a limb or completely
dislocate something with the way they spin, twist, and flail as they
get knocked about, but I still think itd be fun. Well, if youd like to
give Wipeout a try, and want to do it someplace a little safer, why not your living room? Thanks to Kinect, you can now bring the fun of Wipeout home with Wipeout: In The Zone for Kinect. Its not the best Kinect game, but its definitely a lot of fun.

ABCs Wipeout has to be one of the most entertaining game
shows to come along in a long time. Finally, someone realized that
adults like to play on cool obstacle courses and they created a grown-up
Double Dare to feed that desire. Every time I watch that show,
all I can think of how its probably one of the coolest playgrounds
Ive ever seen and I wish I could play on it. Of course, Im not
entirely sure how contestants avoid hyper-extending a limb or completely
dislocate something with the way they spin, twist, and flail as they
get knocked about, but I still think itd be fun. Well, if youd like to
give Wipeout a try, and want to do it someplace a little safer, why not your living room? Thanks to Kinect, you can now bring the fun of Wipeout home with Wipeout: In The Zone for Kinect. Its not the best Kinect game, but its definitely a lot of fun.

Wipeout: In The Zone follows the same premise of the show.
Various contestants run through wacky courses and try not to get smacked
by random objects. Of course, most of the fun comes from seeing people
get knocked down by punching gloves, giant bats, and other random
objects. In The Zone doesnt disappoint when it comes to that.
You get to see every smack down in glorious slow-motion, complete with
commentary from the guys from the show. This is where In The Zone
works best; in a party setting with a bunch of friends to laugh at all
the crazy antics taking place, to cheer you on, or on occasion, to try
and blast you off an object using a water blaster.

Controls for Wipeout: In The Zone are pretty good, but
theyre by no means the most accurate Kinect controls out there. Its
next to impossible to stop your character on short notice, so make sure
you plan ahead and put on the brakes well before you need to. Also, you
have to jump a bit earlier than might feel intuitive. I also noticed
that if you come to a dead stop but need to jump forward, its hard to
get that little bit of momentum needed to do so. These little lag and
slow response issues abound in the game, and yet they never really
detract from the fun. In
fact, at times they add to it by giving the whole affair a level of
unpredictability. You may think you have the skills to safely traverse
the crankshaft, but perhaps Kinect wont quite register those skills
quite as accurately as you need and thereby send you flying
unceremoniously off the platform; much to the delight of everyone else
playing. Running, jumping, ducking, dodging, leaning and more are all
necessary to make it to the finish, which makes this game on of the more
active ones youll play.

I find it interesting that Psalm 18:36 says You provide a broad path
for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way. Its interesting
because thats exactly what people need on Wipeout (Ive seen
plenty of ankles literally give way on that show) and in life (where
Ive seen plenty of ankles give way figuratively). We face a lot of
challenges in life, so much so that it can feel like were going through
an obstacle course thats constantly pummeling us, and while that may
be fun for a TV show, its much less so in real life. We all need a
little help to find our way through, and thats why we need the ultimate
trailblazer; God. Over and over again throughout the Bible, he promises
to guide us along the path that leads to the finish line. That doesnt
mean well avoid every obstacle or avoid getting pummeled every now and
then, but it does mean well have firm footing to get through those
times. However, to successfully navigate that course, we must first
choose to trust and follow his directions. Oh sure we have the option to
run off on our own, but that generally results in us falling awkwardly
down into a mess, which isnt nearly as amusing as it is on TV. Look,
all Im saying is if youre having a tough time, if youre looking for
direction, if you need a path to follow to bring you through, why not
let God guide you to where you need to be?

Not everyone is brave enough (or crazy enough) to allow themselves be
tossed around like a rag doll on national TV. I think it looks like
fun, but I also think the recovery time would make the fun fade fast.
Fortunately we have the next best thing; Wipeout with Kinect.
Oh sure, it doesnt quite do everything you want it to, but at least
its not your real body being contorted and pummeled by all those crazy
contraptions. Wipeout: In The Zone is a fun family and party
game, but beyond that, doesnt have much going for it. So if you can
find it bargain priced, or would like to rent it, I think youll find
plenty of fun in the zone, even when you wipeout.


Score out of 7:

Graphics: 4 – Its a Kinect game, so dont have high expectations
here. Still, it looks decent enough; like an HD Wii gamewhich, it kind
of is.

Sound: 5 – All of the wacky music and commentary is here, which makes things just that much more fun.

Gameplay: 5 – Run, jump, dodge, lean; its a workout and its fun.
Plus the best part is watching people get creamed, just like in the
show, but with fewer injuries.

Controls: 4 – These are pretty spotty and not nearly as precise as
they could be. Still, they get the job done and often unintentionally
add to the hilarity.

Story: N/A

Content: 6 – Aside from some mild, sarcastic quips, nothing to fear here.

Final Score: 5 – Despite its shortcomings, Wipeout: In The Zone
is a surprisingly fun if shallow game. Its best used for party
settings and great if you can find it cheap, but the iffy Kinect
controls keep it from being a must buy. My score really reflects more of
the fun factor then the technical excellence.

,

ABCs Wipeout has to be one of the most entertaining game
shows to come along in a long time. Finally, someone realized that
adults like to play on cool obstacle courses and they created a grown-up
Double Dare to feed that desire. Every time I watch that show,
all I can think of how its probably one of the coolest playgrounds
Ive ever seen and I wish I could play on it. Of course, Im not
entirely sure how contestants avoid hyper-extending a limb or completely
dislocate something with the way they spin, twist, and flail as they
get knocked about, but I still think itd be fun. Well, if youd like to
give Wipeout a try, and want to do it someplace a little safer, why not your living room? Thanks to Kinect, you can now bring the fun of Wipeout home with Wipeout: In The Zone for Kinect. Its not the best Kinect game, but its definitely a lot of fun.

ABCs Wipeout has to be one of the most entertaining game
shows to come along in a long time. Finally, someone realized that
adults like to play on cool obstacle courses and they created a grown-up
Double Dare to feed that desire. Every time I watch that show,
all I can think of how its probably one of the coolest playgrounds
Ive ever seen and I wish I could play on it. Of course, Im not
entirely sure how contestants avoid hyper-extending a limb or completely
dislocate something with the way they spin, twist, and flail as they
get knocked about, but I still think itd be fun. Well, if youd like to
give Wipeout a try, and want to do it someplace a little safer, why not your living room? Thanks to Kinect, you can now bring the fun of Wipeout home with Wipeout: In The Zone for Kinect. Its not the best Kinect game, but its definitely a lot of fun.

Wipeout: In The Zone follows the same premise of the show.
Various contestants run through wacky courses and try not to get smacked
by random objects. Of course, most of the fun comes from seeing people
get knocked down by punching gloves, giant bats, and other random
objects. In The Zone doesnt disappoint when it comes to that.
You get to see every smack down in glorious slow-motion, complete with
commentary from the guys from the show. This is where In The Zone
works best; in a party setting with a bunch of friends to laugh at all
the crazy antics taking place, to cheer you on, or on occasion, to try
and blast you off an object using a water blaster.

Controls for Wipeout: In The Zone are pretty good, but
theyre by no means the most accurate Kinect controls out there. Its
next to impossible to stop your character on short notice, so make sure
you plan ahead and put on the brakes well before you need to. Also, you
have to jump a bit earlier than might feel intuitive. I also noticed
that if you come to a dead stop but need to jump forward, its hard to
get that little bit of momentum needed to do so. These little lag and
slow response issues abound in the game, and yet they never really
detract from the fun. In
fact, at times they add to it by giving the whole affair a level of
unpredictability. You may think you have the skills to safely traverse
the crankshaft, but perhaps Kinect wont quite register those skills
quite as accurately as you need and thereby send you flying
unceremoniously off the platform; much to the delight of everyone else
playing. Running, jumping, ducking, dodging, leaning and more are all
necessary to make it to the finish, which makes this game on of the more
active ones youll play.

I find it interesting that Psalm 18:36 says You provide a broad path
for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way. Its interesting
because thats exactly what people need on Wipeout (Ive seen
plenty of ankles literally give way on that show) and in life (where
Ive seen plenty of ankles give way figuratively). We face a lot of
challenges in life, so much so that it can feel like were going through
an obstacle course thats constantly pummeling us, and while that may
be fun for a TV show, its much less so in real life. We all need a
little help to find our way through, and thats why we need the ultimate
trailblazer; God. Over and over again throughout the Bible, he promises
to guide us along the path that leads to the finish line. That doesnt
mean well avoid every obstacle or avoid getting pummeled every now and
then, but it does mean well have firm footing to get through those
times. However, to successfully navigate that course, we must first
choose to trust and follow his directions. Oh sure we have the option to
run off on our own, but that generally results in us falling awkwardly
down into a mess, which isnt nearly as amusing as it is on TV. Look,
all Im saying is if youre having a tough time, if youre looking for
direction, if you need a path to follow to bring you through, why not
let God guide you to where you need to be?

Not everyone is brave enough (or crazy enough) to allow themselves be
tossed around like a rag doll on national TV. I think it looks like
fun, but I also think the recovery time would make the fun fade fast.
Fortunately we have the next best thing; Wipeout with Kinect.
Oh sure, it doesnt quite do everything you want it to, but at least
its not your real body being contorted and pummeled by all those crazy
contraptions. Wipeout: In The Zone is a fun family and party
game, but beyond that, doesnt have much going for it. So if you can
find it bargain priced, or would like to rent it, I think youll find
plenty of fun in the zone, even when you wipeout.


Score out of 7:

Graphics: 4 – Its a Kinect game, so dont have high expectations
here. Still, it looks decent enough; like an HD Wii gamewhich, it kind
of is.

Sound: 5 – All of the wacky music and commentary is here, which makes things just that much more fun.

Gameplay: 5 – Run, jump, dodge, lean; its a workout and its fun.
Plus the best part is watching people get creamed, just like in the
show, but with fewer injuries.

Controls: 4 – These are pretty spotty and not nearly as precise as
they could be. Still, they get the job done and often unintentionally
add to the hilarity.

Story: N/A

Content: 6 – Aside from some mild, sarcastic quips, nothing to fear here.

Final Score: 5 – Despite its shortcomings, Wipeout: In The Zone
is a surprisingly fun if shallow game. Its best used for party
settings and great if you can find it cheap, but the iffy Kinect
controls keep it from being a must buy. My score really reflects more of
the fun factor then the technical excellence.

,

ABCs Wipeout has to be one of the most entertaining game
shows to come along in a long time. Finally, someone realized that
adults like to play on cool obstacle courses and they created a grown-up
Double Dare to feed that desire. Every time I watch that show,
all I can think of how its probably one of the coolest playgrounds
Ive ever seen and I wish I could play on it. Of course, Im not
entirely sure how contestants avoid hyper-extending a limb or completely
dislocate something with the way they spin, twist, and flail as they
get knocked about, but I still think itd be fun. Well, if youd like to
give Wipeout a try, and want to do it someplace a little safer, why not your living room? Thanks to Kinect, you can now bring the fun of Wipeout home with Wipeout: In The Zone for Kinect. Its not the best Kinect game, but its definitely a lot of fun.

ABCs Wipeout has to be one of the most entertaining game
shows to come along in a long time. Finally, someone realized that
adults like to play on cool obstacle courses and they created a grown-up
Double Dare to feed that desire. Every time I watch that show,
all I can think of how its probably one of the coolest playgrounds
Ive ever seen and I wish I could play on it. Of course, Im not
entirely sure how contestants avoid hyper-extending a limb or completely
dislocate something with the way they spin, twist, and flail as they
get knocked about, but I still think itd be fun. Well, if youd like to
give Wipeout a try, and want to do it someplace a little safer, why not your living room? Thanks to Kinect, you can now bring the fun of Wipeout home with Wipeout: In The Zone for Kinect. Its not the best Kinect game, but its definitely a lot of fun.

Wipeout: In The Zone follows the same premise of the show.
Various contestants run through wacky courses and try not to get smacked
by random objects. Of course, most of the fun comes from seeing people
get knocked down by punching gloves, giant bats, and other random
objects. In The Zone doesnt disappoint when it comes to that.
You get to see every smack down in glorious slow-motion, complete with
commentary from the guys from the show. This is where In The Zone
works best; in a party setting with a bunch of friends to laugh at all
the crazy antics taking place, to cheer you on, or on occasion, to try
and blast you off an object using a water blaster.

Controls for Wipeout: In The Zone are pretty good, but
theyre by no means the most accurate Kinect controls out there. Its
next to impossible to stop your character on short notice, so make sure
you plan ahead and put on the brakes well before you need to. Also, you
have to jump a bit earlier than might feel intuitive. I also noticed
that if you come to a dead stop but need to jump forward, its hard to
get that little bit of momentum needed to do so. These little lag and
slow response issues abound in the game, and yet they never really
detract from the fun. In
fact, at times they add to it by giving the whole affair a level of
unpredictability. You may think you have the skills to safely traverse
the crankshaft, but perhaps Kinect wont quite register those skills
quite as accurately as you need and thereby send you flying
unceremoniously off the platform; much to the delight of everyone else
playing. Running, jumping, ducking, dodging, leaning and more are all
necessary to make it to the finish, which makes this game on of the more
active ones youll play.

I find it interesting that Psalm 18:36 says You provide a broad path
for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way. Its interesting
because thats exactly what people need on Wipeout (Ive seen
plenty of ankles literally give way on that show) and in life (where
Ive seen plenty of ankles give way figuratively). We face a lot of
challenges in life, so much so that it can feel like were going through
an obstacle course thats constantly pummeling us, and while that may
be fun for a TV show, its much less so in real life. We all need a
little help to find our way through, and thats why we need the ultimate
trailblazer; God. Over and over again throughout the Bible, he promises
to guide us along the path that leads to the finish line. That doesnt
mean well avoid every obstacle or avoid getting pummeled every now and
then, but it does mean well have firm footing to get through those
times. However, to successfully navigate that course, we must first
choose to trust and follow his directions. Oh sure we have the option to
run off on our own, but that generally results in us falling awkwardly
down into a mess, which isnt nearly as amusing as it is on TV. Look,
all Im saying is if youre having a tough time, if youre looking for
direction, if you need a path to follow to bring you through, why not
let God guide you to where you need to be?

Not everyone is brave enough (or crazy enough) to allow themselves be
tossed around like a rag doll on national TV. I think it looks like
fun, but I also think the recovery time would make the fun fade fast.
Fortunately we have the next best thing; Wipeout with Kinect.
Oh sure, it doesnt quite do everything you want it to, but at least
its not your real body being contorted and pummeled by all those crazy
contraptions. Wipeout: In The Zone is a fun family and party
game, but beyond that, doesnt have much going for it. So if you can
find it bargain priced, or would like to rent it, I think youll find
plenty of fun in the zone, even when you wipeout.


Score out of 7:

Graphics: 4 – Its a Kinect game, so dont have high expectations
here. Still, it looks decent enough; like an HD Wii gamewhich, it kind
of is.

Sound: 5 – All of the wacky music and commentary is here, which makes things just that much more fun.

Gameplay: 5 – Run, jump, dodge, lean; its a workout and its fun.
Plus the best part is watching people get creamed, just like in the
show, but with fewer injuries.

Controls: 4 – These are pretty spotty and not nearly as precise as
they could be. Still, they get the job done and often unintentionally
add to the hilarity.

Story: N/A

Content: 6 – Aside from some mild, sarcastic quips, nothing to fear here.

Final Score: 5 – Despite its shortcomings, Wipeout: In The Zone
is a surprisingly fun if shallow game. Its best used for party
settings and great if you can find it cheap, but the iffy Kinect
controls keep it from being a must buy. My score really reflects more of
the fun factor then the technical excellence.

,

ABCs Wipeout has to be one of the most entertaining game
shows to come along in a long time. Finally, someone realized that
adults like to play on cool obstacle courses and they created a grown-up
Double Dare to feed that desire. Every time I watch that show,
all I can think of how its probably one of the coolest playgrounds
Ive ever seen and I wish I could play on it. Of course, Im not
entirely sure how contestants avoid hyper-extending a limb or completely
dislocate something with the way they spin, twist, and flail as they
get knocked about, but I still think itd be fun. Well, if youd like to
give Wipeout a try, and want to do it someplace a little safer, why not your living room? Thanks to Kinect, you can now bring the fun of Wipeout home with Wipeout: In The Zone for Kinect. Its not the best Kinect game, but its definitely a lot of fun.

ABCs Wipeout has to be one of the most entertaining game
shows to come along in a long time. Finally, someone realized that
adults like to play on cool obstacle courses and they created a grown-up
Double Dare to feed that desire. Every time I watch that show,
all I can think of how its probably one of the coolest playgrounds
Ive ever seen and I wish I could play on it. Of course, Im not
entirely sure how contestants avoid hyper-extending a limb or completely
dislocate something with the way they spin, twist, and flail as they
get knocked about, but I still think itd be fun. Well, if youd like to
give Wipeout a try, and want to do it someplace a little safer, why not your living room? Thanks to Kinect, you can now bring the fun of Wipeout home with Wipeout: In The Zone for Kinect. Its not the best Kinect game, but its definitely a lot of fun.

Wipeout: In The Zone follows the same premise of the show.
Various contestants run through wacky courses and try not to get smacked
by random objects. Of course, most of the fun comes from seeing people
get knocked down by punching gloves, giant bats, and other random
objects. In The Zone doesnt disappoint when it comes to that.
You get to see every smack down in glorious slow-motion, complete with
commentary from the guys from the show. This is where In The Zone
works best; in a party setting with a bunch of friends to laugh at all
the crazy antics taking place, to cheer you on, or on occasion, to try
and blast you off an object using a water blaster.

Controls for Wipeout: In The Zone are pretty good, but
theyre by no means the most accurate Kinect controls out there. Its
next to impossible to stop your character on short notice, so make sure
you plan ahead and put on the brakes well before you need to. Also, you
have to jump a bit earlier than might feel intuitive. I also noticed
that if you come to a dead stop but need to jump forward, its hard to
get that little bit of momentum needed to do so. These little lag and
slow response issues abound in the game, and yet they never really
detract from the fun. In
fact, at times they add to it by giving the whole affair a level of
unpredictability. You may think you have the skills to safely traverse
the crankshaft, but perhaps Kinect wont quite register those skills
quite as accurately as you need and thereby send you flying
unceremoniously off the platform; much to the delight of everyone else
playing. Running, jumping, ducking, dodging, leaning and more are all
necessary to make it to the finish, which makes this game on of the more
active ones youll play.

I find it interesting that Psalm 18:36 says You provide a broad path
for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way. Its interesting
because thats exactly what people need on Wipeout (Ive seen
plenty of ankles literally give way on that show) and in life (where
Ive seen plenty of ankles give way figuratively). We face a lot of
challenges in life, so much so that it can feel like were going through
an obstacle course thats constantly pummeling us, and while that may
be fun for a TV show, its much less so in real life. We all need a
little help to find our way through, and thats why we need the ultimate
trailblazer; God. Over and over again throughout the Bible, he promises
to guide us along the path that leads to the finish line. That doesnt
mean well avoid every obstacle or avoid getting pummeled every now and
then, but it does mean well have firm footing to get through those
times. However, to successfully navigate that course, we must first
choose to trust and follow his directions. Oh sure we have the option to
run off on our own, but that generally results in us falling awkwardly
down into a mess, which isnt nearly as amusing as it is on TV. Look,
all Im saying is if youre having a tough time, if youre looking for
direction, if you need a path to follow to bring you through, why not
let God guide you to where you need to be?

Not everyone is brave enough (or crazy enough) to allow themselves be
tossed around like a rag doll on national TV. I think it looks like
fun, but I also think the recovery time would make the fun fade fast.
Fortunately we have the next best thing; Wipeout with Kinect.
Oh sure, it doesnt quite do everything you want it to, but at least
its not your real body being contorted and pummeled by all those crazy
contraptions. Wipeout: In The Zone is a fun family and party
game, but beyond that, doesnt have much going for it. So if you can
find it bargain priced, or would like to rent it, I think youll find
plenty of fun in the zone, even when you wipeout.


Score out of 7:

Graphics: 4 – Its a Kinect game, so dont have high expectations
here. Still, it looks decent enough; like an HD Wii gamewhich, it kind
of is.

Sound: 5 – All of the wacky music and commentary is here, which makes things just that much more fun.

Gameplay: 5 – Run, jump, dodge, lean; its a workout and its fun.
Plus the best part is watching people get creamed, just like in the
show, but with fewer injuries.

Controls: 4 – These are pretty spotty and not nearly as precise as
they could be. Still, they get the job done and often unintentionally
add to the hilarity.

Story: N/A

Content: 6 – Aside from some mild, sarcastic quips, nothing to fear here.

Final Score: 5 – Despite its shortcomings, Wipeout: In The Zone
is a surprisingly fun if shallow game. Its best used for party
settings and great if you can find it cheap, but the iffy Kinect
controls keep it from being a must buy. My score really reflects more of
the fun factor then the technical excellence.

,

ABCs Wipeout has to be one of the most entertaining game
shows to come along in a long time. Finally, someone realized that
adults like to play on cool obstacle courses and they created a grown-up
Double Dare to feed that desire. Every time I watch that show,
all I can think of how its probably one of the coolest playgrounds
Ive ever seen and I wish I could play on it. Of course, Im not
entirely sure how contestants avoid hyper-extending a limb or completely
dislocate something with the way they spin, twist, and flail as they
get knocked about, but I still think itd be fun. Well, if youd like to
give Wipeout a try, and want to do it someplace a little safer, why not your living room? Thanks to Kinect, you can now bring the fun of Wipeout home with Wipeout: In The Zone for Kinect. Its not the best Kinect game, but its definitely a lot of fun.

ABCs Wipeout has to be one of the most entertaining game
shows to come along in a long time. Finally, someone realized that
adults like to play on cool obstacle courses and they created a grown-up
Double Dare to feed that desire. Every time I watch that show,
all I can think of how its probably one of the coolest playgrounds
Ive ever seen and I wish I could play on it. Of course, Im not
entirely sure how contestants avoid hyper-extending a limb or completely
dislocate something with the way they spin, twist, and flail as they
get knocked about, but I still think itd be fun. Well, if youd like to
give Wipeout a try, and want to do it someplace a little safer, why not your living room? Thanks to Kinect, you can now bring the fun of Wipeout home with Wipeout: In The Zone for Kinect. Its not the best Kinect game, but its definitely a lot of fun.

Wipeout: In The Zone follows the same premise of the show.
Various contestants run through wacky courses and try not to get smacked
by random objects. Of course, most of the fun comes from seeing people
get knocked down by punching gloves, giant bats, and other random
objects. In The Zone doesnt disappoint when it comes to that.
You get to see every smack down in glorious slow-motion, complete with
commentary from the guys from the show. This is where In The Zone
works best; in a party setting with a bunch of friends to laugh at all
the crazy antics taking place, to cheer you on, or on occasion, to try
and blast you off an object using a water blaster.

Controls for Wipeout: In The Zone are pretty good, but
theyre by no means the most accurate Kinect controls out there. Its
next to impossible to stop your character on short notice, so make sure
you plan ahead and put on the brakes well before you need to. Also, you
have to jump a bit earlier than might feel intuitive. I also noticed
that if you come to a dead stop but need to jump forward, its hard to
get that little bit of momentum needed to do so. These little lag and
slow response issues abound in the game, and yet they never really
detract from the fun. In
fact, at times they add to it by giving the whole affair a level of
unpredictability. You may think you have the skills to safely traverse
the crankshaft, but perhaps Kinect wont quite register those skills
quite as accurately as you need and thereby send you flying
unceremoniously off the platform; much to the delight of everyone else
playing. Running, jumping, ducking, dodging, leaning and more are all
necessary to make it to the finish, which makes this game on of the more
active ones youll play.

I find it interesting that Psalm 18:36 says You provide a broad path
for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way. Its interesting
because thats exactly what people need on Wipeout (Ive seen
plenty of ankles literally give way on that show) and in life (where
Ive seen plenty of ankles give way figuratively). We face a lot of
challenges in life, so much so that it can feel like were going through
an obstacle course thats constantly pummeling us, and while that may
be fun for a TV show, its much less so in real life. We all need a
little help to find our way through, and thats why we need the ultimate
trailblazer; God. Over and over again throughout the Bible, he promises
to guide us along the path that leads to the finish line. That doesnt
mean well avoid every obstacle or avoid getting pummeled every now and
then, but it does mean well have firm footing to get through those
times. However, to successfully navigate that course, we must first
choose to trust and follow his directions. Oh sure we have the option to
run off on our own, but that generally results in us falling awkwardly
down into a mess, which isnt nearly as amusing as it is on TV. Look,
all Im saying is if youre having a tough time, if youre looking for
direction, if you need a path to follow to bring you through, why not
let God guide you to where you need to be?

Not everyone is brave enough (or crazy enough) to allow themselves be
tossed around like a rag doll on national TV. I think it looks like
fun, but I also think the recovery time would make the fun fade fast.
Fortunately we have the next best thing; Wipeout with Kinect.
Oh sure, it doesnt quite do everything you want it to, but at least
its not your real body being contorted and pummeled by all those crazy
contraptions. Wipeout: In The Zone is a fun family and party
game, but beyond that, doesnt have much going for it. So if you can
find it bargain priced, or would like to rent it, I think youll find
plenty of fun in the zone, even when you wipeout.


Score out of 7:

Graphics: 4 – Its a Kinect game, so dont have high expectations
here. Still, it looks decent enough; like an HD Wii gamewhich, it kind
of is.

Sound: 5 – All of the wacky music and commentary is here, which makes things just that much more fun.

Gameplay: 5 – Run, jump, dodge, lean; its a workout and its fun.
Plus the best part is watching people get creamed, just like in the
show, but with fewer injuries.

Controls: 4 – These are pretty spotty and not nearly as precise as
they could be. Still, they get the job done and often unintentionally
add to the hilarity.

Story: N/A

Content: 6 – Aside from some mild, sarcastic quips, nothing to fear here.

Final Score: 5 – Despite its shortcomings, Wipeout: In The Zone
is a surprisingly fun if shallow game. Its best used for party
settings and great if you can find it cheap, but the iffy Kinect
controls keep it from being a must buy. My score really reflects more of
the fun factor then the technical excellence.