When I purchased the original PSX in the fall of '95, the game that immediately grabbed my attention was this absolute gem of a game called "Wipeout". Never saw graphics like that before and, the gameplay, for me, was absolutely killer! When you love racing/flying, it's hard to ask for more than Wipeout. That original Wipeout had a "feel" to the physics that I just can't explain. I guess it felt the most realistic. The craft floated and had aerodynamic properties that seemed real. I loved it! Played it over and over just to shave off literal hundreths of a second of my best time just to piss off my; then, brother in law, who also had the game. One of the reasons I bought the PS2 was the anticipation of a "next-gen" version called Fusion. Well, after much delay, I finally bought it...against my own belief of many "less than favorable" reviews I've read. ...the critics were right. Graphically, I thought it was a nice improvement but, I am a bit jaded due to playing my Xbox most of the time. Fusion didn't impress all that much graphically but, as I said, it was nice. The weapons sounded and looked great. It seemed to be a much more viscious version, which is cool. Several races I didn't even finish. A VERY rare occurance for me with the last versions of Wipeout, where death was a possibility. But...my biggest problem with the game is that, hard to explain, ethereal "feel". It feels off. The physics are bad bad bad!!! No more of that sweet aerodynamic, "flying in ground effect", type of feel past Wipeouts have had. This game feels like magnetic racing. I just couldn't stand the idea that, I'm going like an absolute bat outta hell, only to hit a ridiculously steep dropoff and WHAM!!! my ship is now facing straight down. "What the f&#*"?!!? In past versions, you would've floated to a "nose down" position, the way it would happen as though you were flying a few feet above the track. In fact, in past iterations, you could pull up on the nose while descending to get a nice soft landing after a steep dropoff. If you didn't, sometimes you'd get a gutwrenching "CLUNK" as your crafts nose hit the hardtop. This version is more like 1970's slot car racing with "Magnatraction" (remember that? ) Anyhoo...I took it back today. Got store credit which, I'll hold onto until Enclave comes out. Which...there has been many, "Less than favorable" reviews of. Fingers crossed.