Radial-G is Like a Virtual Reality WipEout

By Keza MacDonald on at

We all mourned the passing of what was once Psygnosis, back in 2012, but the spirit of what was probably its most influential game lives on. WipEout was the premier futuristic racer of the 90s. Playing Radial-G - an Oculus Rift enabled, blisteringly fast racer that's on Kickstarter right now - brought it right back to the forefront of my mind.

Radial-G is being made in Brighton, in the south of England, and sends you hurtling around a tubular track with rotating, neon gates that speed you up or slow you down. Playing it on Oculus Rift was a strange experience - you're moving so fast that you expect to feel the force of the acceleration, but of course your body is sitting perfectly still. It runs at a perfect 60fps, which really helps with the sense of eye-watering speed.

The alpha is a good proof of concept, but the full game - with AI and real opponents to bash into and send flying off the track - is a more exciting prospect. The game was a big hit at our last Kotaku UK games-and-beer event, so it's likely to be great in multiplayer.

Radial-G is on both Steam Greenlight and Kickstarter, with a downloadable demo to try out (whether or not you happen to have an Oculus Rift development kit lying around). Have a peek.