WipEout has always kinda been a "nonfans need not apply" type of thing.
I tried picking it up and I couldn't like it at all. I didn't find it poorly designed, I just didn't find it interesting. I can see why it has a fanbase but for everyone else it isn't exactly lending you a helping hand. Not that that's a bad thing, franchises like Armored Core, Street Fighter, and Dynasty Warriors have kinda been doing the same thing, appealing really only to their fanbases (which are rather dedicated and/or large).
Hate to bring it a bit off topic but this screenshot option looks so cool. It can make any game review seem so much easier. Why describe the graphics when I can give you a direct screenshot without worrying about the typical "Sony filter" of doctoring the images to make them look a little more shiny? Now all we need is a video option...
A video option would be fantastic, I think. And I've only played a few, starting with I think WipEout 64 on a friend's console, and then Pure and Pulse on my PSP. I haven't played the others, but I think I'd like them.
(Unfortunately the waterfall really shows the jaggies in that one, otherwise it's gorgeous.
The game looks so much better in motion though. It's still like the best looking handheld game to date but in motion it looks flawless.