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WipEout XL (Windows)

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Description

WipEout XL is set in the year 2097, around four decades after its predecessor. Instead of the F3600 anti-gravity racing competition, the game features an even faster and more dangerous tournament: the F5000 AG league. The gameplay system is similar to that of the previous game: players race against each other or computer in high-speed futuristic environments, liberally picking up weapons scattered around the stages and using them against the opponents to finish the race in the highest position.

Each vehicle is provided with a shield; once this shield is breached (by weapons or other kinds of damage), the craft explodes. As in the first game, the vehicles move at very high speeds. The game's four difficulty levels are used to crank the speed up and down, with the highest setting corresponding to the highest speed. In addition to the main championship mode, there are also challenge modes, winning in which rewards the player with faster game settings, new tracks, and new vehicles.

Screenshots

WipEout XL Windows Intro
WipEout XL Windows In-cockpit view
WipEout XL Windows Title Screen
WipEout XL Windows Silver

Alternate Titles

  • "WipEout 2097" -- European title

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User Reviews

A milestone in Sci-Fi racing Firefreak (5) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars

The Press Says

Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Sep 01, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gamezilla Aug 17, 2000 90 out of 100 90
Power Play Jun, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Computer Games Magazine 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamesmania 1997 80 out of 100 80
PC Jeux Jun, 1997 76 out of 100 76
GameSpot Aug 26, 1997 7.1 out of 10 71
PC Games (Germany) Jul, 1997 70 out of 100 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Oct, 1997 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Player (Germany) Jul, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The PS1 version of Wipeout 2097 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

2097

This game takes place in the same year as One Must Fall: 2097.

Multiplayer

The game shipped without a multiplayer feature, but a patch was released with support for IPX, TCP/IP, serial and modem connection.

Music

The music is actually "red book" audio which means that you can pop the CD into your audio CD player and listen to it.

References

The name of the most powerful weapon in the game is composed of the names of two first person shooting games. The weapons name is the Quake disruptor.

References to the game

The game made a cameo appearance in the 1995 movie Hackers (it's the game Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller play on a giant screen (also notice they are using the dual analog Playstation controller)).

The version of Wipeout seen in the Hackers movie was from a very early SoftImage animation created before the original Wipeout, to see how the game could possibly look. It was spotted by some movie people who wanted to put it into Hackers, so an extended version was created and tailored for the film. The sound effects track was created by PC Music.

Soundtrack

The game's soundtrack includes music by Prodigy, Future Sound of London, and The Chemical Brothers. Note however that all the songs are licensed versions of previously released material, so there is no new music.

Information also contributed by Brolin Empey, Felix Knoke, glidefan, Mike Clarke, and Zovni
Casualty (725) added WipEout XL (Windows) on Jan 22, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Kohler 86 (7252), Kabushi (121658), Grant McLellan (545) and Mike Clarke (57)