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Description

WipEout is a futuristic racing game set in the year 2052. Racing for one of four teams, the player competes in the F3600 Anti-Gravity Racing League on six tracks. Each team's hovercraft racer has different ratings in speed, acceleration and turning. In addition to high-speed racing, there is also shooting in the game, with different weapon pickups like rockets and mines available, useful for slowing one's opponents down. Shields can also be picked up and can block the weapons' effects.

There are championship, single race and time trial modes. Winning the championship in the regular Venom class unlocks the Rapier class, where the craft are faster and the tracks have slightly different looks.

There is also a two-player mode where two opponents can race and shoot at each other.

Screenshots

WipEout SEGA Saturn Someone is about to get a face full of homing missile.
WipEout DOS Missile miss
WipEout SEGA Saturn More impressive scenery.
WipEout SEGA Saturn Each track has its own high-score table.

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Alternate Titles

  • "WipE'out"" -- Alternate spelling
  • "ワイプアウト" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Better than Playstation version? You decide... SEGA Saturn AG Wolf (255)
A little piece of history PlayStation Ashley Pomeroy (233)
A interesting piece of history, but little else. PlayStation DANIEL HAWKS ! (1895)

Critic Reviews

Game Players PlayStation Nov, 1995 96 out of 100 96
Video Games & Computer Entertainment PlayStation Nov, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Game Zero DOS 1995 22.5 out of 25 90
Mega Fun PlayStation Sep, 1995 89 out of 100 89
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Feb 14, 1996 84 out of 100 84
CD Player PlayStation 1996 8 out of 10 80
PC Player (Denmark) DOS 1996 80 out of 100 80
Edge PlayStation Aug 24, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Video Games PlayStation Sep, 1995 78 out of 100 78
Video Games SEGA Saturn Apr, 1996 76 out of 100 76

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

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

References to the game

A concept video for WipEout was featured in the movie Hackers, though it is never referenced by name.

Soundtrack

Buoyed by the success of the game, Sony released in 1995 a full-length CD album called "Wipeout - the Music". 12 tracks of digital audio, rare and extended mixes featuring artists - Chemical Brothers, New Order, Manic Street Preachers, Sunscream, Leftfield, the Prodigy, the Shamen and others. Boasting 140 average beats per minute (bpm).

Version differences

The standard 1995 US version contains only the tracks from CoLD SToRAGE. The 1997 platinum release featured three extra tracks from Leftfield, Orbital and The Chemical Brothers.

The Saturn version dropped the CoLD SToRAGE track Transvaal from its audio selection, but included three unique songs not available on any other soundtrack or PlayStation version. The tracks were Poison, Planet 9 and Brickbat. Occasionally miscredited to Orbital, Chemical Brothers, and Leftfield, these three tracks were actually created by Rob Lord and Mark Bandola, who are better known as "PC Music," the composers for most of the songs in Wipeout 64.

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