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WipEout XL

Critic Score User Score
PlayStation
90
4.1
Macintosh
65
2.9
Amiga
...
3.5
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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 In-cockpit view
WipEout XL Macintosh Early retirement
WipEout XL Macintosh Main menu
WipEout XL PlayStation First-person view

Alternate Titles

  • "WipEout 2097" -- European title

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User Reviews

A milestone in Sci-Fi racing Windows Firefreak (5)

Critic Reviews

P.S.X. (Playstation Experience) PlayStation Dec, 1996 98 out of 100 98
Amiga Active Amiga Dec, 1999 9 out of 10 90
Mega Fun PlayStation Oct, 1996 90 out of 100 90
PC Joker Windows Jul, 1997 72 out of 100 72
GameSpot Windows Aug 26, 1997 7.1 out of 10 71
PC Games (Germany) Windows Jul, 1997 70 out of 100 70
Mac Gamer Macintosh Oct 06, 2002 70 out of 100 70
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Jun 14, 2002 7 out of 10 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Oct, 1997 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
AppleLinks.Com Macintosh Jul 30, 2002 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
Contributed to by Kohler 86 (7281), Kabushi (132347), Casualty (725), Grant McLellan (544) and Mike Clarke (57)