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WipEout Pure

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WipEout Pure is the first adaptation for the PSP of the long-running Wipeout series. Players take part in a futuristic racing league known as the FX300 Racing League and control a fast hovercrafts on tight, cornering tracks, vying for first place in one of many tournaments. There are ten anti-gravity vehicles available to use (two need to be unlocked), each with their own characteristics in speed, handling and acceleration. Vehicles are further divided into classes that are unlocked gradually. In later classes most of the vehicles become much faster and require more precise steering at fast speeds. In the same vein, players can unlock new tournaments.

There are a total of sixteen tracks to race on: twelve designed from the ground up for the PSP, as well as four classic Wipeout tracks. Each track has its own obstacles, as well as weapon pick-ups (both offensive and defensive) and speed boosters. The different game modes include single races, tournaments of sets of races, time trial and zone races. In the zone races the player goes through a number of increasingly difficult zones on his own without the ability to slow down until the vehicle explodes because of collision damage. New game elements are unlocked through the Tournament mode.

The game features wireless play over ad-hoc mode (PSP-to-PSP). It was also the first PSP game to support downloadable content with extra teams, tracks and PSP skins. Some of these packs are only available for specific regional versions. The European version of the game supports game sharing.

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  • γƒ―γ‚€γƒ—γ‚’γ‚¦γƒˆ ピγƒ₯γ‚’ - Japanese spelling
  • ει‡εŠ›θ΅›θ½¦ - Chinese spelling (simplified)

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Average score: 87% (based on 58 ratings)

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Average score: 3.8 out of 5 (based on 40 ratings with 1 reviews)

Replay, replay, replay

The Good
Wipeout Pure is a great game to to get for your PSP. Not just because it has sharp graphics, easy controls, and a relatively simple learning curve, but because of it's replay ability. To me, that is it's best quality. Let me explain. When you start a single player game for the first time, there are only four racetracks available for you to play. If you get gold medals in all of them, you can unlock more tracks. Simple, yes, but there is an added feature that makes it even better. There are speed divisions that allow you to race the same track but at a higher level of difficulty. "Vector" is the easiest, followed by the much faster "Venom". By racing the same tracks but in two different speed divisions, you can get twice as many gold medals to unlock more tracks. But there's even more you can add to the single player experience without having to get gold medals all the time. The game has a free download feature where you can download more tracks, vehicles, and skins for the game. Yes, it's free! I read somewhere that if all PSP games had this much aftermarket content available, the world would be a better place. You can also go to the Wipeout Pure website and download the content via your computer.

Another single player feature I really like is called Zone. It's kind of complicated to explain, so I'll do my best. Your vehicle is constantly accelerating and there's no way to stop. Every time you hit a wall, your shield go down. The faster you go, the higher the "zone" you get to. To get medals you must reach a certain "zone" before you lose all your shield and blow up. It's very challenging sometimes and is a lot of fun.

Oh, yeah, the music is awesome. You can actually go to the Wipeout Pure website and listen to all the tracks for free. Another plus.

The Bad
Well, the replay factor is very high, but it tends to get repetitive after a while. The game (or just a PSP in general) makes long plane rides much more tolerable, but you could get bored with it fairly quickly (especially if it's only game you have). I would tend to say that small doses are best when playing Wipeout Pure.

The Bottom Line
Having never played any of the previous Wipeout titles, I can't compare this to any of them. As someone who has never heard of Wipeout until I got a PSP, this game is great. It was the first one I bought for it, and until I find someone to play a multiplayer game with, I will continue to play it until it gets broken or something like that. It's a great game to have in your collection because of it's replay ability and I recommend it to everyone.

PSP · by Mullet of Death (592) · 2006

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Add-on

On September 1, 2005, the release date of the PSP handheld on the European continent, a free PAL-exclusive add-on called "Gamma Pack" was released for WipEout Pure. It contains new tracks, such as the Staten Park, Exostra Run, Uber Mall and Sebenco Peak, and new skins for the ships, designed by French graffiti artist Scien and the UK's Jon Burgerman.

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  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – #3 PSP Game of the Year

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Game added by JPaterson.

Additional contributors: Unicorn Lynx, Sciere, Patrick Bregger, Rik Hideto.

Game added April 12, 2005. Last modified June 9, 2024.