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Wipeout 2097 is a fun, nonviolent racing game that's a blast to play. However, it's fairly short, offering only eight race courses.
Consequently, when I heard that an installment from the Wipeout series that I liked so much on the PlayStation was coming over to the Mac, I had pretty high hopes. It was like little magical fairies, or Santa Claus, if you will, made real the #5 entry on my imaginary top 10 list of things that are really cool. Somewhere between the opening of the CD case and the writing of this review, those high hopes were pulverized with a meat tenderizer, immolated in a bonfire, and thrown off Mt. Everest.
These weaknesses aside, the game is beyond fun, the kind of thing you may not devote hours to playing, but the kind of game you’d keep accessible in the Dock or as an alias on your desktop, it’s that good in short doses. Like the arcade game that draws you away from the person you’re shopping with or the person you logically shouldn’t be getting cuddly with, but do anyway, WipeOut 2097 has an irresistible racing/action allure that’s hard to resist and that’s much harder to put down.
There are some other nice features sprinkled throughout Wipeout 2097, and there some more annoyances as well. In the end, however, it's all about the race. Wipeout 2097 is sure to keep you entertained for a while. You'd better get very good very quickly, however, or you're likely to become frustrated and/or bored with the game before you can get to the really good stuff.
If you're starved for a new Mac racing game, Wipeout 2097 will deliver. But due to limited replay value, so-so visuals and interface quirks, it's hard to recommend this game to anyone who isn't dying to get behind the wheel.