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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.2
Overall User Score (31 votes) 4.1

Critic Reviews

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The sequel to WipeOut certainly lives up to its "extra large" billing. It has taken all the best elements of the original (twisted tracks, weapons and top-notch graphics and sound), eliminated a major flaw (sensitive wall collisions) and added killer weapons.
Bingo! We have a winner! Joe can very well be my reviewer for this game. I don't know how much more I can add to this review except for more in-depth response. WipeOut XL excels over its predecessor in every aspect of the game.
Any fan of the original WipeOut must have been eagerly awaiting the release of WipeOut XL. Of course, a lot of times a sequel doesn't do justice to the original. I'm happy to say that in this case, the sequel is in every way better than the original.
NowGamer (Oct 01, 1996)
Psygnosis has managed to improve WipeOut to such a degree that even those that hated the original will find WO2097 accessible and rewarding to play. A real showpiece, WO2097 is now the definitive next-generation racer for the PlayStation. With WO2097, Formula One, and the forthcoming Destruction Derby 2, Psygnosis looks set to take the PlayStation by storm again this Christmas. The Liverpool likely lads have done it again. WipeOut 2097 is a scorcher!
Mega Fun (Oct, 1996)
Psygnosis verleiht Flügel! Nach über einem Jahr Entwicklungszeit, steigen erneut die Raumgleiter in die Lüfte und entführen Euch diesmal sogar ins nächste Jahrhundert. Gewöhnlich bekommt man bei Fortsetzungen neben Namenszusatz nur wenig Neues geboten. Ganz anders verhält es sich bei WipEout 2097. Die Strecken wurden beispielsweise komplett überarbeitet und stellen eine klare Steigerung zum Vorgänger dar. Neben den grafischen Vorzügen sorgen darüberhinaus acht unterschiedliche Waffen für Bombenstimmung - sind wirklich originell ausgefallen! Oder habt Ihr Eurem Gegner schon mal mit einer Bodenwelle zugesetzt? Für die passende Musikuntermalung bemühte man Dance Acts wie Underworld und F.S.O.L. Ergebnis: absolut berauschend. Wer da nicht in Fahrt kommt, sollte lieber an einem spätsommerlichen, balkanesischen Eselrennen teilnehmen. Um es kurz zu machen: WipEout 2097 ist Pflicht!
IGN (Nov 26, 1996)
WipeOut XL is probably the best racing you can buy for the PlayStation. The graphics are absolutely gorgeous, with some of the best light sourcing and effects ever. The control is smooth, the gameplay is fast, and the music is just awesome. It's games like this that make you proud to be a PlayStation owner.
Coming Soon Magazine (Nov 15, 1996)
The first version of WipeOut was a good racing game that satisfied people who were looking for speed and action in a video game. Now that excitement is back even stronger in WipeOut XL (WipeOut 2097) with improved graphics, game play, sound and much more! The results are just splendid and make the first version of the game seem dull when compared to this one.
Video Games (Oct, 1996)
Auch wer den ersten Teil von wipEout schon im Schrank hat, kommt um diese Überschallscheibe nicht herum. Es ist mehr drin, es sieht besser aus, es ist schneller und wipEout 2097 klingt auch noch besser. Von The Prodigy könnte für meinen Geschmack noch mehr Begleitmusik drin sein. Das Firestarter-Instrumental kommt zwar genial, erzeugt aber den Wunsch nach mehr. Das soll jetzt nicht heißen, daß der Rest der Musik nicht gut ist, im Gegentum, da gebt die Post ab. Wer herausfinden will, wieviel Geschwindigkeit er verträgt, ist mit diesem schweißtreibenden Science-Fiction-Rennen an der richtigen Adresse. Das NeGcon sollte man aber schon haben, damit spielt‘s sich gleich noch besser (und etwas einfacher). Ein heißer Tip für den Weihnachtsmann.
GameSpot (Dec 01, 1996)
The artificial intelligence has been tweaked up a few notches and will aggressively attempt to eliminate players right from the start. Wipeout XL is linkable, providing head-to-head racing action for two Playstations. Wipeout fans, this is a must buy. For those of you who have lived under a rock for the past year, get with it and reach for XL.
On hand to help extend the game is a secret tournament, a few vehicle variations, some hidden weaponry, and a weaponless, but immensely fast, hidden vehicle. Still, with all this, an average gamer could probably beat Wipeout XL in a few week's time. It's a visceral and highly enjoyable experience but the initial challenges of the game are over almost too quickly. A bit more challenge would have been nice. Still, if you were a fan of the original or desire a great looking, smooth playing, and insanely fast racer then you should check out Wipeout XL at your earliest convenience.
The controls feel antiquated without the analog stick control option, and the draw distance just isn't fair enough ahead to enable you to plan accordingly. Even so, if you're digging the new PSP version of the franchise, you could do worse than checking out this predecessor.