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DescriptionWipEout 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.
- "ワイプアウトXL" -- Japanese spelling
- "WipEout 2097" -- European title
Part of the Following Groups
|A milestone in Sci-Fi racing||Windows||Firefreak (5)|
|P.S.X. (Playstation Experience)||PlayStation||Dec, 1996||99 out of 100||99|
|Amiga Format||Amiga||Jan, 2000||92 out of 100||92|
|Classic-games.net||PlayStation||Sep 30, 2020||9 out of 10||90|
|Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)||Windows||Sep 01, 1997||90|
|Mega Fun||SEGA Saturn||Aug, 1997||87 out of 100||87|
|Video Games||PlayStation||Oct, 1996||87 out of 100||87|
|Video Games||SEGA Saturn||Jul, 1997||85 out of 100||85|
|Gamesmania.de||Windows||1997||80 out of 100||80|
|GameSpot||Windows||Aug 26, 1997||7.1 out of 10||71|
|PC Action (Germany)||Windows||Jun, 1997||59 out of 100||59|
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1001 Video GamesThe PS1 version of Wipeout 2097 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
2097This game takes place in the same year as One Must Fall: 2097.
MultiplayerThe game shipped without a multiplayer feature, but a patch was released with support for IPX, TCP/IP, serial and modem connection.
MusicThe music is actually "red book" audio which means that you can pop the CD into your audio CD player and listen to it.
ReferencesThe 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 gameThe 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.
SoundtrackThe game's soundtrack includes music by Prodigy, Future Sound of London, and The Chemical Brothers. However, all the songs are licensed versions of previously released material, so there is no new music except the intro and outro musics by by Tim Wright (aka CoLD SToRAGE). However, the PC version of the game does not include licensed music - its whole soundtrack was written/performed by Tim Wright (aka CoLD SToRAGE.)
- Electronic Gaming Monthly
- March 1997 (Issue 92) - Best Graphics runner-up (PlayStation version) + Best Music (PlayStation version) + Best Music runner-up (PlayStation version) (Readers' Choice)
Related Web Sites
- Wikipedia: Wipeout 2097 (article in the open encyclopedia about the game)
PlayStation Credits (95 people)
90 developers, 5 thanks
Nicky Carus‑Wescott, Pol Sigerson, Dave Crook, John Harris, Eve Penford, Darren Douglas, Jeff Bramfitt, Ashley Sanders, Mick HarrisonIntro Movie Artwork: