Sega should not release this game, period. If ever there was a red flag which showed the differences between the PlayStation and Saturn, this is it.To put it simply, Wipeout on the Saturn looks terrible compared to its PlayStation counterpart. Now, maybe this is because the boys at Psygnosis aren't that familiar with the workings of the Saturn (they were, until now, PSX-only developers), but either way, the differences are staggering.
The sound and overall playability remain intact, but the clipping and smooth graphics--the two features which made Wipeout such a remarkable racing game--are greatly inferior.
Graphics - 6
Sound/FX - 9
Gameplay - 6
Rating - 7
Formula One racing takes a gut-wrenching leap into the future - namely, the Formula 3600 Anti-Gravity Racing League - in Wipe Out.
You'll choose from eight customized vehicles (armed with one of nine randomized weapons) and race through ten antigravity tracks laden with hang-ten jumps and hairpin twists and turns. The play modes range from time trials and practice circuits to championship leagues. And these babies fly over gorgeous 3D texture-mapped graphics.
Psygnosis' game makers are huge Ridge Racer fans, so they've set a goal to make their futuristic game better than that arcade and PlayStation powerhouse. Wipe Out will drop you into the seat of a mean antigravity racing vehicle for wild, stomach-twisting driving around ten tracks. You can choose between eight antigrav craft, but it's the nine strategic weapons you'll really need.
WipeOut wowed 'em at E3. In this slick futuristic racing game, you'll pilot sleek antigravity vehicles that will whip around ten wild tracks. WipeOut's game designers love Ridge Racer, so they tried to do their favorite auto racer one better. The animation here will pop at 30 frames per second. That's plenty fast, and the driving perspective in the E3 demo was so awesome, it was almost startling.
Formula One racing's taken a gut-wrenching leap into the future-namely, the Formula 3600 Anti-Gravity Racing League. Choose from eight customized vehicles (armed with one of nine randomized weapons) and race through ten antigravity tracks with obstacles that include hang-ten jumps and hairpin twists and turns. The play modes range from time trials and practice circuits to championship leagues and game saves for fastest laps. And these babies fly over gorgeous 3D texture-mapped graphics.
The game with roots in the Nintendo classic F-Zero brings gamers the second version of its intense futuristic race action. WipeOut XL for the PlayStation seems to be a close re-creation of the original with new and updated tracks. The size and action in the stages seems, again, very close. Players can probably expect new and better weapons to use on the enemies as well as more intense challenges. No matter what is new, the thrill of playing WipeOut XL is in the tracks and the skill required to get through those hairpin turns with the confidence of a seasoned professional. Even if nothing has changed except the track challenge, there is still plenty of gameplay to absorb and the same number of players as the original. Players need to wait patiently for its arrival late this fall. More info as it becomes available closer to the release date.
- MANUFACTURER - Pgygnosis
- THEME - Racing
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 or 2
The smoothest graphics around can be found on Psygnosis' stellar title, Wipeout. You play a futuristic race driver armed with missiles and a hovercraft. Zip along the track at blistering speeds, soaring over huge chasms and plunging down narrow tunnels.
With a second Playstation, you and a friend can go head-to-head. Although this is a little annoying--requiring access to another PlayStation, television, link cable and all--it beats dealing with a slower frame rate and a split screen. One of the best games to date for the Playstation, Wipeout stands as a mark of excellence for the developers at Psygnosis. Good job, boys!