Wipeout XL PlayStation

  • Publisher: SCEE
  • Release Date: Sep 30, 1996
  • Also On: PC
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
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  1. RayS.
    Jan 18, 2010
    10
    Quite simply, the best racing game ever made, IMHO. This game is in my top 3 favorite games of all time list, and I've yet to see anything top it. Easily the best of the Wipeout series as well, of course. The difficulty ramps up quickly, and unlocking everything is a true "pat yourself on the back" accomplishment. The soundtrack is also my favorite licensed soundtrack of all time. If Quite simply, the best racing game ever made, IMHO. This game is in my top 3 favorite games of all time list, and I've yet to see anything top it. Easily the best of the Wipeout series as well, of course. The difficulty ramps up quickly, and unlocking everything is a true "pat yourself on the back" accomplishment. The soundtrack is also my favorite licensed soundtrack of all time. If you like electronic music in the least, the soundtrack is a who's who of 90's electronic artists. Featuring Underworld, Prodigy, Future Sound of London, Chemical Brothers, Fluke, and Photek among others. An amazing collection of tracks from quite a few of the very best electronic acts of the 90s. This is also the FASTEST racing game that I can ever recall playing. The sense of speed is jaw dropping on the highest difficulty. It's so fast, that combining the speed with the checkerboard like patterns on some of the tracks, here's a warning: this WILL make you motion sick if you get motion sick easily. Otherwise, I cannot think of one thing wrong with this game. The supreme racing game for the PS1, and my favorite racer of all time. Oh and having a NegCon and learning how to use it right is an added bonus! Expand
  2. CrunchyS.
    Apr 11, 2006
    10
    The best, purest Wipeout of the series. There is nothing more satisfying than blasting towards a corner at full speed, only to negotiate it with pinpoint skill with masterful use of the airbrakes. Looks good for a PS1 game but, in my opinion, Wipeout 3 looks marginally better. In a different way, of course. This Wipeout is purer than Wipeout Pure. Wipeout Fusion is NOT better than this. The best, purest Wipeout of the series. There is nothing more satisfying than blasting towards a corner at full speed, only to negotiate it with pinpoint skill with masterful use of the airbrakes. Looks good for a PS1 game but, in my opinion, Wipeout 3 looks marginally better. In a different way, of course. This Wipeout is purer than Wipeout Pure. Wipeout Fusion is NOT better than this. [Anonymous] knows nothing! Expand
  3. AlexL.
    Jun 13, 2005
    10
    I love this game!
  4. StringerB.
    Dec 9, 2002
    10
    I would not hesitate to call this the best racing game on the Playstation. PERIOD. Amazing graphics, killer sountrack, profound sense of speed, and just a hell of a lot of fun. I agree with the critics above who say that the unforgiving degree of difficulty in the first game has been leveled, and more user friendly. But I guarantee you: once you unlock ever track (on Rapier, of course) I would not hesitate to call this the best racing game on the Playstation. PERIOD. Amazing graphics, killer sountrack, profound sense of speed, and just a hell of a lot of fun. I agree with the critics above who say that the unforgiving degree of difficulty in the first game has been leveled, and more user friendly. But I guarantee you: once you unlock ever track (on Rapier, of course) and score a gold medal on every track, you'll feel an amazing sense of accomplishment. It ain't easy. This game is also vastly superior to WipeEout 3, and Fusion. Get your hands on this one quickly!! Expand

Awards & Rankings

#4 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 1996
Metascore
93

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 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... WipeOut 2097 is a scorcher!
  2. The best arcade racer of its type on any format. While it takes some time to master the controls, it is time very well spent as it reveals this game to be a true classic.
  3. 90
    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.