This once exclusive PlayStation racing title is now being released on the Saturn. Saturn owners can enjoy WipeOut's smooth scrolling, fast-paced racing game of destruction and great techno music. The multiple crafts, various weapons and increasingly difficult tracks will keep gamers enthused and challenged for quite some time.
MANUFACTURER - Sega of America
THEME - Racing
NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 or 2
There have been a lot of these futuristic racing titles out in the past for all the systems. On the Saturn there have been a couple. Wipeout has always impressed me. I dig the fast racing with ramps and sharp turns. The weapons are a great touch. There's nothing like blowing away an enemy going a couple hundred miles per hour! The control is floaty, but that fits this type of game. The graphic are great, although I wish they would draw a little faster. Backgrounds just kind of pop up out of nowhere. The soundtrack is great. It's perfect music for a racing game. There's a great variety of tracks to check out. I can't wait for Wipeout 2!
This is the type of game you'd expect from a next-gen system. The tracks scroll along very smoothly. The jumps are realistic enough to make you hold your breath. The backgrounds add to the futuristic feel of the whole game. When looking at it from a racing game standpoint, however, Wipeout does not fare so well. The handling of your vehicle is very loose, making it very difficult to navigate the sharp turns. You hardly see opponents on the screen, so weapons are really just a novelty. Not seeing enemies also causes Wipeout to lose the competitive racing sensation. Your tradeoff: pretty graphics over fun gamepiay.
Although Wipeout won't replace Sega Rally as my favorite Saturn racing game, it does cross the finish line in close second place. (It definitely blows the doors off Daytona USA.) The game's large selection of twisting tracks and race classes will keep players behind the controls of their weapon-laden antigravity racers for a long time. Wipeout's gorgeous graphics ensure a scenic ride, too. But be prepared to look at the same scenery for a while; this is not an easy game. In later levels, even a single, speed-sapping bump against a track's guard rails is enough to keep you from reaching a successful finish to your race.
Wipeout on the Saturn proves itself to be worthy competition for other first-person racing games. The smoothness of the scrolling combined with the vibrant colors in all the tracks visually astound the player as they push their piloting skills to a new level. The control at first came across as being a little sloppy and loose, but does fit the nature of the hovering craft. Above all the other challenging points to this title, the one that pulled me into the intensity of the game is the challenge found in every track, forcing you to race perfect just to get to the next stage. Old Pero fens race to the store and don't miss out.
2016-10-06 Wipeout game added.