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Wipeout 64 - Bang On!
Wipeout 64 (N64)
Member Name: shalimar
Wipeout 64 (N64)
Date: 18/11/00, updated on 18/11/00 (40 review reads)
Advantages: Very fast! The music! Very playable!
Disadvantages: Slugish multiplayer mode. Takes time to get used to it.
I'm not really a fan of the typical racing games like Ridge Racer, F1 Pole Position or Top Gear Rally. Now don't get me wrong, as I've nothing against these games. I just prefer something a bit more bizarre.
Wipeout 64 is a futuristic racing game in which you control floating crafts! These crafts are also equipped with weapons! The aim of the game here is to race some amazing yet deadly tracks (massive jumps and hard to turn corners) and to survive the race (rockets and missiles coming from other opponents)!
Now Wipeout has appeared on other formats before (3 versions of the game are on the PlayStation), but the Nintendo 64 version looks and feels vastly different. The Nintendo 64 version has a single race mode (if you just want a quick game), a time trial mode (if you think you're really good enough), a challenge mode (designed to put you to the test), and unique to this version is a multiplayer mode! There are 6 tracks (plus 1 secret one), 4 crafts to choose from (plus 1 secret one), and 10 different weapons as well as special weapons unique for each craft.
The game is obviously very fast with the frame rate and animation moving at high speed. When playing for the first time you'll find yourself crashing a lot but after a bit of mastering you'll soon be used to the tracks and controls.
The multiplayer mode is good if you have a lot of friends but it feels a bit of a disappointment. The playing screens on the 4-player mode feel really tiny and there's some loss of detail from the tracks just to make the whole thing run smoothly.
Being able to play with the analogue control stick on the Nintendo 64 makes playing the game much easier then you might expect. If you've played previous versions of the game then you'll know what I mean!
Wipeout is also well known for its music and the soundtrack is exceptional with music from the likes of Fluke and the Propellerheads.
ought the game for £25, but I've now seen it around for £10! If you're a speed enthusiast or just want a racing game that’s different then this is an ideal purchase. Star Wars Episode One: Racer and F-Zero X are also good alternatives.