Wipeout 3 (PSX) by Brian
Overrall Score - 8
Still the same old game, but vastly improved. 4-Player, man!
In the 22nd century, car racing is obselete.
At any time of day, people gather to watch the anti-grav ship races.
If a ship can't break 100 kmph, it can't finish anything but last.
While the numeric speeds may not top most fantasy racing games on the market,
the actual speed tops just about every racing game.
Wipeout 3 may start out slow, but once you get to Rapier class, you have
to air brake like mad man. Just when
you think it doesn't get any faster, you finally unlock Phantom class.
In Phantom class, using the analog stick on the Dual Shock controller to
steer is a joke.
The main problem with this game is how more than half the game has to be
"unlocked". Also, it doesn't
even tell you that you can have up to four players if you link two Playstations
together. Having played Wipeout XL this way, I think it's a great feature. Of course, once you have everything unlocked, finally, the
game couldn't be much better.
Most people tend to dislike the gameplay because they don't know how to
control the ships. The most important thing to remember is to turn before you
get to the sharp turns. The game
plays more like boat racing than car racing.
They are, after all, not actually on the ground.
While I miss the Turbo Boost, Electrobolt, and Spread Rockets from XL,
the new weapons are... well, interesting.
My favorite new weapon, by far, is the Energy Drain.
If you've taken a lot of damage and can stay on your target's tail, you
can eliminate him. It also helps
to ram it a few times.
The game has a few bugs, like a few clipping problems, and it changes some
options back to the default when you don't want it to, but aside from that it's
very well done.
The new tracks are a bit short, but they are very good.
They may seem a bit easy in Vector class, but then Vector class is really
slow and easy. The spiral in the
Mega Mall isn't as spectacular as I had hoped.
The best new feature is split-screen multi-player.
Not only is it split-screen, but you actually get to choose whether it's
a horizontal or vertical split. Of
course, don't kiss your link cable good-bye.
Although it's not mentioned anywhere in the manual, you can get four player
multi-player with that link cable. Two-player
just doesn't cut it once you've played it four-player.
change the default name on both Playstations to LINK, go to Establish Link, then
select up to two players per Playstation, single or eliminator mode, then proceed
Another great feature is that you can pop it into your CD-Player, skip
the first track, and listen to the great techno tracks that follow.
I'm not a big techno fan, but it does sound good.
Now, on to the graphics. You
can't fully appreciate how much of an improvement was made over Wipeout XL unless
you view them side by side. It's
like watching Soul Calibur on the Dreamcast next to Soul Edge on Playstation.
While Wipeout 3 may not bear as many polygons as its predecessor, you can
see further, the picture is clearer, the frame rate is better, but most of all
the colors don't clash. That last
one may not seem important, but when you play Phantom class, believe me, it is.
All in all, it's the best of the series by far.
While it doesn't have as much going on graphically as Wipeout XL, it's
still far superior.
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