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Wipeout Pure (stylised as WipEout Pure) is a 2005 game in the Wipeout series of games for the PlayStation Portable. It is the sixth installment in the Wipeout series, and the first one to be developed for the console. The game was released simultaneously with the release of the PlayStation Portable during its North American launch. The game takes place in the year 2197, one century after Wipeout 2097.

Gameplay and BackgroundEdit

FX300

Official logo of the FX300 Anti-Gravity Racing League

The developers expressed a desire to return to the handling of Wipeout 2097 and to make various changes to the track design. Most notably, the pit lane for recharging shields is absent, with the player instead being able to replenish energy by absorbing the currently-armed weapon. The return to the style of past games and streamlining of the gameplay makes up the "pure" essence of Pure.

Wipeout Pure uses the Wi-Fi feature of the PSP for multiplayer racing. The added features of the European version as compared to the US version of the game has unfortunately caused the two versions to be incompatible for the purposes of Wi-Fi multiplayer.

The game introduces the player to the FX300 Racing League, announced 25 years after the sport came to an abrupt end by a controversial disaster that led to a hiatus for nearly 15 years. It also introduces two new teams to the series, each from very contrasting backgrounds: Harimau, an Asian humanitarian organization which started operating in 2177; and Triakis, an arms-manufacturing conglomerate which looked to Anti-Gravity racing to exhibit their products. The league takes place in the man-made island of Makana in Hawaii.

Downloadable ContentEdit

Main article: Downloadable Content

Wipeout Pure was the first PSP title to support downloadable content including extra vehicles, tracks, and artwork free of charge via the Internet. Packs of downloadable content were made available every month for six months.

Region DifferencesEdit

To compensate for the delay of the launch in Europe, both for the PSP and its games, Studio Liverpool added a few new features to the European version. Wipeout Pure now supports game sharing (via the Wipeout Pure option in the teasers menu) which means that someone with the European version of Wipeout Pure can send the demo version over Wi-Fi to other PSP owners who do not have Pure. This gives the ability to have up to 8 player games with only one copy of the game (but limited to the demo tracks). Another feature added was the playable demo for Fired Up and a MediEvil movie demo. The Fired Up demo also supports game sharing for multiplayer with up to 7 friends who don't have Pure or Fired Up, but only on the "Junkyard" and "Arctic" levels. Finally, the European release contains four exclusive tracks available via download. These are named the Omega League. Aside from the American, European, and Japanese versions, there are two more versions: a Korean version with downloadable content support but no available downloads yet, and an Asian version which includes no download feature.

TracksEdit

The artificial island of Makana.

Artwork of the island of Makana
Source: Official website

In similar conditions to Wipeout 3, all tracks featuring in Wipeout Pure (except the Classic 2 and Omega Leagues) are located on one location, in this instance the man-made island of Makana in Hawaii.

Standard tracks:

Expansion tracks (available as DLCs):

NOTES:

  • The Delta tracks are sponsored by Puma in the European version.
  • The Omega tracks are only available in the European version.

TeamsEdit

Main contestants of the FX300 AG Racing League:

Expansion teams (available as DLCs):

Special CraftsEdit

These unique crafts do not represent any existing team in the game, and are obtained by certain circumstances. Note that the Zone craft is not used by AI opponents in races even if you have unlocked it.

MusicEdit

As well, there are two additional soundtracks that appear only in intro or menu:

  • Paul Hartnoll - "Boot Up" (Intro music)
  • Röyksopp - "Curves" (Menu music)

There are also a number of additional soundtracks available via DLC packs:

  • CoLD SToRAGE - "Cairodrome" (Classic Pack)
  • CoLD SToRAGE - "Canada" (Classic Pack)
  • CoLD SToRAGE - "Messij" (Classic Pack)
  • CoLD SToRAGE - "Operatique" (Classic Pack)
  • Takkyu Ishino - "Jingle WIRE05" (WIRE05 Pack [JP])
  • Akira Ishihara - "Breaking the Ice" (Continue Pack [JP])
  • Akira Ishihara - "Open the P.A." (Continue Pack [JP])
  • Oblivion Records - "Disconnect" (Oblivion Music Pack [EU])
  • Oblivion Records - "Reminiscence" (Oblivion Music Pack [EU])
  • Oblivion Records - "Butterfly Effect" (Oblivion Music Pack [EU])
  • McQueen - "Leave Me Dead" (A7 Music Pack [EU])
  • Inner Mantra - "How Can This be Fair" (A7 Music Pack [EU])
  • Fightclub - "Bleed on Me" (A7 Music Pack [EU])
  • Machines Wielding Weapons - "Flashback" (A7 Music Pack [EU])
  • Voice of Cod - "Bakelite Satellite" (Voice of Cod Music Pack [EU])
  • Voice of Cod - "Bubbles of Nothing" (Voice of Cod Music Pack [EU])
  • Exit 15 - "Come Shot" (Exit 15 Pack [EU])

Additionally, an official soundtrack album was released through Distinct'ive Records. It contained the afformentioned songs, except for Goldrush, Black Jack 3, Kinection, The System and Curves. In addition, it contained 3 previously unreleased tracks by Distinct'ive. These were:

ReceptionEdit

Critical reception of the game has generally been positive with many reviewers calling it one of the best PSP launch titles. GameSpot gave the game a score of 8.8/10 saying Wipeout Pure was, "easily one of the best-looking PSP launch games." It noted its gorgeous visuals and good selection of tracks. GamePro gave the game a 4.5/5 in "fun factor" noting the "breathtaking graphics" and well done soundtrack.[1] IGN liked the game's overall presentation, graphics and sound, giving the game a 9.3/10.[2] The only noted criticism of the game was some subtle framerate issues mentioned both by IGN and GameSpot's reviews.

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://web.archive.org/web/20050313191545/http://www.gamepro.com/sony/psp/games/reviews/42989.shtml
  2. http://psp.ign.com/articles/597/597359p3.html

External LinksEdit

Wipeout Pure


Wipeout series
PS1: WipEout2097/XL64Wip3out
PS2/PSP: FusionPurePulse
PS3/Vita: HD (Fury) • 2048
PS4: Omega Collection

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