DOS - 1995
Description of WipEout
Is it me or are there a lot of racing games currently on the market all of a sudden? WipEout is a new arcade style racing game from Sony's newly acquired Psygnosis division and I am happy to say it's a good one. This futuristic racing game puts you behind the wheel of a anti-gravity hover craft (an offshoot of some abandoned military research project) speeding along space age tracks. The tracks feature loops, jumps over bottomless pits, tight hairpin turns and tunnels. If you don't make a jump, time is lost waiting for the hovering tow truck to haul your sorry ass out of the chasm.
By driving over colored areas on the track, you can also collect weapons to shoot at other racers. The weapons don't kill the other drivers, they just slow them down long enough to pass them. But don't get too close to the car you are aiming at! Once I shot a car near a cliff, plowed into the back of the disabled car and next thing I knew I was sliding down a cliff! There are a variety of weapons including mines, shock waves, rockets and missiles. Some weapons can be fired at opponents in front of you while others like the mines can take out that guy in your draft. Of course your opponents can also pick up weapons which keeps the driving interesting because you have to dodge incoming missiles as well as turns. Pick up shields for temporary protection or turbo boosts for incredible quick burst of speed -- just don't activate it on a tight turn!
This game has a great environment. From the funky futuristic typeface and graphics to the excellent techno sound track by CoLD StoRAGE (which you can play in your stereo), wipEout sets the stage for all out anti-gravity racing. The speeding track is quite convincing although the detail of the track could be sharper and at times its a little confusing. But after a few practice laps it becomes second nature. I found myself laying back and letting the grooves of the soundtrack put my body in a lull as my subconscious mind took control of the speeding anti-grav craft. Actually its quite relaxing, sort of a Zen thing. I was using a Virtual PilotPro from CH Products and the steering was smooth as silk. The only drawback is that you can't use the airbrakes with a joystick, you still have to use the "z" and "x" keys on the keyboard to negotiate tight turns. This is one of the drawbacks of a game ported from a game console, in this case the Sony Playstation, but the problem could have been fixed with a more advanced joystick configuration setup. The joystick configuration calibrates the x and y axis of the stick but not the buttons. Even if you have a four button joystick you can only use two of the buttons for acceleration and firing. The other option is to use the mouse for steering, accelerating and firing but you will still need your other hand on the keyboard for high speed braking. My other pet peeve against wipEout and a lot of other racing games currently on the market is the lack of a rear view mirror. It sure would be nice to know if someone is coming up on your tail with a rocket before it knocks you off the track!
Graphic System Shock
Graphically wipEout is a full frontal shock to the system. Lightening fast graphics whiz by you and the backgrounds are fully rendered with trees, crowds of race fans, mountains etc. For slower machines you can change the size of the window and reduce the amount of detail if your computer can't keep up with the graphics. My only complaint here is that the speed of the graphics seem to come at the expense of resolution. A few of the menu screens are almost unreadable. I think that somewhere in the porting process they forgot to sharpen the graphics for monitor viewing. Some screens that probably looked fine on a TV screen, look fuzzy on a computer monitor.
Half Hearted Two Player Support
Two players can compete via a null modem cable (serial cable connection). Unfortunately this means both computers have to be in the same room since there isn't any modem support. This seems to be another by product of porting a game from a game console to the PC environment (Playstation allows this type of two player connection) since Sony's other new game, Destruction Derby, also has this limitation.
Overall, playing wipEout is a very satisfying racing experience. The hyper cool environment, fast graphics, great soundtrack and selection of tracks makes it a great arcade racing experience.
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How to play WipEout
CD version, add a new drive using the .cue file, you will be able to play instantly.
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Comments and reviews
Confused Entity 2022-08-04 0 point
Seems impossible to run the ATI version, it complains about needing the disc, can't figure out how to get past
Splinta 2021-05-05 1 point
Finally completed it, just added a few more games recently. Have a download here - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zjVcSz8I9Zk2yilEX5-EGPsTTMI_8Mrk/view?usp=sharing .Check it out. If im not alowed to do this, please remove
Splinta 2021-03-21 1 point
Hi peps, i've been working on a dos games menu like thing where you just type a number of the game you want to play, adding more all the time, when I get time. Wondering if I can paste a link to download it here, let me know, ill check back every now and then. Cheers (this would make our lives much easier).
Nikbawker 2020-09-01 0 point
I wonder where the Windows 95? PC version of this game is, I swear I remember it on the ole Sony Vaio computer I don't believe that it was the newer game I think it was the original wipEout on windows with slightly improved graphics over the way DOS rendered stuff.
Qwerts. 2018-08-11 2 points
Yup, that works J-C L, but you still have to mount a c drive to save. Thanks tho.
J-C L 2018-08-10 4 points
EVERYONE!!!! I HAVE FIGURED IT OUT!!!!!! first, the cd version is named incorrectly. Rename the wipeout-1995.bin and wipeout-1995.cue to WipeO.bin and WipeO.cue respectively. Then, in dosbox, it needs to be mounted as drive D:...
imgmount d C:/WipeO.cue -t cdrom
it should play the intro and run!!!
Keew 2017-10-31 1 point
Just download both of them.
Mount the full image and copy all files to a folder on your hard disc.
Copy the wipegame.exe from the fr version to the same folder overwriting the exising one.
Rename the full image to WipeO.bin.
In DosBox mount the folder as C: and the .cue from the full image as D: with the string -t cdrom.
Here you go full game with cd music.
difficultoldstuff 2016-04-21 0 point
Yeah, no. Sadly, there's a copy protection thingy right after the movies for the CD version. Couldn't get through it.
ZurkinWood497 2016-02-23 0 point
The CD version needs a patch to get past the piracy protection, I've tried everything I can think of, still can't get it to work.
The 15MB version works fine when you put it in "C:/WIPEOUT" (Fixes the "Not enough memory for sound" error) so I'd say use that version instead.
DoddoThePCgamer 2015-05-11 -1 point DOS version
After I have worked my ass off on that CD mounting B.S. the S.O.B. has let me watch the video and than gave me the middle finger by bombing out that Piracy is theft (No shit) and I couldn't do jacksquat
nocd 2014-09-02 0 point DOS version
Hi all, how did you get past the CD protection? is the a no-CD patch?
indstr 2014-02-12 0 point DOS version
I think this was one of the first games which supported 3d acceleration, along with Screamer.
Player 2013-12-02 0 point DOS version
Try copying the cd content into a c:\WIPEOUT folder and run the game again, it solved the "not enouth memory for sound message" for my 15mb version but the 3rd track have bugs and crash my session often.
admin 2013-05-02 0 point DOS version
Can't get the 10-15 MB version to work too, so I uploaded the CD version. Enjoy.
Nick 2013-05-02 -1 point DOS version
"not enough memory for sound" is an error I get too. However, I've played with the memory allocations in the DosBox config to no avail. I do not think the error is actually related to sound necessarily. There are also 3 files that DosBox cannot open:
I just said screw it - I'm downloading the Playstation 1 version and a Playstation 1 emulator.
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