After creating two successful PlayStation titles and a Nintendo 64 version, Psygnosis returns to the CD based console with Wipeout 3, created by their studio in Leeds. It takes place farther in the future than the previous three titles and finds new corporations entering the F7200 racing league with one specific goal in mind: to become the ultimate masters of anti-gravity racing.
Returning teams include Auricom, Feisar, Pirhana, AG Systems, and Quirex while the new teams consist of Assegai Developments, Goteki 45, and Icaras. Each company has a different anti-gravity vehicle in which to choose, all varying in speed, maneuverability, and shield energy. The more shield energy a craft has, the more it will be able to sustain damage from one of the 11 weapons (both offensive and defensive); maneuverability allows players to handle their vehicle with more precision; and speed sees a vehicle's pilot racing at unprecedented swiftness.
Players will test out the new weaponry and their anti-gravity vehicles on one of eight new tracks including the Megamall Spiral Loop, Hi-Fumi, Manor Top, and the Sampa Run. Each track is designed for extreme speed, but one must be careful -- some of the turns and track quirks make for difficult piloting!
Wipeout 3 features a few different gameplay options including the Single Race, Time Trial, Challenge, Eliminator, and Tournament. The Single Race allows players to get familiar with the tracks before attempting the Tournament mode -- a class based ladder that awards points to first through sixth place finishers. The Vector, Venom, and Rapier classes are broken into a series of races, each harder than the previous; in order to win the Tournament, a player must finish first in a certain class to advance.
The Eliminator mode is a race for track supremacy. Unlike the Tournament, players and opponents earn points by successfully completing a lap and/or destroying another opponent. When a driver reaches the set point limit for that track (anywhere between one and 99 points), they win. The Challenge mode is broken into three separate options -- Race, Time, and Weapon. In the Race Challenge, players must finish in the top three; meet a certain time limit in the Time Challenge; and destroy a pre-determined quantity of opponents with Weapon Challenge.
Additionally, there is a two-player mode in which each gameplay mode is selectable; the only difference is, one of the other opponents will be a friend (or a bitter rival) via split-screen. If so inclined, players can choose between a horizontal or vertical split.
Keeping with the tradition of the series, Wipeout 3 features a slew of electronic musical outfits including DJ Sasha (who created the bulk of the game's music), MKL, Underworld, Orbital, Paul Van Dyk, Propellerheads, and The Chemical Brothers. For the first time in the series' history, it comes with Dual Shock Analog Controller compatibility and the option to save race progress via Memory Card.
This version features the new tracks from the Japanese version of Wipeout 3 and the remixed audio tracks.
The world's fastest PlayStation racer returns... This is the ultimate anti-gravity racing experience by which all others are judged... Accept no substitutes
8 VISUALLY STUNNING NEW CIRCUITS FEATURING THE MEGAMALL SPIRAL LOOP
MULTIPLAYER: CHOOSE BETWEEN VERTICAL + HORIZONTAL SPLIT SCREEN RACING
HI RESOLUTION GRAPHICS THROUGHOUT DELIVER BRIGHTER, SHARPER TRACKS & DETAILED GEO-CITY LANDSCAPES
8 UNIQUE TEAMS AND CRAFT OFFER A WIDE VARIETY OF SPEED, MANEUVERABILITY&AGGRESSION
IMPROVED HANDLING AND DYNAMICS FOR PLAYERS OF ALL SKILL LEVELS
5 GAME MODES INCLUDING ARCADE, CHALLENGE, TOURNAMENT, ELIMINATOR & TIME TRIAL
11 DEADLY OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE WEAPONS TO WIPEOUT THE COMPETITION
SOUNDTRACK FEATURING THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS, ORBITAL, UNDERWORLD, PROPELLERHEADS, PAUL VAN DYK AND NEW MIXES BY WORLD-RENOWNED DJ SASHA
- Third person perspectives.
- 3D graphics
- SCI-FI, Futuristic & Racing themes.