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Check out this modern rewrite of the classic racer wipEout

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Do you remember the original wipEout? An absolute classic racer originally released 1995 for Sony PlayStation, DOS and later the SEGA Saturn. Now there's a modern cross-platform remake available to try out.

This wipEout Remaster comes thanks to developer Dominic Szablewski, who used the code leak from 2022. This does mean it's something of a legal uncertainty because leaked code could be nuked by rights holders at any time. Although, we are talking about a really old game no longer sold and supported.

Some of the benefits of this remake include cross-platform support with SDL2, better memory management, better performance along with high FPS support, rewritten and upgraded physics and much more. There's still work to be done though with some features missing but it's very playable.

I have some really fond memories of playing the original on an actual PlayStation. Seeing it run in my browser, on a laptop is just - wow. I love how technology moves on and enables things like this, and I especially love seeing classics remade in such a way so more people can experience them and learn from them.

Check out the writeup from the developer here, the code is on GitHub and you can play it in your browser.

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MayeulC Aug 14, 2023
Quoting: const
Quoting: CalinouThere's also the Phantom Edition, but it doesn't have native Linux support and source code isn't available. It apparently runs great in WINE though.

All these games replicating the PS1 era wipeouts are sadly not for me.
Somehow, wipeout hd/fury for PS3 has become my wipeout of choice. Is any of the available clones close to that gameplay feel?

I'll admit I haven't played any wipEout, but Redout is pretty good, it's on steam and has a demo :)
mark348 Aug 14, 2023
Reminds me of Safari Biathlon Racer
enigmaxg2 Aug 15, 2023
Quoting: mark348Reminds me of Safari Biathlon Racer

I had some flashbacks about old games I played when I got my ATI RAGE 128 Ultra 16MB AGP card, and among those, was this one, I just had forgotten it's name.

I also remember Ballistics (developed by GRiN), Bandits Phoenix Racing, damn! the early 2000s had a lot of futuristic racing/combat games. Sadly, looks like the genre is almost dead.

Quoting: Cybolic
Quoting: Avikarr[...]Check out BallisticNG on Steam! This game is a passion project, spiritual successor of WipeOut and it definitely slaps! [...] Pure labor of love. Devs like these should be supported. Period.
Can confirm! Whenever I fire up wipEout or wipEout 2097 (wipEout XL in the USA) I usually end up switching to BallisticNG after 10 minutes or so once the nostalgia starts wearing off. BallisticNG is just everything I love about the early wipEout games plus so many more conveniences that it really has become the golden standard for anti-grav racing games at this point

For some reason I also have it, but never played, maybe it's time to check it out.
Avehicle7887 Aug 15, 2023
I played the dos original for days on end, still have the disc somewhere.

Hopefully Sony won't interfere with this one.
shibuya Aug 15, 2023
o m gees
ridge Aug 17, 2023
Quoting: constwipeout hd/fury for PS3 has become my wipeout of choice. Is any of the available clones close to that gameplay feel?

Nope, none. BallisticNG, Pacer, Redout, none of them even come close to how great Pulse/HD feels. Not even with BallisticNG's other handling types.

I've been playing every game in the WipEout series since the first game as a kid, and HD/2048's feel are my favourites. They just improved with every entry.

RIP Psygnosis 🫡 Sony did em dirty.

Last edited by ridge on 18 August 2023 at 7:41 am UTC
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