Go back to Trickstyle

Written by: Rik

Date posted: September 5, 2009

If I had to choose one futuristic racing game that I’ve really enjoyed, then it would be either Wipeout or Wipeout 2097. Primarily PlayStation games, they were both released on PC, but sadly some technical issues prevent them from being covered here.

The first game was a sloppy conversion, marred by blocky graphics, a poor frame rate and controls that couldn’t be mapped to mirror those of a PSX joypad. Oh, and the licensed music (from the likes of Leftfield and the Chemical Brothers) was replaced by some homebrew stuff from the sound bloke at Psygnosis. It doesn’t run in Windows, and I don’t think a PC has been invented that would shift it at a reasonable rate in DOSBox.

2097 fared a little better, with sharper graphics and 3D card support, and having finally tracked down a copy I was all set to cover it, until I found to my horror that it ran much too quickly on my PC, and there was no way to slow it down without affecting the gameplay – this was my old shitheap PC from 2001, too, by the way, not the newer one I’m using now.

I’ve got the PlayStation versions of both games though, and that’s probably where they belong. They’re a bit cool for PC – we deserve things like Trickstyle – which, despite its numerous merits, persuaded very few to buy a Dreamcast – instead.