European cover art
|Developer(s)||Sony Studio Liverpool|
|Publisher(s)||Sony Computer Entertainment|
|Mode(s)||Single-player, multiplayer for up to 8 players|
Wipeout Pure is a 2005 video game in the Wipeout series for the PlayStation Portable. The game was released simultaneously with the release of the PSP during its North American and European launch. 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 able to replenish energy by absorbing the currently-carried weapon. The return to the style of past games and streamlining of the gameplay make up the "pure" essence of Pure. The game takes place in the year 2197, one century after Wipeout 2097.
Pure uses the Wi-Fi ability 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 controversial disaster that led to hiatus for nearly 15 years, which would not begin until October 2170; Anti-Gravity Racing did not officially end in that year. It also introduces two new teams to the series, each from very contrasting backgrounds: Harimau, an Asian humanitarian organisation which started operating in 2177; and Triakis, an arms-manufacturing conglomerate which looked to Anti-Gravity racing to exhibit their products.
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.
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 Euro version of Wipeout Pure can send the demo version over WiFi 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 only on 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 multiplaying with up to 8 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 Tracks. In addition to 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.
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Additionally, an official soundtrack was released through "Distinctive Records". It contained the afformentioned songs except for Goldrush, Black Jack 3, Kinection, The System and Curves. Instead it contained 3 previously unreleased tracks by Distinctive. These were:
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. IGN liked the game's overall presentation, graphics and sound, giving the game a 9.3/10. The only noted criticism of the game was some subtle framerate issues mentioned both by IGN and GameSpot's reviews.