Racing to 31 – 31 Racing game greats: #22 Wipeout 2097 (1996)


It’s that time of year again and I find myself racing toward another birthday and to the ripe-old age of 31. In celebration I thought why the hell not have a racing themed countdown – so here we are, counting down 31 racing games that have defined my enjoyment of the genre over the last 31 years. Enjoy!

WipEout2097BoxIn a lot of ways the Wipeout series is my moment of realisation a lot of people had with Super Mario Bros way back in 1985.   When I first set eyes on Wipeout it felt like the future of video games, not just because the game looked technically and thematically way ahead of its time, but also because of what it brought to the table in terms of legitimising video games as a thoroughly artistic medium.  The Wipeout series  weren’t just brilliant games, they busted the idea that games were pixelated…

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