Earlier today the news came down about Sony’s closure of Studio Liverpool, formerly Psygnosis, and the potential end of the storied WipEout franchise. I already spoke my piece on the subject, but obviously I’m not quite done with this yet. These things happen when significant personal influences vanish unexpectedly.
As I touched on in that previous article, one of WipEout‘s defining characteristics was its pioneering use of “real world” electronic music. Long before dubstep wub-wubbed its way into everything from SSX to trailers for Sega & Sonic All-Stars Goddamned Racing, WipEout was one of the first video game franchises to sign major recording artists, a big accomplishment in an age when game soundtracks were often mocked for their “beeps and bloops”.
So with the preamble out of the way, here’s my favourite track from each of the WipEout games, 1995 – 2012. With a possible extra at the end…
WipEout (1995): CoLD SToRAGE – Cold Comfort
WipEout 2097/XL (1996): Fluke – Atom Bomb
Wip3out (1999): Sasha – Xpander
WipEout Fusion (2002): Cut La Roc – Bassheads
WipEout Pure (2005): Photek – C Note
WipEout Pulse (2007): Noisia – Seven Stitches
WipEout HD/Fury (2008): The Crystal Method – Acetone
WipEout 2048 (2012): The Future Sound of London – We Have Explosive (2011 Rebuild)
Finally, here’s a quick pick from Colony Wars: Vengeance, stuck in my head for over a decade now. If I remember correctly, it was composed by Tim Wright, AKA CoLD SToRAGE, in a dramatic departure from his WipEout style.