Wipeout XL

Tracks

78 minutes total
  1. We Have Explosive - by The Future Sound of London
  2. Atom Bomb - by Fluke
  3. Loops of Fury - by The Chemical Brothers
  4. Tin There - by Underworld
  5. The Third Sequence - by Photek
  6. Leave Home (Underworld Mix 1) - by The Chemical Brothers
  7. We Have Explosive (Herd Killing) - by The Future Sound of London
  8. Firestarter (Instrumental) - by Prodigy
  9. U Six - by Fluke
  10. Musique - by Daft Punk
  11. 2097 - by Source Direct
  12. Titan - by Photek
  13. Petrol - by Orbital
  14. Afro Ride - by Leftfield
  • Released in 1996 by Astralwerks/Virgin (catalog no. ASW 6189, retail $17).

Reviews

A hard-hitting techno soundtrack that fits the game perfectly.

Reader review by J.T. Kauffman

If there was ever a game whose soundtrack fit it perfectly, Wipeout XL is that game. The high-speed, high-tech racing game uses its soundtrack to its fullest, and what a soundtrack it is. Practically reading like an all-star disc of electronica, artists like the Chemical Brothers, Underworld, and the Prodigy make the soundtrack a must-own for any video game or techno fan.

The highlight of the disc is easily the Chemical Brother's "Loops of Fury", a hard-hitting big beat composition that is perfect for accompanying you in the cockpit of the Phantom Class. Easily one of the Chems' best tracks, it pulls you in and doesn't let go.

The same is true for the Prodigy's song "Firestarter". While the vocal mix was a big hit on the airwaves, the instrumental provides the same amount of punch without the voice getting in the way. Another perfect song for cruising the future at top speed.

Songs like "Tin There" by the U.K. group Underworld provide a slower, deeper groove. While not having the big beats that the Chems' pack, Underworld's slow aural mutation is a perfect yin to big beat's yang.

While I could go on about other songs such as "We Have Explosive" by The Future Sound of London and "Atom Bomb" by Fluke, you can't forget about the bonus songs that weren't on the game. "Musique" by Daft Punk provides a slight French techno flair to the album, and although it doesn't really fit in with the feel of the game, I think that its addition on the soundtrack helps round it out.

In the end, the soundtrack for Wipeout XL is a perfect CD for the game, with which I can find very few flaws. If you like the game, definitely pick up the CD. If anything, you can't resist throwing the CD into your car CD player and cruising down the freeway at high speeds pretending you're in the game.

Definitely questionable.

Reader review by Jesse Watson

While the game itself, not taking music into account, may be sterling (I haven't played it yet) I don't think the music is. A young friend of mine told me the genre should be, "British Wierdo Music". Really, I'm not a good person to review this CD, but unless you hear differently from someone else or play the game and like the music *don't buy this CD*. This music, as far as I can tell, sucks. But, you see, I also think all country music sucks, while many people like it. I can't judge this music, but I will anyway. I expected more from Psygnosis, the people who brought us the riveting score of the PC and PSX adventure Discworld.

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