Wipeout HD vs. F-Zero GX

Technical mastery

Okay, I'm going to have to call a draw for this category. Yes, you might be laughing at my statement that both games are on an equal pegging technically, but considering their respective platforms, they are. Both games run at epic speeds. Both are silky smooth and never drop a single one of their sixty frames per second. And they both push the hardware by flipping and spinning vast amounts of 3D track-side scenery around. Wipeout is in HD because it can be. F-Zero isn't because it can't be. Simple as that.

Wipeout has a cool as hell 3D photo manipulation tool. F-Zero has the last-gen equivalent in a multi-camera replay mode. Wipeout has explosions full of gleaming particle effects. F-Zero manages a whole THIRTY cars at a time, each with aggressive AI, and does four-player on-screen multiplayer. Everything one does, the other has an equivalent. Applause to both games then.

Winner: It's a draw


Here's where things get a little trickier to call. You see Wipeout HD, like all of its predecessors, makes stunning use of contemporary dance music to create a juice- up feel that's very hard to write off. Playing it today, the ambience is perfect. But the problem is tomorrow.

The thing is, dance music dates faster than any other genre, and what makes the game fresh now will probably make it more than a bit cheesy in a year or two. Just go back and play Wipeout 2097 if you need proof of that. Of course, HD has the bonus of custom soundtracks, so it gets points for that, but we're talking about the standalone games here.

F-Zero's tunes on the other hand, while a little more 'videogamey', remain fresh for that very reason. Created in their own aesthetic without regard for contemporary musical fads, they're a screamingly invigorating blend of dance beats, chugging metal guitar and jubilantly wailing solos. And in another advantage over Wipeout, each tune is tied to its own racetrack, meaning that every note and sound suits the atmosphere of the gameplay perfectly. In Wipeout HD, one size fits all.

Frankly, every tune is a killer and I haven't got the room or the time to post videos of them all, so I've just picked out a couple of my personal favourites. You can get a feel for the rest on Youtube. In the video above you'll find the glorious breakbeat jazz madness of Casino Loop, and the beautiful moment that the original SNES Mute City theme unexpectedly kicks in during the second lap of its GC descendant. To use a highly professional, journalistic description, the first time I ever played GX, the heart-threatening adrenalin and sheer brilliance of the game turned that little surprise into one of the most joyously air-punching, "F*CKING COME ON!" moments of my entire gaming career.

Winner: F-Zero GX


  • absolem-pk-david - January 27, 2015 10:54 p.m.

    havent played gx but f-zero was the bomb, but more wipeout games were awesome compared to f-zero games. played f-zero 1 to death. played every wipeout up to ps2/psp to death. my bro has a gamecube so maybe ill check this one out... but srsly. as far as difficulty.. wipeout on the ps1 was insane. and the soundtrack was groundbreaking for all versions of the game. f-zero was the master but sometimes the student overcomes the master? my 2 cents
  • Hotdiddykong - August 9, 2010 8:31 p.m.

    Thats nintendo for ya, their version of a game based on racing is F-zero and one of the best, rather having so much racing games on both PS3 and 360
  • Metroidhunter32 - January 18, 2010 1:20 p.m.

    I really need to pick up GX. I keep getting distracted by new releases to ebay it.
  • Stalvern - December 27, 2009 7:12 a.m.

    I love the Wipeout series, but Wipeout HD, as fun as it is, can't match the subtlety and brilliance of the old PS1 games, especially Wipeout 3. Wipeout 3 would be a much better challenger to F-Zero GX, and I actually prefer it over the latter. The soundtrack is absolutely stunning - it's hardly dated despite being ten years old, the songs go together perfectly and cohesively (unlike Wipeout HD's mishmash of seemingly random songs) while each being beautiful in their own right (much better, in my opinion, than F-Zero GX's "rock" remixes of the old SNES music). I actually prefer Wipeout 3's track design over F-Zero GX's - the latter game feels very much like the section-based product of a level editor that it is, despite its admittedly extreme corners and pipes; by contrast, Wipeout 3's tracks each feel unique, blessed as they are with character and individuality by their finely-tuned curves, tunnels, and forks, and are adorned with beautiful environments (much more stylish and attractive than F-Zero GX's locales), even if there are only eight of them (the game's sole flaw: comparatively low content). It also has the best handling setup of any racing game that I've played - its smoothness, subtletly, and sheer depth and technical potential are unrivaled by any other (F-Zero GX feels annoyingly twitchy in comparison, though I do realize that both control schemes are optimized for different speeds), least of all Wipeout HD's (which feels awful with or without the Pilot Assist turned on). But, yeah, F-Zero GX has pretty much unmatchable content and speed, even though Wipeout 3 has better gameplay (it's certainly deeper) in my opinion. F-Zero GX is a pure, reflex-based adrenaline rush; Wipeout 3 is far more cerebral and tactical at the cost of speed. It all depends on which you prefer - I choose the latter.
  • blocpartier - October 17, 2008 5:09 a.m.

    Man F-Zero is balls out crazy. I remember that it took me forever to beat that. Though I've never played wipeout it seems like there's a certain art to playing it that takes time to perfect. But with F-zero, It's either you're good or you're not good. And it's way more fast paced. Like one of those casino levels.
  • broblaster - October 12, 2008 5:13 a.m.

    I think its clear that if nintendo were to make a new f zero using the ps3, it would be the greatest game ever made
  • Arkavist - October 10, 2008 4:10 p.m.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Aimed at all those wipeout hd numpties tryin to justofy why its better than GX
  • infinite doo - October 7, 2008 11:47 p.m.

    I'm hesitant to play either of those. GX seems WAY too hard, because I play games to (attempt) to relax, so games that are so hard that people gloat about succeeding are not my thing (i.e. Ninja Gaiden or the like), while WipEout seems a bit slower and just not my type of game. I guess I'll stick to NFS and GRID for my racing, thanks. If anyone wants to try to convince me I'm wrong or point out the flaws in my thinking I'm all ears. Im just more of an FPS kinda guy anyways...
  • Amatarasu - October 6, 2008 9:01 p.m.

    i have f-zero gx,the one came i didn't throw into the air and shoot when i got my wii ....i'm still failing and crying trying to get through master lvl -_-
  • sarge-ak47 - October 5, 2008 6:35 a.m.

    Honestly Gx is my fav cube game if not overall top 3 games of all time. There is so much value packed into that have 40 ravers.. 40 endings..unique musics to each character..back story..etc. But that's just the tip of the iceberg, you're looking at a top notch hardcore racer that still ranks among the hardest games to complete (on master and 100%). I love wipeout myself but Im glad to see someone remembered this overlooked gem from the cube era. Seriously go out and buy it.
  • CrAppleton - October 4, 2008 3:55 p.m.

    Oh.. and Dazza15.. he is refering to the title of the game.. not the year it came out..
  • CrAppleton - October 4, 2008 3:49 p.m.

    I own and love both. Anyone who says that F-Zero GX takes no skill, hasn't played it. F-Zero GX (for it's time) is better than wipEout HD. While wipEout HD is without a doubt one of my fav. games of 2008, it doesn't push the genre in anything but visuals. GX was the edge of the genre for quite a while IMO. If you haven't tried it I would Highly recomend it! Like I said, both absolutely great games! But I have to agree. GX has HD beat.
  • Herzeleid - October 3, 2008 3:21 p.m.

    @Dazza15 F-Zero GX made it to the 4th place of the most difficult games on GT ;)
  • cart00n - October 3, 2008 6 a.m.

    Wow, man! I had no idea that this game was this good. It's DEFINITELY going on my Goozex list, like, immediately!
  • JoeMasturbaby - October 3, 2008 4:03 a.m.

    i love F-Zero GX Soooooooo much!!!!!!! at first i bought it just to have some variety in my game collection, and for some here-and-there gaming, but damn. the first night i was up unitl 4 a.m. playing the shit out of that game. story mode, customizing, AND just racing for fun. oh Pico, take me away to your world!!!! :P
  • twishart - October 2, 2008 9:37 p.m.

    F-Zero GX is the tool of the devil. It's also the greatest racing game ever created. The gameplay corrects pretty much everything F-Zero X didn't absolutely nail (which wasn't much), the soundtrack is awesome, the graphics are incredible (even by today's standards), it's hard as FUCK, and it represents the loving embrace of two original rival companies finally settling their differences and coming up with one helluva game. I remember hesitating a bit at that first screen when you boot the game up - Nintendo and Sega. I guess it hadn't really clicked until that point, but this game brings to a close the whole rivalry I grew up with. I was a Nintendo fanboy, but I certainly respected Sega and many of the things they accomplished during that era.
  • Jimmyjammy - October 2, 2008 8:38 p.m.

    Personally I think that F-Zero X was better than F-zero GX and neither are as good a Wipeout.
  • Dazza15 - October 2, 2008 8:19 p.m.

    wait the origanal wipout was in 1995 and to be honest F-Zero looks like it takes no skill from what ive seen in your vids but only my opinion
  • Arkavist - October 10, 2008 4:06 p.m.

    GX is the game u can turn down an blare out the metallica black album to an it'd still piss all over HD an it's 'add ur own music'. GX all the way
  • Amatarasu - October 6, 2008 8:58 p.m.


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