6.0 - Difficult Trophy Tips
This section will give you some advice on how to obtain the most diffficult trophies in WipEout HD. Have a read of this if you're struggling with any of these trophies.
6.1 - Elite Campaign Legend -
This is one of the most talked about trophies here in the WipEout HD section of PS3T, particularly the final stage of the campaign - "Meltdown." It really is down to practice when facing the Elite AI, however there are a few things that you could try if you find that you can't beat them. If you've been using one ship for a lot of the campaign, then perhaps you could consider changing ships to one that may better suit your playing style for this campaign? Do you keep hitting walls? Feisar will handle those corners beautifully. Are you being overtaken all of the time? Icaras will leave the AI behind on a straight section. Do the AI keep stealing your weapon pickups? Goteki 45 is the fastest off of the line, enabling you to grab some weapons first. Pick a ship that will best address your weakness, and you'll find that you won't suffer as much against the AI on these tracks.
Also bear in mind the track itself - do you actually know it? If not, then you are going to find it extremely difficult to beat the Elite AI. I would strongly recommend that you try the track in a Speed Lap or Time Trial session until you can remember each and every turn off by heart. This will make it MUCH easier when attempting the campaign.
Remember - sideshifting and barrel rolling are your friends. Sideshift around almost every corner, and it will save you so much time. Think about it - would you rather manually steer your ship around the corner and straighten it, or use the sideshift and have it shift back into position straight away for you so you can continue with the race more quickly? Barrel rolling is also an extremely important technique to use when facing the Elite AI, mainly because they hardly ever use it. You don't need to go crazy with the barrel rolling, but use it on the obvious places such as the big drops on a lot of tracks. You'll get a lovely speed boost which gives you a major advantage.
6.2 - Beat Zico -
If you're attempting this trophy, then you'll want to get at least 4 barrel rolls (3 are possible, but it will be harder.) Remember to boost into the lap you're attempting to Beat Zico, and to sideshift
around those corners too! The four barrel rolls that you should be aiming for are as follows:
1) Right at the start of the lap after the left turn. As soon as the track dips down slightly, pull your ship's nose up (down on the D-Pad/Analog stick) and boost. Barrel roll number 1.
2) Upon landing this barrel roll, you'll have enough air to perform another one right before you enter the bottleneck (narrow part) of the track. Pull your ships nose up again and barrel roll here.
3) This is the most difficult one to pull off, and does require some practice. You need to barrel roll as soon as you leave the track to enter the bridge. In order to do this, you'll going to need to get into a "diagonal" position - aim as if you're going to fly off of the track, quickly pull your ships nose up, turn left and barrel roll. Please note, that it is possible to Beat Zico without doing this barrel roll
so don't worry if you can't do it - you'll just need to take your corners extremely sharply and sideshift through them.
4) Whilst on the bridge, as soon as you reach the last speed pad, sideshift left
off of the bridge and barrel roll before you land back onto the track below. Try to aim for the speed pads in front of you - you'll need these to Beat Zico.
6.3 - Zone Zeus -
Reaching Zone 75 is by no means easy, and there are only really two tracks that you should be looking at whilst aiming for this - Anulpha Pass Forward and Syncopia.
These are the two easiest tracks, mainly because they are extremely wide and do not require a lot of turning. Choose whichever track you feel most comfortable with and stick to it. Don't go switching tracks halfway through, as it'll put you off and you'll have to learn a whole new set of zone techniques. Again, this is all down to patience and practice. Don't panic when you start reaching the high zones - keep it cool, and don't look at your zone indicator or your health
- it'll put you off and you'll lose your concentration. Other people have also suggested putting a blank music track on your custom playlist as to avoid the rippling effects on the track, which are made in zone by whichever song you're listening to. Custom playlists may also help you - you could always import some of your own music tracks and give those a try. If you're really struggling, then by all means try these methods.
6.4 - Bling Brigade -
The difficulty in this trophy lies in the preparation and organisation for it. Finding 8 people racing with a silver skin in one room is very difficult, however with some simple organisation techniques, you'll have it done in no time. Once you've found 8 people to race, follow these steps for a quick and easy Bling Brigade attempt:
1) Make sure that the host sets the room to "Invite Only"
- that way, you won't have any random players join your game and ruin your Bling Brigade attempt.
2) Invite all players to a Text Chat Room.
This is much easier for co-ordinating with your team members.
3) Make sure that everyone is racing with the silver skin.
Remember that you need to have completed all stages in the campaign in order to unlock the silver skin.
7.0 - Videos:
If you're still having trouble, or just want to see how some of the WipEout Pros race, then take a look at these YouTube Channels:
7.1 - YouTube - HellfireWZ's Channel -
Hellfire is a very experienced WipEout pilot, and has taken the time to create a tutorial for each track. Definitely take a look at this if you're struggling with a track, it's extremely helpful.
7.2 - YouTube - Darkdrium777's Channel -
If you're having trouble with obtaining the Arcade Perfect trophy, then this is the channel to look at. Darkdrium777 has created videos for each Phantom Elite race, showing us exactly how it's done.
7.3 - YouTube - Xenocide2097's Channel -
This is the YouTube channel of one of the best (if not, the best) WipEout player in the world - yeldar2097. Have a look at this - you'll learn a lot about the WipEout tracks that you probably didn't know.
7.4 - Youtube - Woopzilla's Channel -
Woopzilla is another experienced WipEout pilot who makes a lot of videos during the many races that the WipEout community have. This is the best channel for seeing how to race online - there are a ton of videos to keep you occupied.
7.5 - Youtube - DarkPhantom89's Channel -
Finally, this is my channel. There are a few videos of some online races with some of the the world's best players as well as my matches in the WipEout HD World Cup.
8.0 - Final Words:
Finally, keep at it and don't give up. WipEout is a difficult game that is all about practice, but it is extremely rewarding when your practice pays off and you start to get really good at it. I hope that this guide helped you in some way, and best of luck with the game