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Star Wars: Episode I - Racer (Nintendo 64)

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Best Racing Game Ever! darthsith19 (64) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A great racer whether you like Star Wars or not. Dark Lord (46) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

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Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
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Overall User Score (41 votes) 3.9

Critic Reviews

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Just Games Retro
For my money, Episode I: Racer is the best racer on the Nintendo 64; it’s blindingly fast, easy to pick up and play, and carrying the name of perhaps the best-known movie franchise in the world didn’t hurt either. It can be frustrating at times, as I said, but the joy of whipping along at supersonic speed, where the sounds of your engine fade out and you’re just left with the triumphant soundtrack as you whizz through tunnels and caves, that more than balances out the downsides. It definitely feels like a game that, if you or someone you know owned an N64, you’ve played before, and with good reason, and if you haven’t, I urge you to track this down, whether you’re a Star Wars fan or you just want a razor-sharp racing experience…just remember, if you ain’t first, you’re bantha poodoo.
The Video Game Critic
This masterpiece is a dream come true for Star Wars fans! Episode One Racer faithfully recreates (and expands upon) the exciting pod-racing scene from the Phantom Menace. The game offers 23 different vehicles available and 25 unique courses. The graphics (with the help of the memory expansion pack) are magnificent and the illusion of speed is exhilarating.
GamePro (US)
Star Wars Episode I: Racer packs enough high-octane thrills that most gamers will be able to look beyond the nitpicks about control configuration and pop-up. For sheer N64 racing excitement, it's the game to beat.
Total! (Germany)
LucasArts ist ein echter Hit gelungen. Einige Strecken hätten zwar noch mehr Feinschliff vertragen können, und der Schwierigkeitsgrad steigt für Anfänger zu stark an, doch im Ganzen betrachtet, fallen diese Aspekte nicht so sehr ins Gewicht. Viele gute Strecken und Fahrer, eine phantastische Präsentation und nicht zuletzt die gelungene Spielbarkeit können überzeugen. Freunde von futuristischen Rennspielen und Star Wars-Fans sollten unbedingt zugreifen!
Mega Fun
Jeder Star-Wars-Fan wird durch das neue Racer-Modul gehörig unter Druck gesetzt, ein N64zu kaufen. Nach Rouge Squadron (Spiel des Monats 2/99) toppt Lucasfilm den Spielspaß noch einmal gewaltig. Mit den vielfältigen Einstellmöglichkeiten, den total abgedrehten und detailverliebten Strecken sind über Wochen hinweg Rennspielfreuden garantiert. Dabei verstand es der Hersteller nicht nur spielerisch, sondern auch optisch und akustisch das N64 zur absoluten Höchstleistung zu treiben. Um es auf den Punkt zu bringen: Mehr wäre auf dem 256-MBit-Modul sicher nicht unterzubringen gewesen. Gäbe es die einzigen Kritikpunkte (ich weiß, für Star-Wars-Fans nicht von Belang), wie das Fehlen von Waffen und ein paar Spielmodi, insbesondere einen Vierspieler-Vergleich, nicht, wäre der Spitzenplatz drin gewesen. So muss die Referenz Extreme G2 nur ein wenig auf dem Thron der N64-Racer aufrücken und sich den Platz an der Sonne mit Star Wars Episode 1: Racer teilen.
Game industry News (GiN)
All in all, this game is one of the most entertaining racers I've seen. Its so good, we didn't even really mind the fact that you can only play it if you have a video card that supports 3D acceleration. Gameplay, graphics, audio, and action are all very, very good. Best of all, for those who have seen the movie, Jar Jar Binks makes no appearance in this game. Thank the Force!
Star Wars Episode 1 : Racer, n'est pas simplement une course de vaisseaux de plus. Elle a en effet trois points positifs essentiels : une vitesse impressionnante (pour moi c'est du jamais vu sur N64), une réalisation graphique et sonore excellente, et l'ambiance Star Wars pour couronner le tout. Bref, un investissement sans risque pour un jeu qui décoiffe, malgré un prix de vente un peu élevé (mais on a malheureusement l'habitude sur N64).
Super Play
Visst är identifiering och närvarokänsla viktigt, men det finns gränser. Och skulle Star Wars: Episode I Racer inte bygga på George Lucas universum är frågan om någon egentligen skulle bry sig om det.
Even with a few complaints lodged against it, Racer is an incredibly fast, super-fun game to play once you get a few levels into it. It's better than F-Zero X, its closest competition on the N64, and it even approaches the PlayStation uber-futuristic racer, Wipeout XL. To compare it with the movie, it's even better than the scene that inspired it, and that's a big compliment indeed.
Game Revolution
All in all, Star Wars: Episode One Racer is a pretty good game. With fast action and a good two-player split-screen, it's sure to entertain most Star Wars fans. The constant crashing will frustrate some gamers, but so did Jar Jar. Let's just thank Nintendo for not putting him in the game.
Nintendo Life
Star Wars Episode I: Racer is a solid racing game, featuring tight game mechanics, great track design and impressive visuals. Despite being based on a film which most Star Wars fans would rather forget, the fast and frantic gameplay more than makes up for it, and LucasArts should be commended for having developed that fateful pod race into such a sizeable and varied experience. Unfortunately, the multiplayer is disappointing, especially in comparison to other N64 multiplayer hits, making this game more ideal for the single-player. Moreover, the rather harsh climb in difficulty may not be to everyone's taste. Nevertheless, if you're looking for an extensive single-player racing experience, then Star Wars Episode I: Racer is certainly worth a go.
Gamer's Pulse
Overall, I would say that the problems are definitely minor and appear even more so when compared with the rest of the game. The only problem that is really annoying is the fact that you must free courses and racers up for multiplayer from single player. It would be a lot more fun to race through the game multiplayer, perhaps only freeing up the track or racer for the player that placed higher. Either way, I would definitely recommend this game for any Star Wars fans, or any racing game fans. Of course, if you are a fan of both, then this is the game for you.
Power Unlimited
Episode I: Racer is een prima racespel van het kaliber WipeOut/F-Zero X, maar mist een beetje die Star Wars feel die andere SW-games hebben. Het is natuurlijk verplichte kost voor de echte Star Wars fan. Toch hoop ik dat de Episode I games die nog zullen volgen en tikkie origineler zijn.
Avec une rapidité digne de la séquence du film Episode 1 : La Menace Fantôme dont le jeu s'inspire, Star Wars Racer plaira à tous les amateurs de course d'arcade survitaminée. La vingtaine de circuits difficiles, variés et bien architecturés sera un vrai défi pour les pilotes, dans une ambiance extrêmement bien rendue et fidèle au film. Les seuls petits défauts notables sont le mode multijoueurs qui réduit la fluidité essentielle au jeu, et l'utilisation fortement conseillée du RAM Pack, l'extension mémoire de la N64, qui donne au jeu toute son ampleur. Fans de Anakin Skywalker ou non, à vos manettes !
Episode I Racer is a decent racer that gets an added boost from having the power of the Star Wars universe behind it. We thought the movie would shed some light on some of the characters in the game so we could get to know them better. Alas, the only racer besides Anakin and Sebulba that we really got to know in the movie was the pie-face man who stalled at the starting line and lost his four engines in the crowd. The lack of an initial challenge makes it tough to stay with the game until it does get interesting. Maybe, like Anakin, we need a nemesis like Sebulba to get the most out of ourselves and the game.
If you enjoyed the podrace sequence of The Phantom Menace, then you can rent or buy Episode I Racer safe in the knowledge that it delivers the same experience of ludicrous speed in the comfort of your living room. This game is as fast as they come, and looks great doing it. While it suffers slightly from a lack of depth in gameplay, it's a fun arcade racer that uses the Star Wars license to (nearly) full advantage. There are other futuristic racers available for the N64, but none of them look or feel quite like this. All in all, Episode I Racer is a great way to spend an entire weekend trying not to blink for fear that you'll miss the next turn.
Gaming Age
After it is all said and done, Star Wars: Episode 1: Racer is still a very good game It isn't realistic because it doesn't need to be. It doesn't have the best graphics because it doesn't need them. This is Star Wars, people. And I must applaud LucasArts for actually putting together a nice little game, as they could have easily just slapped together some graphics and code and it would've sold millions because of the Episode 1 hype alone.