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The thing to remember is that Super Bombad Racer isn't a bad game; it's merely aimed at a different target audience. Older gamers will likely tire of this game in a hurry, although there may be those who enjoy it nonetheless. By and large, however, this is a game aimed at young children. Just because Nintendo has the stranglehold on that market doesn't mean the PlayStation 2 should completely ignore it, and Super Bombad Racer represents the first overture in that direction.
Well, it’s definitely one of the better Star Wars games I’ve ever played and, given the fact that George Lucas keeps approving the licensing to make these games, I’d say we’re due for a really phenomenal game any day now. But in the mean time, SBR is a great family game and surprisingly challenging for all levels of game players. A must buy for any Star Wars fan or kart lover. For the rest of us it’s an excellent weekend rental.
In this Star Wars take on the kart-racing genre, you find the usual suspects?Jar Jar, Yoda, Anakin, and Queen Amidala?plus some quite menacing-looking big-headed racers such as Darth Maul and Sebulba. While the game is filled with conventional power-ups, the racers glide across the nine crazy levels (each based on Episode I locations) using their jumping abilities to explore new levels and find shortcuts. The controls make this game both unique and a little frustrating as you sometimes bounce and float out of control just when you need to make a big move.
But we were talking about a videogame, weren't we? If you, like me, can accept the goofy personality and minor technical difficulties of Super Bombad Racing, it's an excellent kart racer, and one that does a decent job of moving the genre forward (which was the last thing we expected from Lucas Learning, of all companies). The track design and variety is excellent, and while the single-player championship is over relatively quickly, the nine race tracks provide plenty of multiplayer replay value. And if you still can't stand Jar-Jar, even in a game designed to suit him, you can always have fun dropping him in the Sarlacc a couple of hundred times.
So while it's not the most brilliant Star Wars game ever, Super Bombad Racing stands pretty tall, even when you consider that this is one Star Wars game nobody seems to have expected to do well, and even if you compare it to other Kart games. If you like Kart games, it's worth picking up.
But despite its shortcomings, Super Bombad Racing is a pleasant surprise. Solid presentation coupled with good level design leads to plenyt of kart racin' fun. And even though the experience is brief, it isn't any worse than an evening with that blithering idiot.
Am wahrscheinlich letzten Ausflug in die pure Unterhaltungssoftware von Lucas Learning werden sich die Geister scheiden: Während die Optik gerade bei den Kids ankommen dürfte, wird der hauptsächlich durch die Steuerung verursachte hohe Schwierigkeitsgrad schnell für Frust sorgen. Andererseits werden sich Erwachsene durch die letzten Endes doch eher niedrig gehaltene Anzahl an Strecken und Figuren relativ schnell von Bombad Racing abwenden. So sitzt der erste PS2-Kart-Racer zwischen allen Stühlen, versucht es allen recht zu machen, aber schafft es bei keiner der Parteien. Und das ist ziemlich schade, denn eines kann man Star Wars Super Bombad Racing nicht ansprechen: Es macht einen Heidenspaß.
Super Bombad Racing is een spel voor kleine kids maar zijn we eigenlijk niet allemaal nog kleine kids?
Efter en uppsjö av dåliga Star Wars-spel känns det lite skumt att ett spel av den här typen verkar vända trenden. Men Star Wars: Super Bombad Racing är riktigt snyggt, roligt och låter bra. Och Star Wars-temat blir visst aldrig uttjatat, inte ens när det är så skruvat som det här.
Super Bombad Racing s'avère un bon divertissement qui ravira les fans de Star Wars pour son côté décalé et parodique, mais qui ne remplit pas toutes se promesses au niveau du gameplay. Le plaisir de jeu n'est guère présent malgré la relative richesse des parcours, et les circuits proposés sont trop peu nombreux pour assurer une bonne durée de vie.
Star Wars Super Bombad Racing can be entertaining, particular in the latter stages. The game introduces a few clever concepts, but its length, with only nine playable courses, and the gameplay flaws such as the ineffective power-ups, loose controls, and the unnecessarily large multiplayer arenas significantly limit the game. Super Bombad Racing fills a niche that has been relatively neglected on the PlayStation 2, but it is only recommended for avid kart-racing fans.
Bombad Racing est sympa cinq minutes : un peu écœurant quand on a payé sa console trois mille balles.
Moitié moins cher, Super Bombad Racing s'imposerait comme un indispensable de la PlayStation 2. A 400 F pourtant, la durée de vie faiblarde nuit gravement à l'intérêt. Difficile dans ces conditions de pardonner la lenteur de l'animation et l'inertie abusive des vaisseaux, même si le jeu est convivial à plusieurs et qu'il est techniquement excellent. Un jeu à réserver aux jeunes joueurs fortunés et patients de surcroît.
A middle-of-the-road kart racer with Star Wars characters tacked on (and not the good ones), Super Bombad Racing brings nothing new to the table. It plays and looks okay, but isn't really anything special. We really can't recommend Star Wars: Super Bombad Racing, especially when much better PSone offerings in the genre can be had for less than $20 new - and don't feature even the slightest hint of Jar Jar.
To sum it up, SW:SBR is an average kart racer that doesn't try anything new, but it's the only one of its kind on the PS2. If you enjoy this sort of game, or you have children that do, it'll keep you or them busy for a week or two, but it's not a must-have game by any stretch of the imagination.
Game Informer Magazine
Some games do make you violent after all. Playing Bombad seriously made me want to hurt myself and others. Stay away, or you may swear off video games forever and take up cross-stitch.
The Video Game Critic
Someone needs to introduce LucasArts to the concept of "play testers". The framerate can barely keep up in the single-player mode, which is inexcusable. Obviously, you can write off the split-screen - it's unplayable. Bombad offers a wide variety of weapons, but their effects are never clear, and it's hard to tell who shot whom. The confusing, cluttered radar display is utterly useless. Finally, the whimsical musical score is so pathetic, it turns my stomach. Poorly designed and programmed, I can't believe LucasArts would put their name on this.
Game Informer Magazine
Lucas Learning’s entry into the console war, or should I say piggyback attempt to capitalize on a craze, is a superfluous disaster. Instead of sticking to its guns, which is having Jabba the Hutt teach kids about the multiplication tables, the Double L jumped on the Mario Kart bandwagon and pieced together an infectious title with a makeover like the influenza virus. If the virus is in the air, anyone can contract it. If Super Bombad Racing is on retail shelves, people will buy it for the name brand. Influenza makes you interminably sick. The gameplay in Super Bombad does the same thing.