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Star Wars: Episode I - Racer (Windows)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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MobyScore
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User Reviews

Remember when Pod Racing was cool? I still think it is... Kartanym (10785) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
A maddening rush of speed--and a maddening control system. Trixter (8743) unrated
Great sci-fi, high speed racer Mullet of Death (604) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Fast Sam Hardy (76) unrated
Great game when mixed with a force feedback and a subwolfer. William Shawn McDonie (1152) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
High Speed and Action Packed MadCat (55) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Great high-speed racing excitment! Null McNull (29) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Overall MobyScore (54 votes) 3.5


The Press Says

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Jeuxvideo.com
Avec Star Wars Episode 1 Racer, Lucasarts signe un des meilleurs Wipeout-like qu'on ait pu voir sur PC. Aucun gros défaut majeur ne vient noircir le tableau,... L'ambiance Star Wars est parfaitement restituée, les graphismes sont superbes, la jouabilité exemplaire. A conseiller à tous les fanas de vitesse et de Star Wars.

84
Gamezilla
What it boils down to is this... if you are a Star Wars fan (who isn't?) and you felt that youthful urging during the podrace scene in Phantom Menace, go get this. Be prepared, though, to be confused in almost every aspect of the game except for the actual racing. Since racing is where Racer shines, enjoy yourself and scream like a Wookiee as Sebulba knocks you onto the service-ramp... yet again. But remember... in space, no one can hear you scream like a Wookiee.
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WomenGamers.com
Next to the lightsaber duels of Darth Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Podracing sequence of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace was the most exciting and hair-raising action in the movie. Racer takes that area of the movie and places it into a simulation format for the rest of us to enjoy! Although there are five pods to initially choose from, everyone I know, myself included, HAD to try Anakin Skywalker's pod first! You're first test of skill will be the Boonta Training Course, which is to remind you of the Boonta Eve race in the movie. It is here that you will get an easy taste of what to expect.
83
Game Revolution
All in all, Star Wars: Episode One Racer is a pretty good game. With fast action and neat FMV, it's sure to entertain most Star Wars fans. The lack of any Internet playability is very disappointing and hurts the replay value of the game. On the plus side, however, they didn't have Jar Jar in the game, and for that, I thank them.
82
Gamer's Pulse
Star Wars Episode 1: Racer is an enjoyable, but flawed game, more of an Anakin Skywalker in the grand theme of things. A more accessible multi-player aspect would have greatly enhanced my scoring of it. As it stands, the single player game is a little on the light side, and without access to a LAN or a good connection to Heat.Net, the multi-player is non-existent. With that said, Lucasarts has by no means created a sub-par product here. If you are a Star Wars fan, you will enjoy this game. Any time you can strap into one of the fantastic vehicles created by Lucas and co. over the years is an experience you won’t want to pass up. So, if you are one of the aforementioned Star Wars fans, or a fan of speed and great graphics, you won’t go too far wrong getting this game. If you aren’t, you might want to steer clear.
80
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
That said, RACER is still a real blast. For Star Wars and arcade racing fans alike, the dizzying speed, marvelous tracks, and stunning visuals should provide hours upon hours of fun. I know its staying on my hard drive.
80
Spel för Alla
Annars är Racer ett väldigt bra actionfyllt racingspel. Det kunde ha blivit en klassiker om inte programmerarna hade slarvat för att tajma filmpremiären.
80
Game.EXE
Сама гонка - аркаднее некуда, с полосками энергии для каждого двигателя. И не моргайте, если не хотите потерять один из них и отправиться на одной вожже в смертельно быстрый штопорообразный полет за оставшимся горящим. Реакция, внимание и еще раз реакция, те самые освобожденные рефлексы, которым, по словам шибко умных Джедаев-наставников, надо безоговорочно и беззаветно верить, - вот все, что от вас требуется.
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IGN
The game's graphics are superb with a good card and when you're hurtling past them at high speeds, any blemishes quickly vanish. The framerate maintains a good clip throughout--in short, the PC version of the game is heads and shoulders above the Nintendo 64 version, so if you've been put off by the N64 version's less than stellar performance, be assured that on a high-end PC, the game looks fine and runs fast.
79
Game Over Online
On the whole, this isn't a bad game. The complete lack of a challenge really takes away from it, because while it does eventually get difficult and fun, its still not good enough to justify the 'hard' work of playing through the first group of levels. Lucasarts definitely captured the speed of pod racing, especially in first person mode, but unless you are willing to stick it out until late the game, there isn't much to hold your interest.
77
GameStar (Germany)
Das Spiel erfüllt die meisten Anforderungen, die ich an eine leicht kapierbare Fun-Raserei stelle. Doch das halbe Programm hat man schon nach einer Stunde gesehen, weil es lächerlich leicht losgeht. Erst im letzten Drittel wird es mit verschlungenen Strecken und forscheren Gegnern herausfordernder. Durch das hohe Tempo sind Begegnungen mit anderen Podracern relativ selten und hektisch. Richtig gezielt einen Gegner wegzuschubsten, fällt in der allgemeinen Hektik schwer. Aber alles in allem bin ich angenehm überrascht. Racer ist ein spritziges SF-Actionrennspiel, das sehr manierlich Filmatmospähre rüberbringt. Den Mangel an Tiefgang kann jeder verschmerzen, der Star Wars mag und auf eher leichte Rennkost steht.
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PC Gamer
Given the strict deadlines surrounding the release of Episode 1 merchandise, I understand why Lucasarts may have been forced to ship Racer before its design could be fully realized or all the bugs exterminated - but it's still a damn shame. Gamers with access to LAN should take a look, but everyone else is advised to wait for a comprehensive patch or an expanded and more challenging sequel.
75
Player One
Star Wars Racer n'est certes pas une révolution, mais il s'impose si vous aimez le genre Wipeout.
75
Gamesmania
Wer endlich auch das letzte Register seiner 3D-Karte kennenlernen will und auf die Grafikeffektekollektion '99 gespannt ist, sollte sich statt dessen Expendable ansehen. Hier ist nämlich nicht viel zu holen. Wer aber nicht auf Transparenzeffekte zählt, sondern die Grafik als Gesamtkunstwerk betrachtet, strahlt schon eher, denn sie bereitet dem Film nun wahrlich keine Schande. Wer das Spiel pausiert, sieht vielleicht Schwächen - doch Racer ist zum Spielen da, und da stimmt die Optik. Da könnte man fast vergessen, daß man ja ein kritischer Journalist ist und unter der Star-Wars-Verzierung nur ein relativ einfaches Rennspiel steckt. Die eine oder andere zündende Idee, ein paar Strecken mehr, ein etwas ausgeglichenerer Schwierigkeitsgrad und vielleicht eine Online-Option - damit wäre Racer das Star Wars unter den futuristischen Rennspielen geworden, Kult nämlich. So ist es ein Pflichtkauf für Fans, nicht aber für andere.
75
Power Unlimited
Episode 1 racer is op de PC wel een stuk mooier dan op de Nintendo. Beschik je over een krachtige bak met 3D acceleratie dan kun je je verheugen op een supersnelle framerate en strakke graphics. Het geluid is ook zuiver, al hoor je niet veel meer dan het lawaai van die enorme straalmotoren die een paar meter voor je neus hangen te ronken.
73
PC Player (Germany)
Die Podracer reagieren auf Eingabebefehle gut und vorhersehbar, werden manchmal aber schneller, als das Imperium erlaubt. Das Umfeld donnert dann in so unglaublichem Tempo an Ihnen vorbei, als würde ein Hypersprung unmittelbar bevorstehen. Der Sound ist gut; ab- und anschwellende Geräusche der Turbinen erleichtern das Einswerden mit dem Fahrzeug. Ein spielerischer Höhepunkt ist der majestätische Klang des gut besetzten Orchesters, das in allen Star-Wars-Spielen auftritt; manche werden die bewährten Melodien allerdings schon rückwärts pfeifen können.
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PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Episode I Racer bevat iets wat sommige racers nogal eens durven te missen, namelijk een gevoel van snelheid... Alleen het feit al dat het gebaseerd is op de nieuwe Star Wars film, zal voor de fans waarschijnlijk al reden genoeg zijn om het spel aan te kopen. Voor mij hoeft het echter niet...
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Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Like an ambitious star amidst a crowded galaxy, Racer burns hot and brightly for a moment, then quickly fades away. Most people will initially be floored by the awesome sensation of speed and sound that Racer provides. Unfortunately, it won’t take long for players to advance through most of the game and reach the extremely difficult and misguided final tracks. Some people may enjoy the racing experience so much they won’t mind repeating the earlier tracks, despite the lack of competition. But I believe many players will become angry about the lack of overall balance, and as we all know, “anger leads to hate and hate leads to suffering.” To its credit, though, Racer provides a clean, exciting and ingenious style of racing. The experience, while short-lived, is fun while it lasts.
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FiringSquad
The lack of interactivity, multiplayer playability, a decent graphics engine, and overall fun are enough knocks against Racer for us not to recommend it. The thrill of the game comes from its franchise, and if this weren't a Star Wars title, few people would give it a second look. Unfortunately, we all know the track record for games based on movie titles, and Racer fails to deliver a breakthrough. Mind you, not everything was bad about Racer. As a racing game it's fairly interesting, and some of the tracks are imaginative and well designed. Of course, the soundtrack is top-notch, as are the rants and catcalls of fellow racers as you hit the turbo boost and shoot past them. However, we're sorry to say that overall, the game did little to inspire a sense of action or fun, and thus falls squarely into the chasm of mediocrity.