DescriptionYour planet is doomed, and there is only one remaining seat on the spaceship leading citizens to safety. This will go to the winner of a sequences of races held within this futuristic world.
Viewed from above and behind the car, the game boasted a lot of technologically advanced features. Computer AI adjusted to your style of driving whilst in progress. It was the first game to use MMX technology, and the first to support 3D acceleration straight from the box. It also had a range of multiplayer options including networks and split-screen, and an online internet server to automatically match player.
- "生死赛车" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
- "POD: Planet of Death" -- European title
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|Excellent arcade racing game||Iggi (15221)|
|Major milestone in the introduction of hardware-accelerated gaming||Zzap (47)|
|This game just plain sucks.||Tomer Gabel (4643)|
|A big disappointment.||Trixter (9119)|
|Electric Games||1997||94 out of 100||94|
|Coming Soon Magazine||May, 1997||92 out of 100||92|
|PC Zone||Aug 13, 2001||9 out of 10||90|
|PC Games (Germany)||Mar, 1997||89 out of 100||89|
|Computer Gaming World (CGW)||Aug, 1997||80|
|Game-Over!||Jun 07, 1997||8 out of 10||80|
|Game Revolution||Jun 05, 2004||B||75|
|Game.EXE||Mar, 1997||75 out of 100||75|
|Privat Computer PC||1997||73 out of 100||73|
|Gameplay (Benelux)||Apr 30, 1997||72 out of 100||72|
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Graphic cardsPOD was one of the first games optimized for graphic cards with a 3dfx chipset using the Glide API. With support only for the 3dfx Voodoo 1 chipset at first. Ubisoft later released patches to support the Voodoo 2 using the Glide API and non-3dfx chipsets via Direct3D.
MMXThe box prominently states that POD was the first game ever to support the new MMX instructions on Pentium II and late-model Pentium processors. In reality, the only thing POD uses them for is stereo and Dolby sound effects--very odd, given that there was a world of optimization possible in the 3D rendering area.
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Related Web Sites
- POD (official website)
- POD Official UBI Site (Official POD website, available on five languages. All the extra tracks to download, new cars, statistics and a lot of information.)
- POD PhReAk (Car and track downloads, Windows XP compatibility patches)
- Podtek (Instructions about instalation, common problems, how to get new cars and/or new tracks etc.)