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The game is based on the pod-racing scene from Episode I, which was arguably the best and most exciting segment of the film. Players enter a series of pod races as either Anakin Skywalker or one of his 20 different alien rivals--including Sebulba once you get far enough into the game to unlock this bonus character. Races are linked in four different circuits, each more difficult than the last. The highest circuit, in fact, can be extremely tough.
Each race is a white-knuckled ride on the wild side, as the game does an excellent job of conveying a feeling of ferocious speed. It helps that Racer utilises spectacular 3-D graphics to depict the racetracks and their alien surroundings. But racers can't waste time admiring the scenery: tracks are not always well marked and it's all too easy to get lost and fly off the track.
As with most Star Wars games, the sound effects and music in Racer are top-notch. True, Anakin's cutesy voice can be annoying at times, but the other racers sound great when they complain as you pass them on the track. Watto the shopkeeper, the floating alien guy who sells new parts and upgrades for your pod, is a great character who chatters away humorously as you shop his store.
Overall, Racer is a game that can easily stand on its own merits rather than ride the coattails of Star Wars: Episode I. Intense speed, unique racing action and excellent 3-D graphics make this one a sure-fire winner. --Michael E Ryan
If you down load the two patches available on the support.lucasarts.com web site the game runs without problems on Windows XP. Without these patches the game will hang but then it was developed before the days of Windows XP.
The game itself is fast and furious. You can select from different podracers and feel the difference in the driving experience. The first few tracks are straight forward to get you on the winning track. You accumulate Trugets for finishing in the top positions which you need to buy enhancements to your podracer to improve your speed, braking, cooling, turning ability etc. As the tracks get more difficult you will need to plan your upgrades to keep up with the competition.
Overall a fun and exciting PC game that will appeal to Star Wars fans.
Have only just started playing it again, having recently got Windows XP
Do download the patches otherwise the game won't work on XP.
One annoying thing I have found is that the times you set are not saved, even though the fact you've completed the tracks is recorded, the fastest times are not saved between terminating one session and beginning another.
Only 1 gripe though, otherwise this is a great game.
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