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Star Wars Episode 1: Racer

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Reviewed by Omega Man With the newest installment of the biggest film franchise ever, games based on it were bound to come along. The talented people at Lucasarts heard about a high speed race across Tatooine and realized the potential for a great game.

Graphics 9 out of 10

The graphics are very similar to Rogue Squadron's which is good. Even without the expansion pack the graphics are pretty good. Each pod and its driver can be viewed from every angle so you can see how detailed they are.

Music and Sound 7 out of 10

The sound in Racer are good for the most part. Anakin yells in English and aliens spout out Huttese. Watto is also here to sell you junk and he sounds just like he does in the movie, which I found funny (Stick around his shop and you may catch little Ani humming the Imperial March.) On the downside of the sounds are the pod engines and the music. The pod engine sounds were made before the film's sounds were completed so they don't sound as cool. The music is short and only plays on the third lap. It seems quiet too, but I just tweaked the sound settings and it was fine. The Duel of the Fates song played at the title screen is cool, but the Boonta Eve Flag Parade song from the movie would have been more appropriate.

Game Challenge 8 out of 10

My biggest problem with the gameplay is the learning curve, which goes from too easy to annoyingly frustrating. The first few tracks are simple. Some courses like Grabvine Gateway on the other hand took me forever. Once you get over the steep curve, the game is very enjoyable but may be a bit easy for fans of racing games.

Game Play-Fun 9 out of 10

The speed is, of course, incredible. It's what makes the game so fun. If you want to feel like you're strapped to a rocket going out of control at over 500 MPH then Racer is your game. I found the fact that Racer is Star Wars very fun. Sometimes Star Wars sights distracted me though. When I first played the course with the Republic Cruiser flying overhead I crashed because I was looking at it. It would have been nice to have be able to view all of the ships and creatures throughout the game.

Star Warsiness 10 out of 10

Yes, it is a Star Wars game. There aren't as many familiar things as in Rogue Squadron but the cameos by the Republic Cruiser and the Trade Federation Landing Craft are cool. Threepio, Artoo, Jar Jar, Qui-Gon and the occasional Jawa show up along with Dewbacks and Rontos around Watto's turf in Mos Espa. Would have been funny to race a speeder or the Falcon as a reference to the classic trilogy.

Overall 8.5 out of 10

I enjoyed this game very much. Although it can get a bit frustrating with the learning curve, it is very fun and it is a Star Wars game.

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