Star Wars Episode 1: RacerThe unwieldy-titled podracing video game that was perhaps the second best result of the prequel trilogy after “Duel of the Fates” has been released for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The game was initially supposed to come out in May, but the launch was delayed indefinitely. Now it’s here for $ 14.99.
Episode 1: Racer It’s still a great futuristic racing game, which is as amazing now as it was back then. Plus Star Wars The games around the turn of the millennium were awkward attempts to wedge the license into various genres, usually without much success. RunnerHe did, however, benefit from a more appropriate source material: a movie scene that looked like it only existed to sell a video game in the first place.
Runner turns Episode 1Podracing scene in a racing league spanning a galaxy, where you travel from planet to planet playing as Anakin Skywalker or as one of the many alien competitors who had a couple of seconds of screen time in the movie. Its breakneck speed and wide, well-designed tracks are broadly comparable to F-zeroAlthough there is a twist where you need to monitor the condition of your individual capsules and slow down to repair them when they have suffered too much damage.
I’ve been playing the Switch version for a couple of hours and I think the game basically sticks around, although there is good and bad news about port quality. It looks good for what it is, running on widescreen with native resolution and generally stable 60fps in portable mode. The menu system has been revamped for modern displays, but the HUD graphics are oddly pixelated. The sound quality is very rough, for some reason, although it’s not that annoying through the Switch’s speakers.
This feels like a bit of a slapdash pitch, but it plays well enough. I prefer to play Episode 1: Racer In this way, at least, digging up an N64, and even at $ 15, is actually one of the most important racing games on Switch.