After being teased through Twitter, GOG has re-released one of the best Star Wars games of all time – and you don’t have to muck around with cracks or compatibility tweaks to get it to work.
The Star Wars prequels are maligned for good reason, but the original episode always had one redeeming feature: pod racing. And it was through that gamers got the best element out of the prequels, the outstanding Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer, which everyone just calls Pod Racer.
Briefly. Star Wars Episode I. Racer was one of the better things that came out of 1999's The Phantom Menace, and Mon Gazza Speedway was one of its best tracks. While there's no new podracing game on the horizon, Victor Lammert's cool tribute is a really close match to a shot from an imagined modern version.Read more
Pod Racer has been playable on modern systems for a while, provided you had the discs lying around and the requisite patience to screw around with crashes to desktop and the nightmare of compatibility settings. GOG’s release fixes all that, although it’s recommended that you launch the video options first and set your in-game resolution to match your desktop resolution.
The models scale pretty well. The UI? Not so much. But hey, it works.
Pod Racer is available here for just over $11, which a younger me would gone bonkers for. It ships with joystick and controller support, although if you want to go oldschool you can race with a keyboard. Makes for a perfect game to play on the plane or train, actually.