It was May 4 last week, which means there's no better time to talk about one of the best racing games ever: Star Wars Episode 1: Racer. Recently re-released for the PC, wannabe podracers and grizzled veterans can return to the tracks once more. Staff writers Heather Alexandra and Ethan Gach look back at what made the game so special.
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Yes, I'm talking about Star Wars Episode I: Racer, the game that took one of the most pointless scenes in any Star Wars film and turned it into an incredibly successful racing game on PC and the Nintendo 64. With all the Star Wars excitement I recently decided to go back and watch the prequels again. They were just as bad as I remembered, though it did inspire me to dig out my dusty N64 and rediscover what made this game great.
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.