<data:blog.pageTitle/>

This Page

has moved to a new address:

http://www.thenostalgicattic.com

Sorry for the inconvenienceā€¦

Redirection provided by Blogger to WordPress Migration Service
<data:blog.pageTitle/>

This Page

has moved to a new address:

http://www.thenostalgicattic.com

Sorry for the inconvenienceā€¦

Redirection provided by Blogger to WordPress Migration Service
The Nostalgic Attic: Movie tie-in #2: Star Wars - Episode 1 - Racer

26 April 2014

Movie tie-in #2: Star Wars - Episode 1 - Racer

(Nintendo 64, 1999)

Despite the fact that Star Wars fans went to town on The Phantom Menace on its release, the huge draw of the title meant that video game fans were to be treated to a cash-in based on the license. Luckily enough, with it being the Star Wars franchise, the game was developed by LucasArts, who had a pretty solid reputation for not just licensed products, but their own original titles, also.




Releasing the same month that George Lucas shat the film onto cinema screens, the game took a much more enjoyable approach than had been previously taken with Star Wars games. Super Nintendo fans will remember the fun (if not frustrating) games that came out in the early-to-mid 90's, that mixed platforming elements with other mode 7 styled sections, to varying degrees of success. These games followed the basic plot lines of the films, for better or worse. This time around, instead of treating us to a mixed bag of platforming and shooting, the developers decided to stick to the one interesting part of the film; the pod racing.

The game is fairly straight forward: select your player, select your pod to race in, then launch yourself at mind-bending speeds around a variety of courses. You get a choice of 23 different vehicles throughout the game, and 25 tracks to race on, altogether. The controls are surprisingly great, and really are quite forgiving in parts, despite the speed and floaty design of the vehicles.


The graphics are actually great, as it requires the expansion pak to give more detail to textures, resulting in a game that looks shockingly good for its age. The frame rates in the earlier stages are solid, too, with minimal fogging to hid poor draw distance. Sadly, the same can't be said in some of the later stages, in which the tracks are much longer. Here you will experience pop up and some horrible moments of frame loss due to the amount of information coming at you. It can be quite distracting on one of the tracks in particular, as it features tunnels and moments where you simply have no idea on where the hell you are supposed to be driving. More often than not, you will crash in these moments, but crashing doesn't mean a total loss of the race, and you will learn the courses quickly enough if you play it a few times.

The game also has great music (no surprise really) and pretty great voice acting. The cut scenes are nice, too, with some nice moments of humour here and there. The main mode in the game is definitely the single player, but the two player option is quite nice with the split screen. Textures and frame rates look good in split screen too, though the problems in some of the later stages can be made worse with the smaller screen.


Overall, the game is great, and still holds up surprisingly well. The sense of speed is fantastic, and definitely gave the likes of WipeOut and F-Zero a run for their money. The game was also ported to the Dreamcast, though sadly it didn't receive any increase in textures or frame rates, which is a pity. If you are a fan of the Star Wars franchise, then this one is worth picking up. It's great to see a solid game coming from a shit-fuck of a film.

Labels: , ,

4 Comments:

At 27 April 2014 at 01:30 , Blogger Grimm said...

Man, you're going old school on this one haha. I still own this game actually. I have that and the old school Nintendo Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street games. I've got a collection of old games I used to play or just collected, but I've yet to find a way to display them LOL

 
At 27 April 2014 at 02:50 , Blogger JP Mulvanetti said...

Yeah, I've got a great collection of consoles and games, going back as far as the Nes. Funnily enough, I've never played either of those that you mentioned, but I really should keep an eye out for them. Are they boxed? Then they practically display themselves!

 
At 29 June 2014 at 12:28 , Blogger Craig Edwards said...

This wasn't a gam I picked up as I'm finicky about racing games - I like the physics to feel real. Consequently, other than 007 Racing, which is forgiven - the only driving games I like are the Driver series.

 
At 30 June 2014 at 00:49 , Blogger JP Mulvanetti said...

I think I'm probably the opposite to you, Craig - I go for the more unrealistic ones, like Mario Kart and WipeOut. Saying that, there were plenty of arcade style racing games in the 90's that I loved - Sega Rally, Daytona, and Gran Turismo - but these days I would go for something like Burnout over a serious racer. Burnout to me was the ultimate arcade-style game on home consoles.

 

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home