The Gameological Society

Star Wars: Episode I Racer redeemed Star Wars: Episode 1
  • Source URL

    Jedi Outcast

  • Source Author

    Drew Toal

  • Source Site

    The Gameological Society

Star Wars: Episode I Racer redeemed Star Wars: Episode 1

It's rare that a game based on a movie is good, but a game that's better than the source material? That's an interesting event indeed. This look back at Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer explains why the game did more to redeem the movie it's based on than anything else that was released alongside Lucas' return to the world of Star Wars, and there was a lot of stuff that was released alongside that movie.

I should know, I have most of it in a box downstairs. Including a full set of the Taco Bell toys. Yes, I was that guy.

It's interesting to think about how many throwaway shots in that pod racing sequence went on to become mechanics in the game itself, and that thoughtful dedication to authenticity of the racing experience is what helped the game to stand apart. The best stories about games often make you want to play that game, and I'm tempted to dust off my N64 to give this game another go.