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Monday, May 31, 1999

-Podracers Tips - Cali @1:08pm EDT

Matt43K7 has sent Podracers.com some tips worth checking out. Here are the details:

Boost- At start of race, press a when the Countdown fades. Timing is everything.
Podracer Chat- Hold Z when you select start race.

Also, when racing, if you double tap R, and you are not racing Sebulba's pod, the character will taunt the other podracers. If you are racing as Sebulba, you can light other peoples engines on fire if you double tap R.

Here is a tip from Thomas Knight:

On the track that has the antigravity tunnel, hold your nose all the way down. You should coast through just fine. When you come to an open area, manuver around the obstacles, then when you re-enter the tunnel, push your nose down again.

Here is a tip from Damned Man:

1. Keep your eye on the road and pay attention.
2. Don't upgrade stinky pods.
3. During races take advantage of repair

We have added these tips in our strategy section for future references.


Saturday, May 29, 1999

-IGN PC Review - Cali @9:10pm EDT

IGN PC has a review of Star Wars Racer. Here is a clip:

Based on the pod racing sequence featured so prominently in the movie, it's a racing game set in the Star Wars universe, pure and simple. But since millions of people have already piled in to see The Phantom Menace--probably the most eagerly-awaited movie of all time--this game is benefiting from the best product placement of any game, ever.

-Podracer Interview - Cali @3:24pm EDT

Naveen sent word that PureGaming has an interview with Brett Tosti, Product manager of Racer. Here is a nice excerpt:

PGN: Does the game have a realistic physics models based upon the movie?

Brett: We set up the physics models based upon what we saw in the movie. However we were only given small portions of the scene so there was some guess work. We really didn’t get to see how good our estimates were until the very end. We think players will feel like the game is very close to what they saw in the movie.

-E-Games Review - Cali @7:43am EDT

e-Gamez has a review of Lucasarts' Star Wars Episode 1. Here is an excerpt:

It seems like every good game to come out recently has raised the bar concerning graphics. Episode I Racer is no different. Reflections are beautiful, the cities and varying locations look flawless, and the game does an excellent job of potraying your speed. Many racers have made a gamer feel like he was driving a '72 Buick Wagon, rather than an Indy Car or Mustang. Not this one. Although I've never driven a pod racer, I could imagine that this is what it would feel like. Of course, the perspective you choose to use plays a huge roll in that, and the closer you get to the ground, the faster the game feels. -Thanks Chris


Friday, May 28, 1999    

-SW Episode 1 Racer Views - Cali @7:19pm EDT

3dfiles has a three-page review of Lucasarts' Star Wars Episode 1 Racer. Here is an excerpt:

Climb on, strap in and experience the pure adrenaline-pumping excitement of the Podracing sequence from Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. Take the controls as Jedi-to-be Anakin Skywalker, or any one of over 20 Podracers, and feel the full-force blast of two massive jet engines at simulated speeds of up to 600 mph. Rein in a turbine-driven chariot through 8 spectacular worlds. Negotiate through flaming methane lakes, Tusken Raider assaults, anti-gravity tunnels and much more in a pulse-pounding, do-or-die fight to the finish where anyone will do anything to cross the finish line. How far will you go?

Also, here is a quick rundown on the latest reviews of Podracer.


Thursday, May 27, 1999

-Fullon3d Review - Cali @8:45pm EDT

ActionXtreme sent news that Fullon3d has a review of Lucasarts' Star Wars Episode 1 Racer. Here is a clip:

The cut-scenes in Racer are terrific. When you visit a new track on a new planet, you are provided a great cut-scene showing the planet from orbit as well as a view of the native residents and the person in charge. After viewing it a couple of times, however, you will most likely hit the Esc key to bypass it and get into the game.

-PodRacer Trainer - Cali @1:47am EDT

Glen has sent word that Avault has a Trainer for Podracer (79kb). The Trainer gives Unlimited Money; Auto-Win First; Last Lap. We have added a link in our Downloads section for future references.

-Sharky Extreme Review - Cali @1:39am EDT

SharkyExtreme has a review of Lucasarts' Episode 1: Racer. Here is an excerpt:

Star Wars: Episode I Racer is an arcade racer where you get to climb into the cockpit of a pod racer straight out of the Phantom Menace. There are over twenty races in which to compete, staged on eight different planets while piloting one of over twenty different pod racers. Is LucasArts relying on the Star Wars name to sell this Star Wars: Episode I Racer, or did they do a good job?

-Podracer League - Cali @1:39am EDT

Some guys who play Podracer on Heat.net have started a PodRacer League. If you are interested in joining, feel free to sign up at the site.


Wednesday, May 26, 1999

-CGO First Impressions - Cali @6:15am EDT

Voodoo Extreme reports that CGO has their first impressions on LucasArts' new Star Wars Episode I: Racer. Here is a clip:

The game features 21 tracks spread out through 8 unique worlds. Each track is filled with a variety of hazards to avoid and surprises to discover. Characters and vehicles from the pod race scene in the movie are available to choose from, and various upgrades and parts can be purchased with your winnings to improve the performance of your pod. Best of all, when purchasing parts, pit droids, or upgrades you'll find yourself in a 3D recreation of Watto's shop in Mos Espa. If his new parts are too expensive, you can always head out back to his junkyard and select from his stash of used parts.

-Gamewire Review - Cali @6:15am EDT

GameWire has a review of Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer. They give the game a total score of 9 out of 10.


Tuesday, May 25, 1999

-Game Age Review - Cali @9:31am EDT

Gaming Age has a review of the Lucasarts' Star Wars: Episode 1 game Racer. Here is a nice excerpt:

Episode 1 Racer supports the mouse, keyboard, various flight sticks, gamepads and steering wheels, and even force feedback. Seeing as how this is more of an arcade racer, I found the Sidewinder Gamepad to be the best control device. While racing you have the ability to raise or lower the nose, which will slow you down or speed you up, respectively. Lowering the nose will also prime the booster, which can be used for a few seconds, but at the risk of overheating the pods. It's also possible to tilt the pods in order to squeeze through tight vertical openings, and to slide the pods around certain turns.


Monday, May 24, 1999    

-Glide Underground Review - Cali @6:43pm EDT

Glide Underground has released a review of the Episode 1: Racer. They give the game an overall score of 91%. Here is a clip:

Usually I don't like these futuristic high speed racing games, but when I first played this, I was amazed at how incredibly fun and competive it was. For those of you who have seen the movie, this game is just like the pod racer scene. You drive your suped up pods at speeds of up to 600mph through twists, turns, and jumps throughout a number of levels.

-Seventeen Racer Screens - Cali @1:44am EDT

Thrawn mentioned that Jedinet has released seventeen new screenshots from Episode 1 Pod Racer for your viewing pleasure. Here are two samples of what you'll find over at their site:


Sunday, May 23, 1999

-Welcome to PodRacers.Com! - Tola @5:58pm EDT

Welcome to the opening of the latest site within the LucasGames Network, PodRacers.Com!   We're anticipating the name DNS to kick in this evening or early tomorrow, but you can still bookmark the site effectively. We'll try to bring you the very latest news, files, strategy and community events surrounding Episode I Racer here at PodRacers.Com. Please take a look around the site and enjoy.

-Episode I Racer In Stores Now - Tola @5:58pm EDT

In case you weren't officially aware, Star Wars: Episode I Racer IS currently available for purchase for both the PC and N64. Head on down to your local software gaming store and grab yourself a copy!

-New GameCodes Discovered - Tola @5:58pm EDT

Not even a week out in stores...and GameCodes are flowing in... These are for the N64

To enter a code in, select a empty file, then press and hold the Z button while you scroll through the initials. Spell out the code letters by holding Z and pressing the L button while over the letters. You should see the code spell out in the bottom left corner of the screen. when you are finished, highlight END and press L. Now for the codes.

RRJINNRE - unlocks a secret pilot. ONLY works after you unlock Mars Guo.

RRDUAL -  activates the dual control thingie. you can pilot the pods with 2  controllers. 1st player uses ports 1 & 3, while player 2 uses ports 2 & 4

RRJABBA - invincible, nuff said.**

RRTHEBEAST - activates mirror mode, lets you pilot the races backwards, normally mirror mode is only available AFTER you beat all the races in 1st place.** 

** for the RRJABBA and RRTHEBEAST to work, you must activate them in the cheat menu. to do this, pause a race, then press on the D-pad, left,down,right,up.

*** every time you reset the game the codes have to be re-entered.

Thanks to TFN for the news. 

PodRacer @ E3 -Tola @5:58pm EDT

IGN posted a great wrap-up preview for Racer this past week at E3, so be sure to check it out.

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