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
Here is a tip from Damned Man:
1. Keep your eye on the road and pay
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
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 didnt 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
-E-Games Review - Cali @7:43am EDT
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
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
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
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
-Sharky Extreme Review - Cali @1:39am EDT
has a review of
Lucasarts' Episode 1: Racer. Here is an excerpt:
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
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
-Gamewire Review - Cali @6:15am EDT
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
Review - Cali @6:43pm EDT
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
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
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,
*** 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.