Large name Wars Episode 1: Racer, the unwieldily titled podracing video game that used to be possibly the 2d most productive thing to realize out of the prequel trilogy after “Duel of the Fates,” has been released for the PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Swap. The game used to be first and significant imagined to realize out in Can also, nonetheless the originate got pushed encourage indefinitely. Now it’s right here for $14.99.
Episode 1: Racer is still a gargantuan futuristic racing game, which is as unsightly now because it used to be encourage then. Most Large name Wars games spherical the turn of the millennium were awkward makes an are trying to shoehorn the license into diverse genres, in most cases without remarkable success. Racer, then again, benefited from extra acceptable source discipline cloth: a movie scene that felt like it handiest ever existed to sell a video game within the significant plot.
Racer spins Episode 1’s podracing scene out into a galaxy-spanning motorsports league, where you commute from planet to planet taking part in both as Anakin Skywalker or one of many a great alternative of alien competitors who got a couple seconds of cloak time within the movie. Its breakneck tempo and big, well-designed tracks are broadly equivalent to F-Zero, despite the truth that there’s a twist where it’s well-known to take care of a watch on the situation of your individual pods and slack all of the arrangement down to restore them after they’ve taken too remarkable injury.
I’ve played the Swap version for just a few hours and I feel the sport in total holds up, despite the truth that there’s precise and gruesome files concerning the quality of the port. It looks swish for what it is, operating in widescreen at native resolution and a in total regular 60fps in handheld mode. The menu machine has been revamped for contemporary monitors, nonetheless the HUD graphics are oddly pixelated. The sound quality is in actuality scratchy, for some motive, despite the truth that it’s now not as distracting by the Swap’s audio system.
This does if reality be told feel adore a minute bit little bit of a slapdash originate, nonetheless it indubitably plays well adequate. I’d slightly play Episode 1: Racer this kind than digging out an N64, a minimal of, and even at $15 it’s in actuality one of many extra mountainous racing games on the Swap.