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Star Wars Episode I: Racer

Aspyr, LucasArts
May 17, 1999 - PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 5
Fair

OpenCritic Rating

68

Top Critic Average

63%

Critics Recommend

Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
Hobby Consolas
80 / 100
GameMAG
7 / 10
Push Square
7 / 10
Nintendo Life
6 / 10
Gameblog
5 / 10
Nintendo Enthusiast
7 / 10
Pure Nintendo
7 / 10
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Star Wars Episode 1: Racer - Launch Trailer - Nintendo Switch

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Critic Reviews for Star Wars Episode I: Racer

Metro GameCentral

Unknown Author
6 / 10
Metro GameCentral

It's very much showing its age, but this remaster does just enough to prove that Racer would've been a good game with or without the Star Wars licence.

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Quotation forthcoming.

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GameMAG

Unknown Author
7 / 10
GameMAG

Star Wars Episode I: Racer is still a very exciting game, but the remaster is quite lazy. If you are ready to put up with the outdated visuals, then the race can give you a few hours of fun. Especially if you like Star Wars.

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More than anything, this game being both 20 years old and incredibly fun is a clear sign that a modern Podracing title should absolutely be a thing.

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The central loop of 'race, win, upgrade, race' is certainly compelling while it lasts, and if you have fond memories of Star Wars Episode I: Racer from your childhood this is as good a way to relive them as possible – just don't expect any huge overhauls from the original game. Star Wars Episode I: Racer sets itself apart from the likes of Wipeout with its earnest take on the popular licence, and it's still fun to relive one of the best scenes in the prequel trilogy, but it's a long way from being one of the best racers on Switch.

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Star Wars Episode 1 : Racer could have been a nice port on Switch, but the game still suffers from too many flaws to really satisfy. Fast and exhilarating, this Switch version seems unfinished, and features bugs, poping and clipping effects, without mentionning a horribly compressed soundtrack that does not justice to its brilliant composer.

Review in French | Read full review

Ultimately, your preexisting feelings toward Star Wars Episode I: Racer will determine your experience with it.

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This port is certainly nothing to write home about, but the core game is a classic, priced at just $14.99. Nostalgia, and the ability to play in handheld mode, are enough to recommend STAR WARS Episode I Racer on the Nintendo Switch eShop to fans.

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