Star Wars Racer Revenge - PS2

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Viewed: 3D First-person / Third-person Genre:
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: LucasArts Soft. Co.: LucasArts
Publishers: LucasArts (GB)
Released: 8 Mar 2002 (GB)
Ratings: 3+
Accessories: Memory Card
Features: Vibration Function Compatible, Analogue Control Compatible: analogue sticks only


Star Wars Racer Revenge is set eight years after the unforgettable race where Anakin Skywalker beat Sebulba. Now, podracing is more popular than ever. Racer Revenge’s circuit now spans five worlds, and has acquired countless fans and a whole host of new participants, ready and willing to take the reins of two gigantic turbine engines tethered by a beam of energy.

Skimming a few feet above the ground at speeds of over 600 miles per hour, the podracing in Racer Revenge certainly feels fast: 600 MPH for heaven’s sake! Those prone to motion sickness may have to take a pill before playing. For the rest of us, blessed with stronger stomachs, Racer Revenge means some devilishly dirty combat tactics to get to the finishing line before anyone else. There are plenty of opportunities to KO your opponents, see, and that’s half the fun. Of course, setting out to inflict pain on other vehicles means that your own podracer will suffer some. All hail the in-game repair facility! You don’t have to wait until between races to visit Watto in his garage to restore your craft to its former glory: a brief press on L2 does the trick, as long as you use it sparingly.

Of the game modes available, Tournament is the most attractive proposition. Single Play is worth a look if you’re looking for a quick race fix, or to improve your technique. Versus is your regular head-to-head mode for really competitive types. Tournament, however, is the one to get into for the long haul. Choose a character and a podracer and immerse yourself in what is, in effect, your new racing career. Progression through the game from here on in follows a path that’ll be familiar to even the most casual gamer. The more successful you are in your racing, the more, umm, truguts (currency) you’ll earn. Thus you’ll be able to upgrade your vehicle and go on to even more success. You will by no means sail through this game in one evening: there’s a learning curve here that takes a steep incline not long after the beginning of the game. Nevertheless, you’ll have a lot of fun negotiating that curve.

High speed vehicles that hover above the racetrack? Body-pummelling gravitational forces at work as you travel at 600 MPH? If you’re disappointed with a certain similarly described game on PS2, try Star Wars Racer Revenge. It’s a force to be reckoned with.