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"The Podracing sequence featured in The Phantom Menace was one of the most intense and visually stimulating experiences I can recall from my many years of movie going. The wild combination of unfathomable speed and lightning quick turns left me euphorically dizzy in my seat. LucasArts attempts to capture the visceral excitement of this sequence in Star Wars: Episode One Racer."
"The pods do travel at an incredibly high rate of speed but the course design subdues the excitement somewhat. "
"The game's greatest strength is its simulation of speed. While it's hard to say if the game's portrayal of rickety vehicles going 600 mph is at all accurate (in reality, the G forces would probably have killed all the competitors), it's certainly more thrilling than what's been offered by more traditional racing games. I tried to play Need for Speed 4 after half an hour of playing Racer and I was frustrated by how unresponsive and sluggish a sports car felt compared to a podracer. There are few gaming experiences that beat blazing down a winding passageway with boosters applied--the rush is incredible."
"Podracing, while incredibly popular with the masses for it's high speed, white-knuckle excitement has until now been only available to alien races who have the reflexes, plus the extra eyes and limbs necessary to pilot these futuristic chariots. Until now, humans have just simply not been able to handle all the controls with enough speed to stay alive, let alone win. Until, that is, a young boy called Anakin Skywalker enters his pod for the first time."