Sunday, March 17, 2019

Fans Remake 'Dark Forces' and 'Episode I Racer' in HD (VIDEO)

Fans of the Star Wars video games "Dark Forces" and "Episode I Racer" can now relive the greatness of those 90s classics - in high definition.

A modder named "Rob Jin" has recreated the Mos Espa track level of "Racer" using Unreal Engine, the software environment used to create games like "Batman: Arkham City," "Fortnite: Save the World," and "Kingdom Hearts III." He even included Anakin's podracer.

Originally released in 1999 on Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, and in arcades, "Episode I Racer" quickly became a fan favorite. Rob Jin's remake keeps the gameplay and sound effects, but offers a serious upgrade in graphics.

You can download the "Episode I Racer" demo by clicking here.

Watch this trailer of the "Episode I Racer" HD remake, posted to YouTube by Rob Jin.

Check out this gameplay video, also posted by Rob Jin.

A remake of "Dark Forces" was just revealed this past week by Jason Lewis, a developer with Obsidian Entertainment. He used Unreal Engine 4 to recreate some of the key environments, and even released a playable demo. It can be downloaded by clicking here.

The original "Dark Forces" was released on PC and Mac in 1995, and on PlayStation One in 1996, and was a smash hit, selling nearly a million copies. Using the "Doom" first person shooter format, the game expanded the genre by introducing familiar Star Wars characters and environments.

Check out this screenshot from the "Dark Forces" demo, which shows how incredible the game looks with updated graphics.

Here's gameplay video of the Dark Forces remake demo.

No official plans to remake or remaster either "Dark Forces" or "Episode I Racer" have been announced.

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