Wow, I can honestly say I thought I’d never see the day… but Ubisoft has re-released their cult classic 1997 racer, POD, on Good Old Games!
This was one of my favorites racing games as a kid, and one of my favorites games from the 90’s period (recently featured in my Top 17 Best PC Games of the 90’s video). It’s just got an exceptional atmosphere, awesome music, weird tracks, fun cars, and simple racing goodness. It’s a pretty bare-bones game as far as racers go, but it more than makes up for it in aesthetics and “feel”. Very arcadey, but very solid once you get the hang of the controls and how to tweak your cars.
I’ve been hoping to play this game on a newer PC for years, but it’s almost impossible due to how the game looks for certain graphics drivers, DirectX versions and all sorts of crap. GOG to the rescue, this one works perfectly on every new Windows machine I’ve tried! Too bad the online doesn’t work anymore, but that’s to be expected since the Ubisoft GS went down long ago. There may be ways to get around it with extra software, but I’ve not tried it. Thankfully, the free DLC works for this release, so you’ve got tons of new cars and tracks to install if you want! You can grab them on my website, POD Phreak. A good thing, since even though GOG claims this comes with the Back to Hell expansion, it does not seem to. The three tracks and extra cars from BTH are not included in the current version available on GOG. You can install them from my website, if you want to (even though the tracks and cars/bikes admittedly suck). EDIT: Looks like they have removed the statement that it includes Back to Hell, which should clear up any confusion.
This is just rad beyond rad. Thank you, GOG! Great game, and I’d totally recommend buying it now because it’s truly one-of-a-kind.