Review by drillpeck
"The kind of good game F-Zero deserves"
F-Zero: Falcon Densetsu is the newest F-Zero game, for the Game Boy Advance. It is based on the F-Zero anime. Because of that, it has a more developed story than the other games in the series.
F-Zero started on the Super Nintendo, and became famous. Sequels for the Nintendo 64, Game Boy Advance, Arcades and Gamecube were made based on the first game, and attained many fans. The anime was created for them to watch, and so came the second GBA F-Zero.
And if you are curious about this, Falcon Densetsu means Legend of Falcon.
So let's get to the subject. I'm playing a Japanese version, so I won't go into depth when talking about the story. I'm going to rate some aspects of the game and give it a final score based on them.
Gameplay - 8/10
It's the classic F-Zero gameplay. You pilot a ship that floats a bit above the floor, in a dangerous race. The main mode follows the story: you race in various places against various opponents, and some scenes before and after the race reveal more of the plot. Each pilot has his/her own stages and scenes. You can only control one in the begining, but as you progress you unlock other racers. There are other modes, and various difficulty levels. In the races, you have a ''health'' meter that is reduced when you crash into other ships or into walls. If it gets empty, your ship explodes and you lose the race (obviously). Another way to lose automatically is to fall from the circuits. And of course, you also have to worry about winning. Nice gameplay overall, but some small things could make it even better, like more difficulty modes, easier ones and harder ones.
Graphics - 7/10
The graphics aren't anything you haven't seen before, and could be worked on. Still, the scenes between the main mode's races and some in-race aspects make this game's graphics good enough for the series.
Story - 8/10
The story seems to be nice. Even though I can't understand much of it, due to the game being in Japanese, the scenes are enough for some understanding. Each character has a story, and playing as him or her unlocks more of it. Good way to give a plot to a racing game.
Sound & Music - 8/10
The sounds are not bad, but don't stand out among the ones in all GBA games. Same for the music, although it is more pleasant and goes well with the places where the races happen.
Controls - 10/10
This is where this game shines. The controls are perfect. The A button accelerates, B brakes, L and R slide a bit the ship to the left or right, and pressing both at once activates a booster that speeds up your machine at the cost of its ''health''. Not really different from other games in the series. The response is excellent as well.
Replay Value - 8/10
The different modes and difficulty levels give the player reasons for playing again through the game. Another factor is improving his/her own skills.
Final Score - 8/10
Not one of the top games for the handheld, but a very good one indeed. Surely worth buying for a F-Zero fan, and worth renting for the ones who are new to the series. If you don't like the other games, don't even touch this one.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 12/09/03
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