Review by Knight of Myth
"It's like the SNES version......... But different."
STORY: You are Fox McCloud, a member of the Star Fox Team. The story takes place a good while in the future, so you get to fly cool space ships with lasers. Also, it seems that foxes, rabbits, toads, dogs, and birds have taken an unexpected turn in their evolution considering the fact that they all walk on two legs and are as smart as humans. Anyway, your general, Pepper, gives you missions to fly and things to blow up. Things of that sort. Your main goal in Star Fox is to destroy Andross, who is causing all sorts of terrible things through out the universe. Fox is also in this to avenge his father's death at the hands of Andross. Pretty much the same story line as the SNES version.
GRAPHICS: 9/10 I can't believe this was one of the first Nintendo 64 games! The graphics are excellent! They are very clear, detailed, And colorful. It's graphics like this that make you feel like you're right in the game. It feels like you are flying through space in an Arwing through the whole game! Good graphics like this can greatly affect a games success, and they did a good job on this one.
SOUND: 10/10 Yay! Fully digitized speech! Surprisingly, the voice acting is pretty good too. The sound effects are a very strong factor of this game. The explosions, laser zaps, rocket engines, and all other sound effects add greatly to this games overall enjoyment. I was really surprised that a game like this also had really good music as well. There is a different song for each level, and different songs for the boss battles. No complaints here!
GAMEPLAY: 9/10 If you liked Star Fox, You'll love this! The gameplay hasn't changed much. You pretty much just fly around in an Arwing and shoot stuff. There is also an added vehicle, the land master tank. It's available in a couple of missions. It's the same as the Arwing, only it runs on ground. The Star Fox Team is out to rid the universe of the evil Andross's wrath. No simple task. You must defeat Andross's minions, as well as save other planets before you can take on the evil monstrosity himself. Before and after each mission, you are taken to a screen that shows your coarse. You can change courses by triggering hidden events which will lead to harder levels, bosses, you name it. And if you're good enough, you can even earn a medal. Trying to collect these medals adds greatly to the replay value of the game. The overall gameplay of Star Fox 64 is really cool, but nothing new here.
REPLAY VALUE: 8/10 After you complete the game once, you still have the option of going back and finding the harder coarse to Andross to play a significantly harder game. This will trigger new events and a new ending if you manage to complete it. You can also go back and try to earn medals on all of the stages, but this is no easy task! All in all, This game will keep you entertained for a good while.
CONTROLS: 10/10 If you have two thumbs and half of a brain, you should be able to control this game. These are standard controls for any flight game. Joystick down plane goes up, joystick up, plane goes down. A fires and B shoots Nova Bombs. There are some more advanced maneuvers you can do, but they are still very simple.
DIFFICULTY: 6/10 The original path to Andross is very simple and you should have no problem completing it. However, the harder coarse is just that, harder. So is collecting all the medals. There is nothing excruciatingly difficult about Star Fox 64, but it is somewhat of a challenge.
OVERALL: 9/10 Star Fox 64 is a great game that should definitely not be overlooked. It has great sound, graphics, and gameplay. And as long as you stay away from the horrible multi-player mode, I'm sure you'll like it!
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 11/21/02, Updated 11/21/02
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