Review by Joe the Destroyer
"Back in the day... I was speechless!"
A long time ago, you practically didn't see polygonal video games except in arcades. You especially didn't see them on 16-bit consoles. One game, however, with a new microchip called Super FX, changed that. That game is Star Fox. after Star Fox, tons of Super FX games came out line Stunt Racer FX, Vortex, Super Mario World 2, and several others.
Team Starfox: Party of Four
In Star Fox, a galaxy has been invaded by an evil scientist called Andross. Andross took over a planet known as Venom. There is nothing there, not even Michael Bolton (which was probably Andross' reason for going there), as it is a deserted planet. After finding his whereabouts, a fighter team called Star Fox (Fox, Slippy, Peppy and Falco; You play as Fox) come together to fly to Venom and take Andross out.
Shooting 'em Up in a Whole New Way
There haven't been too many games like this before this one hit the shelves. You had shoot 'em ups, yes, but none really of this caliber! You fly in a 3D environment (something different for SNES) shooting enemies with your regular weapon. You also get some bombs that do major damage. At the end of the first level, you get a choice. There are three paths, each with different levels. If you take the middle path, you get an easy game. The upper path is a mediocre challenge. Finally, the bottom path is hard. In each path are a set amount of levels. At the end of each level is a boss, like any game. Cut through level after level until you finally reach Venom and have to fight a couple of bosses there. There are also certain levels in which you can fight in a first-person perspective from inside the cockpit.
First off, I'd like to say that these graphics do truly rule! It's true! It's true! Albeit the fact that they are 16-bit, they are truly awesome polygonal-based graphics with great ship designs.
The sounds work very well for the game with it. Great music that helps set the mood and the atmosphere greatly. The sound effects were pretty good with the shooting sounds and explosions.
The controls may be a bit of an issue to start, but after you've gotten used to the game, you get a really good feel for the controls and almost become quite a pro at the game.
The game is a lot of fun to play! Lots of action, level after level! A superbly done game, all in all!
Graphics: Some of the best displayed for SNES 10/10
Sounds: Set a great atmosphere with well composed music and top notch sound effects 10/10
Controls: You can manage after a while, but they seem a bit difficult at first 8/10
Plot/Storyline: Just doesn't have much of an interesting sound to it 6/10
Gameplay: WOOO! 10/10
All Together: 10/10
If you like flight/action games, then this is for you!
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 02/17/01, Updated 04/19/01
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