Review by SharmHedgehog

"Falcon Punch!"

F-Zero is a high-speed racing series by Nintendo. The original F-Zero was a launch title for the Super NES, and featured four racers: Captain Falcon (who represented F-Zero in the Smash Bros. series), Samurai Goroh, Dr. Stewart and Pico. At least 26 new racers have been added now, including Jody Summer, The Skull, Zoda, Black Shadow, and Falcon's evil clone, Blood Falcon. F-Zero X really pushes the Nintendo 64 to its limits. When you play it, you'll think "Wait a minute... this is a ten-year-old N64 game?!" And, now that it's on Virtual Console, you can revisit all those good memories. But the main question is: is this game deserving of its 10? Read on...

Graphics: 10/10
The racers and tracks are incredibly detailed. The first race, Mute City 1, is a course set through a foggy, futuristic city, and there are other stages such as a power plant set in space, a fiery forest and others. The menus and character designs were obviously inspired by various American comic books. The game consistently runs at a smooth 60 frames per second, and it looks very pretty.

Story: N/A
Actually, there really isn't much of a story (or, at least it isn't explained in-game). 30 racers from across the galaxy compete in a hovercraft racing tournament to win a grand prize.

Sound: 10/10
There aren't any real voice actors other than the announcer, but the music is fantastic. The Car Select sounds like video game garage music, and don't get me started on the tracks for Mute City and Silence. Seriously, the music in this game is amazing.

Gameplay: 10/10
The game, although difficult, has gaming mechanics that are very easy to learn. It's basically like Mario Kart in the future, but with more danger. For example, you can't risk using your boost too much or you'll run out of fuel, and the hovercraft will explode if it gets crashed enough. The tracks are all designed well, and speeding through the edge of the galaxy at the speed of light is simply exhilirating. Mario Kart looks prehistoric compared to this game.

Replay Value:
The game is extremely difficult, so hardcore players will be playing forever. And like all racing games, you can play with a buddy.

Overall: 10/10
Casual gamers looking for a racer should probably download Mario Kart 64. But if you're a hardcore gamer, this is a definite download.

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 05/15/08

Game Release: F-Zero X (US, 06/25/07)

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