Review by xenogears06
"Hey Einstein, I'm on your side!"
Taking a trip down memory lane is a sweet reward for this Virtual Console game. Star Fox 64 is arguably the best in the series and easily one of the top 10 N64 games of all time. It is worth every penny of the 1000 Wii Points that it costs to purchase.
The game puts players in the shoes of Fox McCloud, leader of the Star Fox team. Star Fox consists of Fox, Peppy, Slippy, and Falco. Fox is the mostly calm and collected leader whose emotions sometimes get in the way, Peppy's a wise but annoying hare who has little skill overall, Slippy's an inexperienced frog who somehow managed to get onto Fox's elite team, and Falco's a cocky pilot who tries to act tough yet relies on Fox's leadership all the while. The Star Fox team is out to save the galaxy from the evil monkey Andros, who is responsible for much of the suffering in the universe. The story's light but is somewhat dark all the while, making it fairly enjoyable overall.
The game looks nice, even today. The graphics are awesome (except when people talk and their faces move at 100 mph). Water reflections and varying shades of colors depending on how dark/light the stages are adds to the graphics greatly. Great overall.
Game Play: 9/10
The game plays beautifully. Flight missions are fun and engaging and the tank/land missions are actually fun (unlike the Game Cube version's). The Arwings (ships that the Star Fox team fly) are extremely maneuverable and the controls are great for them. The Arwings can boost and slow down, spin, shoot lasers and bombs, and quick turn (during all range mode battles). The tanks can hover and shoot bombs and lasers as well, but feel like a different challenge than the flying stages. The submarine world is a bit boring, as it is basically the same as the flying stage but under the water. The game also sports multiplayer modes, so friends can compete with each other to see who can kill each other the most. One thing that's missing in the game that would have made the game perfect is online play. Nintendo probably didn't incorporate online capabilities on classic games, which is why the score can't really suffer too much for it not being there. Another very disappointing aspect of the game play is the lack of vibrations. The Rumble Pak (which originated rumbling controllers on console gaming) was one of the selling points of the original game and came included with the game itself. Missing this feature is like buying the game used from someone who decided to keep the Rumble Pak for his/her self.
The sound on this game is awesome. The songs and voices are mostly great, and fit the game's look and game play perfectly. The only thing that sucks about the sound is that some of the songs and actors are mediocre at times, but overall the sound is wonderful.
This game has just about everything that the N64 version's delivered that made it awesome; however, the Rumble Pak feature was not incorporated. Nintendo's Virtual Console is a great idea that offers classics at mostly reasonable prices, but Nintendo obviously did not include the possibility of online multiplayer or rumble features, either of which would have made the game better than before.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 04/03/07
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