Review by AnalyticalGamer

Reviewed: 09/12/13

Short

Gameplay: Star Fox 64 3D adds optional gyro controls, though I still prefer the original, considering how motion messes up the 3D effect. Although the controls are still fluid for the most part, the analog nub on the 3DS is terrible for handling space shooters accurately. The gameplay is a simple concept, yet is addicting and enjoyable. Shooting the enemies is extremely easy, yet can be challenging at the same time. Starfox 64 allows you to choose difficulty paths throughout the Lylat system; some levels can be quite difficult. Power ups can be gained around the levels to further upgrade your ship, allowing you to blast through everything. Overall, the 3DS version still boasts great, addicting gameplay.

Score: 7.7/10
* Mechanics: 8.5/10
* Entertainment Value: 8.5/10
* Controls: 5/10

Story: Starfox 64 3D has an extremely basic story. It's identical to the original version, which is unacceptable in today's day and age. The villain, Andross, is trying to conquer the Lylat system and you must stop him. You journey through the Lylat system, flying through different planets and space. Most of the worlds are unique, yet dull. The game has some character development, with each character having their own little quirk. However, this likely stems from the fact that the writing is hilariously bad.

Score: 1.6/10
* Plot Complexity: 1/10
* Emotional Impact: 0/10
* Character Development: 4/10
- Plot Holes: N/A

Sound/Music: The 3DS version faithfully recreates the soundtrack from the original. The sound effects, though relatively decent for the time, are extremely unrealistic and detract from the experience now. Starfox 64 3D is completely voice acted, with every single line being spoken. Most of the dialogue sounds alright, though some lines sound poorly spoken. Regardless, Starfox 64 3D is still alright in the sound department.

Score: 5/10
* Soundtrack: 5.5/10
* Voice Acting: 5/10
* Sound Effects: 2/10

Graphics: Except for the 3D effect, this version is completely identical to the original in this aspect. However, the illusion of depth does not make up for the dated visuals. The animations and crash visuals, though originally well done, are completely unrealistic and irritating today.

Score: 4.6/10
* In-game Graphics: 4.5/10
* Cinematics: 4/10
* FMV: N/A
* Frame Rate: 7/10

Replay Value: Because Star Fox 64 3D adds absolutely nothing to the original version, the replay value is easily the worst aspect of the game. Despite some branching paths, the game can be beaten in approximately an hour, making the value of this game questionable at best.

Score: 0/10

Star Fox 64 3D, while highly playable in short bursts, leaves me wondering if this version is just a desperate cash grab. No added content means the game completely lacks value in today's market. There's no denying that the game is entertaining, but there is also no reason to justify this over perhaps a more recent space shooter.

Final Score: 4.7/10

Rating:   2.5 - Playable

Product Release: Star Fox 64 3D (US, 09/09/11)

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