Review by StarToad

Reviewed: 06/26/04

Star Fox gets a 64-bit update.

Star Fox 64 is not a sequel to the classic Super Nintendo game. It is in fact a remake of it. The real sequel to Star Fox was to appear on the Super Nintendo but was cancelled (although roms do exist on the internet if you can find them). In Star Fox 64, Nintendo expanded the story and implemented more elements to the gameplay. The game now has a more cinematic feeling to it.

Story- The old Star Fox team: James McCloud, Pigma Dengar, and Peppy Hare go to Venom. James dies, Pigma betrays the team, and Peppy escapes and returns home to tell James’ son Fox McCloud about his father’s death. Later, a new Star Fox team is formed consisting of Fox McCloud, Slippy Toad, Falco Lombardi, and the old Peppy Hare. This new Star Fox team embarks on a mission to go to Venom to stop Andross and along the way they meet up with old friends like Bill Grey and Katt Monroe and enemies like the rival team Star Wolf.

Gameplay- The gameplay is like the original but more diverse. You can choose your own paths depending on how you did on your previous missions. There are also more vehicles to control than just the Arwing such as the Landmaster Tank and the Blue Marine. Sometimes it even breaks away from the old rail shooting and goes on to all range mode. All range mode allows you to move wherever you like and engage in some serious dog fighting especially against the Star Wolf team. The controls aren’t frustrating and you will get use to them early in the game. They even included a multiplayer mode, but it’s not much. It would’ve been better if they had a co-op mode since there are four Arwings and four controller ports, but Nintendo probably encountered some technical problems during the process. Overall this game has a lot of replay value and will last you a long time.

Graphics- The graphics are great for a Nintendo 64 game. The models actually look like space vehicles, buildings, etc. instead of simple geometric shapes like in the first game. Everything is nicely textured. The first game on the Super Nintendo didn’t have many textures; all the objects were mostly one or two colors. My only complaint about the graphics in this game is the fog; sometimes there’s just too much of it and it takes away the draw distance.

Sound- The sound is quite an impressive feat. Nintendo went all out on the voices. I’ve never heard so much voice acting in a Nintendo 64 game and I’m surprised how they managed to fit it all in one cart. This game has some of the most memorable lines in a videogame. Peppy’s “Do a barrel roll!” is probably the most popular line in the game. At the beginning of every mission, General Pepper of the Cornerian army gives you a mission briefing. Your teammates talk to you most of the time during missions. Many people find Slippy Toad’s squeaky and girlish voice annoying but I don’t really have much of a problem with it. Peppy Hare blurts out words of wisdom and compliments you the most, and Falco Lombardi sounds cocky and gets all up in your face. Aside from the voices, the sounds during the game also sound great. The vehicles sound like real vehicles and the explosions sound realistic too. The music is nice and sort of memorable, but not as great as Hajime Hirasawa’s work on the first game. The music from the first game had a more epic feel to it (like John William’s Star Wars music). Star Fox 64’s soundtrack is good but it could be better.

Final Score- 10/10. This is one of the best action games out there. Recommended for anyone with a Nintendo 64. Fans of Star Fox should also look forward to Namco’s Star Fox on the Gamecube. It’s going to break away from the gameplay found in Rare’s Star Fox Adventures and return to the classic Star Fox gameplay we all know and love.

Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

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