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Jet Force Gemini

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Reviewed by Michael Staudt Rare again has rocked the world with their industry-shaking talent! Jet Force Gemini is a shining example of this. Unfortunately, some magazines have given this game a crappy review! What's up? You might ask this. From the graphics to game play to music, this game will captivate you through and through. You'll also pull a few hairs on those pesky tribals and scream so loud on the Floyd missions, but the game is a gem and most likely a candidate for the Players Choice.

Graphics 9 out of 10

I loved the graphics. Those of you who only own a Playstation will probably wonder what the fuss is about, but Nintendo 64 owners have something to cherish. My only gripe is the flat backgrounds on Goldwood and any other forest stage. Some complain about the game being too cute, but I love the characters. The alien blood around the walls is definitely a plus for me. The only time that I've ever seen a graphic glitch is when I turn my camera around near walls. Other then that, the graphics are top-notch.

Music and Sound 10 out of 10

THE MUSIC ROCKS!!!!!! Who can't blame Rare for doing a beat-all job on the sound. The music, in my opinion, is the 2nd best of any game that I've ever played (my first is Final Fantasy Tactics for PSX). From the tiniest blast of the gun to the creepy atmosphere of Tawfret, Jet Force Gemini is a game that you would actually buy a soundtrack for. For me, music is one of the most important aspects of any game. Try this, stand close to an ant, whip out your tri-rocket launcher and fire. MMMMMMM... Gooey...

Game Challenge 8 out of 10

After you master the control, alien blasting will become a cinch. The only real boss that gave me trouble was the twin Mantis. But, the object of the game is not to only kill bugs, but also to save tribals. Tribals are little furry-ewok things that you need to reach the final boss. These things will die (unlike Jinjos in Banjo-Kazooie). Also, the game doesn't save your progress of Tribal collection midway through a level! AARGH! They will annoy the hell out of you. Also, the Floyd missions are near impossible. I managed to beat them, but I almost broke my controller after throwing it at the wall in frustration. The controls aren't that hard, but they do take getting used to.

Game Play-Fun 8 out of 10

You won't get tired of this baby for a little while. The new worlds and constant switching of characters will bring you back for more. The multi player was good, not great. Rare could have spent some more time adjusting this. The inclusion of target ranges, races and death matches are great choices, but they still lack a certain aspect. Besides the multi player, get this one for the single-player. All the secrets will tax your time and you won't get bored a bit (well, maybe a bit).

Rumble Pak 5 out of 10

When I plugged the rumble pack in, I noticed the pleasant jolt for the first 10 minutes. After that, it doesn't seem like anything much. I am not a real fan of this periphal.


Tribals can die. Enough said. AND THOSE DUMB FLOYD MISSIONS ARE SO ANNOYING THAT THEY WILL MAKE YOU INSANE. I LITERALLY SPENT 157 MIZAR TOKENS ON ONE RACE AND I STILL DIDN'T BEAT IT. But I did afterwards. Probably the most annoying thing is what I already mentioned in Game Challenge. The no-save feature. Sure it will save your ship parts, crates and weapons, but no tribals. You collect 14 tribals, miss 1, save and turn off the game. Turn it back on and you have to catch all 15 over again! This factor can be easily overlooked because of all the positive qualities of the game.

Replayability 8 out of 10

You'll find yourself coming back for more. The hidden secrets will keep you searching for some time. You'll find yourself coming back just for the sake of killing ants. Still, the multi player is not the best and you might get bored after ten sessions. Besides this, I recommend this game to any fan of blowing stuff up.

Game Value 9 out of 10

Definitely. You'll wonder why they didn't ask for more. Graphics and game play and music, Oh My! The game is huge and will take you a while to complete. You will get some fun out of the multi-player and a blast (literally) out of the single-player. One feature that I forgot to mention. The cooperative mode rules! Once you get Floyd, a second player can join the fun by shooting with you! It will also help you tremendously in tight situations.

Overall 9 out of 10

Jet Force Gemini is a great game with high expectations. If you're still not sure, give it a rental and then decide. Rare has once again showed us how the Nintendo 64 stays alive. Some may say that the dialogue is a bit too witty in certain cases. I hope that many will get to enjoy the beauty of this games. I don't doubt that because the box says Rare, and it is Rare indeed to come across a game as good as Jet Force Gemini.

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