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Star Fox 64
Reviewed by Winston Chan Star Fox 64 is one of the best games for the n64 there is. It has good replay value and gameplay. When I first played the game, I was already impressed. So I decided to write a review for it. He it is.
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GRAPHICS (9.1 out of 10)The graphics are very impressive at first glance. It is nothing like the screen shots that were taken, except that it could be found in the game. There is no pixelation thanks to the Mip-mapping and the Anti-aliasing features. All was done well with polygons. One thing I especially like was the realistic water. It looks somewhat like Wave Race 64. When flying over it really close, you can see the Arwings reflection and the stream lines. When in levels where you have to fly in space, you could see the planets or levels in the Lylat System. The bosses look even more impressive on each level. They all have lots of detail and texture. There is a level like in the movie, Independence Day. You see ships that somewhat look like the alien ships and wait until you see the mother ship. If you don't destroy, well, I think everybody knows what's going to happen. I give the graphics a 9.1.
SOUND (8.8 out of 10)In Star Fox 64, there are about 700 sound samples. Many of them are voices from bosses and teammates. All of them sound good except Lippy's voice(a toad). His or hers (probably a boy) voice is very annoying because it is high pitched and well, annoying. His kind of sounds like Toad's in Super Mario Kart 64. But it is quite easy to shut him up. Just shoot him down. The music isn't as bad as everybody thinks. It isn't really irritating that you would put the TV on mute. The tune for when Starwolf comes to fight is one I favor. I also favor the Starwolf voices except Andrew's, the nephew of Andross. He is as annoying as Slippy. When fighting in space, the music is very quiet as if you were alone. I give the sound an 8.8.
CONTROL (9.9 out of 10)The control is very simple to use. It would take the average gamer 30 minutes to figure out everything. There is even a training mode to help you even though it is very slow and boring. The analog stick is to steer, the A button is to shoot lasers, the B button is two shoot a bomb, the left C button is to turbo boost, the bottom C is for the brakes, and the Z and R buttons are to barrel roll. You can also do tricks like a U turn or a 360 somersault. Most of the time, you will be in 3d mode but when fighting Starwold or some bosses, it switches to all-range mode. When driving a tank, you could hover by holding Z and R. I give the control a 9.9.
GAMEPLAY (9.8 out of 10)The gameplay the game is pretty good. There are plenty of options and you get even more if you accomplish some hard goals. You can't set the game to hard or easy but there is an expert option if you accomplish a goal. The level design for each game is different from every other level in its own ways except Venom 1 and 2 (same planet). The level I like the most is Solar where you are on a planet full of lava and such. There are some features of the game I like such as bomb and laser upgrades. The highest someone can get is double blue lasers. Charging a laser is something that was added. The charged laser while home to an enemy. All the levels require skill except Venom hard where beating Starwold takes a little luck. The story for Star fox 64 is continued for Star Fox for the SNES. Andross killed James McCloud, Andross declares war, and yada yada yada. I was disappointed on how short the game was. Anyone could beat the game in 2 hours. Getting medals take a little more time. Nintendo should of gave it more levels or something. The multiplayer feature is the best of all time. Even better than Mario Kart 64. You can get Laser upgrades and bombs. There are three stages to battle in and the are three types of battles. The first is Battle Royal where you just fight each other until on dies. The second is Point Match where you see who gets the most kills on his or her opponent. The last is Time Trials where you just hit as many enemies as possible. No one will ever get board. You can only use an Arwing but if you accomplish some goals, you could battle with a tank, or on foot. And did I mention the rumble pak. The rumble pak adds to the gameplay a little. The rumbling feels like a pager. There are three modes or rumbling. The first one is where you just turbo boost or shoot a bomb, the second is when you get hit. And last and biggest rumble is when you crash. It gets a little annoying afterwards. I give the Gameplay a 9.8.
LASTIBILITY (8.9 out of 10, 9.9 out of 10 if 2 player or more)The game will probably last for ever if you have a friend to play with. But if you don't, it will last about 1 year or less. The game is very easy to beat and is short just like what I said above. Star fox 64 is worth buying for $59 which comes with a CD at EB. If you don't have someone to battle against, then buy something else.
OVERALL (10 out of 10).The game is so far the best IMHO. Better than Wave Race 64, Mario Kart 64, Super Mario 64, and maybe Goldeneye 007 (probably not). There shouldn't be any reason not to by this game unless you are willing to buy Goldeneye 007 or Zelda when it comes out.
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