Well its been a long time coming, but Nintendo and Rare's
StarFox Adventures (previously Dinosaur Planet for
N64) is finally available to purchase, but was the long wait
Gameplay: In a nut shell, StarFox Adventures
is about the fox team answering to a distress call in a far
corner of the Lylat system and engaging in a epic battle to
save a planet. The StarFox name has always been about flying
in intense battles in the sky - well things are about to change
as now StarFox does something completely different and what
you end up with is a adventure game with lots of combat, lots
of exploring, some innovative puzzles and a dash of flying.
While your down on the planet Fox's friends stay up in the
ship and help you through communications which was a good
way to have them interact with Fox. Like adventure games before,
the basic gameplay structure follows. Its what could mostly
be described as a Zelda clone, which is by far not
a bad thing. One neat addition is the companion dinosaur.
He helps you by digging up secrets and helping you in many
ways with various powers he earns throughout the game. The
flying parts are simply short and sweet but one feels that
more could have been done with those levels.
Graphics: The level of art in StarFox is definitely
a system pusher here. The vast worlds come to life in bright
and vivid colors and everything has a special polish to it.
The reflections off the water are astonishing. The shiny glimmer
off of ice walls and the grass effect is amazing as you watch
the grass shift and move (use first person mode and take a
gander and you'll see what I mean). Rare really knows how
to work the GameCube system and it shows in numbers.
Sound: The sound in the game is phenomenal. With
nice rhythmic music in Thorntail Hollow to the intense sounds
that play when you battle. Everything in the sound department
comes together nicely, which has also always been a high standard
by Rare. Now the only gripe some people will find will be
held within the voice acting. The fact is that some of the
characters sound great while others sound just plain out of
character. Thankfully, Fox himself sounds just about right.
Control: The control is nice and smooth. No hiccups.
It slightly plays like Zelda, but without the assign
buttons. There is no jump button as it is done automatically.
One interesting feature is how you use the right C stick to
open your inventory which makes using items easier than access
the menu every time. There is a lock on system as well (most
3-D game are finally catching on to do this) that works well.
Bad: There's only a few things to complain about in
the game and that is that when first starting off, the game
can and probably will seem like just a simple fetch quest
and wont captivate you early on. Fact of the matter is give
it time and the game opens up to many many great things and
from then on you're in for a great gaming experience just
with a slow start. Also, some people will just find the characters
Overall: StarFox is a mighty adventure that takes
a slow start but picks up and never stops. The adventure and
combat is great fun along with the multitude of mini games
and great bosses and lengthy adventure. Its been a long time
coming and yes the wait has been worth it.
- Justin Celani