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Star Fox 64 3D Review

A fantastic version of the best game in the series

Nostalgia can play tricks. There was a time when GoldenEye 007 on the Nintendo 64 was the best first-person shooter ever created, a claim many people still make to this day.

If any of these retroheads bothered to play their much-loved shooter these days, they'd find a horribly dated game with diabolical analogue controls

Sometimes, though, the games we fondly remembered from ten or fifteen years ago are just as entertaining today. The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time was one such example, and Star Fox 64 is another.

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Star Fox 64 remains the greatest game in the series and this is the same game we loved all those years ago, only now it looks better than ever before.

The heroic Star Fox team -Fox McCloud, Falco Lombardi, Peppy Hare and Slippy Toad - are tasked with bringing down Andross, an evil doctor who declared war on the Lylat system of planets. Andross previously captured Fox's father James McCloud, so Fox has unfinished business.

Arwinging It

Star Fox 64 3D is primarily a corridor shooter, in which you follow a pre-determined route like in an on-rails shooter. However, your Arwing can move a great deal to the left and right, and it's still possible to take very different paths through each stage.

On a handful of stages and some of the boss battles the game will switch to All-Range mode, where your path is no longer fixed and you're free to fly wherever you like. This transforms the game into more of a dogfighting sim, as you swoop around performing u-turns and loop-the-loops to try and take down the enemy fighters.

There are fifteen stages but you'll only visit seven of these on a single playthrough. There are various routes you can take through the game's map, and the path you follow - and the stages you play through as a result - is determined by your ability to fulfil extra requirements on each stage.

Take the first stage, Corneria. If you finish it without doing anything special you'll follow the easy route and your second stage will be Meteo, the fairly simple asteroid field stage. If, however, you fly through all the arches in the water on the first stage, you'll end up fighting a different, trickier boss. If you can defeat the Attack Carrier you'll move onto the game's harder path and instead be sent to Sector Y with much deadlier enemies.

In total there are eleven possible routes to take through the game, which adds a great deal of longevity. On top of this, each stage has a required number of kills and you'll get a medal if you manage to reach that number. Not enough?

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There are also two difficulty levels - a Nintendo 3DS mode, which is made slightly easier to cater for the gyroscopic controls, and a Nintendo 64 mode which is just as difficult as the original game - and each mode has its own set of medals. Get all 30 medals and... well, that would be telling.

The Fantastic Mr. Fox

Star Fox 64 3D one of the best looking games on the 3DS to date. In fact, it probably does a better job at updating the game's visuals than Ocarina Of Time did. The textures been improved while the ships and environments have also been remodelled and the other characters have been redrawn.

The 3D is toned down to a surprising degree but it's still really impressive, with lasers, enemies and obstacles zooming past you at high speeds, but crucially it's never uncomfortable in the way Pilotwings Resort was.

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  1. eternalmidnight Thursday 8th Sep 2011 at 13:34

    I'm still not sure if I'll be picking this up because it doesn't look like there's enough there for me to buy an upgraded version of a game I already own. If there was online this seriously would've been a no brainer, as it is I'll probably wait for it to be half price (or hope someone buys it for me XD)

  2. Gameking53 Thursday 8th Sep 2011 at 14:07

    I won't be getting this for a while; I did love the original, but there just doesn't seem to be much new stuff here. I don't like the sound of the gyro controls, the lack of online really annoys me and the single player is too short to justify the Ł30 price. I will get it, just not right now.

  3. JackKuchiki Thursday 8th Sep 2011 at 14:13

    Seeing as I never had chance to play the original, I'll be picking this up somewhere down the line.

    The only downside for me is that this is one of Nintendo's "proper" games, and that means it's gonna stay pretty much full price for a LONG time. Oh well, I guess this is what Christmas is for :wink:

  4. Riverlution Thursday 8th Sep 2011 at 14:17

    Got my copy in the post this Morning, and it is brilliant. Easily worth the Ł30, and definitely my favourite game on the 3DS now with Zelda in second place. The original game was my favourite game ever, and this seems to make it even better, bringing it into this generation very nicely. Graphics, sounds and controls have all been hugely improved, and even the small bits of additional content is great.

    As said, I just dont't know why they didn't add online multiplayer, it is the one thing missing that would make it perfect.

    Now everyone buy this so Nintendo will make more starfox games!

  5. cloudyboy Thursday 8th Sep 2011 at 14:21

    Defiantly getting this tomorrow as it is my Birthday tomorrow!!

  6. abovethewell Thursday 8th Sep 2011 at 15:33

    That advert is NOT going to help sell Games- It doesen't even say 'Do a Barrel Roll' right!!!

  7. garsh303 Thursday 8th Sep 2011 at 16:49

    so, now two Nintendo series have had their greatest game so far remade on the 3DS. And Super Mario 64 has been remade on the DS. Remaking their greatest games on handhelds is Nintendo's new idea me thinks.

  8. Poke-J Thursday 8th Sep 2011 at 17:23

    For a remake it's alright, but it's clearly lacking. Believe what you want, but Starfox 64 would've been perfect for online play. So to see Nintendo just sticking to local multiplayer is sad, and for that I won't buy this - especially not for Ł30.

  9. Kooper Thursday 8th Sep 2011 at 17:28

    How you can justify giving narrow, limited games like this a gold award, then give just 70-80% to similarly narrow games in a different genre like Ace Attorney is beyond me. Of course, it would never be anything to do with your official status...

  10. Riverlution Thursday 8th Sep 2011 at 21:14

    a)Lylat Wars isn't half as narrow as Ace attorney
    b)Starfox doesn't deserve a lower score, ace attorney just deserves a better one!

  11. Hisoka Thursday 8th Sep 2011 at 22:55

    More people moaning about remakes. Seriously guys? Don't buy it then. No one cares.

  12. Kooper Friday 9th Sep 2011 at 08:16


    Agreed on b)! I still don't see how Star Fox is less narrowed down to one genre though; it just looks like a fly-and-shoot-stuff game to me, but if people enjoy that, then not a problem for me. :)

  13. mr.AR Friday 9th Sep 2011 at 16:18

    im so gonna buy this game as ive never played any starfox games before :D :!: 8)

  14. mafu1989 Friday 9th Sep 2011 at 16:30

    Brought the game today, wow graphics are spectacular and possibly best use of the 3d effect yet. Not much for the voice acting though, maybe I'm comparing them to the originals abit too much.

  15. issun1412 Friday 9th Sep 2011 at 16:41

    Finished my copy ! Still gonna play it again though

  16. TaleOfTheToaster Friday 9th Sep 2011 at 18:57

    Very good game, but I wouldn't quite say 94% because

    1) No Online. It seemed like a no-brainer.
    2) Minimal 3D. Nintendo toned down the 3D because people said Pilotwings had too much. But that's what the slider is for! You might as well have the option for more 3D.
    3) The camera showing the other players is very laggy, and probably the reason there's no online mode.
    4) No potion for original voices. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy with the new voices (especially Slippy, but haven't heard Wolf's yet. Wolf is the voice I'm most worried about, because he says my 2 favourite lines in the game), but the option for original voices would have been nice.
    5) Minor niggle, but CPUs in Battle mode could do with an Easy setting.
    6) Not an overwhelming amount of content for those with no access to local multiplayer.

    Shame I wasn't able to express this in my product registration on Club Nintendo, it seemed to skip a few pages for me.
    But I still very much like the game. Just so long as Wolf has a good voice...

  17. emperor ing Friday 9th Sep 2011 at 20:09

    Seems to be looking good, however it's a shame they left out online. Surely that's what it's multilayer was asking for. Anyway, I'll be picking this up eventually even though I own the VC version.

  18. Zabba 2 Friday 9th Sep 2011 at 21:52

    The original voices were what threw Lylat Wars into that loving infamy.

    To not include them in the remake is utterly baffling.

  19. Samster296 Saturday 10th Sep 2011 at 09:13

    I loved Lylatwars, I thought Slippy was very annoying though.
    Star Fox 3D, he is even more annoying than he was in Lylatwars... :evil:

  20. liveswired Saturday 10th Sep 2011 at 09:50

    I still play GoldenEye on an n64, it still plays as good as ever and it's quality and presentation shines through (I'm a massive pc FPS gamer BTW). Certainly way beyond any Wii fps game. Perhaps the reviewer should go back and play it. :roll:

  21. liveswired Saturday 10th Sep 2011 at 09:57

    I can't believe Nintendo would tone down 3d? the 3D slider is there for extreme 3D and toned down 3D like Pilotwings. Now they're just backing out.

  22. onmomg123 Saturday 10th Sep 2011 at 11:46

    first LOZ,and now this!!! nintendo are doing everything right! i just hope that they make majoras mask! the falling moon would be amazing! :D :D

  23. imbusydoctorwho Monday 12th Sep 2011 at 22:04

    Slippy isn't that annoying tbh.

  24. ARWING64 Tuesday 13th Sep 2011 at 17:56

    Finally got it in the post today! It is awesome and a superb update!! I like the extra game modes and the music player is a nice touch :D I'am so happy!

  25. mr.AR Tuesday 20th Sep 2011 at 19:25

    yaaaaaaaaaaay ive got enough money to buy this game now woohoo!!!!! :D :D :D

  26. I Am Error Thursday 3rd May 2012 at 18:36

    I know this is late but i just got this and its terrible i could have got mario land 3d with the same money on amazon!!! i am extreammly annoyed! :x :evil: :cry: STUPID STARFOX! urrr

  27. Parane Thursday 3rd May 2012 at 21:16

    I got it cheap from E-bay the other day. The package that is, the seller FORGOT to include the actual game! :x

    Oh well, I'd have to wait a couple of more days I suppose but I was expecting to try it out this weekend.

    Edit: Got the game, It's absolutely fantastic!

  28. imbusydoctorwho Friday 4th May 2012 at 07:34

    I know this is late but i just got this and its terrible i could have got mario land 3d with the same money on amazon!!! i am extreammly annoyed! :x :evil: :cry: STUPID STARFOX! urrr

    I've seen it for Ł15 brand new in ASDA,which is a brilliant price.

  29. me4ndubz Saturday 19th May 2012 at 14:51

    this review has convinced me to get it at some point

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