There isn’t much to be said about a 13 year old game that hasn’t already been said before. That is, unless this game is Star Fox 3DS. This remake of the classic aircraft shooter, Star Fox 64, brings both the fantastic gameplay of the original together with stunning current generation graphics. So aside from the major graphics overhaul, what else is new with it? Quite a bit, actually. An all new Score Attack mode, Battle mode and new/rerecorded dialog… Just to name a few.
Campaign – Star Fox‘s unique level progression system makes every play through of the game different. Though the campaign itself is fairly short, the game makes up for it with its replayability. The campaign has a total of 15 (Or 16, depending on how you look at it) levels, and you must complete 7 of said missions to finish the game and the only level that is played every time is the very first mission. Meaning that, in theory, you could play the game dozens of times without ever playing the same exact missions.
3D – The game by itself is beautiful. Now, add a touch of 3D and you’ve got the makings of a visually stunning game.
Music and Dialogue – The music and dialogue have gotten an overhaul as well. The dialogue is slightly more noticeable than the music, but it’s there. The music is largely untouched and just has minor tweeks to it, but why mess with perfection, right?
Battle Mode – This mode allows friends to play multiplayer against each other and unlike in the original, you’ll have your own screen to play on… obviously. The mode offers so much more than the original it’s not even funny. With the ability to fight bots, new power ups, and new maps this mode almost sells the game itself.
Score Attack – This mode allows the player to play any level from the campaign that they’ve already played in the main story and keeps track of your highest kill count. Want to play your favorite level without having to play though the campaign to get to it? With Score Attack, you can.
Gyro Controls – This interesting feature allows the player to disregard the analog stick and let’s them control their ship simply by moving their 3DS up, down and side to side. It certainly adds a extra bit of depth to the game.
Better Targeting – It seems that on very rare occasions, a laser you fired will have either missed or not have affected an enemy at all. Or maybe I’m just a poor shot…I can’t tell anymore.
WOAH! Help Me! – The game is pretty hectic as it is. But hearing Slippy scream out every time he needs help, which is about every 5 seconds, is enough to make a man want to drink bleach. It also brings their skills as a pilot into question… But that’s for another day.
Aquas – Seriously? Does ANYONE actually like this level? Nobody? That’s what I thought.
If you haven’t already played the original Star Fox 64, then what are you waiting for? Time was indeed kind to this lovable fan favorite and if any game out there deserved a remake, Star Fox 64 was it. It has everything you loved from the original and more.