With the release of the new Star Fox game for Wii U, I thought I’d take a look at Star Fox 64. Now, before you get mad at me, I’ve never played the game before and was playing it with zero information other than that he is in Super Smash Bros. I collect games and had this one sitting on my shelf for a while, so I figured now was as good a time as any to see what the whole fuss about this game was. The game is about a bunch of anthropomorphic animals that pilot spaceships and are trying to defeat an evil scientist. Prior to the events of the game, James McCloud, the leader of the Star Fox team, and his crew are sent to investigate strange activity on a distant planet. As they arrived, they are betrayed by one of the crew, and James is killed. Years later, the main character, Fox McCloud, is the son of James McCloud and the new leader of the Star Fox team. Star Fox is tasked with defeating Andross, the previously mentioned evil scientist, and saving their solar system. Along the way they must fight Andross’s army and the dreaded team Star Wolf.
My first play-through that I attempted, I got really mad and frustrated. The game would give me too much information, and I would constantly have to remember what button combination did what. While the game didn’t treat me like an idiot, it treated me like I’m a hardcore player (I’m not) that could figure out a game within a minute. I eventually beat it, but was not very satisfied. The game felt too short and threw too much at me to process, which resulted in me being annoyed that everything went so fast.
I thought about it a bit more and realized that I lost some of the missions, yet it kept me progressing through the game, so I made another attempt at it. This time I knew the controls a bit better, and I was able to beat some of the levels I previously couldn’t. This caused more branches to be opened up for me meaning there was a lot more replayability for me to have. I started trying to beat the game a few more times, each time opening up new paths and new levels to try out. The more I played, the better I got, and the more fun I had.
The game has a bit of a learning curve, so it is very likely that you may get frustrated with not getting the controls right away. But once you get used to it, it gets really fun. After nearly 20 years, this game is still a blast, but may not be for people who want to be able to just jump into the game. The original cartridge goes for about $15 to $30, but fortunately it was remade for the 3DS with better graphics. If you have a 3DS and don’t have access to an N64, you could find this game for around $20 to $40.