Review: Star Fox 64 3D

Platform: Nintendo 3DS 

Keith Michael

“Do a barrel roll!” ; those were the words that many fans and myself were thinking when we heard that there was going to be a remake of Star Fox 64. In my opinion, Star Fox 64 is the best Star Fox game that has ever been made and I’m sure that I am not alone in thinking that. Now that great game has gotten even better, with tighter controls, better voice acting, music and the added 3D effect (which works amazingly well). This game is definitely a must-buy for any one looking for a game to tide them over until all of the true 3DS titles come out. I say true because Star Fox 64 3D is still just a remake.

For those of you who have not played the original version of Star Fox 64,  this is a great play. The story is about a group of bounty hunters called Team Star Fox. Fox McCloud (the main character) and crew fly ships called Arwings or All Range Fighters and fight an evil monkey but across the Lylat system. The original was known for its tight ship controls, frantic multiplayer and the new-to-gaming rumble feature. Star Fox 64 3D is just that and much better in every way, with the exception of the rumble feature now being replaced with the gyroscope controls. The buttons are fairly comfortable on the 3DS and the slider makes getting to that loop a bit more user friendly than the old N64 controller. The layout can be optimized for the user with three different set ups including one that is set up like the old button layout with B being the bomb button and A to shoot. If you want more flight simulation you could always use the 3DS’ built-in gyroscope to twist and turn your way to victory. The only down fall is the 3D takes a hit when you’re using the gyroscope. The good news is that you can turn the 3D effect off.

The original version of Star Fox 64 had standard N64 graphics matching up with games like Super Mario 64 and Donkey Kong 64. Star Fox 3DS on the other hand blows the old look out of the water. You would think that you are playing the old game because of the fact that all of the buildings are in the exact same place and the enemies appear at the same time. The kicker is, explosions actually look like explosions instead of big polygonal spheres with spikes sticking out of them and the asteroids look like big boulders drifting through space. Enough about what the game “should” look like, you want to know about the good stuff.

The 3D in the game is what it’s all about and it is great. I was a skeptic at first, but when I saw the first laser pass by and nearly miss my head I was hooked. In space the stars really look like they are light years away and every thing just pops. You won’t be playing much with the 3D and the gyroscope, as it tends to get blurry, for some reason they just didn’t get it on this game. This isn’t the first game I have played that uses the gyroscope and 3D, for instance Ocarina of Time 3D was great and using the bow with 3D and gyro was great fun. With all the screen popping graphics you need the best sound to go along with it.

“Do a barrel” is definitely in the game, don’t worry your head about it at all. If you were like me you memorized every word in this game because you played it so much, if not you should have. Every time you remember hearing “do a barrel roll’ or “use the boost to chase” is in this game, every word. That is a very good thing, because the voice-overs were fantastic for their time and I’d say they are improved for today’s standards. “This is horrible” no longer sounds like “54 of them” and “I’m the great Leon” no longer sounds like “I’m the great beyond.” The music score is pretty nice too. With an epic first battle all the way down to the dreary sounding final battle with Andross. You will be hearing the music when this game is off.

Along with all the greatness of Star Fox 64 3D there comes a few new and improved modes. The first option you will get is whether or not you want to play in the classic version or the new 3DS version. I’m still not sure what the differences in the two are other than the fact that you get to choose the next level in your trip across the Lylat system, just in case you can’t find the hidden paths to take in the previous level. All the while your score in the adventure is ranked and you can submit it online to see how you stack up against other players. Another mode in the game is multiplayer, this was in Star Fox 64, but now the multiplayer is improved drastically. You can now have the choice between playing against bots as well as playing with friends. In fact, you can play with just bots on if you don’t have another friend to play with. I should mention that you won’t need more than one copy of the game to play multiplayer, but you will still get the full affect. With more levels, bots and the ability to see your opponents, the multiplayer can keep you coming back for hours. The only downfall is that Nintendo chose once again to not include online play.

With better graphics, music and game play this game is much better than the original. If you’re a fan of the series, a new player or just looking for a nice flight game Star Fox 64 3D is right up your alley. The only thing I think they could have added would be online play. Nintendo is still new to 3D, but they pulled this game off without a hitch. Of course, with the exception of using the gyroscope at the same time. I loved this game and I think that you will too. At a $40 price tag this is a game to buy if you have a 3DS. 

Verdict: 95%