Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

Star Fox 64 Review (N64)

This review was originally published in 2016, but has been updated and republished to show the introduction of the N64 game on Nintendo Switch Online.

Star Fox 64 (or Lyrat Wars As with the original SNES, the Nintendo 64 title features the exiled scientist Andross, as Nintendo decided it was time to restart because it was the second (released) game in the series (in Europe). I’m having a problem with my Lylat system. It’s up to you for Fox McCloud and other members of the Star Fox team to fight his army and save the day.

As before, the day savings include a lot of on-rail shooting action, but there are many differences from the previous game, except for the increased fidelity with 64-bit hardware. The Star Fox 64 is inspired by Star Fox 2, which wasn’t released at the time, and includes an “all-range mode” where the game changes from time to time, giving you the freedom to move around in the arena when fighting enemy forces. The new U-turn operation is useful for chasing enemies who have just rushed. In some missions here, Fox controls a tank-like landmaster to change pace. There are also submarine missions.

The game was originally bundled with the Nintendo 64 Rumble Pack. This gives some welcome feedback to good control when barrel-rolling branch levels while avoiding duck, dive, blast, and of course shocks and explosions, and generally avoiding shooters. Added with the Star Fox team.

The game is very fun to play. Irwin’s movements feel natural when descending gently to collect power-ups or spinning desperately to divert enemy fire. As you progress through the missions, the game feels spectacular and the battles vary depending on the situation. The laser lock-on feature helps drive away enemies, but if you have a lot of enemies, it may be easier to just blow them up. Of course, you can also “use the bomb wisely”.

The Lylat system has several different paths, and how you do it in your mission affects where you go next. Various planets visit and there are also space battles. You can dogfight with your enemies (including your rival Star Wolf team), or you can pick up a wave of attackers and interweave between obstacles. Bring through the stage with brakes, boosts and new loop operations. safely.

Visually, there was a big step forward from the SNES game. The additional power of the Nintendo 64 provides more polygons and, in combination with textures, adds much more detailed information to the location, helping cinematic moments immerse you in the story. A few years later, the SNES game had an eye-catching minimalist look, but the increased visual complexity of the show here is well maintained. It runs much smoother than 16-bit titles, and there are plenty of great looking environments to visit. , Although the block moments of the game have been noticeable lately.

When it comes to audio, there’s some great humble music. A combination of action and adventure that works well with on-screen events. Other tracks can sound intense, and there are some sound effects that are very effective when exploding levels (or bumping into things). The original Star Fox (with a few examples) used a collection of sound effects to compose the language for the team’s radio communications, but here’s Lylat’s “bubble” for the release of the original PAL region. Is included, but here it is spoken entirely in English. I like it. Aside from reading some duff lines, chatter works well, adding mission excitement and a goofy B-movie atmosphere to the game.

The game can be cleared quickly, but the desperate action is a fun playthrough. Multiple passes also add some diversity, but the difficulty is well-determined and steadily gets harder as you progress. After going through difficult missions, the increase in difficulty is very noticeable. If you do well in the mission, you will be awarded a medal. If you win medals in all missions, you will remain occupied for some time.

Also, extending the life of the game is a multiplayer mode that can be used by up to 4 players. You can either blow each other out or compete in time trial mode to shoot down as many enemy crafts as you can within the allotted time. Winning medals here unlocks some alternatives for playing these modes, but no matter how you choose to fight, you can still find three voluntary pilots. It’s fun if possible.


With Star Fox 64, there are lots of fun battles, interweaving screens, defeating enemies, and avoiding collisions with obstacles. All-range mode (and tank and submarine missions) adds versatility to your play, and multiplayer mode offers plenty of fun. The game can be cleared quickly, but there are alternative passes to check out and medals to win. It all increases playability, but the main reason for returning to this movie-like on-rail shooter is that it’s still a complete pleasure.