"Star Fox 64" (Wii Virtual
This is one of those great classics that came out for the
Nintendo 64 system back in the day; it also was the first game to
feature a "rumble pak", which basically was a plug-in that shook
your controller every time your ship was hit, or hit the turbo
button, or you died. Now, of course, every controller on every
new-age system has the rumble feature built-in...ahh, the classics.
"Star Fox 64" is that game that featured Fox McCloud as a tough
sci-fi fighter pilot, tasked with taking down bad guys on multiple
planets using his Arwing fighter and his three good friends (all of
whom, of course, were other animals). The game remains
surprisingly good after all this time; thanks to fun play mechanics,
the barrel roll dodge technique, the ability to change speeds, and
some cool boss fights. I use the Wii's Classic Controller to
play all of these Virtual Console games and it's perfect for "Star
Fox"; the button layout is still fine and the responsiveness is
perfect. The voice acting remains pretty good (except for when
one of your wingmates is constantly whining for you to take a guy
off of their tail) and the graphics--while dated--still work for
this sort of game.
Not killer, but games like this on new-age consoles are quite
rare, so if you loved "Star Fox" back in the day you will still love
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience