Star Fox 64 3D
Star Fox 64 is old, but those who think back in nostalgia on their Nintendo64 and want to relive that adventure in small and in 3D can now do it on the 3DS with this remake.
The content of the game hasn’t changed so also the story is exactly as it was. The planet Corneria and the accompanying commander General Pepper are put in a corner when the bad guy Andross decides to attack it. It’s up to Star Fox and his leader Fox McCloud to save the furniture and pay revenge on Andress for the death of his father.
You play with some strange characters, but that doesn’t stop them to be fun to follow, especially thanks to a healthy dose of personality and a story that moves forward smoothly, even if linear. In the end it’s all about the action and that’s tight. The controls work as they should; simple but perfect to do their task and precisely shoot opponents from the sky or take out objectives. Those who want can choose to move by moving the 3DS, but after a while you’ll quickly change back to more conventional methods.
I was surprised to find the game was more challenging and deep than initially expected. Those who prefer to not be taken by the hand but want to get top scores and medals will need a clear understanding of the game and know what to do. Succeed to finish all 15 levels with the highest score and you get an even more difficult setting in which you can again get new medals. The replayability is therefore high, especially for a game that’s very linear, and that’s necessary as experienced gamers will get through it in a matter of hours. The large variation in missions does the rest!
For those who want a break from the campaign there’s also a multiplayer mode. You get limited to four players and four arenas, but the result in a decent intermezzo for those who want to relax, and you can do it with only one cartridge. Only need to find three friends with a 3DS!
Don’t expect wonders from the graphics. The old style is still present and that means square and very typical objects and worlds, but with a sharper and more colorful bit of paint. However, it works well with 3D, something that comes very much in handy in a game where depth is important.
All in all this remake can be called succesful. The campaign is still very varied and also the gameplay has managed to stand the tooth of time. It offers a challenging, though accessible game for kids and the addition of 3D offers something extra for a title in which you get to explore space. That you can also play with four friends using only one version is a simple but welcome extra. One we would definitely suggest to those with nostalgic feelings.