Star Fox Adventures

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Star Fox Adventures

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  • Platform: Nintendo GameCube
  • ESRB Rating: Teen
  • Genre: Action/Adventure

At the far edge of the Lylat system, a lush planet is in turmoil. Once a primordial paradise, Dinosaur Planet has been torn apart by an evil dinosaur named General Scales. This monster has caused sections of the planet to be ripped up and flung into low orbit, and his legions of mutated dinosaurs are running wild. It’s been 8 years since the best pilot in the Lylat System, Fox McCloud, defeated Andross, and Fox’s team has since disbanded. So when word of Dinosaur Planet’s plight reaches General Pepper, it’s Fox alone who must shoulder the burden.Fox McCloud is back, but he’s left the on-the-rails, shoot-’em-up larks of his previous two games behind–this all-new Star Fox adventure sees the super furry animal in a very Zeldaesque bid to save Dinosaur Planet.

Although the control system is very similar to The Legend of Zelda‘s, Star Fox Adventures is no simple clone. It’s your job as the mercenary mammal to find all the spellstones that will rejoin the splintered planet and defeat the evil General Scales. This entails much exploring of ancient temples and completing of subquests to help everything from Yorkshire-accented woolly mammoths to pterodactyls who’ve lost their babies.

The game may lack the epic scale and endless invention of Zelda but it has plenty of new ideas of its own, including a fully interactive dinosaur sidekick, some cool shoot-’em-up sections in Fox’s spaceship, and lots of ways to upgrade a magical staff–your weapon of choice when out of your ship. To add some icing to the cake, the graphics are absolutely amazing, particularly the superrealistic fur effects. –David Jenkins, Amazon.co.uk

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  1. 28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great gameplay combining space-flying and ground combat, November 14, 2002
    This review is from: Star Fox Adventures (Video Game)

    “Star Fox Adventures” is the newest game of the Nintendo Star Fox series, the other games being Star Fox for the Super Nintendo and Star Fox 64 for the Nintendo-64. The series was also shown in both “Super Smash Brothers” games.
    The Hero of the story is Fox McCloud, leader of the mercenary Space Fighter Squadron, Star Fox. This consists of five people: Fox, the leader, Slippy, the frog mechanic, Falco, a Punk Falcon, and Peppy, a hare who knew Fox’s father.
    In both of the original games, the player, as Fox, was hired by General Pepper of the planet of Corneria to take down the mad scientist Andross, who was responsible for the death of Fox’s father, James McCloud. Along the way, you are fought by Andross’s ships, planet-based hazards, and a rival Mercenary band hired by Andross: Star Wolf.
    This game takes place eight years after the second game. The team has not had a job in a while, they are low on money, Peppy and Slippy have taken up non-flying positions in the team, and Falco has left without a trace. So when General Pepper calls, saying he has a job for them, they gladly take it. Their mission: Save Dinosaur Planet!
    Meanwhile, in a converging plot, a blue girl-fox named Krystal, while searching throughout space for her parents, hears a distress call from Dinosaur Planet. She goes to it, and discovers that the Evil General Scales and his minions, the SharpClaws, have chased the Kranoa away from their shrine. The Kranoa are powerful spirits that in the right hands bring peace, but in the wrong can bring terrible destruction. So, of course, Krystal goes and looks for the Kranoa. Unfortunately, she is accidentally pushed into a magic beam and gets sealed inside a (surprise!) giant crystal!
    Back in Fox-Land, Fox meets the Queen, who is looking for her son, the Triceratops Prince Tricky. After you find him, he becomes your companion, able to do useful skills like breathing flame and finding secrets hidden in the earth. You take him back to his mother, who tells you that Dinosaur Planet has a powerful magic field that is constantly pulling it apart. To counter this, four “spellstones” were created, but General Scales scattered them and the planet is being ripped apart.
    So, you must fly in your Arwing fighter craft to the different chunks (four in all, with one per spellstone) and recover them. Flying to the different chunks brings back memories of the other Star Fox games. You must fly through Gold Rings, you collect laser powerups, you blast enemy ships, and you get to the area. Unfortunately, you can’t warp back to places you already visited, so you must keep doing flying scenes. To counter the boredom of this, there is a “Best Times” scoreboard, keeping track of fastest trips to different areas.
    The gameplay in this is very much like the Legend of Zelda games. You attack with the A button, you collect money, you buy stuff, you get magic powers. Fox finds a Magic Staff, which is his main weapon and can be enchanted to shoot fire, rocket upwards, etc. Most of the game is spent this way, with the occasional puzzle thrown in, like mazes, some “Shoot this spot” puzzles, and so on. One of the most annoying puzzle/action sequences involves a ramp, a barrel that you must bring to the top of the ramp, and other explosive barrels flying down the ramp towards you. Donkey Kong, anyone? But the ground-based gameplay, despite some minor annoyances, is still very good. This, combined with the Flying sequences, combines two great games of the N64 and brings them even further.
    The Graphics in this game are great, from the skin of the dinosaurs, to the fur on Fox, to the warts on Slippy. The staff that Fox finds glows and burns with a bluish light, and the effects of that are done very well. The Great Fox (Star Fox’s Mother Ship) and the Arwings (Star Fox’s Fighter Jets), which were white and polished in the original games, are now gray, dark, and dirty, showing the state of poorness Team Star Fox has fallen into. The cutscenes have the same quality as the in-game graphics, but you don’t notice because the in-game graphics are very good anyway. When an enemy dies, they don’t stay on the ground, or lie for a little while. They fall backwards and at the same time disintegrate (or something like it) into a bright, white light. The overall effect of it is amazing, and it looks cool without having bodies everywhere.
    The sound of the game is also done incredibly well. The voices are better than the last game. Slippy, who in Starfox 64 sounded like a girl (high, whiny annoying voice), now sounds recognizable as a boy (though he still does have a high, whiny annoying voice-just one recognizable as a boy). The dinosaurs’ growls and roars sound incredibly real. The warpstone, a giant stone creature that sends Fox to different areas, has a rich Scottish accent. Why, I don’t know, but it’s kind of funny anyway. The music is very beautiful, with far-off dinosaur cries punctuating the…

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  2. 40 of 48 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Star Fox Adventures turns out to be an adventure-RPG!, April 4, 2002
    By 
    Teco (cr) –

    This review is from: Star Fox Adventures (Video Game)
    …The Story:
    Fox Mcloud had beat Andross in the past adventure for the N64. This time he goes to an nknown planet filled with dinosaurs, and has to save a female fox named Krystal. He has to defeat huge bosses and the Dinosquads. With the help of Slippy Toad, Peppy Hare, and Rob the Robot, Fox will have to travel trough all the planet and save the day…The game has just a bit of the use of the Arwing. It’s only use is to travel from place to place within the planet. So basically, the game is an adventure game.
    You will also have a magic wand or stick to battle your enemies with huge combos and special powers.
    I also know this game is an RPG (Role Playing Game), which means you will have to think. In a RPG, almost everything is interactable, which means you can talk with almost any character, and touch many things. So if the game is an adventure and also an RPG, this makes it an Adventure-RPG, just as Zelda (well actually Zelda is similiar, because Zelda is an Action-RPG).
    The planet is huge, which makes you explore alot, and has lots of bosses in it.
    What makes this game a must buy?:
    The answer is quite simple: It uses the best techniques from an RPG, the best techniques from an adventure game, a great and world wide known cast of characters, has unbelieveable graphics and fighting tactics, has a great story-line, and the game is just a MASTERPIECE…Just remember the quality of games Rare makes, and you’ll be happy to buy this title…

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  3. 34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    BANG! BOOM! POW! SLASH! HACK!…….., October 19, 2002
    By 
    Justin Gagen (Queen Creek, AZ USA) –

    This review is from: Star Fox Adventures (Video Game)
    This is one of the BEST Gamecube games ever! Almost anyone will ADORE this game. For those who are fans of the old space shooter style won’t be dissapointed. there is still parts in the game that takes the skill of piloting the arwing to get to parts of the world. If you are a fan of the zelda series and aren’t sure about the sci-fi style of star fox, don’t worry. When you’re not blasting away squadrens of space fighters, you’re hoofing it as fox. It’s almost exactly like playing link in the zelda series. You get this really cool staff that can eventully shoot fire, and ice, create giant earthquakes, shoot you right into the air, and kick some major dino but. As for the other pilots of star fox team, peppy supplies world maps, slippy gives tips on what to do next, and General pepper (who isn’t really one of the pilots) shows mission status. For you people who don’t know who the heck I’m talking about, try it and you’ll learn *snap* just like that. The main storyline is there is this planet on the far reaches of the Lylat System that is starting to fall apart, and eventully blow up! so General Pepper hires the elite piloting team, (Drum roll please) Star Fox. They’re mission: stop the planet from blowing up and send huge chunks of it at the inhabited planets. A few hours prior to that, a blue fox girl named Kristal (pictured on the cover) is flying on a Pteridactal A.K.A. a member of the cloudrunner tribe. Then a huge ship comes at them from behind and starts shooting at them. They start shooting fireballs back at them. for a while you play Kristal against alot of enemies WITH NO ATTACK TO FIGHT BACK WITH. You can just skip them all. After a couple puzzeles solved, you’ll get captured. That’s when you will take control of Fox. You do some space shooting to get to dinosaur planet, when you land Fox will complain to general Pepper about not being able to bring a blaster gun so you’re first order of buisness is to get a weapon. That’s when you get Kristal’s staff and can move on.
    When you swing you’re staff when there isn’t an enemy around, it will be SSSSSLLLLOOOOWWWWW to recover from the swng. But when there IS an enemy, well, read the title. MAN my hand’s getting tired so that’s it. PU-LEEEAAASEEE say this was helpful to you!!!!!

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