by Jason Clement
reviewed on 3DS
New vs Old
The game's main campaign is divided up into three separate routes from the starting point to the end point. Depending on your actions in certain levels, you'll end up going on different missions, something that really helps to diversify the game a bit. Because of this, it's impossible to see every planet on the first playthrough, though if you do fulfill the correct requirements on certain missions, you can choose between alternate missions on the next level.
No two missions are alike either; some may be similar in execution, but every level does a good job of changing up the scenario and gameplay, ultimately culminating in a unique boss battle at the end of each. In most levels, you'll be piloting the Arwing (Star Fox's premier ship), but you'll also get to control the Landmaster (a ground-based tank) in a couple levels, and the Blue Marine (a submarine) in one special level; each providing quite a different experience.
While many may prefer the traditional controls of the N64 controller's analog stick, the circle pad does an admirable job of replicating the controls and steering for the Arwing. The game even lets you change the control scheme (between inverted and normal, and two different configurations for the face buttons)to your preference, even letting you test it out before starting the game (a big plus in my book). Also, the built-in gyroscope movement feature, first seen in Ocarina of Time 3D, returns in this game, letting you pilot the Arwing by tilting and moving the 3DS around, though it's a bit hard to see the 3D this way. It's interesting for a little while, but you'll likely opt to use the circle pad as the main control method.
In addition to the main story mode, the game also supports local wireless single card download play muliplayer matches, so if you and a few of your buddies want to play together, you can all play off of one card. You'll even get to snap pictures of yourself and your buddies so you can tell who's who in each battle. Unfortunately, there is no online multiplayer though, so you're either stuck playing the game's main campaign or you'll have to round up your friends to play together.
If there is one department that didn't receive a huge overhaul though, it would have to be the sound, though the music tracks have been re-arranged. Also, Nintendo tracked down each and every one of the voice actors for the original game and had them re-voice their respective characters, though you almost would not be able to tell. In this case, a few of the lines have been totally rewritten, though about 85% of the original lines are still intact. And of course, the most classic lines have been retained.
Saving the Galaxy Never Looked This Good
Star Fox 64 3D is yet another remake of an N64 title, but this is one you shouldn't overlook. If you've only heard about it over the years and haven't had a chance to play it, now is the perfect time to do so. And ,even if you've played it before, Star Fox 64 3D merits another play-through due to its gorgeous new visuals and features. It isn't just a great remake, it's a great game that stands up well even today, and one that definitely should not be missed.
Lots of action, extremely engaging and fun from start to finish, visuals look fantastic.
Lack of extras are a minor disappointment, an entire play-through is only 20-30 minutes long, no online multiplayer.