Star Fox AdventuresReviewed By: Jon Cook
VOLUNTEER GUEST REVIEWER
The game's story is decent enough for this kind of game. These type of games aren't exactly known for their story anyway.
Star Fox Adventures takes place eight years after the Star Fox team, led by Fox Mccloud and containing members Falco Lombardi, Slippy Toad, and Peppy Hare, defeated the evil scientist Andross. However, times have since drastically changed and as of late Falco has gone off on a solo career, Slippy traded his pilot wings for a place in Weapons R & D, and Peppy retired to become navigator and general advisor. Fox and co. were just drifting through space waiting for their next big mission when General Pepper's hologram popped up and sent Fox on a mission to a place called Dinosaur Planet…
As it turns out, an evil tyrant General Scales was terrorizing the planet's population and had stolen the four Spellstones that kept the world in balance. When a female fox named Krystal went to investigate she ends up in trouble herself. Can Fox stop Scales and rescue Krystal in time?
You have two basic goals over the course of the game. Retrieve the four Spellstones General Scales stole so the planet doesn't blow up and collect the six Krazoa Spirits to free Krystal from her prison. To get each Spirit you will have to find the spirit's shrine and undergo its test. To accomplish your two goals, you have two tools to aid you. The first is the magical staff Krystal accidentally dropped onto Dinosaur Planet. Once Fox finds the staff he can not only wield it like a martial-arts master but also accomplish various tasks with it and cast spells as well. Apparently, General Pepper made him leave behind his standard blaster weapon, which is rather unfortunate for die-hard Star Fox fans. But then, this game wasn't supposed to be a Star Fox game originally anyway. The game uses an Auto-Lock On system, which is basically copied from the one in The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. This isn't really a bad thing though as combat is fairly efficient. By pressing A and using the Control Stick at the same time you can execute combos that can defeat the enemy faster. However, because there are only a couple different combos, combat will get a little repetitive after a while. Well, actually it can get very repetitive.
And finally, the game is rather short. While modern action/adventure games like this (the main quest of them at least) aren't usually very long, this game is one of those 'beat it and leave it' games. There's only one thing that could even be considered a side-quest and that's so small and easy it's hardly even worth mentioning.
Graphics and Sound
There are two things that Christians need to be aware of concerning potentially offensive content:
1. The game has a very mystical feel to it. The Krazoa Spirits are very ghost-like in appearance. When Fox collects one, it gets absorbed into his body, he floats into the air for a moment and his eyes glow slightly blue. That can definitely make Christians uncomfortable. The magic staff also can accomplish magical effects like shooting fire and ice.
2. The female fox Krystal wears nothing more than a bikini top and a loincloth. Fox is obviously attracted to her. In the scene where he first sees Krystal in her prison, he stands staring for several minutes.There is one more thing I need to mention. If you look on the back of the box you'll notice the ESRB rated it Teen for 'Animated Blood' and 'Mild Violence.' The Mild Violence I can understand. The Animated Blood however is quite another story. It unfortunately seems to be one of those cases where the ESRB goofed up. I am pretty clueless about that rating. Enemies flash red when you hit them and there's a brief appearance of what I will call "red gas"(for lack of a better phrase) when you hit them but none of that would be seriously taken for blood by any gamer or non-gamer. There is a brief scene at the beginning where General Scales grabs Krystal, drags her across the deck of his airship, and throws her overboard(she's rescued by a dinosaur, fortunately) but that's about as intense as it ever gets.
Year of Release—2002
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