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You’re Star Foxing Wrong: A Game Design Rant

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Star Fox is a on-rails shooter…right? John Rairdin of Nintendo World Report discusses the history of Star Fox, and makes a case for why it is more of a game about exploration than a pure shooter. Check out his video, and let us know what you think.

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  1. Pretty good video. I didn’t think anyone else on Earth loved Starfox Assault.

    aguchamp33 on February 22 |
    • Eh, Starfox Assault was okay.
      Not good, but not bad either.
      Now Starfox Command, that is a godawful Starfox game.
      And Starfox Adventure isn’t even a Starfox game in the first place.

      TrinitroMan on February 23 |
  2. I’ve never played a Star Fox game before, so I get the feeling that the motive for making this video wasn’t aimed at people like me. I’ve only seen brief snippets of gameplay, so I had always just assumed they were flight-sim games. While a lot of good points were made, I felt a few were misplaced or at least not telling of the whole story. When the Mario games made a shift from 2D to 3D, the gameplay mechanics most definitely did change, but the core concept of the games didn’t; you’re still adventuring through multiple worlds, defeating enemies and gathering power-ups with the goal of rescuing the princess. And Mario Kart is its own series, and as far as I know, it doesn’t have any bearing on the main series of Mario games. Star Fox Adventures, from my perspective, seems to be a game in the ‘main’ series of Star Fox with a completely different playstyle. Again, I haven’t played it, so I’m not 100% sure if any of this is accurate. All I can say as an outsider to the series is that I personally don’t judge games based on previous games in the series unless it is explicitly stated that it is a direct sequel. If I’m not expecting ‘more of the same but better’ from a game, then I’m more open to new ideas and gameplay styles.

    Spiral on February 25 |