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Star Fox Adventures
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Out of the cockpit...and into the epic adventure!
Genre(s): Action-adventure
Platform(s): Nintendo GameCube
Release: NA: September 23, 2002
JP: September 27, 2002
AU: November 15, 2002
EU: November 22, 2002
Developer(s): Rare
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Country: United Kingdom
Series: Star Fox
Predecessor: Star Fox 64
Successor: Star Fox: Assault


Star Fox Adventures is a 2002 action-adventure video game developed by Rare and published by Nintendo for the GameCube as part of the Star Fox series. It was the first and only Rare game for the GameCube until Microsoft bought them.

Why It Rocks

  1. One of the best graphics seen on the GameCube, especially since Rare knew how to push the limits of a Nintendo console.
  2. The game doesn't take place in the Arwing all of the time and instead has you run around on foot with combat.
  3. The game offers packs in a lot of variety and some nice surprises.
  4. The beautiful Krystal makes her debut in this game, as well as many other new characters like Tricky, Fox's sidekick.
  5. The soundtrack is stellar and wonderful, and the themes in the Arwing sections are faithful to Star Fox 64.
  6. There are many likable and memorable characters like the Shopkeeper and the Warpstone.
  7. It has a great cast of voice actors for most of the characters. They're all voiced by Rareware employees who are British, So some of the characters may speak with accent.
  8. The gameplay in this game is inspired by The Legend of Zelda series.
  9. Lots of beautiful locations and environments which are both huge and offer a lot of neat secrets.
  10. The Arwing sections are fun, spectacular, and are added in to make it still feel like a Star Fox game.
  11. The writing is very clever, and so is the humor.
  12. Interesting and unique story that involves more villains such as General Scales than just Andross himself.
  13. Though it's a small amount, there are pretty great bosses aside from General Scales.
  14. A lot of content you can access as you progress through the game such as side missions, hidden collectibles, unlockables, etc.
  15. The game offers a nifty amount of gameplay with lots of cool ways to fight enemies and bosses.

Bad Qualities

  1. Fox McCloud has to explore most areas on foot, instead of using vehicles.
  2. The game focuses too heavily on combat and field exploration and less on Arwing gameplay.
  3. The boss battle with General Scales is very poor (or rather, there is none); he waits for you to attack first, and the moment you do, the battle stops due to Andross taking over, the reason for Scales' battle has to do with the rushing and executive meddling from Microsoft's purchasing of Rare. This in turn meant the developers had to replace the battle with a cutscene.
  4. While the boss fights are awesome and there is a fair amount of them, there are only four bosses in total, five if you count the battle with that lizard.
  5. This game has some plot holes, like the Warpstone not being able to warp dinosaurs, despite being on the same planet as them, the Shopkeeper speaking fluent English without the need of Fox's translator, and Fox automatically knowing Krystal's name when Kyte asks him if he's a friend of Krystal's.

Reception

Star Fox Adventures received "generally favorable" reviews, according to video game review aggregator Metacritic. It sold over 200,000 copies in Japan following its release and was the fastest-selling GameCube game at the time.

Star Fox Adventures was eventually designated a Player's Choice game by Nintendo, signifying over 250,000 copies sold, and was thus available at a reduced retail price. The visuals were very well received, and are considered one of the game's highest points, as well as the soundtrack.

Trivia

  • This is the first game mentioned by Anita Sarkeesian in her infamous Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series.
  • Originally, Star Fox Adventures had nothing to do with the Star Fox series and was planned to be a standalone title named Dinosaur Planet and Rare's farewell to the Nintendo 64 era. Due to Nintendo's executive meddling, the game was renamed the eponymous title above, the narrative was rewritten, and one of the two major characters, Sabre, was substituted with Fox McCloud. A development build of Dinosaur Planet, going back at least to December 2000, was ultimately published online by a video game preservation group called Forest of Illusion, more than two decades after its discontinuation.

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