Conker's Bad Fur Day (Nintendo 64)

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Written by  :  Matthew Bailey (1280)
Written on  :  May 08, 2001
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Whoever went to Rare with the idea for this game....I bow down to you.... an unforgettable experience

The Good

There are certain games you get that when you load up you know are going to be quality. Who remembers the intro sequence in FFVII as the camera sweeps down over Midgar to view Aeris the flower girl accompanied by some of the most enchanting music ever hear? Or who the classic b-movie feel intro to Resident Evil? Or The first time they loaded up Mario 64 and heard "It's a me Mario!". There are certain games you know are gonna ooze quality, and when you see Conker cut up the N64 logo with a chainsaw and stagger into the pub you know you're in for something truly special.

So you start the game and within seconds your into the first movie parody. As a kinda spaced out Conker sits on the throne, drinking his milk (a la Clockwork Orange), tells us that he is the king of the land and how the story all began yesterday. What the proceed is beautifully animated world linked together by the funniest cut-scenes you have ever scene in a videogame. Without giving to much away you will laugh at the double entendre and at the sick adult jokes, you will laugh at the dung beatle's scouser accents and you will think that the Matrix parody is literally one of the best moments in video game history.

Unlike N64 platformers before it this is not a collect as many things as you can game (jiggies, stars etc) this game you have different tasks to do all of which are pretty apparent. There is not a lot of wandering around and you get straight in on the action. But the little subgames that make up Conker have to be seen to be believed. What other platform game gives you a third person shooter and a racing game to name a few all seemlessly woven into the main gameplay.

Conker's Bad Fur Day is one of my favourite games of all time on any system and believe me when I tell you I have played a lot. It's a shame so many people will miss it as it comes so late in the N64's life. But get it, and be prepared for one of the most memorable gaming experiences of your life.

The Bad

Erm.....more parodies.....more more.

The Bottom Line

The best bits of Rare platformers plus the best bits of all other genres thrown together with the funniest story you have ever seen. Must buy