Entertaining way to kill an hour
One of the most interesting things for me is the characters. Although other than the main characters, they all seem quite shallow at first, all are intensely likable, even the enemies. There are also another couple of good guys to meet who have more depth, though they aren't really explained that well. The four main characters (one being you, the others your wingmen) all seem to have a bond - even when they're all calling Slippy an idiot. Keeping your wingmen in action is a crucial part of the game, they'll often get themselves into trouble and yelling for help, and thanking you when you save them (except Falco, who says such nice things as "Well gee, I've been saved by Fox, how swell!" in his best sarcastic voice). The bosses are done well, also, being very typically boss-like and taunting you, and being incredibly surprised when you beat them.
The Arwings look cool, and the Landmaster tank levels (especially the train level) are done well and are a nice diversion. Also, as well as the regular corridor style levels where you fly pretty much straight forward, there are also "all range mode" levels (and bosses) which leave you free to fly in any direction.
It's fast paced - more so than Starfox for the SNES which is very sluggish - and is completable in about an hour going through the hard path. It's also easy enough for this - thought collecting the medals by getting enough kills on each level is significantly harder.
The multiplayer isn't very good. Fun, but it seems like it was just tacked on the end. It's also ridiculously easy for most levels, where *nothing* except some of the bosses move randomly. All enemies fly in the same path on the corridor levels. Some of them don't even shoot *at* you, but in pre-determined directions. You can complete the game without losing a life time after time after only four or five play-throughs, not even getting hit on some of the earlier levels. The submarine level is quite slow and dull. Also, the game doesn't seem to fit into the plot of the original SNES version at all - it seems they want to pretend it didn't exist.
The Bottom Line
One of the better light games for the N64. Fun, easy to learn, replayable to an extent, and with very likable characters.