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Star Fox Adventures Reviews (GameCube)

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Zelda in the Star Fox universe Iggi (15247) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars
Loads of FUN!! Oblio (108) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars
A fabulous Zelda-like Star Fox RPG! Dark Cloud (35) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
A beautiful and fun adventure WWWWolf (453) unrated
Starfox meets Zelda, but not quite so epic. EddyB43 (3538) unrated
What do you get if you add Banjo-Kazooie, Legend Of Zelda and Lylat Wars? The answer, Star Fox Adventures knuckles-rox (11) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
What do you get if you add starfox, Zelda, starwars, and talking dinosaurs, this load of stinking tripe. Garland (14) 2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars

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Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.6
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.6
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.4
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Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
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Overall User Score (57 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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Level (Mar, 2003)
Jocul creează o dependență uriașă. Mult timp am fost sub vraja lui. Nu mai găseam timp pentru altceva și a fost nevoie de venirea sesiunii, când am avut un mini-concediu pentru a învăța ceva, ca să pot scăpa de sub influența pe care Star Fox Adventures o avea asupra mea. Jocul este minunat și merită cumpărat pentru că... merită.
Play Magazine (Nov, 2002)
A triumph, and a very bittersweet one at that. Sadly, it's become the ultimate swan song, marking the end of one of the greatest relationships in videogame history.
Entertainment Weekly (Sep 27, 2002)
Even after 15 or 20 hours of play, new scenarios... will have even the most jaded of players curious about what might still be in store.
Rare has done a lot right here. It has successfully created a vast world sewed together by a main quest and also connected by various sub goals. Fox must not only retrieve four Force Point Seals, but six Krazoa Spirits (ghostly entities that possess the power to free early-captured Krystal from her prison), too. He can only complete these objectives if he has first rescued Prince Tricky, a sidekick character that is more or less an annoying baby dinosaur. He must grow Tricky's powers and simultneously level up the functions of his staff, both of which play an integral part. He must find and buy items that are useful in advancing, and much more.
91 (Dec 17, 2002)
Das Fazit ist schnell gezogen, denn insgesamt konnte uns Star Fox Adventures als abwechslungsreiches Action-Adventure überzeugen, das mit einer absolut brillanten Präsentation besticht. Kurzum, dieses Spiel sollte in keiner GameCube-Spiele-Sammlung fehlen!
Just Adventure (Dec 12, 2002)
In terms of gameplay, you will play the game once and find little reason to go through it again. There are many secrets and extra things you can do, but for the average gamer, the whole adventure will take about twenty hours to complete. It is a wonderful adventure though, and after you complete each section, you will be impressed with what you have done. I highly recommend this game to any lover of the 3D platform genre.
N-Zone (Jul 06, 2003)
Operation geglückt – Starfox macht auch am Boden einen Heidenspaß. Fox’ zweiter GameCube-Auftritt (nach Super Smash Bros. Melee) ist ein frecher Zelda-Klon, der zu den besten derzeit erhältlichen GameCube-Spielen zählt. Ein paar frische Ideen hätten Rares Abschieds-Spiel aber ganz gut getan. Dennoch ist Starfox Adventures ein Spitzen-Spiel, das in keiner GameCube-Spielesammlung fehlen sollte.
90 (Nov 14, 2002)
Si l'on fait abstraction d'une première demi-heure perturbante, de phases de shoot complètement ratées et inutiles, il reste une grande aventure, riche, variée, qui ravira ceux qui rêvent encore de Zelda. Toute GameCube se doit d'avoir un Starfox Adventures rangé près d'elle. Et maintenant, nintendomaniaques, dites au revoir à Rare, c'était le der des der chez vous. Snif. Mais il vous reste Miyamoto.
Gaming Target (Oct 21, 2002)
If there was one thing that I would complain about in regards to Starfox Adventures, it would be that the game isn't challenging enough. Combat never had the intensity that it should have, due in part to the fact that only one enemy in a group would attack you at a time. Throw in easily executable combos (that look great) and you should never have any problem dispatching the SharpClaw. If I was to get really nitpicky, I could point out a couple of odd shadowing issues or the occasional animation not quite matching up, but there really is no use. The game is fantastic in every regards, and has been well worth the wait.
IGN (Sep 23, 2002)
UK software house Rare started development on its 3D epic Star Fox Adventures at around the same time life erupted on Earth. Now, some billions of years later, with a long and troubled history rooted back to Nintendo 64, the game has finally arrived. So the big question is, has the wait been worth it? The answer is, quite simply, yes. Fox McCloud's latest journey comes as a rip off of Shigeru Miyamoto's Zelda offerings in just about every way possible and although Rare's execution isn't as brilliant as Nintendo's, it's still very well done. Star Fox Adventures is not without faults, but it's still a long, challenging adventure full of polish and complemented by some of the best graphics yet seen on GameCube.
Within just seconds of play, one thought came to mind: Zelda. The more I played, the more emphasis was weighed onto this comparison, and I eventually came to the conclusion that this was the closet that I’ve seen a game come to mimicking another. Through and through, Star Fox Adventures is a carbon copy of the Nintendo 64 classic, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
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Leider aber wirkt das Gesamtbild des Gameplays verglichen mit Optik und Sound über weite Strecken einfach unpassend und ideenlos. Trotzdem wird sich Star Fox Adveptures in deinen Würfel verbeißen wie ein Raptor zur Brunftzeit. Garantiert!
Nach einem sehr schwachen Start wird Starfox Adventures im Laufe der rund 20-stündigen Spielzeit immer besser und am Ende hat es sogar Megahit-Potential. Wer mit unlogischen Rätseln, einer etwas hakeligen Kamera und der Langeweile-Phase zu Beginn leben kann, bekommt ein sehr gutes Action-Adventure mit einer absolut bombastischen Grafik und einigen Überraschungen zum Ende geboten. Nur eine Frage hätten wir noch: Wo sind die versprochenen Mehrspieler-Modi geblieben?
Nintendo Difference (Dec 06, 2002)
Alors un simple conseil : foncez sur la dernière production de Rare, qui devrait plaire à tout le monde, maintenant sortez les mouchoirs et dites « Adieu Rare et Merci »
84 (Dec 10, 2002)
Ja ehkä siinä piileekin SFA:n suurin ongelma. Se on jotenkin niin... PS2. Jak & Daxter, Ratchet & Clank, Fox & Tricky - kaikki laadukkaita pelejä, mutta sidekick-kiintiö alkaa olla jo täynnä ja jotenkin odotin Raren luomukselta enemmän. Fox McCloud ei ole hassu ja sanavalmis sankari, eikä SFA tarjoa tarpeeksi nokkelia jippoja noustakseen kärkikastiin. Pikemminkin se on ajoittain turhankin ennalta-arvattava rakettikiituriajeluineen ja tykillä ampumisineen. Koko Star Fox -teemakin on täysin päälleliimattu - mutta miten se voisi muuta ollakaan, kun pelin oli alunperin tarkoitus olla vallan toisenlainen. Konstailemattoman pelimekaniikkansa ansiosta SFA kyllä voittaa rinnanmitalla vaikkapa Blinx the Time Sweeperin, mutta jää kuitenkin selvästi Mario Sunshinen kaltaisista nykyklassikoista. Peruslaadukasta perusviihdettä, mutta kaukana ainutlaatuisesta: McCloud takaisin Arwingin ohjaamoon!
Game Over Online (Apr 09, 2003)
Star Fox Adventures is an impressive undertaking, if only for the fact that Rare somehow managed to form a cohesive whole from the various locales, characters, and magical undertones by embedding an evolving storyline that makes the extensive traveling, interacting, and wizardry seem not only feasible, but also stylish in such an outlandish setting.
Quebec Gamers (Oct 28, 2003)
Mais l'important à part les "Mini-Games, c'est le jeu principal. Et il est tout de même très bon. Mais pour un jeu qui au départ aurait bien mérité un 9/10, plus on avance, et plus on sent que finalement, même si graphiquement et au niveau des contrôles c'est très bon, la routine est trop grande. C'est surtout intéressant pour ceux qui aiment l'exploration et l'aventure un peu à la Indiana Jones! C'est quand même un jeu que vous devriez voir, surtout qu'il est maintenant à 29,99 $.
GameSpot (Sep 25, 2002)
Actually, Star Fox Adventures is simply a great game in most every respect. It's true that those expecting the same sort of frantic shooting action that characterized previous Star Fox games won't find it here, nor will they finish Star Fox Adventures in just a few hours like they could finish those old games.
Insert Credit (Nov 05, 2002)
In the meantime, we'll hold on to this one. Its control is top-notch. Its characters are deliciously fuzzy. Its quest is long, and the urge to gather items grows on you. It has its problems -- what game doesn't? -- and it's a little scattered -- what isn't, these days? -- and while we can't love the game like we loved Battletoads, we'll definitely like it, maybe even a lot. If only for the fuzz, the carbon-scoring on the Arwing, and the particle lighting effects when we blow something up. Ooh, particle-effects . . . reflections . . .
GameSpy (Sep 25, 2002)
Ultimately, Rare has made yet another impressive and meticulously designed game. It's perfect for kids, but older gamers will wish the gameplay had a bit more depth. On the whole, Star Fox Adventures is good fun and should tide gamers over nicely until Metroid Prime and The Legend of Zelda hit the GameCube.
81 (Nov 28, 2002)
Mit Starfox Adventures hinterlässt Rare ein wenig denkwürdiges Nintendo-Vermächtnis. Während die Grafik in den meisten Fällen über jeden Zweifel erhaben ist und immer wieder zum Hinschauen reizt, bleibt das Gameplay für ein Rare-Spiel erstaunlich blass. Die Anlehnung an die aus Zelda bekannte Steuerung ist zwar angenehm, überlässt dem Spieler aber wenig Freiraum - fast alle wichtigen Spielelemente werden einem abgenommen. Zwar kommt dadurch kaum Frust auf, doch letzten Endes richtet sich das Spiel damit wohl hauptsächlich an jüngere Zocker. Die wiederum werden mit der zwar guten, aber teils sehr weitreichenden Story um Habgier, Rache und Ehre wenig anzufangen wissen. Ein nettes Spielchen, um die Grafikfähigkeiten des GameCube zu präsentieren - doch viel mehr steckt nicht dahinter.
80 (Dec 05, 2002)
Star Fox Adventures is an impressive and meticulously designed game. It's a perfect game for kids but older gamers will probably be turned off by the over simplistic game-play. On the whole Star Fox Adventures is good fun and it's a decent length, this game is Rare's last title for the GameCube and they certainly have gone out in style.
Gamezine (Nov 29, 2002)
Bon bah maintenant il faut conclure. StarFox Adventures est un must. Beau, jouable, bonne durée de vie, il arrive facilement à égaler Ocarina of Time et Majora’s Mask. Mais pourquoi tu nous quittes Rare ?
GamePro (US) (Sep 27, 2002)
Star Fox Adventures is huge, varied, and the closest thing to Zelda you’ve played since, well, Zelda both a great thing and an unfortunate one. Link’s li'l shoes are notoriously hard to fill and Fox’s furry li'l feet are about one size too small.
Netjak (Sep 25, 2002)
Even with the game not living up to my expectations, it is a breath of fresh air to the Gamecube and should compliment the system well. And with the recent developments at Square I would wager that this will be the last Rare title ever to grace a Nintendo console.
Power Unlimited (Dec, 2002)
Een groot en prachtig vormgegeven avontuur, dat door gebrek aan uitdaging en originaliteit niet iedereen evenveel zal kunnen boeien. Geen vosje om zonder nadenken op te pikken.
The Game Hoard (Jul 30, 2018)
It is definitely likely Star Fox Adventures would have turned out better if it had remained Rare’s Dinosaur Planet project, but the Star Fox elements don’t diminish the game too much. The Arwing sections are tacked-on and half-baked, but the world of Dinosaur Planet is vivid and full of excellent challenges that tap into a player’s ability not to just figure out a puzzle, but to execute it properly without falling prey to traps and danger. Unfortunately, any enemy that isn’t quick to kill serves as an unexciting deviation from the top-notch dungeon design, but it makes up a much smaller fraction of the game, allowing the title to remain strong with what it does do well.
Men till och med när jag från en grön oas vandrar rakt in i ett bländvitt vinterlandskap och stormtrivs med det kan jag inte skaka av mig den lite besvikna känslan av att Rare faktiskt inte längre är vassare än Naughty Dog och Insomniac inom den här genren.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (May 08, 2003)
Lever då Star Fox Adventures upp till förväntningarna efter alla dessa år? Både ja och nej. Detta är på alla sätt ett intressant och mycket välgjort spel som innehåller den absolut snyggaste grafiken jag skådat till Gamecube. Däremot känns hela spelet för linjärt och pusslen bitvis väldigt fantasilösa, något som drar ned totalbetyget drastiskt. Sammanfattningsvis är detta en bra avslutning på det långa samarbetet mellan Rare och Nintendo och ett måste för dig som längtat efter ett omfattande äventyr till Gamecube.
Nintendo Life (Jan 06, 2006)
SFA is a good solid adventure with lush visuals that is let down by dull controls. The game promises so much to the player but it just lacks the execution in its gameplay, it should have been so much more. It’s a disappointing end to a good partnership of Rare and Nintendo, the magic has gone. This is nowhere near the quality of Banjo Kazooie but worthwhile if you like adventure games.
Games TM (Dec, 2002)
It might not be the greatest Rare title ever (thanks to its bizarre combination of overly obvious and frustratingly unfair puzzles) but, in the end, StarFox Adventures is certainly a respectable ending to what has been a beautiful friendship.
In summary, if you would like a lightweight, Zelda-esque adventure, wrapped in excellent graphics and sound, which is deaf gamer friendly, then look no further than Starfox Adventures.
64 (Oct 01, 2006)
It is this reporter’s opinion that Star Fox Adventures is a casualty of downright stupid assumptions and fanboy freak-outs. It’s a solid adventure game with some great twists. Three years ago, this reporter was stuck in his apartment with his then-girlfriend due to an insanely intense ice storm for five straight days. It was a very, very small apartment. Star Fox Adventures quite possible saved that girl’s life. For that, it has earned my eternal gratitude.
Legendra (Jan 12, 2002)
En conclusion, je dirais que StarFox il faut quand même y avoir jouer au moins une fois dans sa vie pour ne pas mourir ignorant. et outre les défauts c'est quand même un très bon jeu. Court et facile mais très bon quand même.
60 (UK) (Nov 20, 2002)
Sadly though, nice visuals and an hour or so of Arwing action isn't enough to rescue Starfox. It lacks tension (combat is totally one-sided), set pieces (there are two whole bosses in the entire game), a gripping story (Krystal's kidnapped, you rescue Spirits, you fight General Scales), and any of the myriad different things that the game it principally tries to emulate (Zelda) was so famous for. What's worse though is that much of the game is filler - of the fifteen hours, several are spent simply wandering in search of your next destination. So on reflection, it's not a bad game, but it's too short, it's too samey and it's just not good enough. Unless you're a huge fan of Starfox, have a soft spot for simple, pretty adventures or you're simply a glutton for punishment, Starfox Adventures really isn't worth the bother. Rent it for a weekend - that's all the time you'll need and all the entertainment you'll glean.
GamesCollection (Oct 07, 2009)
Con questo episodio la saga di Starfox ha effettuato un brusco cambio di rotta, proponendo un gioco dalle meccaniche “simil Zelda”: si corre per il mondo, si recuperano oggetti e si risolvono dungeons ed enigmi. Ma purtroppo la missione non convince del tutto: il titolo esaminato non propone significanti novità (rispetto al genere cui appartiene) e alcune sezioni, sebbene interessanti, sono rovinate dall’eccessiva semplicità del gioco. Davvero un peccato visto il fatto che tra i produttori figura un certo Miyamoto…
The Video Game Critic (Apr 10, 2008)
It may be awful, but Starfox Adventures looks like a million bucks. The animation is smooth, and the graphics are so finely detailed that you can even see the hairs on Fox's head! The rolling meadows and flowing water look inviting, as do the snow-encrusted evergreens of the mountain stages. The controls are responsive, and you can save at any time. But the quest itself is so tedious and lame that even the dinosaurs look bored! They seem to speak in some kind of foreign language. Are you telling me that someone actually took the time to concoct a whole new language for this lousy game!? What a colossal waste of time!! I tried to like Star Fox Adventures, but it has an intangeable quality that makes me nauseous. Its only thrills come from its brief space shooting stages, which offer a tantalizing glimpse of what could have been.