| StarFox Adventures |
Genre: Action / Adventure
Publisher / Developer: Nintendo / Rare
There are developers who will never disappoint the quality of their products. A rare example of such good faith is a British company Rare. This is a nice team, a lot of years working under the wing of Nintendo, made an invaluable contribution to the treasury of the gaming industry. Just recently, Rare was bought by Microsoft, but the British still have released for the GameCube a farewell game.
SFA can not describe without mentioning the legendary Zelda: The Ocarina of Time (N64). The guys from Rare have not tried to hide the source of his inspiration, as clearly seen similarities between these two games. However, the imitation of the famous creature Shigeru Miyamoto (Shigeru Miyamoto) can hardly be put in a rebuke to the developers. In addition, a concept borrowed from "Zelda" - this is only the foundation on which to build the gameplay.
In the world of SFA easily get on the giant reptiles, magic and high technology. Gameplay is made of two parts: a flight on a space fighter and walking on the fragments of the planet. As it turned out, Fox is not only a consummate pilot, but also an experienced traveler. He can run, jump, tumble, climb and swim. There are, however, a "but": you can not manage on their own jumps. Lees himself jumping over obstacles as soon as you approach them closely. Unfortunately, the enemies also do not, have to fight with them, using bladed weapons and spells. One has only to approach the enemy, as immediately enabled battle mode. Your hero himself is aimed at the enemy, so you just have to attack and at the right time to put the block. Combining shots with the touch of the Arrow joystick, you call the various combo series.
But do not think that the gameplay consists of the same battles. In contrast, most of the time spent on the implementation of various tasks and search items. There are also puzzles, some of which are combined with elements of thriller.Choose a combination of leverage is not as difficult as, say, smuggle explosive canister on an unlit corridor. Fortunately, you are constantly helping friends. Frog Slippy (Slippy) and the Hare Peppy (Peppy) are familiar from previous installments Star Fox. Contacting them on the radio, you can always get a hint or a map of the area. Mainly as your assistant is Prince Tricky (Prince Tricky). Despite the blue hue of blood, this dinosaur is running for the Fox as a trained dog, ready to fulfill any orders. With the help of the command menu, you can get Tricky to dig the ground, breathe fire and do a bunch of other actions. Using found and bought items, you are improving the ability of his companion.
Having examined the pictures, you probably agree that the graphic design of SFA is to be commended. Magicians from Rare pushed GameCube in a vise and squeezed all the juice out of it. Only one fur covering his red face of the protagonist, is able to charm even the most experienced gamer. No less striking land, strewn with blades of grass that sway in the breeze and cast shadows. All this tumult of polygons, of course, could not affect frame rates. Yes, the frame rate is unstable, and this is perhaps the only serious drawback graphics.
Music is also good. Perhaps the game lacks the orchestral compositions, but the melodies that are available, pleasing to the ears. The same goes for voice acting characters. The developers have provided technology support Progressive Scan (it improves the image quality) and surround sound Dolby Pro Logic II, so that owners of expensive televisions and audio systems will be able to experience all the features of their equipment.
As mentioned above, Rare can not make the pot boil, so the success of SFA can be no doubt. The question was only one thing: a place among the mega hit will take the creation of the English masters? Now we can safely say that Star Fox Adventures - it hit the mean. Before us is not the most original, but solidly made and technically advanced game. More to such ...