Quite possibly the
fastest game I have ever had the fun playing, F-Zero GX takes it's cues from
Wipeout, ups the ante and triumphs on the home stretch. Fans of futuristic
racers rejoice as this title is the bomb when it comes to speed.
The F-Zero series has
been around for ages and fans will of course be very glad that it has, with
versions showing up on the Super Nintendo and N64 to acclaimed success. This
time around features a bit more of a story with the player taking the role of
Captain Falcon who is piloting a craft at the behest of an old man who Falcon
wishes to help. It's just so sweet though that even if there were no story you
would still want to play it.
Probably one of the
first things to get out of the way is that for some newcomers, this title is
going to be waaay too fast. Seriously, the speed at which craft travel at is
absolutely shattering and you may not even be able to control your craft which
I reckon will lead to some players putting down their controllers and never
picking them back up again. All I can say if that happens to you is don't give
up and keep trying, the title is of such quality that it is far more rewarding
to keep playing than give up on it.
And reward you the title
does by allowing upgrades to be purchased by completing races (in the top
three of course). This will give you money to get bigger and better things for
your ride and let's face it, that's what it's all about. There are about 20
tracks in the regular game and if you manage to get through them and
accomplish certain things, you will then be able to proceed to unlock even
more, good luck to you on that one!
Graphically the game is
a jaw dropper, just look at the pics to the left if you don't believe me,
these pictures in game have to be seen to be believed, there is so much detail
in the game that it is not hard to believe in the environments you are racing
in. The shattering speeds at which you pass through them doesn't seem to
affect the quality one iota even to the point that you can see what is coming
up from miles away thanks to a brilliant rendering engine that can do a draw
distance that seems to go for as far as the eye can see.
The game is also
interspersed with a series of videos that tell you the story as it is
Now this is a proper first for the franchise and surprisingly enough, the tale
is enough to keep you interested between races just to find out what the heck
is going on. Captain Falcon is finally more than just a muscle bound guy with
a fast vehicle, he's a person that we can relate to on some level and that's a