- Release date: 3/3/2016
- Developer: Nintendo
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Genre: Racing
- Content rating: ESRB E
- Features: 1 player
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Nintendo Game Review - F-Zero
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Nintendo has been on a game rebooting roll over the past few years. One game fortunate enough to get another chance is F-Zero, which the company released for Nintendo 3DS only in 2016.
The 2016 release maintained most of its original graphics from the 1990 version. Despite having high clarity images and smoother animation, the game still lacks when it comes to realism and animation details, which significantly lowers the graphics rating. It makes up for this with the seamless motion of the vehicles with no glitches or movement delays for you to worry about, thus perfectly complementing their hovering mechanism for enjoyable rides on the tracks.
F-Zero is a racing game like no other. It features futuristic cars that hover off the ground, which makes the physics of the vehicle’s daring maneuvers a lot more exciting and fun to watch. The gameplay requires you to go through a certain track for multiple laps and try to get to the finish line before your opponents. At the end of every lap, there are booster plates that will give you a speed boost. All you need to do is ensure that you drive over one of these plates.
However, this is not the only objective. As you unlock and utilize different tracks, you face some obstacles, including landmines, sand, and magnets. To make it through safely, you need to commit these obstacles to memory as they tend to repeat themselves on every level.
On the downside, there is no plot development or underlying storyline. The gameplay is therefore fully action-centered which makes it a boring game.
F-Zero is exhilarating and engaging video game designed for use on the Nintendo 3DS. You have to master the skills required to navigate the hovering F-Zero Machines through the dangerous courses steadily. With this particular handheld console, you will be mainly using the D-pad and bumper buttons. After a few crashes and off-road rides, you will get the hang of it. I would say that 3DS offers quite convenient controls for this racing game.
Replay Value: 2
This game has low replay value because the obstacles and traps do not change. Once you have remembered them, the game becomes too easy to be entertaining. The lack of a developing storyline as well as the limited unlockable items also makes it difficult to want to play the game again after completing it. However, the fun of controlling a high-speed hovering vehicle makes it a game you might want to try again despite all the other replayability shortcomings.
The controls are what make this game amazing. It will keep you on your toes as you try to beat your opponents and avoid track obstacles. The main disadvantage is that only a single player mode is available, which is unfortunate as getting to challenge your friends is usually the best part of racing video games. If this isn’t a problem for you, then you will like the game a lot.
F-Zero is a classic that you should for sure consider giving a second (or first) chance.
Pros : Numerous control options.
The thrill of driving hovering vehicles.
Cons : No multiplayer support.
Low replay value.
Replay Value 2.0