Cart: Starfox Adventures
Rare’s last ever game for Nintendo, aside from a Gameboy Advance game or two, Starfox Adventures was a disappointment on many levels. It had nothing to do with Starfox or his universe, as it was developed as a new IP for the N64 before having the Starfox crew hastily imported, and as a linear version of Zelda with none of the challenge or charm, padded out with item collection, many Nintendo fans consider this to be the dark sheep of the Rare/Nintendo family.
It was simple and straightforward, yet I really enjoyed the adventure as a whole. The world and its areas were limited and linear, yet beautiful and a joy to explore, and the classic Starfox flight sections broke it all up nicely. The combat was relaxing yet satisfying, the characters quietly comical, and the whole thing was gorgeous to look at, with the story moving along at a brisk pace.
I may be in a tiny minority, but I am glad Rare made this game, and it is at the top of my list of games that I loved, yet pretty much everyone else hated.
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Editor and founder of VoxelArcade and The Smartphone App Review. Favourite games: Uridium 2, Frontier: Elite II, Sensible World of Soccer, Far Cry 3, Zelda: Ocarina, Metroid Prime, Solar Quest, F-Zero GX, Monkey Island 2 and Tetris.