Star Fox Command (Nintendo DS) Second Opinion Review

By Adam Riley 24.01.2007 20

Review for Star Fox Command on Nintendo DS

Many believe that the Starfox series has gone rapidly downhill since the release of Rare's Zelda-style title, with Namco's GameCube edition also rating under par. Now, though, the original team is back for its DS d

Ever since the original game appeared on the Super Nintendo, the Starfox games have all been extremely easy on the eye, and now the franchise has made its way onto the Nintendo DS, things have not changed at all. If anything, the action is more fast-paced than ever, with hordes of enemies flying around at top speed, crazy weapon fire blasting around you on a constant basis and solid 3D models for the numerous enemies, as well as your own ally aircraft. The DS manages to avoid stuttering at all and provides an experience that appears on par with the delightful N64 outing, Lylat Wars. As for the soundtrack, themes are lifted from previous games, but there is a slew of new additions that fit the mould perfectly

Screenshot for Star Fox Command on Nintendo DS

There is a twist to the formula, though, one that may sound completely out of place in the Starfox world

Screenshot for Star Fox Command on Nintendo DS

For those worried about hand-cramps, by the way, never fear as the gameplay is on the whole not so ridiculously intense that your left hand tightens around the DS too hard (or at least it should not!). The only time it does occur is during one or two of the hectic final bosses after playing through the various story threads (there are nine different routes to take in total). Anyway, as for other issues, there are surprisingly none on the control front. Q-Games has slotted the Starfox universe perfectly onto the handheld and the tactics aspect is a joyous addition indeed! Once the appropriate number of enemies has been killed, with a set number given at the start of each sub-stage, your totals are totted up, any extra time added to your clock for the next round and you return to the overhead map for the next turn.

Missiles are one particular pain in the neck. Mother ships can infrequently fire these off and whilst general enemy ships will follow your characters' ships into battle, missiles must be chased around the map in order to attempt an interception, and Great Fox's missiles do not work as a counter-measure in these cases. Once on a collision course, you must guide your fighter through square-outlined boosts to catch it and shoot the blighter down. This can prove quite tricky since each boost marker appears in differing positions and since your speed is constantly increasing, manoeuvring through whilst trying to shoot accurately takes a modicum of skill

Screenshot for Star Fox Command on Nintendo DS

Missiles and clusters of enemies aside, mother ships are the remaining headache prior to any boss encounters. Normally they are extremely easy sub-stages, since you will likely have to just despatch a few regular enemies and then guide yourself through more boost markers, upwards into the heart of the mother ship, spinning at the last moment (rubbing left-right or right-left repeatedly on the touchscreen

Screenshot for Star Fox Command on Nintendo DS

Cubed3 Rating

8/10
Rated 8 out of 10

Great - Silver Award

Rated 8 out of 10

Command is a fine return to form for a series that appeared to be falling by the way-side. Bringing the original talent back to this project definitely has worked wonders and the new aspects mixed in certainly add a pleasing element to the overall game. Fans of the SNES and N64 games should give this more than a passing glance...

Developer

Q-Games

Publisher

Nintendo

Genre

Shooter

Players

6

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  8/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  8/10 (10 Votes)

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Comments

I saw an ad for it the other day, from what i saw it looked terrible.

I haven't played it and don't intend to, never really liked Starfox series.

I can't agree with it graphics, they look so bad.


Mike Gee of iZINE said, "...The Verve, as he [Richard Ashcroft] promised, had become the greatest band in the world. Most of the critics agreed with him. Most paid due homage. The Verve were no longer the question mark or the clichť. They were the statement and the definition."

I can see why you might not like it, but it's extremely faithful to the original game, which wins me over easily since I was a huge fan :Smilie I'd say this was on par with Lylat Wars...forgot to mention how much of Starfox 2 was re-jigged for this game, by the way! Smilie

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

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Starfox is definitely a marmite game.


Mike Gee of iZINE said, "...The Verve, as he [Richard Ashcroft] promised, had become the greatest band in the world. Most of the critics agreed with him. Most paid due homage. The Verve were no longer the question mark or the clichť. They were the statement and the definition."

I have the game, and didn't really enjoy it. I found it difficult to get into and the wifi play terrible.

Maybe I'm not a Star Fox guy...

I played this a little while back...controlled well, but I'm not sure it's for me. Nice review though, Adam. :Smilie

Good to see a similar review to mine... means that I ain't lost my sanity just yet ^^

I'm not sure if I should get this or wait for Excite Truck.

1"We're mentalist psychic Scots , which means we can read your mind. If you're lying, your head explodes and we laugh."

Excite Truck is fantastic! Another 8/10 (I'll have the full review in the coming weeks...Smilie, but completely different reasons.

Shame so many people have lost interest in the Starfox franchise. Assault on the GameCube broke the Top 30 All Format chart here in the UK, so I have high hopes for the DS game.

Next review? Well, actionloop launches this Friday alongside Starfox Command, so expect that review in a couple of days :Smilie

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

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Where do you get the time raz?

I am reserving my money now for Excite Truck, or if i could find a copy of Yoshi's Island


Mike Gee of iZINE said, "...The Verve, as he [Richard Ashcroft] promised, had become the greatest band in the world. Most of the critics agreed with him. Most paid due homage. The Verve were no longer the question mark or the clichť. They were the statement and the definition."

Ugh, tell me about it...cramming in during time on the way to work (bus), through lunch and then at home if time permits! :roll:

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

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As a Starfox fan, I have to admit that it just doesn't work for me. The controls are just wrong.

"We're mentalist psychic Scots, which means we can read your mind. If you're lying, your head explodes and we laugh." Fly fast, stay low, hit hard
Guide to using the Metroid Bounty Hunters.
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see you on friday, Falco! and probably Fox too.

Frazzle, how come you found the controls to be wrong? I find the touch-screen is so responsive that it works as nicely as you could expect on the DS...

One thing I thought was VERY cheesey was the large cast that extended as far as Fox and Krystal having a child called Marcus, plus kids from the other team members joining together to make their own future team with Falco as their leader! Some of the new characters just seemed out of place...

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

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Shame so many people have lost interest in the Starfox franchise.

Why is it a shame? Surely it's good when people loose interest when something becomes rubbish? The last noteworthy Starfox game came out a decade ago.

It's going to be shit and you jolly well know it.

I think it looks great, and I'll certainly buy it if I manage to get any money. Certainly looks better than Lylat Wars graphically. I only played LW for the first time yesterday,a dn I can't say I see why everyone's so obsessed with it...

Assault's better >.>

*runs from the torches and pitch forks* ;-;

Still a proud member of the 'omfg amazing water in games' society

Assault had the potential to be amazing, especially because it was being worked on primarily by Namco's Ace Combat team...sadly they didn't stick to just pure flying, which is why it fell down.

Grumbler, what I meant was that it's a shame people have lost interest because of two sub-par games, and as a result Command may sell nowhere near the amount it should. A key example is Japan, where it failed to even break 200,000 units.

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

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I am going to be buying it along with (:-o) a PSOne. My only problem with it is the plasticky looking Fox :-/

1"We're mentalist psychic Scots , which means we can read your mind. If you're lying, your head explodes and we laugh."

The different space-craft available are also worthy of note, with many looking like F-Zero models, each with a different feel during play. The distinction between craft is a very pleasing inclusion, with the way they fly feeling different and the weapons being different (like Slippy can't do charge shots, for instance).

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

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I got this for Valentine's Day XD hehe. I think it's great. The control system is nice, the turn base assault adds something new.

Of the Starfox games I own (64, Adventures, Assult, and Command) I defenitly rate it higher than Adventures and Assult. While it may not be as long and the whole choose your own adventure part confused the beegesus out of me, the wi-fi defenitley brought me back into it. If they are able to make a Starfox game like 64 with online multiplayer...man, that would be one helluva game

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