Star Fox Adventures
is certainly the black sheep of the Star Fox franchise, getting a lot of flak from fans because it's really not a Star Fox game. While this may be true, it certainly doesn't make it a bad
game. Right from the get-go, it's apparent that this is a Zelda
clone. Everything, from how the camera is controlled to the types of puzzles involved to the combat and targeting system, is taken straight from Ocarina Of Time.
Again, this is not a bad thing. There are even certain improvements made to the Ocarina
system, such as the use of the C-stick to open an easy-access menu system to prevent constant menu-hopping (a severe flaw of the 3D Zelda
games). However, it feels like certain buttons on the controller are wasted. Only Y is used as a shortcut item-assignment button, with X being used for rolling. The A button is used for the staff, and B is a catch-all "cancel" button. The game would have benefited by making B the staff button, with X and Y being used for items, and A as a generic "action/roll" button as in the Gamecube Zelda
games. Combat is also a rather boring affair. 90% of battles can be won simply by mashing the A button, and there is little variety in enemy types until later in the game.
Control issues aside, the game is rendered beautifully, with some of the most gorgeous graphics ever seen on the Gamecube. Environments are lush and beautiful, and you can see just how well Fox's fur is rendered as it reacts to things like water and wind. The game is fully voice-acted, while some casting choices are better than others. In particular, the comical Scots-accented Warpstone exudes so much cheese as to end world hunger. The score, while not as bombastic or sublime as the music in 64
or the later Assault,
is atmospheric and each tune fits the mood of its area quite well. The themes for Thorntail Hollow and Cape Claw stand out with their soothing chanting.
The plot is nothing to write home about. It's obvious that this game really doesn't concern the Star Fox universe at large, and it contains one of the most blatant examples of Hijacked By Ganon
I've seen in my life. It's an enjoyable experience to play through a few times, but treat it as the decent Zelda
clone it is, not as a "true" Star Fox game.