The hovercraft battle-racing franchise we all know and love is updated for the Cube, with enough turbo boosts, gigantic jumps, and crazy corkscrewing tracks to make you sick (but, duh, in a good way).
HOW WAS IT? GX controlled just like I remember previous F-Zeros--the steering felt too sensitive at first, almost twitchy. But as soon as I adjusted and learned to use the shoulder buttons to lean properly, I appreciated the subtleties of the controls. The two ramming attacks (spin and slide, just like in the N64 version) were fun, the sense of speed was intense, and the courses looked absolutely gorgeous--hopefully the empty black voids that surrounded the tracks in splitscreen multiplayer were just placeholder graphics.
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F-Zero GX is simply the best, most enjoyable future racer on the market.
It's been 13 years since Nintedo created the future racer genre with its release of F-Zero and time sure has changed a lot. This latest rendition is chock full of play modes, racers and machines to pick from. Most impressively, Nintendo designed F-Zero GX so that it can cross over with the Arcade version () to truly put a twist on an already revolutionary game.
GX includes 30 unlockable rides for the game, 30 racers to ride them and an astounding 26 tracks.
Although this latest version of the F-Zero series has added a lot of variety to the solid franchise, it hasn't forgotten its roots. Mastering F-Zero still means memorizing the tracks, learning when to boost and using the occasional attack but really this game is all about speed, speed and speed.
You can play in Grand Prix mode, where you try to win different cups in five-race championships; the multiplayer VS. battle which features up to four players; time attack, or a story mode. The game also has a garage where you can use tickets won in races to unlock vehicles and upgrade items or tinker with the look and abilities of your machine.
What's really cool is that you can save your custom racer and machine to a memory card and then take it down to the arcade to race it on the F-Zero AX arcade machine when it comes out next month. Apparently you will also be able to move data back from the arcade to the cube as well. What a fantastic idea.
The racer AI is just over the top and this game manages to pack a ton of fantastic graphics and immersive sound in races featuring 29 opponents, each with their own style of driving. F-Zero GX is truly the master of high-speed, high-fun racing. This is one of those games you run out to by a new system for.