| The Good
Great sense of speed
Superb graphics and sound
| The Bad
It can be frustrating
You may get hopelessly addicted
Back in the day, when futuristic racers were almost nonexistent,
Nintendo decided to bring us the one game that started it
all: F-Zero. It was loved for it's blazingly fast fun
and (at the time) mind-blowing visuals. This sequel helps
fit the need for a second helping of fun. Despite your assumptions,
this just isn't a port of the old classic - it has new vehicles
and cleverly designed courses.
The story, like the first one, isn't the most important aspect
of the game. There are no cut scenes or other rivalries or
anything in the entire game. There is a little section of
the manual that tells just why these people are racing. Surprisingly,
it doesn't make sense, but I'll let the manual explain what
"Captain Falcon, Dr. Stewart...It's been a quarter of a century
since they piloted their way to fame as F-Zero racers, and
as time has passed, their days of glory have faded into something
resembling legend. The extreme danger involved in F-Zero has
caused for some to call for an end to these races, but now
a new generation of pilots has emerged and is looking to continue
writing the sport's history. It is a timeless quest for victory,
fame, and fortune."
But this game isn't about story. It's all about fast and
furious gameplay in the palm of your hand. The great sense
of speed as your zipping down the track is downright exhilarating.
Speaking of tracks, there are lots of them. At the beginning,
there are three different circuits to choose from, Pawn, Knight,
and Bishop. Each with there 5 tracks keep the challenge on
high and are creatively done. There are also 3 difficulty
settings, not including the unlockable, and almost impossible
Along these tracks are multiple objects you have to dodge
and some different terrain that you have to use different
driving styles to get through. For example, on the snowy levels,
you can't keep your finger jammed on the acceleration button
and expect to get out of it a winner. Instead you have to
press the A button repeatedly while on the snow-filled levels.
All the variety keeps the fun fresh, and will keep you coming
back for more.
The graphical flare of the original is back, and gives the
game a great sense of speed, something that a lot of racing
titles, even nowadays, fail to do. I noticed the graphics
aren't as fruitfully colored and bright as the original. This
is mostly due to the dark screen of the Gameboy Advance, which
has made a few games virtually unplayable. Luckily, that isn't
the case for this title. The music also keeps you pumped when
your playing the game, and isn't hard to listen to.
When it comes down to the best GBA racer, this title is at
the top of the heap. Honestly though, this title doesn't have
much competition, and is worth the moolah you have to throw
at it. I just hope you won't get as hopelessly addicted to
it as I did. Seriously, It's a good game.