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Star Fox Command (Nintendo DS)
- Lylat needs help. Players hop into their Arwing fighter and fight through a unique branching storyline of missions, all rendered in gorgeous 3-D.
- Star Fox DS brings a whole new strategic element to the series with a commander's view of the mission. Using the touch screen, players can draw the routes they and their teammates will take, then battle the enemies they encounter as they take over bases and strategically advance across the map.
- Players can blow their friends out of the sky as they dogfight with up to eight players over a local wireless connection or take on up to four players from around the world on Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
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Star Fox Command (Nintendo DS)
Nintendo dont usually drop the ball when it comes to sequels, but after the awful Star Fox Adventures and Star Fox Assault, the crew of the Great Fox have had a real struggle to remain relevant in the last few years. This new game though is by some of the same people behind the SNES original and the first successful attempt to drag the series back to its roots. The original Star Fox game was the closest any one has ever got to transposing the 2D gameplay of old school shoot em-ups such as R-Type into 3D. As such all the levels were on-the-rails with tightly scripted enemy formations and set pieces. In this game though most of the missions allow you to fly in any direction (similar to all-range mode from Lylat Wars), which will still annoy fans although at least all the action is restricted to your spacecraft for the first time in several sequels.
The controls for your craft actually work extremely well, with all movement achieved via the touch screen, combined with the button of your choice for shooting. What also works surprisingly well is the new turn-based strategic elements which frame every mission. These allow you to not only map out the movement of you and your allies craft but also fire and repel missiles from your mothership. To top it all theres even a six player online mode although like previous Star Fox games you do all end up just flying in circles the whole time. Overall though this is just enough to call of the hounds from what at one point seemed a very endangered franchise.
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Overall it's a must buy game for DS .
The game in itself is quite good fun, with a nice storyline - even if the dialogue is a little on the cheesy side! The only downside to the game is the giving of save points only after a mission has been successful. In practice this means that you can have struggled your way through half a dozen individual fights in a mission and then fall at the last hurdle only to find that to have to go through the whole thing again. This can be exceedingly frustrating - especially as some of the levels are quite tricky.
Overall the game is good and has an added bonus of different endings. This is designed to make you play the game through again and again to see the alternate endings for the characters. On each play through the difficulty level is also raised so the game is more challenging.
Not a bad purchase - even if it is only for the novelty of being able to control your craft via the touchscreen - a feature of the DS that not many of its games seem to utilise!
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