Star Fox Zero
Summary: Star Fox Zero is a divisive game for critics. Some say its controls are awkward, some say they are good. Some say its graphics and environments are drab, some say they are gorgeous. Certainly this game should be played with some discretion
Top Critic Average
Platinum Games takes a quirky experiment and fleshes it out into a enjoyable Star Fox revival that's stretched a little too thin.
Star Fox Zero's fun stages and impressive boss fight give me lot of reasons to jump back in and play them over and over, and especially enjoyed them in co-op until I got a hang of juggling two screens myself. I've played 15 hours and I still haven't found everything. Learning to use the unintuitive controls is a difficult barrier to entry, though it comes with a payoff if you can stick with it.
There is a good game somewhere inside Star Fox Zero, but its forced reliance on the Gamepad's screen and motion controls cause it to barrel roll right into mediocrity.
The sort of expertly orchestrated action you'd expect from a team-up between Nintendo and Platinum, but the lack of innovation is a little disappointing.
Star Fox Zero is like visiting a place you remember fondly, but have outgrown
The first full-fledged Star Fox game in years mixes classic stylings with unconventional controls. But does it deliver?
Even after I found a way to wield its unwieldy controls, the game underneath those controls is a lukewarm retread. As a flagship Nintendo console release or even as a worthy sequel to a once-great franchise, Star Fox Zero just doesn't cut it.
It's the Star Fox game you wanted...in 2002.
The motion controls are decent and there are some great levels, but Star Fox Zero lacks replayability - a problem given that a dedicated player can probably knock it out in less than a day. Still, the level design has merit, and the second half of the game in particular is a reminder of how great Star Fox can be. Star Fox Zero falls short in a lot of ways; but for better or worse, it's still the best game the series has seen in years.