More Reviews
REVIEWS Hyrule Warriors Review
Link, Zelda, Impa, and more Hyrule heroes hit the battlefield in this Dynasty Warriors spin-off. Can it stand up to the brand’s history?

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super He Review
Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes adds light RPG mechanics, builds on action, and uses Toy Box Mode to teach players.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Halo: The Master Chief Collectio Preview
Microsoft and 343 Industries want to bring the entire Halo saga to Xbox One and this collection does exactly that with new graphics for Halo 2.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Release date: 09/30/14

Alien: Isolation
Release date: 10/07/14

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Release date: 10/14/14

The Evil Within
Release date: 10/14/14


LATEST FEATURES NIntendo Download September 2014 - Updating Each Week
OK, so I didn't update before PAX and I may have missed one before that. Let's try this again!

Xbox Download September 2014 - Updating Each Week
Minecraft launches on Microsoft's next-generation console and buy a console, choose a free game.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES The Updating List of PAX Indies
We're heading to PAX Prime! Are you looking to check out a few unique indie games while you're there? UPDATED: Dragon Fin Soup, Dungeon of the Endless,

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP shandog137
A Letter to the Big “N"
By shandog137
Posted on 09/12/14
I have and will continue to have a place in my heart for Nintendo. In fact, my first console was a Super Nintendo. The video game market has changed drastically since the early '90s and it seems like what once was platinum is more so along the lines of silver now. Nintendo has always been...

F-Zero X Review

By:

11/01/98
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE  
PLAYERS 1- 4 
PUBLISHER Nintendo 
DEVELOPER  
RELEASE DATE  
E Contains No Descriptors

What do these ratings mean?

Gentle . . . er. . . things, start your engines!

Let's face it - things are just going to be boring in the future. If the wrong people get their way, everything fun will be outlawed (i.e. alcohol, cock fighting, ferret wrangling, professional wrestling, etc.). Without an outlet for its violent tendencies, the mass populace will rise up and overthrow the ruling class, creating anarchy and, more importantly, removing me from my position of ultimate power . . . but I digress. In order to combat this social upheaval, those in power will have to give the people what they want, a violent action sport where death stalks you at every turn. That's where F-Zero X comes into play.

F-Zero X is the sequel to one of the most popular games on the Super Nintendo. Combining high speed racing with well designed tracks and tons of competitors, F-Zero X surely does its predecessor proud. While many will buy the game just on the name alone, there are many aspects to this title that make it more than just a sequel.

First off, unlike the original, F-Zero X is polygonal. Seeing these graphics makes you wonder how you ever played the original 16-bit version. With a super high framerate, the race really flies by. On the down side, the tracks are all very bland looking, with boring textures and uninspired backgrounds. But while other arcade racing game have demonstrated better graphics before, like Extreme G, none of have had to deal with quite so much processing power per race just to create your enemies.

In every race, you are up against twenty-nine other hover cars. Your placement among these other cars depends on how well you did on previous tracks. The better you finish, the worse the starting position. This makes for some claustrophobic beginnings as you swerve your way through the competition. The other cars aren't the only thing you have to worry about though . . .

The tracks are just as much your enemies as the cars. Besides normal tracks, you race on tracks without walls, on tracks with long jumps, on a half-pipe, on the inside of a tube, and even on the outside of a tube. With over thirty tracks, the replay value is immense. There's even a track where all of your opponents kill themselves right at the beginning, so you win if you survive. The largest problem with this setup, however, is that just by racing the tracks once, you have an advantage. Most tracks only have one tricky section; once you know where that is, you're made in the shade.

This can be especially annoying during a multi-player game. It's not really fun for someone to play against the owner of the game, because unless he falls off the track, he wins. In order for the multi-player to work, you have to give your friends time to practice . . . unless you want to just grind them into the dirt like the lowly scum that they are.

Other than that, the multi-player game works amazingly well. There is really no framerate loss due to the fact that the machine only has to render four cars in the multi-player game. While the quadruple split-screen can make things hard to see, N64 owners are used to that after thousands of hours playing multiplayer Goldeneye.

All in all, this game is plain fun. Nothing really new, but nothing bad either. While the game lacks some things, like weapons and multiple paths, it is a fast racer that many gamers will enjoy playing for hours and hours. And maybe, just maybe, it'll keep the proletariat in line and I won't have to sacrifice my throne as ruler of you all. Mwahahahahaha . . . uh, pretend you didn't see that.

B+ Revolution report card

More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about F-Zero X


More On GameRevolution