Star Fox 64 3D Multiplayer: Candid Camera
Destroying a friend's ship? Fun. Seeing his or her face when it happens? Priceless.
Nintendo fans, us included, let out a collective groan when Nintendo announced that Star Fox 64 3D would have offline (and not online) multiplayer.
Having said that, local play is a blast.
It's essentially the Nintendo 64 experience, but with a couple interesting twists. For starters, you now have the option to control the Arwing via the 3DS gyroscope. Not only does it work extremely well, as players physically tilt the device to avoid laser fire and go in for the kill, but gamers don't have to swap control schemes through the options menu. The feature's available as soon as a match begins. Tilt the system or use the traditional d-pad and face buttons. It's up to you.
The second feature comes from the 3DS internal camera, which displays an image of your face above your ship and on the touch screen at all times. The former helps make the game more personal. You'll never question who you blew up, or vice versa. The latter, meanwhile, displays the number of kills and position (first place, second and so on). Even better, the camera doesn't take your picture. It displays crude video. Destroy someone's ship, and you'll see their reaction. Great stuff.
Both of these features help to make multiplayer entertaining, as players frantically guide their spaceships through intelligently designed maps, desperately looking for health while performing barrel rolls and somersaults to cheat death. Meanwhile, players on the attack drown their adversaries in laser fire and bombs.
The verdict? We loved every explosion filled minute. The lack of online play hurts, but the camera support helps to make Star Fox 64 3D's deathmatches more personal and fulfilling. A re-mastered classic indeed.