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      11.06.2011 20:50
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      Fantastic game. I would definately recomend this.

      Lylat Wars (also known as Star Fox 64) is a sci-fi flying shooter from Nintendo. The game looks and sounds good and has sharp visuals. Overall the game is really really fun to play, though they first level becomes tedious.

      *Plot*
      You play as Fox McCloud, the leader of a team of mercenary fighter pilots making up Star Fox. Accompanying you are three AI pilot companions Falco Lombardi (a pessimistic falcon), Slippy Toad (a rather anoying toad who is always getting shot by enemies) and Peppy Hare (a, well, peppy hare pretty much sums it up!). The game is set in the Lylat system which contains a series of planets, an asteroid field and the star Lylat itself, each of which serve as levels. An evil scientist Andross has been exciled to the planet Venom and is starting to stir up trouble so Star Fox are called in by an army general called General Pepper. You must work your way through the Lylat system, reach Venom and defeat Andross.

      *Gameplay*
      Through the game you can pilot two craft. In the majority of levels you fly the Arwing fighter aircraft, equipped with lasers and bombs and with the capability to boost, brake, roll, loop-the-loop and in some levels perform a sharp upward U-turn. The main weapon starts as a single laser which can be upgraded to double lasers, then upgraded to a more powerful version of the double laser by collecting an Arwing logo dropped by some enemies. The weapons can be downgraded to the single laser if the wings of the craft take significant damage (or if you die) and these must be fixed before double lasers return. The craft can carry up to 9 bombs which are fired forward to deal significant damage, or damage to multiple targets.

      The second craft is the Landmaster tank which can boost, brake, roll and fly for a short while and is equipped with a single laser cannon which cannot be upgraded.

      There are 15 levels on the game, but each play through consists of playing 7 levels, starting with Corneria and ending with Venom (though there are two variations of the Venom Level). There is not changable difficulty levels, but completing challenges in levels changes the route taken through the Lylat system. There are 25 different combinations of levels depending on which challenges you complete. Some levels are more difficult than others and offer a higher maximum score so chosing which challenges to complete really affects your final score and position on the games leaderboard. The aim in each level is to destroy as many enemy craft as possible then defeat the level boss by attacking weak points. You receive medals for defeating a large percentage of enemies and keeping your team mates alive. If you take too much damage you die, starting the current level again and loosing all upgrades. Each level playes as a scrolling corridor, where you fly in the middle of the screen as the scenary passes by on all sides. In some boss battles you are allowed to fly in three dimentions which is really fun, but only happens three times in the game.

      *Visuals and sound*
      The game looks great, scenary is clear and detailed and the Arwing looks great. enemies are sharp and explosions are bright. The sound is also fantastic, though the voices of your AI team through your radio can get a bit anoying.

      *Multiplayer*
      There is a multiplayer mode where you can have four on four split screen combat either in the Arwing, the Landmaster or a mixture of the two for different players. If you achieve a high number of medals in single player you can also unlock a mode where you are on foot with bazookas. There are three games types, point match, last man standing and survival. Multiplayer is very fun and definately adds some length to the game.

      *Negatives*
      The first level, Corneria, gets quite frustrating after a while as you have to complete it every time you play the game. It is the only level which must be the same, but after this you can pick your route so the other levels never really get boring. Also, your AI companions are pretty anoying as the often fly in your path then complai when they get shot. At other times they get shot bu mutliple enemies and you have to save them and it starts feeling like you are babysitting as opposed to working as a team. Also, a single playthrough is quite short, taking under an hour to complete, though with multiple level paths this is not such an issue.

      *Overall*
      A fantastic scrolling shooter, the Arwing is a delight to pilot and levels are interesting and provide a challenge in the route changing challenges. Each play through is short, but you can spend hours and hours enjoying all the levels and challenges. I would recommend this to every N64 owner.

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      18.10.2010 19:06
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      Its a good game in short bursts, but wont keep you entertained for long.

      Star Fox 64 (Lylat Wars in Europe) is probably the best spaceship game out there for the N64, it features a campaign mode, as well as 4 player vs. battles, allowing players to battle on foot, in tanks, or in the Arwing. (Foot and tank modes must be unlocked) There are some stunts you can pull off, took me a while to work out exactly how you do them, but they do come in handy in the campaign and in vs. battles for avoiding incoming weapons, especially homing ones.

      Despite being a great game, the campaign mode is very short, and can be completed in a few hours, which for me is one sitting. There are some bonus missions you can unlock which i was unable to the first time i played, i dont imagine they increase the time taken to complete the campaign by much. Because of this unfortunate downside, the game is fairly repetitive, once you've done the campaign you probably won't feel like playing through it again for a while, and the vs. mode gets boring after a few battles. So its good for a few hours once every couple of months or so, but it'll wear thin if you play it too much.

      The main reason i felt this was better than Star Wars Rogue Squadron (Probably the 2nd best starship N64 game) is because Rogue Squadron had fairly disgusting visuals, the game was very pixelly and the draw distance was terrible. If it had those problems fixed it would have definitely rivalled Starfox for me. Oh and Rogue Squadron had no multiplayer modes.

      This game is probably worth a couple of quid, but dont go spending a fortune on it, search around and pick it up cheap.

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      07.08.2010 01:19
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      Blast from the past that stil competes with modern greats

      Ive owned this game for over ten years, on the orignal Nintendo 64; modern gamers can download it from the Wii's virtual console. I happily played the normal game through for two years, without knowing how to access the rest of the map after a friend showed me how it felt like a whole new game to me.

      Not to sound like an older gamer here, but I can remember what it first felt like to use a rumble pack, in my mind I was up in the stars living in the game. Lylat Wars was the first game to support the rumble pack, reveolutionairy in its time.

      When this was released so long ago it was an incredilbe technical achievement, using voice acting with imersive graphics to help both gameplay and story. One thing often missed in modern games is a tutorial level, during the first level of this game the player is introduced to vareious manuvers when needed.

      Multiplayer comes in various forms including verses and team deathmatch using the Arwing or the Landmaster depending on progress in the singleplayer game.

      Even ten years on I still find myself going back to this game time and time again, mostly to try to push up highscores but I often find myself playing for hours on end getting back into the game. It might be an old game, but its a diamond in the sand when compared to many games modern or old; add this to your collection.

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      10.01.2009 12:49
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      A good shoot em up sort of game with amusing if sometimes weird dialogue

      Part of the Star Fox series and available for download on your Wii. Lylat Wars features Fox McCloud and a team that primarily consists of Slippy the toad, Peppy the hare and Falco, a falcon. There are also guest appearances from other old friends of the team, Bill and Kat. Star Wolf and his team of minions are trying to stop you from getting to Andross who has declared war in the Lylat sytem.

      If you choose to take the training option first you will have some time to adjust to the controls, you can return to the training option anytime you like and it lasts for an indefinite length of time. There are also options for those of you with 2 controllers in VS mode. The game play starts with a message from the General telling you that Andross has declared war and has some super weapon that you must destroy. You're shown a map and start the play in Corneria you have a choice of 2 enemies to fight pay attention to your flight buddies as they give you some clues as to what these other routes are. If you do as they say you are more likely to get mission accomplished. The advantage of mission accomplished is that when you return to the map you can choose whether to follow a blue (easy) path or a red (hard) path. There are also yellow path options at certain points at the game. You can get medals for getting 150 rings on the first level and medals are awarded for different achievements on future levels.

      The only downside to this game is that you cannot save your progress so if you get so far without dying and then need to go out you will lose all your progress. However if you've got a high score when you get game over your score is recorded

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      05.08.2008 13:28
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      Sci-fi space shooter aimed at younger audience, still good fun though

      Super Nintendo's "Starwing" (released in 1993) was an absolute revolution in gaming for it's day. "Lylat Wars" was released 6 years later on the Nintendo 64 and, sadly, did not cause such a stir.

      The game is set in a fictional system known as Lylat. Andross, an evil scientist is planning to conquer the system and must be stopped. Fox McCloud, and his team of trusty animal sidekicks are called in to save the day. Flying their principle fighter craft (known as "Arwings") they must battle through the Lylat system to reach Andross's homeworld.

      The game has two main modes of play: solo missions and multiplayer. The solo missions take a novel approach to the classic "Easy, Medium and Hard" game. If a player achieves certain goals in one mission, they can access the "harder" route or choose to continue on the easy path. Some levels are set in outer space (in asteroid fields, or against huge armadas of enemy ships), others are set on planets. As well as the Arwing, players can pilot the Landmaster (a tank) and, on one level, a submarine.

      The majority of the levels work on "rails" - that is, the vehicle you are piloting automatically moves forward through the level. You can, of course, pilot the craft up and down and from side to side. There's also an "All Range" mode, where the player has full freedom to move through 3D space. There is something rather limiting about this mode of play however.

      One of the greatest criticisms the game has received is that it's a little bit childish. All the characters are animals and there's nothing truly horrific in the game... as you might expect from a sci-fi shooter. But it's very playable. One of the strongest features of the game (in my mind) is the unlockable "Expert" mode. It really is a challenge to unlock this mode (you must obtain a special medal on every level) and once you've accessed it, you have, essentially a whole new game to complete. More enemies, fewer pick-ups, less health... more death!

      There's also the eternal challenge of getting your "hit score" higher and higher. There are plenty of videos on YouTube of the world's finest players achieving 300 to 400 enemy kills per level (to put this in perspective, most levels average a total hit score of 100). There's a lot of technique that can be learned and it's always good fun blasting the enemy forces to smithereens with lazers and nova bombs.

      The multiplayer mode isn't quite as playable as I had hoped it would be. The original "Starwing" game on the SNES had no multiplayer option, so I was very excited to see Lylat Wars released on the N64. There are only 3 levels to choose from in multiplayer and little option for different modes of play.

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      05.08.2001 22:31

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      This game promised so much. star fox was an incredible game on the SNES and this gamer had the graphics to rival it. the magasines raved about it, the package for the game was huge. out of interest did anyone notice that? the box for the game was about a metre in every direction, just to contain this little vibrator for the control pad! Anyway, I bought htis game second hand and without that vibrator for about £15 and thought that that would have been a great deal having wanted the game for about 2 years but it was a little too expensive for me. but... within two days it was back on the shop shelf and I had a new game instead, not a great game but at least one that offers some form of mild amusement. Lylat wars promised so much and really didn't deliver. one player only for a start on the actual game, something that I know will annoy nost people, because the two player option of dual is really little more than fluke if you win because the screen is so small that you are lucky to even see anything on the screen, let alone someone flying past you at speed. the two player option therefore is much like playing mario kart 4 player, impossible to see anything. I once wne t aobut 20 minutes playing a friend who hadn't played the game before without even seeing him, despite knowing how to use the map to my advantage. in the real game, this two player option isn't available whihch makes the game annoying as this would have been a great feature to add. The game itself is interesting and challenging for the first few times of playing and to be honest it isn't that bad to play. however, it is let down by the fact that it is too easy, and I mean too easy. I finished it on my second go, thats how easy it actually is. the enemies are too large and easy to shoot down, whilst your ship is too small and fast for them to catch. the sound and visual aspects of the game are similar to star fox, blocky and tinny sounding, but I think that they went for the same elements
      for the game rather than something new. In conclusion, this game simply isn't worth buying unless you have a spare £10 and really want a game. for me this is a game to play at your mates house rather than to own.

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      05.08.2001 21:32
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      Starfox 64 - Lylat wars is one of my favourite N64 titles. I initially wasnt going to get this game, because I didnt really like the SNES incarnation of Starfox (or starwing, if you played the English one!) - the graphics never did convey the impression of actually flying (translation : I sucked at the SNES version!). So, it wasn't till I played this game at my friend's house, that I bothered to go out and buy the title. You play the lead role of Fox Mc Cloud. He is, err, a fox. Who wears a flying jacket and can walk on two feet....... He has a falcon (Falco), a rabbit (Pippy) and a frog/toad (Slippy) as wing men in his fleet of spaceships... Basically there is an evil emperor-like force in space, and as Fox Mc Cloud, you have to stop it! The baddies are generally monkey-like creatures, but there are the odd run ins with mercenaries hired to take you out - like the cool Star Wolf and his band of stupid looking compadres! The storyline is okay - but the overall game reeks of nintendo quality. The characters all have enough personality to keep them interesting, but not too much detail to distract you from enjoying the game. A neat feature in the game is that your Wingmen give you useful information about what is going on duriong each mission. They tell you in the course of playing the game about boosting, shooting bombs, corkscrew rollings and many other cool manoevuring techniques. The controls are easy to pick up - standard flight-sim type controls... but the feel of the ship is very arcade-like - the ship responds really well to the analog joystick. There is a crosshair consisting of two perspective guided squares -this is really handy in blasting your enemies away. The lock on features are good too - although they take away some of the fun in dogfighting! ANother good feature is the way you can blast your own wingmen... Sometimes Slippy the frog just got on my nerves.....so I just shot him a lot.....he was in maintenance for the next miss
      ion!!!!! The graphics are not as top notch as Zelda or Perfect Dark, but they are almost perfect for the fast-action packed gameplay that you experience. The ships are a huge improvement over the ones featured in Starfox on SNES, although they still are a little too much on the simple side. The enemy ships also suffer from the slightly too simplistic design, but this is me being too fussy! Another annoyance is the look of the lasers you shoot...they just look lame..! The enemies have really cool cannons, that have great special effects on them - all the electric sparks and stuff are fairly impressive! Sound is decent, although you wouldn't really notice it....you'll be too engrossed in the game itself! The cutsequences are sometimes too long. Especially the initial unskippable one.. GAME COMPANIES TAKE NOTE - MAKE ALL FMV SEQUENCES SKIPPABLE!!!!!!!!! I think I've covered all the areas of the game... It is well worth the money- its fairly long and the nice inclusion of the multiplayer battles is really fun - although you need a big TV to get the full benefit! Get the game if you like Nintendo - or if you hated the first Starfox on SNES - it will change your mind. This game is pick up and play game. Blasting all the aliens takes practice, but it really is a lot of fun! Oh yeah! The rumble pak you get with the game is quite good! Feeling the explosions is an interesting new way to enhance gaming! I sincerely look forward to the next instalment of this title range on the new Gamecube!

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      23.07.2001 20:55
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      Perhaps I have been reading the wrong magazines, or visiting the wrong websites, but it has always seemed to me that this game did not get the recognition it deserved. Most places seemed to have tagged it with a 85% score which is respectable enough on the outside, but it makes me wonder if me and these reviewers were playing a different game. Along with Goldeneye and ISS, this is the game I play the most on my N64. Each main character has something ridiculous like 40 or 50 seperate lines each, even the main baddies have their own lines too! All voices are acted quite well to a certain degree(this is a video game we are talking about). This is a pretty impressive feat when you remember that this being on a catridge, takes some pretty serious compression ;) The sound is also pretty good, with relevant sound effects and tunes(alhtough I did prefer Star Wing's end theme better!) and the graphics are nice and neat, nothing too flashy but enough to veer away from being bland, as some fly em ups tend to be. All in all it's a worthy sequel of an already excellent game. It is one of my favourite Nintendo games ever and apart from the gameplay facotr there is little to fault. Okay so it only takes maybe an hour to complete, but there's a heck of a lot to do before you've completed it properly, and even when that has been done, there's nothing to stop you from going back to up your hits score in the rankings section(my best is a pitiful 1436 hits, but that's a long way from my first total as you can see!). The rumble pack does come free with the game if you buy it brand new, but I haven't ever really used it with the game, so I couldn't comment much on that aspect.

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        21.03.2001 17:54
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        This is the reincarnation of the excellent space shooter on the N64. You play once again the brave Fox McCloud who battles to beat your treacherous enemy the Ape guy. This puts you in that position once again as the commander of a group of expert pilots who fought opnly for money. If you played the one on the Snes this will revive all them feelings of blasting the hell out of everything. This version has enhanced graphics and the gameplay has been improved also. You are given control over 3 other pilots: the frog, the eagle and the rabbit. They all have names but to me they are animals.This time they actually TALK. Telling you what you should be doing and having danm sad arguments. A down point is that you cannot take control of them, they work be themselves but no worries they are very useful especially in combat. But be sure not to rely on them too much because when it comes to bosses no-one helps you out. The game is basically the same such as you can pick up stuff from the levels. You can upgrade your cannons and store up your bombs. You can also pick up shield and other things. If you have just bought the game I would advise you to go on the training level just so that you can get use to the controls - it's not easy flying with the joystick on the N64 controller. In this level you can also practise doing them rolls and spins which help so much in battle. Spins and rolls can deflect laser shots. Be careful not to run into any walls because your wings can be ripped off. Overall the game design is good and the difficult is well set. It will last you a while, TRUST me. There are 3 routes for you to take, ranging of difficulty. If you have finished the game, here's a tip you can get medals for completing a level with a perfect run. This is a classic game with plenty in there to offer you and for the measly price of 20 pounds it is quite worth the money. Although the multiplayer qualities in this are not
        too good it more than makes up for it in the single player mode. TRY it out and if you like it BUY it now. If you don't trust my opinion read someone else's review (e.g. Eelam_Garek's review is good) and you will see that this game is good.

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          20.03.2001 17:12
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          It may be one of the first games made for the N64 but it is still one of the best. Fox McCloud and his band of assorted are animals are back. This time they're tougher, more talkative and their ships are good enough to appear on Star Wars. For those new to the genre, you pilot a team of four; they are part of an organisation that keeps the peace in a violet galaxy. Your latest foe is Andross. This evil ape wants to rule the galaxy and it is your job to work your way through the worlds he has conquered and destroy his henchmen on the way. As you can imagine, his guys have planes too. Most of the time they are easy to beat, but at other times they are equal if not better than the planes you yourself pilot. This leads to some excellent Star Wars style battles, both in space and on planets. You only ever control Fox McCloud, the leader of the team, your other 3 team-mates, are controlled by the AI. Don't let that but you off, because they are very helpful. Your ships are standard spaceships, they have a standard blaster cannon on the front, but this is quite weak. It can be upgraded, to a double cannon or a double hyper cannon. The latter is the one you really want to get your hands on. This is achieved on the first level, so it isn't a big concern. They hold a single person, if you want an accurate picture of what they look like, then picture an X-wing of Star Wars, they're similar to these (geese I mention Star Wars alot!). There are 2 modes to flying on the game. When you are working through the levels, you fly forward and can't really deviate from your course, except from side to side. When you come to the end of a level, you fight a boss. You then change to all range mode. This is where you have the freedom to roam the arena, i.e. you can turn in circles, loop the loop or even do u-turns. For this mode, the wings of your ship extend. The levels are good and get increasingly di
          fficult, as do the bosses, which is always a sign of a good game. You have a map that shows your progress through the levels. This map has alternate routes though. It depends what you do on a particular level, as to which route you take. For example on the first level, if you fly under the wooden arch's near the end of the level, then you will take an alternate route on the map. This is a good way of controlling the difficulty settings. On the map, there is an easy route, an intermediate and an expert route. This changes the story line too. As with most games, this one exploits a multiplayer facility. It is actually quite enjoyable. You can have four players. You each play one of the characters from fox’s team, with player 1 playing fox. There are a few different modes available. You can have a standard death match, basically kill the opposition. Or you can have a match where you compete against each other to kill enemy ships. This is quite good. It gets annoying though. If your mate kills you then you loose the kill count for the enemies you’ve killed. Since the winner is the person that kills the most enemy ships in a limited time, you don’t really stand a chance if you die. You fly the standard ships in the multiplayer, but as you progress through the one player, you can play as a tank (you have to use this on a few of the one player missions). This is quite good too, but you are at a disadvantage if someone chooses to play as the planes. You are very vulnerable to bombs. You can also play on foot if you do an insane amount of work in the one player. The multiplayer is quite enjoyable but it has a poor lastability. You’ll find that you have to take breaks of 3-4 weeks before you want to play it again. In summary, Lylat Wars is a good, shoot em up that will keep “Asteroid” fans happy for a long time. The one player is excellent, with ships that glide beautifully and perform e
          xcellently. The multiplayer is also good but you’ll get bored quick. Another downer is the lack of a level select. If you want to get to your favourite level, you have to work through all the levels before it. It is also a big drain on the rumble pack batteries (mainly because it was the first game to use it). If you can see past these shortcomings, then Lylat Wars is a good buy. It will keep most users happy for hours. Some may find it repetitive, but the non-stop, fast paced action should prevent that. Lylat Wars is definitely worth the 20 pounds or below that you’ll pay for it nowadays. So buy it, you won’t regret it.

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            14.03.2001 02:28
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            This is the sequal to the great starwing on the SNES. You control Fox Mcloud, leader of the starfox mercanery team. The evil Andross is back to try to take over the Lylat system, and you are the only ones who can stop him. Each level is linear, in the sense that you can only go forward and side to side most of the time. You fly a small aircraft armed with laser cannons and bombs through different levels where you must blast enemiy air and ground forces. Your wingmen will back you up, but watch out for them, if they are taken out, they will not be there to help you for a couple of missions! You can get upgrades for your ship along the way, and at the end of each level, you meet the classic 'end of level boss'. On some levels, you even control a tank or submarine! There are different scenarios depending on which way you complete a mission. The annoying thing is you cannot save the game, so must play to the end in a day! Good Points: This game is quite challenging and never gets boring. The single player will have you playing for hours. I have before sat at my console, and played a long session, completing the game in about 5 hours. The overall graphics are excellent. Being un-savable, this game needs to be very addictive and playable - and it is! You may find yourself sitting at your N64 for hours! Note how I have not said about the multiplayer; This is where I get to the; Bad Points: The multiplayer. You can barely see each other, and with only two battle grounds it is crap. The graphics on this section are a letdown on the rest of the game, they are very un-detailed, and the few pieces of space debris look like programming errors! The sound effects on the game are also bad, the voices are very annoying, and the sound effects are un-realistic. The graphics are excellent, and you will play it for months. Unfortunately, once you leave it for a couple of weeks, you never seem to go back to it! It is an ex
            cellent game, with great single player but is very lacking in the multi department. 7/10

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            10.01.2001 19:45

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            Lylat wars is the sequel to the SNES game of StarFox (or Star Wolf, depending on where you got your game from). The idea is that you take the place of the leader of a group of pilots who go around saving the universe from nasty people, called Fox McCloud. You start off on one level, but there are a selection of possible routes you can take through all the levels on the game. If you manage to do something particularly tricky then you get to fight your way through a more difficult level - which are normally more interesting. The game is fun to play to start with, but ater a while it can get a bit samey. While you do get a couple of chances to control other vehicles (one missions lets you drive a tank, the other lets you control a submarine) you spend a bit too much time flying the fighter craft in my opinion. The graphics are quite good - they aren`t the best I`ve ever seen on the N64 but they certainly make you sit up and take notice. the controls of the game are simple and very easy to get to grips with, which greatly inproves the fun of playing the game.

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            07.01.2001 00:53

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            Lylat Wars 64 was a good enough update form the Snes version, but it lacks lastability. Lylat Wars is a good game to pick up and play for a laugh, but, and the big but is that the game hardly lasts any time. There are very few levels and the difficulty isn't very challenging. There is a multiplayer option which is slightly worse than the one player option but is none-the-less a good enough multiplayer game. The last boss is a bit simple and the game really should have had more levels, options and difficulty. The game was released with the N64 Rumble Pak and was a big hit because the Rumble Pak was really specifically designed so that it would perform very well on Lylat Wars and then everyone would purchase one for their other games. I would recommend this game only if it was on budget and you aren't looking for a game that will last you for ages.

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            18.12.2000 02:52
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            After playing Lylat wars on the SNES I was pleased to hear there would be a sequel. However after completeing the game once in less then a week, I was totally unimpressed and galled. After paying fifty five pounds for the game you expect it to have at least a bit of fight in it. The possibilities for the game were endless. The finished game is easy perdictable and at times slow, this is of course repetitive. The games only redeeming feature is the air crafts handling and the graphics, (all though the graphics were at little rocky at times). Over all the game is uninspired and repetitive. Not a touch on how good the game could have been Nintendo really let a good idea go to the wrong programers. If you enjoyed Starfox and like space advanture then this is definatly one to miss.

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            25.11.2000 09:58

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            This is the sequel to the classing SNES game StarFox, which used a special chip in the cartridge to give good 3D graphics that would otherwise have been impossible. Using the N64 means that this isn`t needed, and the graphics are excellent as a result. The game itself takes place over a range of levels, depending on how well you do on one level you can go between a few different routes through the game map. Most missions take place in your fighter, but some of them put you in control of a take, and one even puts you in charge of a submarine! The biggest draw-back to this game is that it can get a bit samey - too many levels leave you in the fighter without letting you change. It just needs a bit more variety to be great, although as it is it is stil a very good game.

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