Star Fox Adventures is an action-adventure video game developed by Rareware and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo GameCube as part of the Star Fox series. It was released in North America on 23 September 2002, Japan on 27 September 2002, Austrailia on 15 November 2002 and Europe on 22 November 2002. It was the final game developed by Rare for a Nintendo home video game system, before the company was acquired as a first-party developer for Microsoft's Xbox division. It is the third game in the series, succeeding Star Fox 64, but the second game in chronological order as the original title is no longer canon.
Synopsis (Instruction Booklet)
Eight years have passed since Andross was finally overthrown by the daring Star Fox team. Following the celebrations, Fox McCloud and friends returned to the only life they knew - an endless patrol of the Lylat system, guarding against ongoing threats to their territory.
Boredom soon struck, causing Fox's close friend Falco Lombardi to simply disappear, leaving only rumour to suggest that his lone-wolf nautre had finally led him to pursue a more free and profitable life.
Then Slippy Toad traded his pilot's wings for a place in Weapons R&D, demonstration a natural flair for invention, while Fox's old friend and mentor Peppy Hare retired from active flight duty to concentrate on a role as a navigator and general advisor.
The Great Fox itself had also seen better days. Keeping a ship of that size in prime conditon cost serious money, and well-paid jobs for fighter pilots and mercenaries were increasingly difficult to come by.
So it was that Fox and co. found themselves drifting through the galaxy, waiting and hoping for General Pepper's hologram to pop up with just the kind of high-stakes, high-reward misson that they might need...
Characters and Setting
Adventures features the core Star Fox team, with Falco Lombardi appearing only at the game's end, as well as adding new characters, such as Krystal, Prince Tricky, the tyrannical General Scales, and other dinosaurs. Krystal goes on to become a full-fledged member of the Star Fox team, while Tricky was briefly shown in Star Fox: Assault after completing the sixth mission taking place in Sauria.
Along with the series regulars, Adventures features a numerous amount of dinosaur and prehistoric characters, all of them based off of once living creatures. For example, the ruling EarthWalker tribe, featured prominently in the game, resemble Triceratops, while the rival CloudRunner tribe approximate to Pteranodons. The SharpClaw tribe, which are the major antagonists in Adventures, resemble humanoid Allosaurus. One year later, during the events of Star Fox: Assault, these various dinosaur tribes are decimated by the Aparoid attack on Dinosaur Planet, and in-game dialogue suggests that the SharpClaw may have been driven to extinction. The in-game level shows various ThornTail and HighTop dinosaurs infected by the Aparoids. It is said that only the SharpClaw tribe was driven to extinction.
The entire game takes place on the world of Dinosaur Planet (in later games called "Sauria") and four pieces of the planet itself suspended in orbit. In order to transit to the pieces, Fox must use his Arwing and avoid enemies. These areas include various terrain and climates, such as the grassy hub of ThornTail Hollow, alien-like Moon Mountain Pass, the icy-terrain SnowHorn Wastes, and seaside Cape Claw.
For the full account of the story, see Saurian Crisis.
Star Fox Adventures takes place eight years after Star Fox 64 on an ancient world of Dinosaur Planet, located on the side of the Lylat system opposite of the planet Corneria. Krystal, a vixen looking for answers to the destruction of her home planet, Cerinia, and the murder of her parents, lands on Krazoa Palace after receiving a distress call from the planet. She discovers that the planet had been attacked by General Scales and his SharpClaw army, and decides to help by collecting all of the Krazoa Spirits and returning them to the palace, which would supposedly tilt the war in the dinosaurs' favor and stop Scales. However, after releasing the first one, an unseen being pushes Krystal into the spirit's path, thus trapping her in a floating crystal atop the Krazoa Palace and thus trapped until all the spirits can be returned.
Meanwhile, Fox McCloud, Slippy Toad, and Peppy Hare receive a mission briefing from General Pepper to go to Dinosaur Planet and reattach pieces of the planet that had broken off, as the current state of the planet posed a threat to the welfare of the Lylat System. The team, realizing that they are low on cash and that the Great Fox and Arwings are in dire need of repair, not to mention the departure of Falco Lombardi due to boredom, decide to accept the mission. Fox flies to ThornTail Hollow and recovers Krystal's Staff, which she had dropped earlier due to being attacked by General Scales' floating galleon. Fox learns from the Queen EarthWalker that he must find the GateKeeper for each of the four areas that had broken off from the planet in order to gain access to them, and travel to those areas to retrieve the SpellStones, which must be placed in Force Point Temples to keep the planet together, and which had been previously removed by Scales, causing the planet to be torn apart.
After being warped to Ice Mountain by the Warpstone, Fox meets the Queen EarthWalker's son and his new partner, Prince Tricky, in SnowHorn Wastes. Together, they free the GateKeeper to DarkIce Mines and travel there to retrieve the first SpellStone. After defeating Boss Galdon and getting the SpellStone back, Fox travels to the Volcano Force Point Temple, where he places the SpellStone. Upon leaving the temple, the Krazoa Spirit who was released by Krystal informs him that he must also collect the other spirits and release them at Krazoa palace in order to save Krystal's life.
Now finding himself having to not only save the planet but the mysterious blue vixen as well, Fox collects the second Krazoa Spirit in Moon Mountain Pass and releases it. A scene is shown of him seeing Krystal for the first time, he is speechless at her beauty. He then locates the next gatekeeper, the queen of the CloudRunner tribe, at Cape Claw. He gains access to CloudRunner Fortress, encounters General Scales there for the first time, and loses to him in a brief struggle, allowing the general to escape. He collects the second SpellStone and releases it at the Ocean Force Point Temple back on Dinosaur Planet.Fox has a brief run-in with the LightFoot tribe, who accuse him of stealing an artifact from them. They attempt to execute him, but a CloudRunner fends them off, eventually forcing the tribe to let Fox free. Subsequently, Chief LightFoot orders Fox to break MuscleFoot's records in speed and strength. After that Chief LightFoot dubs Fox "an honorary member of tribe." Fox locates and collects the third Krazoa spirit in the LightFoot Village, and releases it at the palace. He then travels to the third broken piece of Dinosaur Planet, Walled City, after locating the powers of that area's GateKeeper, Tricky's father. Fox defeats the RedEye tribe there, including the King RedEye, in order to claim the third SpellStone. He travels back to the Volcano Force Point Temple once again to place the SpellStone where it belongs. He later ends up traveling to SnowHorn Wastes again, where he finds another Krazoa Shrine and collects the fourth Spirit there.
After finding the final SpellStone, by defeating Drakor at Dragon Rock and placing it at the Ocean Force Point Temple, the planet does not reassemble. Fox realizes that he must release all the Krazoa spirits to bring the planet back together. He travels back to the Walled City, where he finds another Krazoa Shrine at the top of the large temple, and obtains the spirit there. Leaving Tricky with his father, he heads back to Krazoa Palace, where he releases the spirit and discovers that there had been another shrine right on the roof of the palace. He collects the final Spirit after confronting Scales (who, instead of facing off against Fox, is mystically killed by a strange being with a voice Fox deems familiar) there and releases it, however, instead of freeing Krystal, the Spirits enter her body and exit again. The crystal shatters, and Fox narrowly saves Krystal from falling to her death.She takes her staff back, and the two discover that the real enemy was not General Scales, but Andross, who reveals himself to them in the form of the Krazoa God (the same way he was portrayed in Star Fox 64) and warps out into space, threatening to destroy the Lylat System. Fox is horrified by this and chases after him in his Arwing, and defeats him with the help of Falco, who suddenly flies in to assist him, after being absent from the Star Fox team for years. After Andross is finally defeated for good, Falco rejoins the Star Fox team. Krystal flies over to the Great Fox in order to thank Fox for saving her. Fox gets shy and everyone laughs at him. R.O.B. detects that his temperature is rising and asks if he is OK, and Fox replies that he will be fine.
Rare was originally going to plan Star Fox Adventures for the Nintendo 64, as Dinosaur Planet, a game unrelated to the Star Fox series. The plot concerned Sabre (who became Fox) and Krystal, along with their sidekicks Tricky and Kyte (who appears briefly at the beginning and near the end), and Randorn, a wizard who was Sabre's father and Krystal's adoptive father (who was dropped entirely). The SwapStone (which became the WarpStone) would let the player switch between Krystal and Sabre.
Shigeru Miyamoto mentioned in an interview that, after reviewing content of Dinosaur Planet for the Nintendo 64, the similarities of Rare's anthropomorphic designs to Nintendo's Fox McCloud design were striking. The title was later changed to be a Star Fox-brand launch game for the Nintendo GameCube. Before this, Rare released MP3s from the unreleased game, along with numerous trailers and screenshots of gameplay, many of which appeared in Star Fox Adventures.
The original title was Star Fox Adventures: Dinosaur Planet, but "Dinosaur Planet" was later removed. The game resulted in being Rare's final console video game released under Nintendo before the United Kingdom-based studio was sold and became a first-party developer for Microsoft.
Since its release, Star Fox Adventures has been designated a Player's Choice game by Nintendo, recognizing it as a game that has sold many copies and was available at a reduced retail price.
There was mixed response to this game, however, it was generally positive with it receiving an 81 average score on Metacritic. The game was praised by many for its amazingly realistic graphics and long play time, while the criticism was mainly focused on the fact that there is little to no Arwing piloting, which had been a key element in Star Fox games thus far. Another problem that was mentioned was the slightly repetitive scavenger missions that Rareware was notorious for in previous games. Regardless of that, it received Nintendo's Player's Choice for the large amount of copies sold.
An error they made is at the end when Krystal is freed from the crystal. She takes the staff out of Fox's hands, but after the battle with Andross, when he's on the Great Fox, it's on his back.
Behind the Scenes
- Early images and video footage of the game's development revealed that Peppy and Slippy would actually leave the Great Fox and join Fox on CloudRunner Fortress, presumably in Tricky's place. This is evident on the game's box artwork.
- Unused voice acting has revealed that Falco was set to appear much earlier and join Fox in a fight against General Scales, having somehow heard of the mission and deciding to join in, "for a small fee of course".
- Krystal would have been rescued a lot eariler and share more screen time with Fox, agreeing to join the Star Fox team if he kissed her.
- Unused dialouge has shown that her distress calls within Moon Mountain Pass were recorded in English as well as Dino talk. It is unknown why Rare used the later, considering Fox had his working Translator at that time.
- More early voice recordings tell that ROB was originally set to be used as the game save icon, before being replaced by the Nintendo GameCube memory card.
- This is the first and so far only game besides the original Star Fox to not feature Wolf O'Donnell and Star Wolf.
- When Krystal contacts Fox, she is still speaking in native language, despite Fox already having the translator, probably because Krystal may not be speaking dinosaur since she is not from Dinosaur Planet.
- When Fox gets the staff, he is able to understand Krystal's message, we do not know what language it was recorded in.
- This is one of the few Star Fox games in Japan to have no Japanese dialogue. Everyone in the game speaks the original English and Dino languages.
- If this game stayed as "Dinosaur Planet" for the Nintendo 64, some characters such as Krystal would not exist in the series, and Peppy might not be retired.
- Star Fox Adventures has been noted for its similar gameplay to the Legend of Zelda series. The game has the same combat style of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The puzzles are also very similar to a few games in the Zelda series, the automatic jumping similar to how Link jumps, and the first-person aiming similar to how Link aims his arrows.
- This was the first and only Star Fox title Rare has made and the final Rare game made for a Nintendo home console.
- The ESRB rating's reasons for it being rated T stated that it had animated blood. The only instance of blood in the game is if the player whacks Tricky a few times with the staff.
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