i started f-zero GX a few weeks ago. part of my interest, i’ll admit, was b/c i’m still tracking down all the games w/ characters from the excellent game super smash bros. melee, but i’d also read a lot of great reviews and was looking for something new to play this year. i was also interested b/c everything i’d read said how hard it was, and i have to admit after wind waker and kirby’s dream land 2 i was looking for a challenge.
you can laugh, but my previous racing experience up to now had been mario kart 64, so this was pure adrenaline in comparison. i def. wasn’t prepared for how *fast* this game really is, or how addictive it would become. i’m taking my time, and although i still haven’t even attempted the third cup i wouldn’t say it’s “insanely difficult” so far, although i can def. see how perfect you’d have to drive to beat the hardest levels. practice definitely makes perfect, though. my first time through the last track of the second cup was completely pitiful, but after a lot of trials now i can get through it pretty regularly. of course, getting through it and placing in the top 10 is another thing entirely … i was glad though to see in this excellent walkthrough that the writer mentions this course as being one of the most difficult in the game.
this is a game that, like metroid prime, has so much polish everywhere it just gleams. from the visuals to the music to the tight gameplay, everything is so well developed it really makes every moment a purely pleasurable experience, so much so that even if you crash your last racer at the last millisecond of the last race, just a hair away from getting 1st in the whole cup (as i just did tonight), you don’t really mind too much. (although of course i’m sure this will get more and more problematic as i reach higher and higher levels of difficulty.) the game also has enough depth beyond just simple racing that i still haven’t mastered some of the finer points of the game (particularly attacks).
and like metroid prime, i’m looking forward to playing this one for a good long while. in the meantime, links!
– official site: actually looks pretty cool and has some wallpapers
– ign.com: also has a nice guide (as usual)
– incredibly thorough fansite with audio, emblem patterns, and more
– nice review at nintendojo.com