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F-Zero
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2005
Yeah, it's an old game for Super Nintendo, but it's the greatest racing game ever made in my opinion. I think the graphics are very impressive for its time, and it is blazing fast for a SNES racer. The music is also fantastic techno, the best music i've heard in a racing game, and better than most games in general. The vehicles are pretty cool, each having advantages and disadvantages. There are many difficulty settings, and many courses depending on the difficulty setting you chose. Beating the game on the hardest difficulty can be extremely difficult, especially at the later courses. The only rip I have on this game is that it should have been two players, and after you beat it so many times/ beat it on the hardest settings, it gets old (I played it non stop before i mastered it, now it isn't nearly as entertaining.) But for when it came out, it is definitely a classic, and to this day I think it is the best racing game ever.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
F-Zero is a fast-paced racing game set in the future...the 26th Century. This game was released for the SNES around the same time as Super Mario World and Super Mario Kart. There are four hovercars to choose from: blue, yellow, green, and magenta. They have names such as the Blue Falcon, Golden Fox, etc. Each car has different capabilities with top speed, acceleration speed, steering, braking, and boosting. There are three racing leagues: Knight, Queen, and King. In each league, there are five race courses, and five laps around the track completes the course. Placing in the Top 3 on the final lap in each course completes the circuit. Other settings include level of difficulty in racing: Beginner, Expert, Master, etc. I consider this game to be slightly above average in terms of playability, fun, and replay value. One definite downside is that it is a one-player game. It would have been better if it had been released with 2P capabilities. F-Zero is worth looking into if racing games are your thing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
F-Zero is known for showing off the Super Nintendo's extremely graphically impressive Mode 7 technology, which was beating off the Genesis's so-called Blast Processing.

You select from 3 cups (Or in this case, Leagues), each with five futuristic courses.

You start with 3 lives. If your car explodes, you will lose one.

Each of the tracks sort of have their own gimmicks, most notably Death Wind, mines, and ramps.

Once you cross the finish line, you can use an extra boost that you earn every time there.

If you are losing health, be sure to steer towards a healing area.

All of the gameplay would most likely resemble Super Mario Kart's gameplay, but this game came out right before it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2006
F-Zero was the original mode-7 racing game for the Super Nintendo. Scrolling background layers give the illusion of a 3D track, and you pilot one of four vehicles across multiple courses.

The game's lost quite a bit of shine, mostly because Super Mario Kart took everything Nintendo learned from this experience and improved on it, including adding a two-player mode. Pop this cartridge in and it's easy to see how this game was revolutionary back in the day, but now the backgrounds are bland and flat and the races seem rather slow. The trademark F-zero music is still intact, however.

A decent game for collection purposes, but the GBA versions feel superior, not to mention the 3D NIntendo 64 and Gamecube sequels.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2007
One of the first game ever for the Super Nintendo. If you was born after 1985...than the you missed out on the NINTENDO/SUPER NINTENDO ERA. Believe me, After playing Atari's Pole Position and then Nintendo's RAD RACER....F-ZERO is a whole new way of racing. The colors, the music, the fun factor is GREAT, being in the early 90's...Kids cut school to Play F-ZERO. Classic game...collectors item!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2013
I own an SNES, and this was one of my first choices for a game. It blew my mind. This game is awesome, and I can see why a lot of kids in the 90's enjoyed it. I actually beat the game, something I admit I am quite proud of... haha

So let's take an in-depth look into it!

Graphics: 5/5. I'll admit, even though I am 11, these graphics are pretty great for the 90s.

Sound: 5/5. AMAZING. The sound effects are pretty good on their own, especially for the cars. But when you take a listen to the music... It's just fantastic. The music is one of the best parts of the game! Fire Field is probably my least favorite track but it sure has my favorite (sound)track.

Replay value: 4/5. Although it's great fun, you might get bored playing the same tracks over and over again, just to beat it on a new difficulty.

Controls: 5/5. I don't even need to explain. The controls are just that great.

Character/Car selection: 5/5. Everything is just so balanced in this game! If you want a featherweight car with amazing acceleration, go with the Golden Fox. If you want a car with good speed and good acceleration, go with the Wild Goose. If you want a car that's all-around, go with the Blue Falcon. If you want a speedy car with sublime control on turns, go with the Fire Stingray. (My personal choice most of the time is the Fire Stingray.)

Trying to decide between this and Super Mario Kart? For some reason, I liked this game a lot better, however that's just my opinion. In fact, F-Zero may be the best racing game ever made. With speedy cars and simplicity that cannot be matched... This game is awesome. I recommend it full on.

There you have it! That's a kid's point of view of F-Zero.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2002
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This game is great! Even though you can only chose from four cars and the graphics stink it has many levels and is just so fun to blow up the other cars. over all this game is a must buy and is verry cheap... SO BUY IT!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2008
The best racing game ever!!! why? The controls. This game is very easy to control. Which is a huge thing that is missing from every other racing game I have ever played.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2004
ok i admit i got this game when it first came out so im old, and i know people are going to say its nothing compared to todays racing games, but for me nostalgia is everything. I love the action in this game and i especially love the music. The background graphics also evoke alien worlds really well making me feel like im on another planet. Ahh the good old days...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2003
First off, everyone needs to keep in mind that this game came out a very long time ago and in no way should be compared to today's racers. With that out of the way, on with the review. F-Zero is set in the future where racing is done with hovering vehicles that reach speeds which are insane. This is an extremly fast paced game which can be a lot of fun. Here's the breakdown:
Graphics: (4.5/5)
For a 16 bit "Launch" game, this is pretty good. The colors are nice and bright, the vehicles and tracks look great and the backgrounds can sometimes be distracting (in a good way).
Gameplay: (5/5)
The first thing you will notice is the freedom you have with your vehicle. It's like trying to skate on ice for the first time :) Once you get used to the frictionless feel, you can start experiencing some serious speed. The controller set-up is perfect and the controls are crisp. You will be hitting break neck speeds but still be in control of your vehicle which feels great. The game offers 4 different vehicles and around 15 tracks which include insane obstacles like mine fields, jumps, and magnetic fields.
Sound: (4.5/5)
I personally really enjoy the music in the game. Each track has it's own beat and it really goes well with each theme. The sounds of the vehicle engines, explosions and the whizzing of passing another vehicle all sound terrific.
Story: (Does it really matter?)
I don't want to rag on anyone, but honestly for the person who reviewed this game below and bashed the game for having no story, wake up! Did you honestly play F-Zero or any other racing game expecting a story? Gran Turismo is the most realistic and best selling racing game on the market, does THAT have a storyline? If you want a storyline, play an adventure or RPG game.
Challenge: (4.5/5)
Getting used to the feel of the vehicles and the speed is one challenge, but the game has multiple modes with increasing difficulty. There are Knight, Queen and King circuits which are composed of 5 races each. Obviously King is harder than Knight. There are 3 difficulty settings with a 4th unlockable Master setting. Learning the car physics is one thing, but try Fire Field or Silence on Master and you'll know first hand how difficult and challenging F-Zero can be.
Overall: (4.75/5)
Bottom line, this game is fast and fun to play. With F-Zero for the Gamecube right around the corner, the original makes for some great classic gaming.
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