Star Fox: Assault

Game review by
Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media
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A kid-friendlier shooter.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 21 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages
Violence

Wave after wave of enemies, but no blood and gore.

Sex
Language

Plenty of insults are tossed back and forth, but none are crass.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game has a lot of violent and sometimes frenzied action, but it's free of blood and gore. The main characters are represented as caricatures of animals, making the violence less realistic. Nonetheless, the main goal is to kill as many enemies as quickly as possible. Finally, repetitive motion injury could be a real concern -- much of the game involves pushing the "fire" button rapidly for extended periods of time.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byvoiceofreason April 9, 2008

No StarFox 64, but at least it's better than Adventures.

After the Zelda rip-off that was StarFox Adventures, I was extremely happy to see Fox return to his roots. Though not as good as the near-perfect StarFox 64, th... Continue reading
Adult Written byNikeswoosh99 October 28, 2012

Very childish and for babies

Are you kidding me common sense! 12 and up! Thats a joke. My kids are 13 and 11 and I let them play this when they were 6 and I would have let them play it even... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008

Awesome

Great game,I dont have it but a fan starfox. StarFox Command would have sexual contant because fox and krystal fall in love, then krystal has a baby.They named... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008

pretty good game brings starfox back to his roots

First off whoever gave this game an off for violence was out of their gourd. Woodland critters shooting bugs with lasers is not a violent game. Secondly, the ga... Continue reading

What's it about?

Quick reflexes and a muscular trigger finger are a player's best friend when it comes to beating STAR FOX: ASSAULT. Fighting in space and on foot, players assume the role of Fox McCloud -- the dashing, long-running hero of the Star Fox series of games. Fox, along with the Star Fox Team, his band of other commandoes-for-hire (their mercenary status doesn't factor into the gameplay), is once again called to the defense of the once peaceful Lylat solar system. This time, the enemy is the Aparoids -- evil insect robots that threaten to destroy the galaxy. Gameplay is split in two different styles. In some parts, players are able to freely fly or run around, taking on enemies wherever they find them -- similar to Doom 3 or Halo 3. But in other parts the action is strictly guided and the player must fly along the game's preset path, targeting and then blasting as fast as they can press the fire button. These portions of the game can become intense, with wave after wave of enemies and obstacles coming at the player at a frenzied rate.

Is it any good?

Several factors make the game more kid-friendly than typical first-person shooters. Star Fox: Assault has a lot of violence and impressive explosions, but it is relatively free of blood and gore. It also helps that all of the characters are portrayed as animals, which allows some additional distancing between the violence of the game and reality. Finally, the game rewards friendship and loyalty -- players often are called upon to help other team members.

But parents should remember that the game's main goal is still to kill as many enemies as possible in the shortest amount of time. In fact, repetitive motion injury is actually a serious concern, considering how intensely and frequently players need to press the "fire" button. While there isn't any profanity, there's some relatively innocent trash-talking between the good and bad guys. This kiddy-cocktail version of a shooter is successful in its mission and provides an entertaining and action-packed adventure for the pre-teen/teenager crowd, but parents should be cautious before letting their youngest children play.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the use of animal characters. Would you feel differently if your targets were more realistic animals? What if they looked like robots? Or humans?

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