Star Fox: Assault

 
A kid-friendlier first-person shooter.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

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

Sex
Not applicable
Language

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

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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 a standard first-person shooter like Doom 3 or Halo 3. However, 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?

QUALITY
 

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 is some relatively innocent trash-talking between the good and bad guys. This kiddy-cocktail version of a first-person 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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo GameCube
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nintendo
Release date:February 15, 2005
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:T for (Nintendo GameCube)

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Teen, 14 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

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 game is in 3rd prson, meaning you don't actually see things from the characters perspective. And third, this is a good pick for starfox fans. After the crap fox threw down in adventures, it's nice to see fox in an arwing again. You can also get out on foot and shoot enemies with guns. There are no branching paths, which makes the story mode pretty short. However, the multiplayer is fun, and considering how dirt cheap gamcube games are, this is a fun one to play with friends. No excuse for halo, however.
Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

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 him Marcus. But soon krystal left . But then they were back together.
Teen, 15 years old Written byTheton1789 June 29, 2014
age 9+
 

Okay Sequel

Star Fox Assault is a fast paced third person shooter made by fan favorite company Nintendo. The game is only all right and not as good as the predecessors Star Fox and Star Fox 64. The missions include space ship battles and on foot shootouts on the ground. The object is to destroy all the spaceships in a given level which will explode after being shot down. Some villains scream as they are shot down. You need to protect your team mates who can be shot down as well, however they will just leave the battle when there health gets too low as opposed to being killed. The on foot missions have you going around shooting down aliens, robots, and armored villains with a variety of futuristic looking weapons that shoot lasers or grenades, although this isn't bloody and enemies either disappear or explode when killed. Many villains and good guys are killed during the game and one death in particular is pretty sad as it is one of the main characters of the series (Spoiler: The character comes back later just fine). During the credits a scene shows the death totals and damage given to planets that you have fought at. Insults are frequently used including idiot, stupid, moron, dumb, and other minor insults like these. Overall, this should be all right for kids 9+.
What other families should know
Too much violence

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