|Amazon (customer reviews)||3.4/5|
Star Fox: Zero, one of the most hotly anticipated release titles on the Wii U this year, went on sale last week. The game revisits the Star Fox franchise popularised on the SNES, following the adventures of ace fighter pilot Fox McCloud and his companions Falco, Peppy and Slippy.
Metascore of 70: Review aggregator Metacritic currently list Star Fox: Zero with a metascore of 71. At the time of writing Metacritic have compiled 58 reviews. 28 of these are rated as “positive”, 29 are rated “mixed” and one is described as “negative.”
Among the most positive reviews is the one by CG magazine. Awarding the game a score of 9.5 out of 10 they wrote: “Star Fox Zero is the most fun I’ve had with any Wii U game to date.” Examiner.com also appreciated the game, awarding the game four stars out of five.
IGN scored the game 7.5 out of 10 and enjoyed the game, despite some difficulties mastering the controls. Gamespot also had issues with the control system and awarded Star Fox: Zero 7 out of 10.
The most negative review on Metacritic came from Giant Bomb who gave only two out of five stars to Star Fox: Zero. “All of this would have been welcome in the early 2000s” they wrote, complaining that they were able to beat the game in 2-3 hours.
Polygon were also far from impressed. Complaining that Star Fox: Zero encapsulated “everything bad about Wii U game design” they refused to award it a score.
All told, the reviews suggest that Star Fox: Zero is a good but not quite exceptional game, retaining the trademark Nintendo charm but with a control system that may not be to everyone’s taste.