As regular readers here may have noticed, I’m rather keen on Nintendo’s splendid F-Zero series. It therefore makes me mighty sad that they’ve ignored the series for a worrying eight years now (and counting). Fortunately, unlike fans of some other forgotten series’, we F-Zero fans at least have a decent number of games to flange around with. None of them are bad games in my opinion, and I’ve now covered each of them fairly in-depth here at Red Parsley so I’d like to think I’ve got a good overall impression of the series as a whole. So, as a final evaluation of the series, here’s its Top Five entries:
All the individual F-Zero reviews here at Red Parsley can be found here...
5. F-Zero GX (2003)
4. F-Zero Climax (2004)
3. F-Zero GP Legend (2003)
2. F-Zero (1990)
1. F-Zero X (1998)
perfect ten’ score, so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to see it earn another accolade by topping this list! The advance in gaming technology between the release of the first game and this sequel meant expectations were very high. Some fans were disappointed by the lack of background detail but most felt as I did – jeeeezus! The already-fairly nippy action had been upped to face-melting levels and the previously flat courses had now been contorted into twirly, twisty, loopy, 800kph+ roller-coaster rides complete with all manner of crazy features. It wasn’t all aesthetics either – the races now featured thirty distinct competitors and the action was fine-tuned to perfection, making for some of the fastest, most exciting racing imaginable. Arguably the greatest arcade-style racing game ever…
Final words on the series? Bring it back Nintendo, damn you!