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Star Fox Zero Review Roundup

Here's what the critics are saying about Nintendo's new Wii U Star Fox game.


Star Fox Zero is coming out this Friday, April 22, but ahead of that, reviews for the Wii U game started to show up today. We've now collected a sampling of review scores and editor opinions for a roundup to help you get a sense of whether or not Star Fox Zero is worth your time and money.

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Star Fox Zero was originally pegged to debut in November 2015, but was later delayed. The game also comes with Star Fox Guard, which is a tower defense-style title starring Slippy's uncle, Grippy.

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Scroll down to see review scores and editor opinions for Star Fox Zero, while you can visit GameSpot sister site Metacritic for more on the game's critical reception.

And check back later today, as Nintendo will reveal a Star Fox animated short titled "The Battle Begins" at 3 PM PST / 6 PM EST. You can watch a teaser for it right here.

  • Game: Star Fox Zero
  • Developer: Nintendo EPD, Platinum Games
  • Platform: Wii U
  • Release Date: April 22
  • Price: $60

GameSpot -- 7/10

"While I don't like the new control scheme, it's a small price to pay to hop into the seat of an Arwing. Though I feel like I've seen most of this adventure before, Zero is a good-looking homage with some new locations to find and challenges to overcome. It doesn't supplant Star Fox 64, but it does its legacy justice." -- Peter Brown [Full review]

IGN -- 7.5/10

"Star Fox Zero's fun stages and impressive boss fight give me lot of reasons to jump back in and play them over and over, and especially enjoyed them in co-op until I got a hang of juggling two screens myself. I've played 15 hours and I still haven't found everything. Learning to use the unintuitive controls is a difficult barrier to entry, though it comes with a payoff if you can stick with it." -- Jose Otero [Full review]

VideoGamer -- 7/10

"Star Fox Zero is worthy of the name, but a few inconsistencies stop it from hitting the highs it otherwise may well have achieved." -- Simon Miller [Full review]

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Game Informer -- 6.75/10

"Star Fox Zero isn't ever bad, but it's generally uninspired. It's a musty tribute that fails to add much to the series, aside from tweaked controls and incremental vehicle upgrades. I loved Star Fox when it came out, and I'll even defend Star Fox Adventures (to a reasonable degree). For now, I'll stick to Super Smash Bros. when I feel like reuniting with Fox." -- Jeff Cork [Full review]

Giant Bomb -- 2/5

"...the years of disappointing follow-ups and the overall progression of industry standards leads to Star Fox Zero having the impact of an HD rerelease rather than a full sequel. Being able to beat the game in 2-3 hours doesn't help, no matter how many branching paths or lackluster challenge missions are included. Even the moment-to-moment action doesn't have anywhere near the impact that it had almost two decades ago, as this limited style of gameplay feels dated in 2016. Nintendo finally released the Star Fox game that I thought I wanted, but it leaves me wondering what place Fox McCloud has in today’s gaming landscape." -- Dan Ryckert [Full review]

Destructoid -- 7/10

"Hearing about how different Star Fox Zerowas compared to its inception, it's almost like Miyamoto jettisoned most of the new ideas in favor of playing it safe due to complaints from testers. Even with Platinum's involvement, it's a confusing project that isn't quite sure of itself, wanting to try new things while simultaneously reigning it in. Despite these blemishes, I enjoyed my time with it." -- Chris Carter [Full review]

GamesRadar -- 2.5/5

"There is a good game somewhere inside Star Fox Zero, but its forced reliance on the Gamepad's screen and motion controls cause it to barrel roll right into mediocrity." -- David Roberts [Full review]

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