Star Fox Guard review

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E3 2014 was a memorable one for Nintendo with stellar games like Splatoon, Bayonetta 2, and Super Smash Bros being the main attractions. However, industry legend Shigeru Miyamoto showed off two little games of his that demonstrated what the Wii U could do: Project Giant Robot and Project Guard. While Giant Robot is no more, Guard received an official release in the form of Star Fox Guard.

Chances are if you bought Star Fox Zero physically at launch, you got a copy Guard to go with it. If not, you can find the game digitally on the eShop for $14.99 or with a discount if you own the digital version of Star Fox Zero. I will say right off the bat that the game is already worth it for the price.
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In this game, you work for Slippy Toad’s uncle Grippy at his mining bases across the Lylat System. You are the sole operator of his advanced camera security system controlled by cameras that also shoot lasers. The camera placement is displayed on the Wii U GamePad screen and the TV displays what the cameras are seeing, with the one selected in the center. It is with these tools that you must defend these bases from a variety of robots who wish to attack the center.

Part of the challenge comes from looking up at the TV to looking back at the GamePad and vice versa, but even in tensed situations, I didn’t find it too difficult to jump between the two. Star Fox Guard could make for a great game to play with friends, having them constantly yell at you to switch to camera 7 or 12. I myself have not tried it, but I plan to in the near future (please come over, I’m lonely…).

There are various robots you encounter in the game each with their own unique abilities. Most have the same objective of attacking the center, but others have other motives like mini-tanks that only attack cameras and helis that latch on to the cameras to block their view. They all make for perfect distractions as you’re trying your best to keep the base safe. Leveling up will also unlock cameras that freeze enemies, slow down time, and more.

Each planet comes with three separate bases and a boss stage. Different missions are included with the levels, along with bonus ones you can unlock once you reach a certain experience level. These include missions where robots parachute in, where you can only hit certain robots, and where you only have one camera to use. They’re all great additions that make the already fun experience even fresher.

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Speaking of fresh, there is an online mode where you can play other user’s missions. You can also create your own to determine what kind of robot enters during a phase and when. I’ve had a lot of fun with this mode in particular. While I’m not too fond of the level creating, I love to destroy another person’s wave of foes to show them how truly skilled I am!

Final Reaction

Star Fox Guard is a great addition to the base game, Star Fox Zero. It is one of those games that truly proves the Wii U GamePad’s worth, it’s just too bad it came out during the end of the system’s life. It may not have alot of content, but for $14.99, you’re getting a well-made game that you can enjoy by yourself or with friends.

Rating: 4/5 Atoms

NR 4 Atoms - B

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Joey Ferris
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l love to play games and write stuff about them. I can't play something and not tell anyone how I feel about it. Call it a sickness, because it is.