F-Zero GX


Generally favorable reviews - based on 50 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
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  1. 93
    Its sense of speed is unparalleled, its control mechanics unmatched, its level design mesmerizing, and its graphics and audio presentations superb.
  2. The extreme increase in difficulty will surely turn some people away before they've seen the 20 tracks and unlocked all the story mode chapters. But if you want a light-speed racer that looks and plays sharply while simultaneously offering some dramatic challenges, F-Zero GX is exactly what you're looking for.
  3. With speeds that border on being too great for the human eye to comprehend and computer opponents that never once falter, F-Zero GX is designed specifically for hardcore gamers and people who are gluttons for punishment. [Sept 2003, p.112]
  4. The track design is so unique and so incredibly cool that you won't believe it at first. There are more twists, turns and thrilling surprises (both graphical and gameplay-related) that you'll be in a state of shock for the first 20 minutes of play.
  5. Cheat Code Central
    One of the more challenging and frustrating racers to come along in ages, F-Zero GX will give any, and I mean any, gamer one hell of a run for his money.
  6. Incredibly fast, outstandingly brilliant, and wonderfully rewarding to play. The intense difficulty curve only adds to the gameplay experience. Each race that is won feels even more impressive because it had to be earned.
  7. 82
    I can't remember the last time I played a racer this challenging and difficult to master. It's no picnic, but the rewards are plenty for those of you with the will and determination to keep on winning.
  8. No matter how much is going on at any given time, the frame rate is a rock solid 60, and for a game as fast as this that's a godsend.
  9. Truly knuckles-scraping-against-asphalt hard, but not impossible. It's completely rewarding when you finally overcome the odds. Yet at the same time, it's a daunting game and is best to take on gradually in small doses.
  10. 90
    Reclaims the crown "Wipeout" stole from F-Zero with lots of stuff to unlock, a stout Story mode, and lots of group fun - but it can be frustratingly difficult, too. The chemical response of your adrenal gland could be hazardous.
  11. games(TM)
    Everything we hoped it would be. While the excessive speeds on some courses can approach eye-melting territory, this only becomes a problem on a couple of tracks, and even then it only encourages better course knowledge and use of boosts. [Oct 2003, p.120]
  12. In short – it will kick your ass. However, each time that you lose, you know that you could have done better. You don't lose because the AI cheats. Oh no. You lose because you simply weren't good enough.
  13. May well be the perfect GameCube title. With its amazingly complex racing model even experienced gamers are in for a substantial learning curve and newcomers to the series will be in for quite a shock. Visually stunning and a total blast to play.
  14. Despite these minor imperfections F-Zero GX has it where it counts. The combination of blistering speed, responsive controls and rivals with genuine personality makes this one of the most addictive games of the year. [Oct 2003, p.96]
  15. 80
    As the videogame equivalent of washing down a pack of Pop Rocks with Coke, some will take the challenge head-on while others will listen to the naysayers. Either way, F-Zero GX is now the official barometer of hard-core gaming.
  16. With excellent control, track design, graphics, sound, and customization, this is clearly the best F-Zero game in the series, and one of the best games on GameCube overall.
  17. Play Magazine
    Exhilarating and beautiful... For as much as the game is about speed and visual impact, it is also about feel and the overlooked art of track design. The game slams you in your seat, but it's also infused with the kind of stubtlety and attention to detail that only truly talented developers can muster. [Sept 2003, p.74]
  18. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    If you're not a hardcore fan of the genre, GX will fast make you furious. The game's punishing difficulty will push many gamers past single-digit exclamations and into an extended rant of DEFCON 1-level profanity... But a lot of you are looking for an ultradifficult racing challenge. Here it is. [Oct 2003, p.158]
  19. 100
    Few games deserve the high praise we're willing to lavish on F-Zero GX. Finely tuned, tightly balanced and exceedingly fun, it is a step above and beyond any similar games that have come before.
  20. At the end of the day, F-Zero GX is a speed-freaks dream come true. On top of being fast, Fast, FAST, FZ has great racing options, insane tracks, snappy control, a brilliant customize feature, and the ever-important fun factor.
  21. Nintendo Power
    No other racing game even compares to F-Zero GX - it's a next-next-gen cyberrace before its time. [Oct 2003, p.137]
  22. The challenge of this game will bring out the best or the worst in a gamer, a true test of ability and skill. All of this is given to us with a great story, memorable characters, vivid settings, all wrapped up in a presentation that's second to none.
  23. The gameplay is sumptuous, and is helped along considerably by a smooth learning curve and a constant 60fps update. The biggest surprise of all, and one which we've mentioned several times, is the depth the game has to offer.
  24. There is enough on offer in single-player to keep you busy for weeks, and the lifespan is stretched even further thanks to the Time Trial mode.
  25. It's deep, it's visually stunning in the fact that it has a background to judge the incredible speeds, and what is more, it controls so bloody intuitively that Amusement Vision was able to create some truly mindbending tracks with which to torture you.
  26. Speaking of unlockables, diehard players will find it near impossible to get everything.
  27. Truly the master of high-speed, high-fun racing. This is one of those games you run out to by a new system for.
  28. So-so bonuses notwithstanding, there's just nothing else like this on the GameCube.
  29. netjak
    Few games leave my hands sweaty and clenched around the controller like F-Zero GX does. The difficulty level may scare away some new players (and maybe even some old ones), but it's a fun ride even when you're not winning.
  30. GMR Magazine
    F-Zero is finally running on hardware that can do it proper justice, and Sega makes GameCube sing. [Oct 2003, p.63]
  31. 90
    Filled with some of the most fluid graphics I have ever seen, tons of hidden items, easy to get into controls and a lot of just plain FUN, F-Zero's only real fault lies in its difficulty.
  32. A fantastic game, but it's not for the weak of heart, or for racing newbies. If you don't fit into either of these categories, you'll have an absolute blast with F-Zero GX.
  33. 90
    This version should be rightly deemed as the definitive racing game of this generation, and one of the best ever made. [JPN Import]
  34. 92
    Breathtaking visuals, pumping soundtrack and the creation of ultra speed are the perfect complement with the awesome track design and adrenaline charged competition.
  35. Unparalleled lightening fast gameplay.
  36. I absolutely worship the Green Plant: Intersection level. For that level alone this game is worth it.
  37. GameNow
    I couldn't stop playing F-Zero GX. It's refreshing to see a racing game ditching the sim elements that seem to be a prerequisite nowadays in favor of more arcadey gameplay. [Oct 2003, p.46]
  38. By far one of the best looking games for the Gamecube, one of the best playing, and a heck of a lot of fun. There really is not anything to complain about with this game other than the difficulty.
  39. 100
    From a graphical standpoint, the game is mind-blowing. The characters and vehicles all look good, but what's really impressive is the backgrounds around each race and how fast they go screaming by.
  40. If speed kills, then F-Zero GX should get a life sentence.
  41. This F-Zero leads the rest of the F-Zero franchise in terms of Graphics, Gameplay, Options, and Lastability, just that alone makes it at the very least a very worthy rental, even if you aren't into racers.
  42. The Emblem Editor is also a nifty addition for those who like to be creative. You have the ability to make your own emblem with the use of various art techniques.
  43. F-Zero GX can best be described as having a long row with a supermodel, and then having impulsive make-up sex afterwards. Go into it with the will of a barbarian and with patience, you'll reap the spoils.
  44. What sets this apart from all other racing games is the immense speed of the game, which will make you dizzy sometimes, and the fact that there are 29 people racing against you.
  45. That what it offers more of was incredible to begin with, and that it offers it in a much, much prettier package, with more gameplay modes and options, makes F-Zero GX the kind of "rehash" that you want to savor every bit of.
  46. There's a lot to love about F-Zero GX, and the thing you will love most is that it will leave you wanting to come back for more. This game will keep you sucked in and wont let go.
  47. Playboy
    If the blur of high-speed visuals churns your stomach, a turbo-boost should easily reunite you with your lunch. [Sept 2003, p.33]
  48. With a deep, campy story mode, a detailed create-a-craft option, and a preponderance of wicked-hard courses, F-Zero GX is a (primal) scream.
  49. A fantastic racing game, and easily the very best racer for GameCube. The only thing keeping this game from a higher score is the extremely steep learning curve.

Awards & Rankings

#4 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2003
#18 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2003
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 183 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 183
  1. Nov 6, 2011
    Wipeout? forget about that **** This game right here is perfection when it comes to futuristic racing.
    Fast paced, superb controls, great
    Wipeout? forget about that **** This game right here is perfection when it comes to futuristic racing.
    Fast paced, superb controls, great tracks, awesome music, really great graphics, solid framerate and hard as **** difficulty just make the deal better. One of the best games that the Cube has to offer.
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  2. Gamerfolife
    Dec 4, 2003
    This game is way too slow. the futuristic graphics make no sense whatsoever. this game should wisen up and start using licensed vehicles andThis game is way too slow. the futuristic graphics make no sense whatsoever. this game should wisen up and start using licensed vehicles and believable locations, like miami or something. you look like you are driving little toys instead of actual speed machines. mario kart is even more realistic than this. the graphics are terrible because they aren't real enough. the tracks are completely implausible because you go in loops and upside down and stuff, makes no sense. f-zero has always been this bad though, since it first appeared on the sega genesis in 1994. i hear that the n-gage is going to release an f-zero game, hopefully they release something worthwhile on their new amazing handheld pocket god. Full Review »
  3. Feb 18, 2015
    The parts of this game I was able to play were pretty. Sadly it was much too difficult for my abilities, and I didn't manage to get far enoughThe parts of this game I was able to play were pretty. Sadly it was much too difficult for my abilities, and I didn't manage to get far enough into the game to have a good impression of it.

    Unless you're really good at racing games, F-Zero GX is going to be more frustrating than fun.
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