Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 59 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 59
  2. Negative: 3 out of 59
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  1. While certainly not perfect – the game is short and could have benefited greatly from LAN or online multiplayer support – there really isn't a more versatile arcade-style shooter for the GameCube system.
  2. Features some of the best graphics ever seen on the GameCube and an over-the-top orchestrated score that gives new meaning to the word "epic." The only thing restraining Assault from being a blockbuster title is the lack of online play and extremely short story mode.
  3. It can be beaten in a couple hours on Bronze difficulty, then Silver and Gold fall not long after that. It is a roller coaster ride of pretty graphics and interesting characters.
  4. Nintendo Power
    84
    It's great to see Fox get back on track with complex flying missions. Though in-flight character dialogue can get repetitive, SFA's tripple-attack-method gameplay stays varied and intenst. [March 2005, p.104]
  5. This kind of game could have been a lot of fun online, but Nintendo apparently doesn't see it that way. At the very least a system-link mode would have been a welcome addition.
  6. netjak
    83
    Has its ups and downs, but it's easily one of the best hybrid shooters available for the Cube. It doesn't do any one thing excessively well, but rather strikes a good balance between the two genres it wants to straddle.
  7. Gaming Target
    81
    The controls, especially the on-foot levels, seem to be a little too loose. Additionally, the interplanetary combat doesn't capture the sense of urgency that the SNES and N64 Star Fox titles held.
  8. Play Magazine
    80
    I miss Fox's awesome fur mapping, but I guess getting Krystal as a permanent team member makes us even. [March 2005, p.59]
  9. 80
    Peppering enemy ships with lasers and smart bombs while navigating trench runs is white-knuckle fun.
  10. A satisfying and enjoyable experience, a must-have for GameCube owners and hardcore fans who crave the kind of bang-bang shoot-'em-up action that made SF64 a classic.
  11. 80
    Recommended and encouraged, even if it is too darn short.
  12. The physics, the color combinations, the cut-scenes are just flawless.
  13. 80
    What makes this Star Fox even more appealing besides frantically avoiding asteroids and out maneuvering opponents is the outstanding visual presentation. Space never looked so sharp.
  14. One other distraction to the proceedings is the inane squad chatter that constantly streams in.
  15. Weekly Famitsu
    78
    8 / 8 / 7 / 8 - silver [Vol. 846]
  16. Why did Namco have to mess with the tried-and-tested formula? Subdued and, frankly, disappointing. [GamesMaster]
  17. A mixed bag of fun. When you're in the cockpit of your Arwing you'll forget where the time went, but drop you onto the ground and you'll be asking "are we done yet?" within minutes.
  18. Yes, it feels thin compared to fifty-hour role-playing games and branching platformers that let players choose their own paths. But it's fast and furious; we even get to fly our own spaceships and yell "Ka-pow!" at no one in particular. What more could a ten-year-old boy want?
  19. 75
    If you can overlook the minor inadequacies found in the control scheme and don't mind a game that is rather short in terms of length and difficulty, than Star Fox: Assault is certainly a game you'll enjoy!
  20. While this addition to the Star Fox universe is a blast, it is just too short. Added to that problem are others such as shoddy voice work and horrible sound mixing.
  21. The space missions are an absolute blast, and it seems like the tank missions just screw us out of more flight in the name of diversity.

Awards & Rankings

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#5 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2005
5
#5 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2005
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 110 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 44
  2. Negative: 6 out of 44
  1. sdc
    Jun 24, 2015
    10
    Incredibly underrated; they do something different, fanboys will hate in every way shape or form. I don't give a damn about your nostalgiaIncredibly underrated; they do something different, fanboys will hate in every way shape or form. I don't give a damn about your nostalgia boners; it's different, unique, and still fun. I don't care if these foot sections reappear; I'm more than happy with them. Throw in a pre-apocalyptic atmosphere, amazing Arwing sections, graphics that'll knock your socks off, and an orchestral score that packs a punch; we have what I believe to be Star Fox' greatest adventure. 64 not withstanding. Full Review »
  2. Sep 5, 2013
    9
    First off, I want to get something out of the way. I have constantly heard people bash the land segments in this game due to poor controls. IFirst off, I want to get something out of the way. I have constantly heard people bash the land segments in this game due to poor controls. I agree that the default control scheme is balls, but if you change it to the twin stick control scheme, everything is fixed. With that said, this is a fantastic game. The story is greatly executed, the characters are more believable than in previous Star Fox games, the voice acting is good, the gameplay is fun whether you are on foot, in the seat of an Arwing or at the controls of a Landmaster tank. And, to top it all off, it's easily one of the best looking games on the Gamecube, next to Resident Evil 4 and Star Fox: Adventures before it. While the campaign is rather short, it has a good amount of replay value with medals to earn and collectables to find. If you have a Gamecube, and are a fan of the franchise, pick this game up. Full Review »
  3. Mar 27, 2012
    9
    i don't see how people can hate on this game. this game is the most advanced star fox game yet. it had a great story, some slight humor thei don't see how people can hate on this game. this game is the most advanced star fox game yet. it had a great story, some slight humor the boss battles were great, if only the game was longer. also, i liked the on land levels. they make good multiplayer. Full Review »