DrLitch wrote:I will Second F-Zero X per JWK's recommendation. Stands tall today and is more fun than the game that came out on the Gamecube.
In my mind, there is no universe or timeline that exists in which F-Zero X is a better game than F-Zero GX. Sure, X has aged just fine for a N64 game, but in my mind, GX has aged beautifully for a video game, period. Way, waaaaay too challenging for its own good, but back at the time of its release, me and my buddies would play the game for ages, pushing each other to learn the stages inside and out in an attempt to, as they say, "git gud." I honestly wonder how one buddy of mine's records stack up against what are considered so-called World Records for the game. Guy was an absolute animal, and I never beat him in any head-to-head race, never not once. And I am someone who's beaten even episode of story mode and unlocked all the Diamond / AX Cup races.
Dr. Hester, if you're reading this, you were, are, and always will be on a whole 'nother level when it comes to that game. And I still want a rematch!!
I did like X's soundtrack and edgy comic book illustrations. Not that I hate the game (not at all!) but I just think GX blows it out of the water in every single way. Seems like an unpopular opinion on this site, but I assure you there are plenty of losers like me out there that think GX is one of the finest racing games ever made, and I ain't too proud to admit it
For some perspective, though, I also feel that the Gamecube was a bit garbage by console standards (especially Nintendo) while also thinking the N64 was one of the company's finest hours. Also unpopular opinions on these boards. It's cool, really - some healthy debate and disagreement never hurt anybody, eh? But when taking my perspective about the two F-Zero titles into account, I think it's important to understand my take on the two consoles, too. I find GX to be a fantastic release on a generally disappointing console, while X is merely an OK release on an otherwise great console. But again, just my opinion, man.
Shifting gears... goldenband, you rule for mentioning Chopper Attack. While I agree that the game is no gem, I rented it several times during the period around its initial release and always had a great time with it. In many ways, it's the perfect rental, and covers the "three 'esses' of entertainment" well - simple, straightforward, and stupid. Turn it on. Shut up. Have fun. While I will certainly not argue that it has stood the test of time well, it is an under-appreciated arcade action title in the N64 library, and brings to mind memories of some 32-bit games of the time, mainly Krazy Ivan, Assault Rigs, and WarHawk. Kind of seemed like a game that would have worked better as a PlayStation or Saturn launch title. As it were, it was a game I was glad to have in the N64 library back in the day.
Hm... I wonder what it goes for used these days. I might have to look it up and give it another go if it's cheap enough.
EDIT: Well, what do you know, it is
pretty cheap! Look like an old beater copy goes for about $7 on eBay, with free shipping. Done. Deal. It's this a great time to be alive, that we can occasionally buy old games for more or less what it cost to rent them for a weekend back in the day?