Star Fox Assault was the long-awaited return to arcadey rail-shooting space action for the franchise after the odd Zelda-ish detour that was Star Fox Adventures (which we previously played through). While the reaction to Adventures was mild bafflement, Assault proved to be more what fans had waited for, albeit hampered by a very short campaign and less of Star Fox’s bread-and-butter space shooting levels in favor of janky third-person levels on the ground. But just change your control settings to the one that’s like a modern third-person shooter, and boom, it’s another really good Star Fox! Not a gold star like 64, but a solid silver.
The Star Fox team - now with Krystal from Adventures on board and Peppy stepping back into an adviser role - jump into a battle between the Cornerian Armada and the remnants of Andross’ forces, with Andross’ nephew Oikonny at the helm. Their easy success over him is short-lived, as an enemy from Corneria’s past crashes the party: the Borg-like bugs of nightmares, the Aparoids. It’s up to Star Fox and some unlikely allies to stop them before they’ve assimilated the entire Lylat System into their collective.
I’m playing on Silver difficulty, as getting all silver medals unlocks a playable arcade game, Xevious. I’m not concerned with any other unlockables or secrets you can find, so this is otherwise a straight playthrough. Mugiwara Yoshi and JigglyJacob join me on co-commentary, both of whom are familiar with the game. No edited/uncut commentary for this LP, because the game audio sounds like it was peak limited to 0, so you’ll hear it anyway.
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This LP was originally shown to my Patreon patrons first from December 25, 2019 to January 23, 2020 before it started going public.