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General Pepper has sent in the finest mercenaries in the galaxy to help the Cornerian Army defeat the continuing threat from Andross. You take control of Fox McCloud, son of legendary James McCloud, who was killed when Pigma double-crossed his fellow members. Your wingmen include the only surviving member of the original Star Fox team Peppy Hare, the energetic and lively inclusion of Slippy Toad and finally Falco Lombardi who's ability as a pilot is only matched by his own ego.
Lylat Wars is the European release of what US gamers would know as Star Fox 64. Developed by Nintendo and headed by the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto, Lylat Wars delivers the same crazy cartoon-based 3D space shoot em up action as the legendary Star Fox that redefined shooters and 3D visuals on the Super NES.
Control is pretty simple but allows some good features to be used including laser fire, brake, turbo, smart bomb, lock, hover and barrel roll allowing thorough control of both the Arwing and Landmaster. Modes include the one-player adventure Main Game where a total of fifteen levels are lined up in rows on a map. The idea is that players can complete special tasks along these paths that allow them to choose the harder path that otherwise can't be reached by just completing the mission.
Levels are generally split into forward scrolling levels that are basically on rails and circle free roaming worlds that allow players to use the full extents of 3D gaming. Other modes include a small tutorial of the game and controls in Training, two to four player action in VS Mode that includes three special free roaming levels providing Point Match (first to shoot down the selected number of opponents), Battle Royal (deathmatch mode, die and your out), and Time Trial (whoever takes out the most opponents in the selected time) styles to choose from.
A total of over seven hundred voice samples have been implemented to give constant speech between Fox McCloud and his wingman taking up a total of four megabytes of the new standard twelve megabyte cartridge. Lylat Wars is also the first Nintendo 64 release to support the Rumble Pak. The Rumble Pak is Nintendo's answer to arcade and PC games force feedback devices and actually clips into the controller. Other options include choice of three languages including English, French and German as well as the option to display speech as either English or Lylat. ~ Brad Penniment, All Game Guide