Star Fox 64's design


  • Another thread about Star Fox 64!


    What do you think about this guy's analysis of Star Fox 64? The way the game gives you choices just through how well you do. It gives incentive to do better and see more of the game.


    I miss this type of design, instead AAA companies seem to rely on DLC to give the player new paths or levels.

  • Well, you're always going to be disappointed if you look to AAA companies for quality games. Video games used to be a niche business where passionate adults tried to engage with nerdy kids. Now it's a big business, where rich adults try to engage with focus groups.


    As to the video, it makes a good point. The fact that the game is so short also plays a big role in its replayability. Even a very poor player will either run out of lives, or beat the game within an hour of beginning to play. So taking another crack at the game never feels like a big investment, which encourages the player to try different things.

  • Agency is a powerful motivator in games. Most games have always had two end states, success and failure. Star Fox added a a third end state to every level: the partial success. It was just enough extra possibility to get us way more engaged than we would have been in a linear progression, BUT, it wasn't so many possibilities that we were affected by choice paralysis (a flaw in many modern games). Nor did it affect the quick-paced, linear nature of the gameplay.


    Linear gameplay with nonlinear progression is a really great combination.

  • Agency is a powerful motivator in games. Most games have always had two end states, success and failure. Star Fox added a a third end state to every level: the partial success. It was just enough extra possibility to get us way more engaged than we would have been in a linear progression, BUT, it wasn't so many possibilities that we were affected by choice paralysis (a flaw in many modern games). Nor did it affect the quick-paced, linear nature of the gameplay.


    Linear gameplay with nonlinear progression is a really great combination.


    It makes me wonder if Star Fox was the first to give that combination.