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PostReview: Strike Force Foxx (3DS eShop)

Don't Mess Up That Chopper Foxx!



Strike Force Foxx feels as if it was taken straight out of an 80's action film and put on to a game console. The plot is just as cheesy as one might suspect, along with all of the main characters falling into stereotypes, but does the game have enough fresh content to rescue itself?

You play as Captain Foxx, a cocky helicopter pilot who has been called in to rescue hostages captured by a terrorist group. The story doesn't get much deeper than that of a typical hotshot action star's tale; thankfully, the helicopter rescues are a breath of fresh unique air this title needs.



Piloting a state of the art chopper,  Foxx has to rescue hostages from danger zones, and be  wary of hostiles. You have the ability to shoot down the terrorists with your gun, land on them like we did when attempting to recover our first hostage, or just leave them be altogether. Be careful if choosing the option to let your enemies live, they are still armed and will kill the hostages while trying to shoot you if a hostage is in between you and their guns. Strangely enough, they will never even harm the hostage unless they are aiming at you, but this makes rescuing much easier.

Rescuing is as simple as setting down next to the hostages and having them climb aboard. As we said earlier, you can't set down directly on top of them to save them, you need to set down close to the hostages. The number of hostages varies from level to level, but there are generally two-three extra hostages to rescue per stage in case you make a mistake. Completionists seeking a three star rank on every level will want to track these guys down.



When you complete a stage, you are given anywhere from one to three stars,  these stars are needed to unlock parts that can upgrade your helicopter,  from engine upgrades to better armor plating, to a rescue ladder, Big John Games added plenty of decisions for gamers to make about their helicopter. One flaw in this design is having to go back and grind for the necessary funds to upgrade your chopper. In most levels, you can get a perfect rank on the first few tries, and to buy the later parts requires excessive grinding. One small detail to point out about buying parts, there is a huge jump from unlocks requiring twenty one stars to fifty seven stars. There is a part in the story that matches this segment. During that time, you are using a Hospital helicopter, and don't have your own for a short while.

The levels you explore range from the Jungle to Apocalyptic cities, all of them match the games spirit with the art design. Graphically, this game looks similar to the 3DS Retail Game, Shinobi, which took on an art style heavily criticized by gamers, but that doesn't affect the solid gameplay at all. The only area for complaint in the graphics are the stale boring cut out characters that tell the story through the cutscenes. The soundtrack also suits the game's 80's action movie theme. 



Strike Force Foxx is a solid action title that is perfect for on the go gaming. Missions can be completed within minutes, and are enjoyable to play through. The upgrading system might have you replaying levels for funds, but with action this rad, it is mostly excusable.
If you are interested in a quick action title, why not give this one a try?

Overall: 7.5/10

Review Copy provided by Big John Games
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Nice review! I'd consider this... if it ever goes on sale. There's a bit too much to buy coming soon, but for a $3 or $4 sale I'd probably get this. It looks interesting enough I want to try it anyway.
 

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