I do not believe you can just reload a save. You can save mid path in the 3DS version but if you die and lose lives that save is gone.
For a guy like myself who was skeptical going in, making it harder than it needs to be to experience all the levels is a downside. So yes, it's an issue to me.
I would like to experience the whole game but not with the blunt persistence of someone who doesn't have a billion games to play and now a full time job and girlfriend and all that. Perhaps I missed my best shot at the game by not playing it back in the late nineties.
I think you're DEFINITELY overthinking (overthought?) this thing. Just "do it" or "beat it," don't worry about where you end up. Chances are you'll "accidentally" find the paths without much effort. Really.
--And, like, don't all games restart when you run out of lives? I know there are continues some places (and some games have continues forever, but most don't). Star Fox allows you to regenerate health, too, unlike a lot of games which are "get hit once, die."
Well, I gave this game another try and somehow I wound up in a stage I'd never played before, a stupid train level, and I lost almost all my lives there after no problems whatsoever leading up to it. Then I got Game Over on the next stage.
Having to restart the game when you run out of lives is never a good thing, but in a game that you have little to no control over the pace, it's even worse. At least if I have to start over in a platformer, I can get good enough at the levels that I can breeze through, but here I know that I'm going to have to sit through a lot of shit every time I have to restart. There is possibly nothing I hate more in video games than sitting through parts that aren't a challenge at all.
I guess this game is pretty old, but it still seems like pretty unacceptable game design to me, considering most games at that point in video games had save features. Why not allow you select a stage to start at once you've gotten there once? That would make it much easier to find the new paths.
Yea I think I'm done with this game. I'm glad I didn't pay for it.
Maybe I could appreciate the level more if I could just start from it whenever I wanted. Instead, I had to keep facing the same boss where I wasn't exactly clear on what to do right away, I kept trying to hit the switches and could never find one of them, sometimes I only had half health because there's only two gold rings to possibly get after the checkpoint as far as I could tell. All while getting the hang of the Landmaster (first land level I'd encountered on that run through) and its, in my opinion, poor controls.
Actually I tested this out the other day, if you lose all your lives on a stage power down your system right away.
If you do this before the game over screen kicks in, your game over status has not had a chance to save and you can reload your save from the beginning of the level you were on with all your lives intact again.
Hopefully that will make things a little better for you guys, allowing you to replay and practice the stages you are stuck on without playing through the earlier stages.
..... And I just realized that Jargon is playing the N64 version? Rendering my advice kinda moot for him (not Fink though). Was also going to mention that the 3DS version has a score attack mode that does allow you to level select, but that doesn't help you.
Yessir. I am quite sure. In fact, here's an excerpt from the game's instruction manual (page 8):
Starfox Instruction Manual said:
You can pass through a narrow space by rolling your ship on its side. While your ship is in a partial roll, you can move more quickly to the right or left in combination with the [left] or [right] key. Also, if you press the R or L Button twice in rapid succession, your ship will execute a complete barrel roll. The barrel roll maneuver can be useful in reflecting some laser attacks and shaking off enemies that cling to your ship.
If you're still not convinced, go check out some YouTube videos of someone doing a play-through. They'll barrel roll and deflect laser shots during the game. Note that the barrel roll won't deflect ALL projectiles, but most laser attacks can be shrugged off with the maneuver.