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Faxanadu (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Even if you were turned off by The Adventure of Links' side-scrolling gameplay, Faxanadu is still worth checking out. There's enough to the story to keep you going for quite a few hours, not something you can say about every NES adventure game. Rating: 92%
Faxanadu (Virtual Console)
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What Is It? We're two months into 2011 and finally getting our first proper Virtual Console release. Over the last few weeks we've seen a number of classic arcade titles from Capcom (Black Tiger, Ghosts 'n Goblins, etc.), but nothing from the traditional home consoles. That changes today, thanks to the release of Faxanadu. This 1989 side-scroller was clearly influenced by Nintendo's Zelda II, but you shouldn't hold that against this lengthy adventure game. It's a mix of fast-action and role-playing; create a unique (and mostly successful) 8-bit experience. Even with its weak story and constant backtracking, Faxanadu offers players enough of a challenge to warrant a look.

Does It Still Hold Up? The game is dogged by some questionable design decisions, especially when it comes to the sluggish controls. The players have a limited amount of control over the character at any given time, which can be really annoying when battling small enemies. The game's slow pace can also get annoying, especially when you're forced to travel all the way back through land you've already experienced.

Is It Worth The Money? Even if you were turned off by The Adventure of Links' side-scrolling gameplay, Faxanadu is still worth checking out. There's enough to the story to keep you going for quite a few hours, not something you can say about every NES adventure game. Best of all, the game allows enough customization to keep hardcore RPG nuts coming back for more. It's not a perfect game, but Faxanadu is a welcome change from the Capcom arcade ports.
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