Review by Pikachu34

"My first Review"

Metroid Prime: Hunters is an all new entry in the Metroid Prime series for the Nintendo DS that takes place between Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (Both for the Nintendo Gamecube). Metroid Prime: Hunters pushes the limits of the Nintendo DS. Metroid Prime: Hunters is the best game for the Nintendo DS as of yet.

Game play 9.5/10

(Single Player)
The single player mode for Metroid Prime: Hunters is a very well done aspect of the game, and it plays similarly to the GCN Metroid Primes. There are 5 locations within the region of space called the Alimbic Cluster that you can explore as Samus. Setting a course for one location will bring you to the starting location of that location, from which you can set out, through branching paths, to collect 3 artifacts, destroy the stronghold boss, grab the octolith, and get back to the ship before the planet's/space station's security system activates and destroys you. Besides Samus, there are 6 other bounty hunters that are searching for the octoliths, and they will engage you if they find you. You will also find natural flora and fauna, which will obstruct your path, as well as Guardians, which behave a lot like the other hunters. Unlike most other Metroid games, in Metroid Prime: Hunters, you begin the game fully powered, and you do not lose all of your abilities. You do, however, find the other hunter's weapons, and add them to your already deadly arsenal. Scanning using your scan visor reveals information about the things in the environment, and scanning is necessary to progress through the game and if you want to get 100% completion. It is frustrating if you miss 1 of the scans that you only get one opportunity to scan (thus preventing you from achieving 100% completion), but other than this gripe, the single player adventure for Metroid Prime Hunters is amazing. For fans of the original Metroid games, however, Metroid Prime: Hunters' Single Player mode is considerably different than those of previous outings.

(Multi Player)
As good as the Single Player is, the Multi Player somehow manages to exceed the experience, especially if you have access to the Nintendo WiFi Connection. In the Multi Player experience, you are allowed to pick any of the 7 hunters from the story, granted that you have encountered that hunter and defeated him/her (either through Single Player mode or Multi Player mode). Each hunter has their own affinity weapon, and using your hunter's affinity weapon gives him a special ability with that weapon i.e. Noxus' Judicator, when fully charged, shoots a wall of ice that is capable of freezing other hunters solid, but if anybody other than Noxus equips the Judicator and charges it up, it will only fire a couple of normal rounds at once. The Multi Player is good for up to 4 players, whether through DS Download Play, Multi Card Play, or through the Nintendo Wifi Connection (people without the game will be forced to use Samus). You can choose from 7 different play modes, over 20 maps, toggle options such as friendly fire, hunters on radar, and, if you feel you do not have enough combatants, add bots. The maps range from small to large and from underground, outer space and many places in between (these maps are mostly based on locations from Single Player). Through all the modes there is no slowdown, which is quite admirable for a handheld game of this caliber, and the Online has improved by vast amounts. Available for you to people on your Friends Roster is Voice Over Internet Protocol and Text Messages (Before and after a match) using the built in microphone and the touch screen respectively. The quality of the voices coming through your Nintendo DS' speakers is quite good, and you only receive messages by pressing a button, as is true with sending messages. When waiting for opponents, you can choose when to stop searching for more players, which is very convenient. However, playing with people that aren't on your Friends Roster/Rivals List only allows for you to play standard Death matches. Metroid Prime: Hunters shines in it's Multi Player modes.

Story 10/10

The story for Metroid Prime: Hunters is very interesting, and it is told throughout the Single Player experience quite hauntingly, as you slowly learn how the Alimbics suddenly disappeared. The story tells of an ancient race, well advanced with technologies beyond their time. One day, they suddenly disappeared, and now, from the Alimbic Cluster, a message is sent, in thousands of languages, all across the galaxy, saying "The Ultimate Power lies within the Alimbic Cluster". Naturally, to prevent this Ultimate Power from falling into the wrong hands, the Galactic Federation sends the best of the best for the job, and than person is Samus Aran. 6 other Bounty Hunters from places far away, all unique in their species, receive the message as well, and head for the Alimbic Cluster to get the Ultimate Power. The story is told in little segments, as the spirits of the Alimbics, only viewable through your Scan Visor, tell you what happened so long ago.

Sound 9.5/10

The quality of the sound emanating from the speakers of the Nintendo DS as you play are amazing, from the shots being fired, to the music in the background; all this is amazing and pleasing to the ears. However, while the quality is good, some tunes get repetitive and annoying, like the Guardian fight tune, which, if you're not lucky, can happen every other room, which results in you hearing it too often and getting annoyed. However, most of the tunes are very nice, and fit very well with the feeling of the game.

Graphics 10/10

The graphics for Metroid Prime: Hunters are the best on the Nintendo DS as of now, with graphics leaps and bounds ahead of those on the Nintendo 64 and the PlayStation. Telling one species apart from another is easy, as is locating from which direction you are being shot at. When you move really close to a wall, it becomes very grainy and pixelated, but everything else is very well done, from the sheen of Samus' Morph Ball to the glow of the Charge Beam, to the amazing, semi-GCN quality FMV sequences.

Replay Value 10/10

(Single Player)
The replay value for Single Player is as it always has been for the Metroid and Metroid Prime games, and that is to collect all the powerups and to find all the scans. There are scans that you only have one opportunity to get, so you will have to start a new file if you wish to achieve this goal. You can also play a match by yourself against bots.

(Multi Player)
Multi Player replay value is almost indefinite, as you can play local (Download or Multi-Cart), and the multiplayer action never gets boring, as you'll find it just as intense as ever after a long time in possession of this game. The online play lasts even longer than local play, and it has improved so much over the online for Mario Kart DS that it will keep you playing for a long, long time.

Conclusion

Metroid Prime: Hunters is leaps and bounds ahead of its competition, with beautiful graphics and sound, compelling Single and Multi Player modes, and a great online interface to boot. If there is any Nintendo DS game out right now that you absolutely must, MUST buy, Metroid Prime: Hunters is that game, as it is worth every hour, every minute, and every fraction of a second you devote to this game.

FINAL SCORE: 10/10


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 11/05/07

Game Release: Metroid Prime: Hunters (US, 03/20/06)


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