Review by PlasmaTrooper99

"Nintendo DS's best in multiplayer action"

Ever since this game was announced during E3, there was major hype for the game, it got delayed twice i think, which infuriated many people (including me), but it was all for the best. On the 21st when it was released where I live I immediately went to go get a copy of it, I couldn't wait, here's my opinion on the game.

Graphics 9/10

Not the best graphics, but you can still see everything, no images are blurry, just the walls look a bit pixelated if you at it close, but who cares, the graphics don't make this game any less enjoyable, the graphics are pretty darn good for the DS's cartridge.

Story 10/10

The story is pretty original. You're on a mission to find some "ultimate power" somewhere in the Alimbic System. Apparently, the way to find it is to collect eight heavily-guarded "octoliths". To access the bosses guarding the octoliths, you must find three Alimbic Artifacts for each. Doing so will open a portal to the boss defending it. There are a few planets where you go and find them, but you are not alone, there are other hunters after the ocoliths to, so on each planet you must face these deadly hunters, if one defeats you, you will lose your ocolith and have to track down that hunter and gun him down for your ocolith. After defeating these hunters, you can use them in multiplayer. Good stuff.

Gameplay 10/10

This is where Metroid games excel in. You play it in first-person view and you can go around blasting all of your enemies to pieces, not that they can't do that to you though. You can also pick up new weapons and energy tanks to increase life missile tanks to increase your missile capacity, and UA expansions (Universal Ammo) to increase the capacity of the other weapons you find. There is also Samus's beloved Morph Ball form you can go in, and boost around the place and blow up things with the bombs.

Sound and Music 10/10

Most of the sounds and music are from Metroid Prime, but the music in the background and on the planets are pretty good. You may find yourself humming those tunes to yourself from time to time.

Controls 9/10

The controls may seem awkward at first but they are easy to get used to, there are other control schemes for people who prefer not to use the stylus and for people who are left-handed, basically, if you are using the main control scheme you will only need to use the D-pad, and the L button, and your right hand for the stylus, because you use the touch screen for the other things.

Multiplayer 10/10

This is one of the main reasons to buy the game, you can play single-card play, multi-card play, and Wi-Fi. You can even use bots for multi-card play. The wi-fi is amazing. You can search on either worldwide, or your local region, and for people with any rank, or ranks similar to yours. After each match you can chose to add people to your rivals list, if they chose to add you too, then they will become your rival. When you exchange friend codes with people, when you play them on Wi-Fi you can voice and text chat before the match and voice chat after the match. When you play random people on Wi-FI you can only play one mode of multiplayer, battle, but when you battle friends or rivals you can chose from a few other modes of multiplayer. Every person has something that is called a Hunter's Licence. It tracks your record, playing time, and kills, etc. You start out with a 1-star ranking in the beginning, and after reaching a certain amount of wins, you can get up to a 5-star ranking.

Overview

You don't have to have Wi-Fi to enjoy this game, it's a great single-player game too. If you have a Nintendo DS I strongly recommend this game, it's the best Ds game by far, in my opinion. It has great replayability, it has 6 other hunters for multiplayer that you can unlock, and rewards for completing the game with 100% scans.

Graphics 9/10
Story 10/10
Gameplay 10/10
Sound and Music 10/10
Controls 9/10
Multiplayer 10/10

Total Score 10/10


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 03/28/06


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