Review by pyro922

"Fantastic, but not for everyone."

Metroid Prime is without doubt, one of the best Game Cube games ever. People who disagree can have their reasons though. Metroid Prime had remarkable graphics for its day, and is still nice to look at now. The game's atmosphere was breath taking and notable. This game was the defining FPS for the Game Cube.

STORY

The game's story is simple, yet also complicated and detailed. The primes trilogy takes place right after the first NES game, "Metroid ", and before the Game boy game, "Metroid 2: Return of Samus." After the events of the first Metroid, bounty hunter Samus Aran receives a distress call from a Space Pirate Frigate. She goes to investigate, but finds most of the crew dead. When leaving, she encounters Ridley, and gets almost all of her suit weapons and armor stripped from her.

She pursues Ridley to the nearby planet of Tallon IV. There, she regains her equipment, and confronts space pirates. There is even more information you can get from the plot, by scanning and receiving information. Scanning items contain more detailed information about the plot.

GAME PLAY

The protagonist of the Metroid series is Galactic Federation bounty hunter Samus Aran. The game series is notable for its well-done atmosphere. In this game, you venture through very different environments, from old ruins, to lava infested areas, to ice worlds. Each environment has its own and unique enemies. The game is extremely non-linear, and is filled with puzzles and difficult bosses.

Needless to say, this game can be very challenging to the casual gamer. This game is also known to bore people who are used to other first-person-shooters, such as Halo, but can be very enjoyable to some hardcore gamers, and fans of the Metroid series. When buying the game, don't expect a non-stop mindless action game.

Overall, the game play is a love it or hate it.

GRAPHICS
This game's graphics are extremely well done and overall, Magnificent. The atmosphere is arguably, the best in any game. The art work is well thought of. This is probably the game's best stand. Even if you hate metroid, it's hard to hate it for it's graphics. Even today the graphics are good looking.

SOUND

The soundtrack for this game is epic. Some of the most memorable music from video games come from this game. There is no voice acting, which may be good. Voice acting tends to be usually bad, and Nintendo doesn't seems to like voice acting anyway.

CONTROLS

The controls, like the game play, is a love it or hate it. The game controls with one analog, but it has a lock-on system, which works well. The controls are very solid, but it takes time for getting used to. Fans of dual analog will be disappointed, but most will not be.

REPLAYABILITY

This game has no multi-player, so don't expect it to be a 4 player frag-fest. The game has some extras, as well as a very well and long single player mode. There are different endings, as well as collectibles and log book entries to fill up in the single player adventure, and its fun trying to collect all of 'em.

OVERALL

Story- 9/10
Game play- 10/10
Graphics- 10/10
Sound- 10/10
Controls- 9/10
Replayability- 9/10

Should I buy this game?

That is a commonly asked question.

YES if...

-You like adventure games
-You like metroid games
-You like non-linear games
-You are somewhat of a hardcore gamer
-It's less than $10 now
-You like first party Nintendo games
-You like atmospheric games

NO if...

-You like shoot-em-up games
-You're a casual gamer
-You're looking a game to play with friends
-You get bored really easily


Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 02/19/08

Game Release: Metroid Prime (US, 11/17/02)


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