Review by swyg
"At times MP3 is awesome, at others it just seems good"
Metroid Prime 3 is a game that many have been anticipating for the Wii, and since it's the last of the Metroid Prime games it should end with a bang.
Let me just start off by saying that MP3 is the first FPS to use motion sensing controls, and the game utilizes these controls very well. You can change the sensitivity in the game to advanced if you want the controls to be sharper and more playable to your standards. The wii remote responds nearly flawlessly with the game and gives a "feel good" vibe throughout MP3. The grapple beam is one of the funnest parts of MP3, you can swing the nunchuck at the TV to grab on to enemy shields and snatch them out of their hands.
The sound in the game is very similar to the past Metroid Prime games and adds to the atmosphere around you in many areas. Elysia, which is one of the the many planets you'll be traveling is by far the most unique in terms of atmosphere. Elysia is a high tech sky-world floating miles in the air with different buildings (if that's what you want to call them). You can use the grapple beam to hang from transport systems in Elysia and travel to different places; pretty cool, huh?
Gameplay wise I'd say the game is a step back, the controls are very well done but the balance of certain abilities in the game hinder the pace of the difficulty. The Hyper Abilities make the game far too easy, but without using them it takes too long to defeat various enemies. Some bosses are impossible to defeat without the Hyper Abilities. Don't get me wrong though, the Hyper Abilities are very useful and are an excellent edition to MP3.
The replay value of MP3 is off the charts, for once in a Metroid game there are more than 2 levels of difficulty. There's normal, veteran and hyper. You must beat the game in either normal or veteran though to unlock the hyper difficulty level. There are different galleries in the "extras" option as soon as you start MP3. Throughout your playthrough's of MP3 you can get 4 different credits;red, blue, gold and green; you need a certain amount of most of them or all of them to unlock things in the gallery. The gallery consists of a music player, an art gallery and a bonus gallery. The green credits a.k.a. friend credits can only be achieved through Wi-Fi.
The graphics have improved and at the same time not improved. MP3's graphics are greater than the previous two installments, but the lighting is the only real improvement. Since the Wii isn't a console built for stronger graphics I personally think that the lighting is an acceptable "illusion".
All in all Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is a great end to the trilogy, it's just not what you might expect after playing through it the first time.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 09/25/07
Game Release: Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (US, 08/27/07)
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