Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
Review by Metroidfan19
Back in 2002, the first 3D Metroid was released. Despite many predictions of failure due to its first-person perspective, Metroid Prime wowed critics and gamers alike with its uniqueness and fun. The game blended exploration, shooting, puzzle solving, and platforming as well as the best atmosphere of any game up-to-then. The sequel was released in 2004 to more great reviews, and people started eagerly anticipating the third, once the Wii (then know as Revolution) was announced. Nintendo promised that Corruption would redefine the FPS console controls, and would be the best in the series. Does Corruption live up to those claims? Yes it does. Read on to find out why.
By far the most noticeable improvement, Corruption's graphics are absolutely stunning rivaling some 360/PS3 games. The art is simply amazing, the game's vistas come to life with their own unique and jaw-dropping look. No two areas look the same and the creatures fit perfectly. The game runs at a blazing fast and steady 60 FPS. Quite an achievement considering the very high level of detail for all enemies and areas.
Corruption's soundtrack is a mix of the old and new. Returning songs include the Space Pirate Theme, Ridley's Theme, and Metroid Battle Theme. All the songs sound better than ever, and are still great. The new songs are excellent too, setting the tone and fitting each area.
A new addition to the series is voice acting. The characters in the cutscenes now speak (in English/Japanese/Other). The VA is okay, some characters have good actors, while others are just average. It doesn't help though that some of cutscene dialogue is childish and poor. Also, it would have been great to have voice acting for the logs.
Like other Prime games, Corruption has an over-arching plot and the sub-plots of history of the planet/planets. The main plot is somewhat predictable and boring. Luckily, other than the first level, Corruption has very few cutscenes about the main story. The Lores are much more interesting, telling of the rise and fall of the planets. Each planet story is excellent and will definitely make you hunt down all of the Lores just to see what happens next.
The main gameplay in Corruption is similar to the other Primes, but a series of things make it by far the best in the series. The biggest improvement are the amazing controls. They're very intuitive and probably the best of any console shooter. The rest of the controls are extremely responsive (save for the Jumpball). The game's puzzles are much improved, requiring more complex solutions and having more puzzle variety. Another huge improvement is the ability to fly in your ship to a series of different landing sites. This effectively eliminates most of the backtracking, a problem in past games. The game also has some of the best boss fights ever. They're epic, challenging, have tons of attacks, and they're all very different from each other. In fact my only annoyance is the slightly longer load times (compared to the other Primes).
Corruption takes around 15 hours to beat and another 5 to complete fully. The game has a lot of replay value, with Hyper Mode and speed runs. Another thing that increases the replay is the New Game+-esq feature that Corruption offers after beating the game. The New Game+ files keep all of your scans from your first playthrough, and allows for the ability to skip all cutscenes.
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is an amazing game that improves on the series weakpoints (controls and backtracking) while keeping the uniqueness of the series. If you are a Metroid fan, you must pick-up this game. If you're a Wii owner who wants to experience one of the best games ever, or if you're looking for a reason to pick up a Wii, Metroid Prime 3 is the game for you.
Pros: Great art and very high graphical detail, same Prime gameplay with better combat and puzzles, great soundtrack, best console FPS controls yet, superb pacing, almost no backtracking, incredible boss fights.
Cons: Loading can take a while on some rooms, now mission-based.
Length: 15-20 hours.
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 11/09/07
Game Release: Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (US, 08/27/07)
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