Review by Laharl_PWNS

Reviewed: 09/18/07

This, was just an awesome game.

It was also a great ending to a great series. Honestly, if you’re thinking about whether to get this game or not, get it. The controls are excellent and they fit the Wii perfectly. The graphics are amazing and game play overall is just plain fun. This is a definite must for any Wii owner.

Story: 9/10
This is the final installment in one of the best videogame series of all time, Metroid Prime. Any of you who have beaten the first two will have a better understanding of the story, but even if you haven’t, it’s really not important. In this one, Samus destroys phazon and Phaaze, this planet from which phazon comes from, for good. You start on the G.F.S. Olympus, but while you’re there, the space pirates attack the fleet. You are then told of a huge “meteor” heading towards the planet Norion, where there is an important Federation base. You are sent to stop it, by getting three generators back on line to enable the planetary defense cannon. Later, you find out that two more of the same objects have landed on two other planets, Bryyo and Elysia. I’m not going to spoil the rest, but you end up destroying the very source of the objects in the end. Altogether, it’s a very entertaining storyline.

Game play: 10/10
As I’ve said before, the controls are perfect for the Wii. The aiming reticule in the center moves smoothly and there are different control settings for all players. The game reacts very well to the distance the Wii remote is away from the screen to, as the game uses that feature a lot. You feel very immersed in the game, as you are looking out of Samus’s visor, and you even use the Wii remote to push and pull different levers and switches throughout the game. You can see Samus’s arm cannon move as you direct the aiming reticule too.

Graphics: 10/10
The graphics in this game are, as I said before, amazing. The environments are incredible and the objects and enemies are extremely well done. You can see the energy forming as you charge your shots, you can see heat rising from your arm cannon after you’ve fired too much, and Samus’s suit gets cooler as you progress through the game. You can even get bumper stickers for your ship if you get enough credits. There’s also a screenshot tool; I’ve got some awesome pictures on my Wii now. The cut scenes are also very well done. The characters move very smoothly and the voice acting is pretty good, but for the most part whoever talks is wearing a helmet or something. Anyway, they’re not the best, but they won’t disappoint.

Replay Value: 8/10
After you beat the game once on either Normal or Veteran, you’ll get a new difficulty; Hyper Mode difficulty. Also, if you got either above 75& or 100%, you get extended endings. But the 100% includes every missile expansion, every ship missile expansion, every fuel tank, every in game credit (Which means a lot of scanning and beating it on every difficulty), and a lot of friend voucher trading, so if you’re like me, and just played through the first time to beat it, there is still more to do on your next play through. Now, nothing changes on Hyper Mode except the enemy health, and the damage the enemy does, so it doesn’t have much replay in a way, but you probably won’t be board of it by then, so this section still gets an 8/10.

Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Product Release: Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (US, 08/27/07)

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