Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Metroid's Prime

Metroid Prime
Written by Darklightmw (published with permission)

This is in my opinion one of the best games for the Gamecube out there.
Maybe it’s just that I’m an avid Metroid fan, but to me this game was
purely amazing.

Graphics: 10/10
The graphics were extremely intricate, every wall was covered with
humming machinery all detailed with small switches and levers. You don’t
realize it as you’re playing through, but all the little details like
that add together to create the over-all extreme reality that this game
portrays to the player.

Gameplay: 10/10
This is the part of all Metroid games that makes each one of them
shine. I’ve seen many games fail as they attempt to transfer from a 2D
environment to a 3D one, but this one matches up to the classic standard set
forth by the classics such as Super Metroid. The game play is
strikingly similar to the old Metroids even though it is from a first person
view. The controls are easy to master, and thusly make the difficulty in
the game not come from a masterful control of the game controller, but
instead from tough bosses and puzzles that challenge you to find their
secret weak point, scanning them for any help you can get. The variety
of weapons and visors add even more variety to the bosses and enemies,
some can only be seen with certain visors, and harmed with certain
weapons, while others that you may be fighting simultaneously are harmed
with other weapons.

Sound: 10/10
The classic Metroid music shines through in areas such as Magmoor
Caverns, while a new sound track has been added to the classics. Like all
Metroid games, the music isn’t too loud to distract from the action, but
it is merely in the background and provides extra stress in tense areas
of the game, and more adrenaline during the boss battles.

Overall: 10/10
If you own a Gamecube and don’t own this game, then there is something
seriously wrong with you. This game is a classic; it set a new standard
for a hybrid first person platformer/shooter. This, along with Zelda
and Mario is one of the three series of games that Nintendo is famous
for, and it easily upholds the dignity of the series.


Blogger Mr. Levingston said...

this is mostly for dlmw, but dude, you should have mentioned how people were scared of the metroid game when they first heard it was going to be first-person! they thought it would be a 'flop' cuz it was the first first-person metroid!! BUT thank god for retro studios (on that one metroid game) and how they did a wicked job at my favorite gamecube game. (p.s. that was my second metroid game ever. Metroid Fusion is what started my whole metroid craze)

Wednesday, June 08, 2005 10:12:00 PM PST  

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