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Not the greatest Metroid, but fun in its own right

  • Oct 20, 2010
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Unfortunately, Metroid: Other M was massively overhyped. I think that's led to a lot of disappointment with the game. The game certainly isn't as good as Super Metroid or Metroid Prime - not even close. With that said, Metroid: Other M is a pretty fun game on its own right.

First the good. The play controls are surprisingly smooth - even the much-maligned switch to first-person mode. The graphics are beautiful - some of the most beautiful I've seen for any Nintendo game. I'll agree with the comments that this isn't as much of a "puzzle" game as the other Metroid games, but it has its moments. And the game gets better as you play through, with special treats for Metroid fans (no spoilers, but let's just say a few old friends return).

Now, for the bad. I personally don't think much of using the Wii remote only. Sakamoto, the game's designer, thought this would make the game more accessible and precise, but I don't think it particularly helps (or hurts). In fact, I much prefer using the nunchuck as in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess to move your character around in a 3-D space.

My biggest disappointment however is the music. It's not bad, but it's generally just absent. In many parts of the game, all you can hear is silence. This is a travesty for the Metroid series, which is known for having some of the best music of any video game. Music in the other games really set the ambience for different environments. For Metroid: Other M, it's barely noticeable.

Overall, I think this game deserves 4 stars. I suspect that if this had been any other series, more reviewers would have given it higher scores. It is a disappointment for the Metroid series, but I think on its own it stands well enough.

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Metroid: Other M is a single player shooter for Wii that takes the beloved Metroid franchise into uncharted and exciting new territory. Set between the events of Super Metroid and Metroid Fusion, the game features unprecedented access to the backstory, thoughts and in-game interactions of the usually closed off heroine of the series, Samus Aran. Developed jointly by Nintendo and the celebrated Japanese development studio, Team Ninja, the game also features exciting play options, including the ability to switch between first-person and third-person perspectives, pointer and sideways Wii Remote controller orientation, stunning in-game cinematics and a classic blend of Metroid action and puzzle-solving gameplay.

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For decades, Samus Aran has been known as one of the first female protagonists in video games, and one of the most enigmatic. Having traded her haunted past for the solitary life of a bounty hunter, Samus finally tells her own tale in this revealing, personal story of her failings, her flaws and ultimately her motivation. Metroid: Other M is an unprecedented collaboration that blends the slick, action-packed production of the world-renowned Team Ninja development team with the game design talents of the creators of the original Metroid. Metroid: Other M is a dramatic new direction for a legendary franchise and a bold new blend between ...
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ESRB: T
Number of Players: Single-player
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Project M
Console: Wii
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: August 31, 2010
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