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Samus Aran is back. And with a whole lotta attitude.

  • Apr 19, 2011
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Metroid Other M is the latest game in the Metroid Series. It was developed by Project M and Published by Nintendo. It was released on August 31st 2010.

etroid Other m takes place in between Super Metroid and Metroid fusion. As Always you play as Samus Aran as she investigates a derelict space station called the bottle ship. She is joined by her former commanding officer Adam Malkovich and a platoon of Galactic federation Marines.

Returning to the style of previous Metroid titles (before the prime series) Other m is a 2D/3D side scrolling platformer, at any point during gameplay players can shift the view from 2d to first person by simply pointing the Wiimote at the screen, while in first person mode you cannot move and it is the only mode where you can use your missiles. Unfortunately most boss fights require you to use your missiles so timing is everything, stay in first person mode a second too long and you may find yourself dead on the floor. Lucky for you because the game is supposed to be reminiscent of earlier Metroid games most of the gameplay is in the 2D (or Side Scrolling) perspective. Even though the game is part side scroller the environments are all 3 dimensional, basically what I’m getting at here is that you have no control over the camera so most of the times (especially if your doubling back) you will be shooting at enemies off-screen. To remedy this Other M has an automatic Lock on System, so Samus will always target the closest enemy. Notice I said closest not target the enemy who’s a bigger threat.


Other m also adds a few new gameplay elements to the series; this is the first game that features melee combat like counter attacks and brutal finishers. The finishers are usually used for Boss Fights, the counter attacks on smaller enemies. These moves include charged blasts at close range (TO THE HEAD), a missile down the throat, kick’s to the face or throwing grunts against walls. Another new gameplay element is the “Concentration” mechanic. When Samus is low on missiles or health she can replenish them (with out the need to save at a save station) on the spot by holding the Wiimote horizontally and pushing A. While this sound like it makes the game easy to play its actually isn’t as unlike the Prime Series defeated enemies do not drop extra ammunition or health. So unless you’re in a boss fight sometimes its better to just run away than stay and fight.

In the graphics department the game looks………very nice. In my opinion its not as good looking as the prime series of games and I feel that they could have been a lot better. The cut scenes on the other hand look amazing; I mean PS3 quality amazing, D-Rockets did a fine job on those. The gameplay was very fast-paced and actiony (yes I know that’s not a word). Only when your solving puzzles and waiting for doors to open does the in your face action stop. The Controls like the game are a throwback to early Metroid titles. The game is played by holding the Wiimote sideways (like an NES Controller), while it sounds bad on paper (when I first heard of it I thought it sounded bad) it actually works and well.


The few problems I had with the game were long load times, the camera could be a pain t=in the rear end at times and some of the cut scenes were really long I’m talking like 8-10 minutes long. These things can be overlooked by the many things the game does right. I loved how the game delved deeper into Samus’s story showing us her past, deep feeling, and days in the Galactic Federation (before she became a bounty hunter). It’s very rare to see an iconic character such as this in this kind of light. I really liked it even though at times it felt like a Science-fiction version of twilight. I also enjoyed the return to the classic Metroid style fans of those older games will feel right at home with this one, I really appreciate the direction team Ninja took with the title. Lastly the voice acting was great, the gameplay fun and the length descent (as always)

If you haven’t picked up this game already defiantly go out and get it, it’s been out for a while now so the prices are very good. Metroid Other M gets a 9.4 out of 10.

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Samus Aran is back. And with a whole lotta attitude. Samus Aran is back. And with a whole lotta attitude. Samus Aran is back. And with a whole lotta attitude. Samus Aran is back. And with a whole lotta attitude. Samus Aran is back. And with a whole lotta attitude. Samus Aran is back. And with a whole lotta attitude. Samus Aran is back. And with a whole lotta attitude. Samus Aran is back. And with a whole lotta attitude. Samus Aran is back. And with a whole lotta attitude. Samus Aran is back. And with a whole lotta attitude. Samus Aran is back. And with a whole lotta attitude. Samus Aran is back. And with a whole lotta attitude.

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review by . May 31, 2012
posted in The Gaming Hub
Overview      You play as Samus Aran, famous intergalactic bounty hunter. After returning from her mission to wipe out the Metroids and Mother Brain on the planet Zebes, she picks up a distress signal from the "Bottle Ship" and sets off to investigate. Within the ship she discovers a group of Galactic Federation troops and a wide range of menacing creatures on the loose, the kind of situation Samus knows all too well. Story Introduction and Premise      …
review by . October 20, 2010
posted in Nintendo Wii Games
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 …
review by . September 25, 2010
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 …
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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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