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The 2007 Wii Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter video game

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A superb end to the Metroid Trilogy

  • May 9, 2010
Retro Studio has done it again. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is a superb end to the Metroid Trilogy. The first Metroid game made for Wii, Retro really lets you take advantage of the Wii controls to point, shoot, and strafe. The graphics are superb.

The plot feels pretty cinematic, almost a combination between a game and movie. Unlike past Metroids, Samus actually talks to people and controls her ship to fly to other planets! There is a whole cast of characters, including other bounty hunters. Overall, it's probably one of the most intricate Metroid games.

Sometimes this makes means Metroid Prime 3: Corruption doesn't quite have that same feel of loneliness and exploration of other Metroid games. There's nothing about ancient lost civilizations (like the Chozo) or ancient ruins. Indeed, the entire ambience feels a bit less sinister - more like Halo than Metroid.

Also, the game is notably easier than Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. Missions are more straightforward and maps are fairly linear - not too much chance of getting lost. For me, Echoes was a bit too hard, but Corruption might be a bit too easy.

Overall, I wouldn't say this game is better than Metroid Prime (an admittedly high standard), but it is close. Definitely worth getting for any Metroid fans, especially since Metroid: Other M is delayed a few months.

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You ARE Samus with Wii control! By moving around with the Nunchuk and aiming Samus's gun with the Wii Remote, you'll do more than look through the eyes of Samus—you'll experience a quantum leap in first-person control. Fire on the run, grapple enemies and yank off their shields, or manipulate machinery with movements of the Nunchuk and Wii Remote—it all adds up to a level of immersion only possible on the Nintendo Wii, and the best first-person controls on any platform, period. ** Corruption is everywhere... Dark Samus, Samus's longtime nemesis, is corrupting entire planets by launching enormous seeds called Leviathans into them. Samus must travel to multiple planets—each with unique alien landscapes and dangers—to fight the corruption and track several other bounty hunters, all the while fighting the spreading Phazon that threatens to take over her body completely. As it corrupts her, it also grants her incredible powers... ** Enter Hypermode! Samus will employ a never-before-used device called a Phazon Enhancement Device (P.E.D) that harnesses the Phazon within her and puts her into a state called Hypermode. In Hypermode, Samus can destroy Phazon impediments and annihilate enemies with superpowered weapons...but it drains her health to use it, and she risks utter corruption if she doesn't empty her Phazon meter within a certain time frame. You'll need to carefully balance your need for ultimate power with the inherent danger ...
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Number of Players: 1 Player
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Retro Studios
Console: Wii
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Release Date: August 27, 2007
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