Let me start by saying that I am a fan of the Metroid series, starting with the very first Metroid on the NES, but I haven't played them all. I didn't play Metroid: Fusion which I hear is basically what this game is,or that Zero Mission or the Metroid Prime sequels. Other than that, I played them all.
What made me excited about this new Metroid was the inclusion of an involving story. It looked like we would learn more about our female protagonist, Samus Aran, and her whole bounty hunter gig. Not that it was really what I play Metroid games for, you know, some kind of story. In fact, most of the time I just want games with stories to get on with it so I can actually play the friggin' game! This game is no exception.
The game starts out with a beautifully rendered cinema of the ending of Super Metroid, which this game takes place after. That's right, to sell this game, the developers felt the need to continue right after the best of the series, Super Metroid (although, I'm more partial to Metroid Prime myself). So when that part's over it takes us to the story of the game. And Samus keeps talking, and talking, and talking, and talking, you get my drift? There would be this tense scene of Samus examining dead bodies of scientists and suddenly she's narrating over it. I get what's going on here! So what is Samus talking about? How she misses a dead baby Metroid. I'm not kidding. Samus got attached to a flying jelly mold and somehow she's distraught and can't get over it. Go screw that Adam guy and have a kid!
That brings me to this Adam character. He's some former leader of yours that you run into that has a small squad examining the same ship Samus is investigating. Even though Samus appears to be a maverick, she decides to listen to Adam and join his team even though she was never really assigned in the first place.
So what does Adam want from Samus? TO TURN OFF EVERY WEAPON AND GADGET SHE RECEIVED FROM SUPER METROID AND USE THEM WHEN HE SAYS SO! That's right, you can't use anything unless Adam says so. Burning alive? "I have a varia suit that can protect me from the heat but Adam would think less of me if I use it without his permission." No Samus, Adam would think less of you when he sees that you have third degree burns all over your face and he can see the skull from you cheeks! Really, it's the game's excuse to make sure you aren't fully equipped from the previous game and have an easy experience but the explanation is just maddening!
The gameplay is good though. You run and shoot a bunch of creatures in environments very similar to previous Metroid games. However, unless I'm not paying much attention but how is there some fire, ice and jungle world when Samus was investigating some ship? It's really odd. Then you have to switch to first person mode. YOU HAVE TO SWITCH TO FIRST PERSON MODE AT TIMES! This is necessary to scan things and shoot enemies with missiles while they are charging at you. The game doesn't let you move around in this mode. I guess they figured it might as well be Metroid Prime this way but it does let you dodge enemy attacks with this but not very often. It's still awkward.
However, Metroid: Other M does have an interesting story involving selling Metroids on the market and a traitor in Adam's gang and the gameplay is fun with a cool atmosphere. Sometimes it reminds me of the game Dead Space with how Samus sometimes move really slow around places and the atmosphere around you. There are some annoying instances where you have to play Where's Waldo and forced into first person mode to find one tiny thing to scan to advance. It's annoying.
If you never played a Metroid game in your life then by all means download Super Metroid on your virtual console. Don't have a virtual console then hunt down the first Metroid Prime. This is a good game and I had a lot of fun with it, but it won't make a Metroid fan.
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