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Metroid Prime 2: Echoes Member Review for the GameCube

By:
MattAY
05/16/06
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE First-Person Shooter 
PLAYERS 1- 4 
PUBLISHER Nintendo 
DEVELOPER Retro Studios 
RELEASE DATE Out Now
T Contains Animated Blood, Violence

What do these ratings mean?

Two Worlds Of Prime!

The second in the series. In the first you saved the day, defeated the prime! But trouble lurks around the corner, or shall we say around the next dimension? Samus is back again for an even bigger worldly exploration game than before! And this time with a stronger plot! YES!

The plot is: you crash land on a planet called Aether...thanks to some weird purple lightining in the sky! Samus hops out of her ship on land, shaking her fists! "The weather man said it would be ****ing sunny...stupid ****! Anyway, you begin the game after that, exploring, just like the first. You eventually unravel that you are in the lighter world of two worlds, and that a dark world has been created, lapping away at the energy of the light world. Creatures who dwell in the light world called the Luminoth (big daddy long legs) ask for your aid to save the light world of Aether. And you eventually get to see that there are two Samus'! One light, one dark! Time to whip some metallic ass!



The world to explore is even bigger than the first! You basically have 4 main levels (just like Phendrana and Magmoor), but each have a dark side to their levels. And there are so many secrets and paths to take, it will surely take you a good 20-30 hours finding everything and completing it all.

And i just love the Dark worlds! It's very clever because the very air you walk in can deplete your energy. So Samus must step in these domes of light energy in order to prevent this from happening. But they are spaced apart and it's a lot of fun trying to figure out what your next move is. Whether it's a few enemies in the way, or a tricky puzzle you'll have to quickly solve before you get burnedd to death. I'm telling you, it's a lot of fun!

Other new stuff from the first include new beams!!! w000t! Dark and Light are big factors in the game, so guess what the new beams are; light and dark - good job! With these beams however is a new ammo retriving system. In order to get light beam ammo, you must destroy boxes/kill nemies with the dark beam, and vice versa. A new Dark visor is also introduced (same as x-ray visor really), along with many other new cool implements in the game.

The graphics are still as good as the first. Incredibly smmoth with incredile detail. I love exploring the worlds of this game just because the creators put so much effort into the background. There's always some dead guy hanging off a destoryed ship that'll explode as you just walk past it. Random I know, but it keeps you on your toes. No loading times or anything like that. What this game does is load the next room from within the room you're in. So when you come to open a door, and it takes about 3 seconds to open (which is the longest it will take, dont worry :P), it means the disc is loading up all the info for the room you're about to enter. It's a clever system, as instead of loading the whole thing in one. It scatters it all out to lots of little loads, and wastes no loading time at all. Someone out there was using his head >nod< good job.

The lighting is superb, you get the light glares that come of Samus' suit and the reflections to anf fro every slate or slab that emits light, it's fantastic to look at.
The sound is of a good quality, the tunes can annoy you a bit. There's a level called Sanctuary Fortress where the music is just this damn whistling with strings...I could kill on that music i swear haha. The sound effects are excellent however, it makes justice for the music. You can hear every groan of an Ing (the dark tribe) to every computerised blip. Realistic to say the least.



I am also proud to say...MULTIPLAYER! The flaw of the first game has been forgiven in this game, as the makers have given to the world Metroid Prime multiplayer. Although dont get your hopes up, its not the best multiplayer. You dont get as much options like you do in say Goldeneye or Timesplitters. But you can shoot your friends and dodge them, whatever your tactics are. You can use all the weapons and utilities in single player in this game, in a fairly big arena...but that's it. Only time limits and score counts apply, you cant specialise weapons etc. But it's still definately fun to play! Just not as elaborate as multiplayers can be these days.

Overall I'd say Samus is fit...and she knows it! Showing off is the best thing she can do. The graphics are fantastic, the sound penetrable. And the plot is just so much better than the first, it adds intrigue to the game which is what the first Metroid Prime lacked. And the gamer (certinaly myself anyway) is hooked on for much longer! Samus raises the bar! Surely nothing can "echo" this.


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