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Metroid Prime Member Review for the GameCube

By:
MattAY
03/02/06
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE First-Person Shooter 
PLAYERS 1- 1 
PUBLISHER Nintendo 
DEVELOPER  
RELEASE DATE Out Now
T Contains Violence

What do these ratings mean?

Prime Time Fighter!

Samas Aran, a very famous biomechanical robot based in the year...shall we say...2,560 A.D? (long in the future that's for sure) is back in her next generation adventure. And hell is it good!
You crash land on Tallon IV, a planet which you are soon to find flooded with monsters. And you basically explore and kill. You gradually get more moves, more abilities, and more plot.

There are puzzles everywhere in this game, you could almost say it's Zelda in the future. And you just work you're way through unconvering the plot and exploring secret areas. This game has a lot of freedom, it's not too linear, although you do have a main plot and direction to go in. But you can go anywhere you're capable of, and the world is pretty large. The plot itself isn't that strong, and i personally got a little bored because i had nothing to game for. But hey, the actual first person shooting is enough to keep anyone going. There are plenty of different enemies to kill, and as you get further into the planet, they obviously get harder to kill. Some involve tactical killing, which is fun to figure out. There is NO multiplayer...sad to hear it? I was, possibly its biggest downfall, the gamecube has 4 controller ports dammit! What for might i add? MULTIPLAYER!!...Anyway...

Let's talk graphics, it has the smoothest framerate you will ever see on the gamecube. It's fantastic, and there aren't any slow-downs or jagged frame skips. It's all slick and sharp movements whichever way you look. The texture is also fantastic, everything that's metal seems to have some sort of shine or gloss on it, making it look very futuristic and modern; a good effect. The lighting...or should i say more accurately, the reflections of light are incredibly details, you can see it refract, reflect...hell you could learn more about light imagery on this game than you would in a high school physics lesson, it's that good!

The sound is...in the middle! The sound quality is excellent, sounds like dolby when it's on stereo. The sound effects are excellent and accurate, all the groans and moans sound great. Some scary, some funny. You can hear the blood gushing out when you kill a beetle full of a niiiice gooey inside! Very good quality. However, the music isn't that great. When it's calm and you're solving a puzzle, it's fine. But when you're in high-octane battle with space pirates, for some reason, the music goes into this annoying high blipping...mess! And it can get fairly annoying when you're trying to shoot the living piss out of bugs!

The control is very easy to use, it has a lock-on system that keeps you're targeted enemies nice and centred, much like Zelda aswell actually. And with this you can dodge by using the B button! They're react well to the game too, it's not one of those games where you press a button and it does the desired effect one second later! ONE flaw however, because the B button is jump aswell as dodge, you sometimes jump instead of dodging those laser attacks. And since you dont go as fast as dodging when you jump, you get hit! Apart from that, top notch controls!

So what shall we grade this little tycoon of a metroid eh? A, B, C, maybe D? Nah higher than D. B+. Good score for the metroid! The plot and music are weak, but the graphics and action are so good, you almost ignore the plot and just shoot everything in sight! This babe could be good enough to marry Robocop.


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