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Metroid Prime

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If you're a fan of Nintendo's classic Metroid franchise, you know you deserve this. You've waited much too long to be denied. Super Metroid was released in April of 1994, and since then there has been a nagging question in the back of your mind: When will Samus return? Don't fret. Open season on Metroids has begun.

Metroid Prime is a first-person adventure game. Players control a bounty hunter named Samus Aran who must unravel a mystery behind the ruined walls scattered across Tallon IV.

The game opens just as Samus' spaceship docks on a Space Pirate vessel orbiting the planet. Immediately, the beautiful graphics slap you across the face. Trust us, it's a firm slap. A silky-smooth framerate accommodates razor-sharp visuals of efficient machinery and foreign architecture. Meanwhile, a cinematic soundtrack sets the mood and eerie sound effects thicken the alien atmosphere.

By far, the most effective visual effect is that everything you see is viewed through Samus's visor. The entire screen has a convex look, and a digital display provides information ranging FROM current energy levels to ammunition data. The most effective ideas are sometimes the most simple, and the visor view in Metroid Prime makes a huge leap forward in immersing players in the first-person perspective.

Samus uses a Power Beam to shoot a series of locked switches, and eventually enters a cylindrical corridor very similar to the passageways found in the original Metroid titles. When Samus strides by broken pipes spewing steam, the visor becomes smeared with condensation. Later in the demo, the visor is splattered with the internal juices of ruptured enemy carcasses. Yes, life within Samus' gravity suit is a beautiful thing.

Weapon effects are equally pleasing. Hold the A Button to juice up the Charge Beam, and you see the corridor glow and warp as the blast travels through space. Enemy animation is delightfully disgusting, whether it's a giant parasite queen squirming FROM the ceiling or a swarm of blood-thirsty critters gushing FROM a dark hole. Take note: the word "swarm" has been misused in video game reviews for years. With Metroid Prime, we can use the word "swarm" and feel perfectly justified. The screen fills -- FILLS -- with baddies, and the framerate doesn't even blink.

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Genre Shooting
Version  US
  ESRB Teen
Titles rated T (Teen) have content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older. Titles in this category may contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling, and/or infrequent use of strong language.
PAX-Code PAX0000040528
Catalog No.  55107A
Item Code  0045496962401
Players  1

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melon_jaywalk (17) on 26, Sep. 2009 13:14 (HKT)
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Great game. Though, there is now a Wii version. I suppose unless you really care about the now removed Metroid Fusion connection bonus which was a fully playable original Metroid, then the Wii version is probably the better one to get. Or both, like I did.
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Jimbones0 on 28, Nov. 2005 18:05 (HKT)
Best game of this generation
You must buy this game!! It deserves every bit of the hype and praise it has received. After playing this game all the way through, you\'ll want to play it again and again just to relive the experience. Easily the greatest game on any console this generation and a sure classic!
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slick rick on 14, Oct. 2005 22:54 (HKT)
all time favorite!!!
fantastic!
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fIshbOnEz on 25, May. 2005 03:02 (HKT)
Metroid Prime I
Buy this game
the bosses alone were satisfying enough to warrant the purchase, and considering that it came out more than two years ago, the price is greatly reduced.
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dakloos_69 (3) on 29, Apr. 2005 01:27 (HKT)
Man crying
This is the first time I ever cried when completing a game. If you play it you\'ll undestand me. This is one of the best games EVER.
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