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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.
|Release Date||Feb 28, 2003|
|Average rating:||(5 out of 5)|
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When first announced that it would make the dive into a 3D world, most felt skeptical. but it turned out pretty good, in fact, it turned out excellent.
with typical nintendo polish and attention to detail,
Prime has become a must have game for every gamecube owner.
This will be a title that will appear in top ten game lists to come.
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.
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!
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.
Compatible with Gamecube™
Japan, NTSC J / Shooting
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