Metroid: Other M Review
If you don’t have this game for Wii, go buy it - it’s probably the best bargain there is. I actually hear Nintendo stopped publishing it; that Metroid Prime Trilogy was a limited edition offer. I think Gamestop has stopped carrying it new, but I’m sure you can find it at a Best Buy or FYE.
For $49.99, you get all three games with Wii motion control (and believe me, you’ll be grateful if you played the originals on Gamecube) and it comes in this beautiful steel case with an art booklet:
I have to be honest with you: I had a really hard time getting through the first Metroid Prime back on Gamecube. I literally found it impossible and stopped playing. I was never really into Metroid but on hearing about Other M, I decided I’d give it another shot. So a few months ago, I bought this trilogy. The controls on Gamecube were a big reason I wasn’t into the original - I hated that it wasn’t dual analog - so I thought the Wii motion controls would help.
Anyway, I’m so glad I gave the trilogy another chance because the Metroid Prime series is amazing… but I’m going to say this right now: I couldn’t have beaten it without a guide. That was my problem with the original. It’s an adventure game and you can spend hours trying to figure out where to go next and I found that incredibly frustrating. Call me a cheater - it is what it is. I needed the guide to get through it. It still took me around 70 hours to get through all three games. That’s right - 70! Without the guide, that time is probably doubled.
The story in Metroid Prime Trilogy is told so differently than in any other game. You learn clues about your surroundings by scanning everything with a visor. The text logs are very well written and often chilling. I found it incredibly creepy to be alone on these planets and then learning what happened. There’s always a sense of isolation - the feeling that someone lived on the planet a long time ago, but something terrible happened to them. It’s really unnerving and difficult to explain the sensation unless you’ve played through the games.
Now I know everyone says that the first Metroid Prime is the best and it’s hard to ever top it, but I don’t care: Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is my favorite of the three. Yes, the first deserves credit for being so revolutionary, but Corruption masters all the groundwork laid down by the first two and delivers a much more satisfying experience. It ties up all the loose ends and feels very exciting all the way through. I have to say that Metroid Prime 2: Echoes is my least favorite, but only in comparison with the other two. It’s still a great game.
I don’t really know what else to say about the trilogy, except go buy it if you haven’t already. As someone who initially hated the series and then gave it a second chance, I can assure you - it’s great. But if you’re like me, you might want to use a guide to help get rid some of the tedium.
Hope you get to play through it and enjoy the Phazon plot (you’ll know what I mean when you play it) as much as I did!