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flameboy118
09-12-2008, 02:05 AM
An incredibly brief, retrospective review

http://ui07.gamespot.com/2278/metroidprimecover_2.jpg

By 2002, the Metroid Series had spanned 4 games and over a decade and had already etched its name into the annals of videogame history as a Nintendo staple. Loved by fans for its sidescrolling shooting, exploration and atmosphere, an entry into 3D for the franchise would be a daring move. So after successful 3D Mario and Zelda installments, the obscure Texan developer Retro Studios was brought in to set about creating Metroid Prime, for the Gamecube.

http://www.battleteam.net/tech/fis/docs/images/metroid_hud1.png
Above - Blasting away at a Sheegoth in the Drifts


The plot followed interstellar bounty hunter Samus Aran through a foray on the planet 'Tallon IV'. While there was no narrative to speak of, the depth of the homeworld really sold Metroid Prime as a story device.

http://www.the-nextlevel.com/reviews/gamecube/metroid_prime/metroid_prime_1.jpg

In a departure from the series' origins, Prime's gameplay was in first person. Gamers blasted, jumped, solved and trekked through the lavish outdoors, occasionally encountering bosses which were truly ones for the ages with battles as epic as they were intelligent. Critics claim that the game never provided enough purpose for the player objectives were delivered in their simplest form a command to find a certain area on the map. For many though, this intentional design decision placed the emphasis squarely on exploration, and indeed this played to the game's strengths. The player was actively encouraged to see the sights, soak up the atmosphere*and trawl through the endless troves of fleeting instants of awe. Sold by utterly unparalleled aesthetics, Tallon IV was really the best part of Metroid Prime. Gamers experienced unmatched immersion and a sense of grandeur, adventure and amazement with Metroid Prime in what still is the most atmospheric game ever.

http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/2002/gamecube/metroidprime/m_screen032.jpg
Above - A fleeting instant of awe, as Samus gazes over the icy drifts


But Metroid Prime is far more than that. Spanning over 15 hours and containing enough intelligent design for 300 games, it's probably the best game ever. Between the smooth, intelligent gameplay, pitch-perfect progression and deep game world, no-one can deny that Metroid Prime is art. It's in the serene aura of an awe-inspiring game, it's in a 3D re-imagining that has become a genre unto itself, it's in a mesmerising and convincing world sold by unparalled audiovisuals and depth of lore and it's in the fleeting moments of perfection the first time you step out onto the tranquil Phendrana Drifts. But above all, it's in Metroid Prime, the best game that's ever been.

10/10

Shooting Palanx
09-12-2008, 03:34 AM
Nice review, but it would have been nice to steer away from talking too much about what was in the game, but more about how you felt about the game.

Still, stellar review bro.

Metroid is indeed a legend in the world of Nintendo, and the games on the SNES were awesome.

rollingsta
09-12-2008, 09:39 AM
Yea i used to love the snes game.
Thanks for the review

Breaking Glass
09-12-2008, 10:37 AM
Nice review, brilliant game. One of my favourites for the GC.

garfieldisntfat
09-12-2008, 05:26 PM
Well written review. I liked the way you called the game art.

flameboy118
09-12-2008, 07:27 PM
i'd just like to point out the 1.05am post time, but GMT. in terms of concentration, being awake that long is probably akin to drinking about 20 shots, so just be glad that it was vaguely sensical


Nice review, but it would have been nice to steer away from talking too much about what was in the game, but more about how you felt about the game.


oh, and in not using the phrase 'my personal opinion about this is', you don't actually let go of the right to give how you feel about the game. by using adjectives such as 'serene', 'tranquil', 'awe-inspiring', you aren't, oddly enough, talking about what's in the game -> you're telling people that you find the game to be these things -> i.e. saying it's good, because serene is a good thing, while describing why it's good -> which is to say that (here, the soundtrack) is serene. it saves words that way, all the while not making you a total amateur by not using the word 'I' all the time, a no-no for basically all writing.

Talentz
09-12-2008, 07:46 PM
Hah! we can see that your new at reviewing, but nice work though I agree 10/10 for this =)

flameboy118
09-12-2008, 08:11 PM
your new at reviewing

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The real gamer_thing
09-12-2008, 11:07 PM
Amazing review, very fitting for an amazing game.

Daeanu
10-12-2008, 01:28 AM
great review of a great game :)

Shooting Palanx
10-12-2008, 01:56 AM
Relax Flamey :) No need to disturb the peace so to speak.

Like I said, good review, good game :)

Vyse the Legend
10-12-2008, 02:18 PM
I love this game, in my opinion the best of the series, as it did seem to go a little downhill from here, but at least for me, this game waso really rock hard. The bosses especially were incredibly difficult, but on the whole, the game was amazing, and certainly one that everyone should give a try if they can!

Dark Seducer
10-12-2008, 07:49 PM
Managed to get this and Echoes on eBay, Echoes was factory sealed :D, heard a rumour they were gonna be re-released for the Wii with the same control system as Corruption. Only thing I kinda didn't like about it was the fact you can't look up or down, but most times I could deal with it. Doesn't stop it from being one of the best Metroid games of all time.

The real gamer_thing
10-12-2008, 10:27 PM
heard a rumour they were gonna be re-released for the Wii with the same control system as Corruption.

And that rumour is true. I can't wait to play this game on the Wii. Again. :D

http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/55063

Shooting Palanx
11-12-2008, 12:54 AM
The looking up and down did put me off for quite a while, but you get used to it.

Talentz
11-12-2008, 09:51 PM
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http://www.gamesforum.com/t16396-metroid-prime-gc.html

http://www.gamesforum.com/t15448-world-of-goo-pc-wiiware.html

Well I take that back..

adventurelord
19-12-2008, 04:53 PM
i very much agree with you flameboy metroid does rock but the game gets so confusing and hard at some points but the gameplay and where it takes place is so cool. i give it a 10/10

The Man
19-12-2008, 07:29 PM
I've heard of this game but never actually played it.Good review...