Metroid Prime 3
Another game of the series on the new wii console. This game is pretty much a combination of all of the Metroid games in the series. You start out on the GFS station where you meet the hunters that will aid you in your mission... supposeably. Your first mission is to defend Norion from the space pirates. While protecting Norion, you come into contact with Dark Samus, your rival back from Aether. You unfortunately get blasted by Dark Samus while trying to fire the defense laser at the pazon bomb approaching the planet. You still fire the laser and save the planet, however, the phazon does more damage to you then expected.
A month later you wake up to find that scientists have upgraded your suit to use the phazon. Little did you know that this would eventually start to corrupt you. Hense the name of the game. Your new mission is to destroy all of the phazon seeds.Good things about this game
Like the other Metroid games, this game has a detailed and challenging story to it. You get to meet old friends such as ridley, but all the enemies except metroids are pretty much new. There are space pirates who come in waves, but there is a little more variety of them. But, there is a much less variety of enemies in general. In this game, you have the opportunity to enter hypermode, where you can discharge all the phazon you want to make you make you happy.
You do get the old grapple, missle, and plasma weapons. However there are new weapons unique to this game. I don'y want to give too much away to ruin the fun though
. The wiimote is used for various small tasks. (Kinda obvious since that is what nintendo did for the DS and the touch screen.) The aiming using the wiimote does make the action more fun, but at the same time, it makes it harder to hit certain targets. Sometimes it it is just used for very small things such as buttons. It does make it interactive, but in my opinion, does not make it any more intersting because they use the same kind of button. Although it is fun to grapple enemies, it seems that it is overused. Since the wii can do stuff like that, you should expect Nintendo to use the features of the console as much as possible in their game. It is fun, but using the grapple the entire game on everything gets a little old. Though upgrades to the weapon makes it not as bad. The graphics are nice, but there isn't much improvement over the GC. Finally, the final visor is awesome. Not only does it allow you to see through walls, but it also allows you to scope in to the enemy's weak spot when you target it.Bad things about the game
In some places, the music can get repeatative. The short loops of music play over and over for the hour you are in that area. The wiimote is funto use for the extra interactivity, however, the controls take almost the entire game to get used to... Shooting is A or B(depending on the option for your profile). Jump is the opposete, missle is down on the d-pad, and morphball is C. But, after a while you get pretty decent at it. In the first half of the game, the puzzles and fighting are pretty easy. It doesnt take long until you move on to other planets. Also, the upgrades come up pretty fast. Once you get one, it may only take 10 minutes until you find another at some times. Some of the items you really only need for that area and to advance through the story. The maps in this game aren't as adventurous as Metroid Prime 2. You basically have to follow everything in order, and there is usually only one path to get there. Though, you do get to use your ship to fly to other planets. The environment is not as interesting as Echoes in my opinion, but it is not bad. Lastly, although you can figure out what to do most of the time, it is when you can't that is very annoying. I wasn't sure what to do next in the part of the adventure where there was acid rain. The hint tells me to go get the 'hazard shield' and shows me to the room. I go to the room and what the hell? Spiderball tracks! I don't freakin have spiderball... I look at the map to find that there are multiple hints on various locations, and it is telling me to go to the wrong room. Not a really bad thing, but pretty annoying. Oh, and they didn't exactly fix the seeker missles. Sometimes without any obstacles and with proper distance, they still fail to hit the targets.
Despite all of those downfalls for the metroid game of all metroids games, it still delivers an interesting story and adventure, and is worth at least renting, or even buying. That is, if you liked the metroid series or games like it.
I give it a 9/10. Could be better, but is still a cool game.
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