‘Metroid: Other M’ offers quick actionWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
This Nintendo Wii exclusive game continues the Metroid action game series in an exciting pick-up-and-play format with a detailed storyline set between the events of Super Metroid and Metroid Fusion. This one-player experience ebbs with fluid movements and high-quality graphics. Varying camera angles and different control schemes enhance each action which focuses on attacks, scans, puzzles and special maneuvers.
First-person view appears when using the remote-only scheme, which contains more challenges like hidden areas and missile attacks while the third-person perspective concentrates on movement and basic weapon attacks. Players can easily switch between these two schemes as they rip through levels or methodically find each secret and item. Players cannot move when using the first person view, but can restore weapons and increase their concentration level by pointing the remote up and holding the A button. The visceral finishing moves like lethal strikes and overblasts really pack a punch while the colored blood keeps the rating to a Teen instead of an M.
The story focuses more on the origins of the heroine Samus Aran as she finds herself on the “Bottle Ship” and encounters Madeline, Anthony and Adam Malkovich, a commanding officer in the Galactic Federation. The extended cinematic cut scenes, supported by great graphics, set the stage for some intriguing insight into Samus’ personality. Her dialogue increases while the action follows a more cinematic format. Her weaknesses in key scenes establish how she eventually became the stoic, dominating heroine known to hard-core fans.
The linear action sequences and revealing character background on Samus represent the notable changes from previous Metroid games while game developers retain the smooth, kinetic movements and fighting scenarios. The musical elements are less prominent and feature some themes from previous installments. Players should expect double digit hours to conquer this great game, which eventually yields special bonuses including a cinematic mode showing all the cut scenes in an approximately two-hour sequence. Online options would be great for the next installment, which will be the 12th in the series (***1/2, rated T for animated blood and violence).