A remaster of Metroid Prime
Get behind the visor of intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran in her critically-acclaimed first-person adventure. Step into the boots of Samus Aran as you navigate the winding paths and interconnected environments of an alluring-yet-dangerous alien planet. Use powers like the iconic Morph Ball and Grapple Beam to revisit hard-to-reach areas and find a path forward. With revamped graphics, sound, unlockable art, and updated control schemes, Samus’ 3D platforming debut has reached greater heights. Calm and capable, Samus takes on this solo mission...but she is far from alone.
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Rating this game is hard, there are times where I felt like it was ever so close to a masterpiece - most of my time in the Phendrana Drifts, but especially getting the thermal visor at the bottom of the Research Core or the whole Sunken Frigate, those were wholly atmospheric moments that had me in awe throughout - however it has frustating moments and lows that make me want to drop the game and barely rate it as passable - Magmoor Caverns are not great and Phazon Mines are even worse imo.
Platforming is mostly a miss throughout, especially when it is integral to fights. My biggest gripe though would be backtracking - I've only ever played and finished Fusion before this one, but it didn't feel nearly as necessary to always go back and forth between sections, like it does in Prime - it is such a waste of time imo and I wish they would have added some QoL features related to this.
On the positive side, the OST is stellar, as is the overall atmosphere, you really feel like you're alone on an unforgiving planet.
We'll see if I come back to this one with a new perspective a few months down the line.
If there were select games that I felt was necessary to playthrough to be my friend, this is definitely high up there.
This game is fun, pure and simple. I don't think it's hyperbolic to say that this game was one of the GameCube's best and is now better than ever on Switch. I still prefer Prime 2 over this game and hope to god it gets a Remaster as well, but this game does everything right. From music, to locales, to a very satisfying progression system.
It's not even that hard either! And if you know how to use the Rapid Missile exploit, it gets even easier! AAAA SAMUS ARAN IS SO COOL!!!!!!!!! IT"S 5 STARS FOR A REASON!!!!!!
The atmosphere is probably the best thing about this game and I really liked exploring the planet and it's varied locations. All the backdrops and surroundings are designed to look just as interesting as the previous 2D-entries, maybe even a bit more interesting with the third dimension added. The normal metroidvania-formula also works well and searching for new upgrades felt rewarding and satisfying.
Where it falls a little is how slow everything feels. Compared to the 2D-games, movement feels sluggish and crossing maps to backtrack feels way too much of a chore. The saving grace here is that the endgame upgrades are designed to make movement and backtracking faster, but it still feels way too slow compared to a 2D metroid game. I also feel like this would've done better as 3rd person shooter rather than 1st person, but at least the hud was more than immersive.
The combat also is done well, although switching between different beams for different enemies is little bit too complicated with the twin stick controller scheme. Some of the harder bosses are really iconic and memorable, in both good and bad, and there wasn't a single boss I would call outright horrendous or unfair. The game offers a great adventure and now having played this, I can see why the original is so liked.
Ok now it's time for the elkmane personal journal hour.
thank you elksters. Hm... what to talk about.. I know. What's the best Rihanna album? I know everyone's mind immediately goes to Anti and honestly I get it. Loud is also a fan favourite (im guessing? I don't really interact with the rihanna fanbase or any other rihanna fans) I'd like to throw talk that talk into the ring. Cockiness is one of my fav riri songs, i'd put it up there with love on the brain (i know i know, basic pick) What do u guys think? Email me.