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Metroid Prime 3 Overanalyzed


That was then, and August 2007 is now.   Metroid Prime 3 was just released, and it rode into stores on a massive wave of hype.   Metroid is a very strong franchise, and each game has to live up not only to the casual gaming market, but also the hard core fans.   If one item is out of place, or if one game mechanic is slightly off then there will be an outcry from the hardcore speed runners of Metroid, but for the most part every single Metroid game has stayed true to the formula and the game play mechanics.   (Well, we won’t talk about Fusion right now.)

Metroid Prime was the first of the 3d Metroid games.   It may not seem like that big of a deal, but the transition to a 3d world for bounty hunter Samus Aran was a very frightening thought for some.   How would they keep it true to Metroid if you were now walking around in three whole dimensions?   How would the game control?   How would you be able to use certain items?   Everything was up in the air, and nobody had any idea how it was going to turn out.

When it came down to it, Metroid Prime was released on the Gamecube, and all was well.   It received amazing reviews and praise from gaming press and fans alike.   It was not only a good game, but it was a good Metroid game, and that is very important.

Now back to the current release, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.   Forget all the crap about the controls and all the hype and how about Reggie Fils-Aime goes crazy every time he talks about it and really wants to sell it as the most intuitive first person shooter ever—forget it, it doesn’t matter.   I’m looking at this game strictly as a Metroid title.

I completed the game just a few days ago with 100% of the items collected.   I did not use a FAQ or a Guide, and I collected 100% of the items.   This is a feat that I have never accomplished in a Metroid game.   You may think “Wow, that’s awesome!” but all I can think is “Why was it so easy?”

Yes, Metroid Prime 3 was a great experience, and it was a great game, but there is something very wrong with it.   As soon as I started the game, I immediately felt like there was something wrong.   I didn’t feel like I was playing a Metroid game.   Why not?

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