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“First of all, the key feature that clinches Metroid...”

Written on: 01/06/2005 by 182meets2112 (8 reviews written)

Good Points
Awesome multiplayer for a first-timer, excellent graphics, return of the scan system, and a brand new story to sink your teeth into.

Bad Points
Slow start. Aether has two dimensions, one of which will eat away at energy quickly before you get the first suit upgrade, and be a constant hidering factor while you search for the second and/or energy tanks.

General Comments
First of all, the key feature that clinches Metroid Prime is the scan visor. This device gives you the ability to play the game without an in-dept story, but allows the player to discover his or her own path through the game with an amount of problem solving. In Metroid Prime 2, this feature not only returns, but it organizes all data and it has been made easier to scan objects. Although the Dark Visor is a disappointment in this game, the echo visor is an excellent addition to the series, and would be a terrific item in any collection.

The story seems a bit strange - and far-fetched at first. Samus's new mission is to discover the fate of a group of Federation Marines who disappeared on a planet know as Aether. When she approaches her destination, atmospheric distubance dammages her ship, making it impossible to leave. Even if repairs were completed quickly, the atmosphere could still destroy her ship in the process. After learning of the fate of every federation soldier, Samus meets one native of the planet, a Luminoth. She discovers that a Aether has a parallel dimension infested with dark and evil creatures known as Ing. The Ing have slaughtered the Luminoth for years, so the leader decided to let his people rest while he waited for hope (rather than let the massacre continue). By aiding the planet's desparate civilians, she would also end the disturbance that damaged both hers and the Federation ships.

The beautiful story is complimented by beautiful graphics. Metroid Prime 2 has the very best graphics I have seen on any system, only rivaled by Resident Evil 4. Metroid Prime 2's graphics only seem sub-par to some games because of alien life and technology. None the less, everything on plaent Aether is constructed with nearly flawless detail.

Challenge has always been a strong point of the Metroid Series, and Echoes delivers promptly. Combined with the deadly poisons of Dark Aether, bosses become more menacing while Samus darts from safe zone to safe zone to maintain health. Essentially, many battles become timed. Early on is Samus's new journey, her newfound equipment from her first 3D adventure is stolen by her new enemies, morphing new bosses that can use her own abilities against her, but there is one boss in the game that actually use an item stolen at the end of the first Prime game, which creates one of the greatest villians of the entire series - Dark Samus. I will make note that the new bosses of this game are not quite as innovative as the first Prime, and nothing is as menacing as the Omega Pirate, but I am more than satisfied with all performances.

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