Game Over: Metroid Other M

I have only become a fan of the Metroid series in the past year. When Metroid Other M was first announced at last years E3 I was blown away by the teaser trailer. It was odd how giddy I was for a series that I had spent very little time playing. Back in the 90’s I remember watching my best friend playing Super Metroid and thinking to myself, “This game looks cool, but it looks too hard.” I don’t remember even trying to play Super Metroid at that time.Years Later I tried another friend’s copy of Metroid Prime, I couldn’t get into the game. I couldn’t even beat an early boss. Then Metroid Prime: Corruption came out and I figured I give the series another go; afterall, the Wii didn’t have many games at that point, I hadn’t started buying tons of PS2 and Gamecube games for my backlogue. I wanted something to play. The controls for Corruption were great and I played it for around 7 hours but quickly became disinterested.

It wasn’t until after the announcement of Other M that I bought both Metroid Zero Mission and Metroid Fusion for Gameboy Advance and Super Metroid for Wii Virtual Console. It only took me playing through Zero Mission to turn me into a hardcore Metroid fan. I then started Super Metroid and finished it just before the release of Other M.

As I started playing Other M and got sucked in right away. I enjoyed watching the cut scenes, I think that the voice acting is actually good and fits the haunting feeling of solitude for which the Metroid series is known. The controls work great and have a familiar yet new feel at the same time. The auto-aiming makes shooting enemies easier than past Metroid games but the addition of close quarters attacks keeps combat interesting. Even the first person aiming that I was worried about mostly works. My only issue is with the few parts where scanning a specific and easily over looked object is required to continue and sometimes takes patience.

The story of Metroid Other M takes place after Super Metroid chronologically and before Fusion. With it’s greater focus on story it does a great job of connecting the stories of the main Metroid games. Unfortunatly it leaves important information unsaid, assuming that you have played the other games and know details from the Japanese manga. I personally enjoyed the story and back story, reinforcement of Samus Aran as a strong female character and a human with heart. The inclusion of more story builds upon what was started in Fusion; a more linear game because the stronger emphasis on story keeps pushing the game forward. Other M is much like Fusion, it makes me wonder why some are so vocally outraged by Other M as not being enough like a Metroid game. I enjoyed playing though Other M and would very much like to see another game built on this engine with some refinements.

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