I had to come to this sometime…this is undoubtedly the worst entry in the Metroid franchise (disregarding the spin-offs, of course). Who thought this was a good idea? Right from the beginning, it’s clear the direction that Team Ninja (the team behind Ninja Gaiden) want to take Metroid: a story-driven, character-developing action game. We begin with a stunning recreation cut scene of the end of Super Metroid: Mother Brain, the Metroid, and Samus all in stunning 3D. The question that Samus asks, walking in the rain, stays with her throughout the latest adventure: Why am I still alive? She should be asking: “why am I in this game?”
For a story-driven game, the script and the voice-acting are mediocre at best. Every time you think you’re going to be set lose on some enemies, a cut-scene appears. The switch between gameplay and cut scene can be jarring and often impedes the game, rather than improving it.
The gameplay doesn’t fit the usual Metroid gameplay; most of the focus is on the action. You can execute a ‘Lethal Strike’ on a downed enemy…totally unnecessary. You want exploration? You…don’t have it here! You have all of your usual power-ups at the start of the game…but you have to wait for someone (the infamous Adam, he of Metroid Fusion) to allow you to unlock them. This is not the spirit of Metroidvania!
If anything, this game should have been a spin-off, featuring another protagonist in the Metroid universe. What about a bounty hunter from Metroid Prime 3 – Corruption? Instead, I choose to ignore this entry in the franchise. I’d rather play the original Metroid and pull my hair out!
(From what I can gather, Team Ninja were the ones working on Metroid Prime 4 before being kicked off the project. Good riddance!)
Hammy’s Rating: 1/5
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