Metroid Prime Trilogy


By: Sam Prescott    On: Nintendo Wii
Published: Tuesday 29 Sep 2009 10:00 AM
 
 
 
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This is a tricky title to review. Well, in fact, it's not just one title it it? It's three. That's what Trilogy means. This collector's edition sees Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (both originally for the Nintendo GameCube) and Metroid Prime: Corruption (Wii) packaged together on one disc. In the case of the first two, the controls have been rehashed to take advantage of the Wii's Remote and 'chuk system. In the case of the third, it's piggybacking along in a set that will make Metroid fans weak at the knees.

The first two games were reviewed by NZGamer.com back when they came out, on the original black box. The latter title didn't quite get caught in the rush around its release date, so while we had a preview up early on in the piece, whatever you know about this game wasn't learned from us. That's really just a bit of background. In the words of Shania Twain, that don't impress me much. The games were universally praised (all three) for their intense action and faithful forging ahead of this beloved Nintendo franchise. In the case of Corruption, our review (had there been one) wouldn't have said anything different. Maybe it would have had some choice Kiwi phraseology in it or something. And I'm certainly not going to re-review the first two. So what do I say?

Well, let me first tell you that this collection is incredible value for money. These games are all top notch. To get all three in one go is an economical way to catch up if you've never been a fan, and just as economical a way to add to your collection if you are. To play the first two games with the same controls as were developed for Corruption is a real pleasure. They weren't rubbishy on the 'Cube or anything, but there's no denying that as Nintendo home consoles have moved through their changing seasons, they're currently enjoying something of a perpetual summer with the Wii. The one thing I don't like so much is the way you select Samus's Scan Visor. You need to look up, more or less centre the cursor and then hit the (-) button. Yeah, it's okay I suppose, but I wish that bit was a bit easier. But, that's what they'd done for Corruption, and that release is pushing three years old, so complaining about that is like calling the Wellington wind a bastard.

The collector's edition comes bundled with an insert that shows off some of the art and development notes for the Trilogy. It also includes the stories for all three games, and some general info about the series. Sure, this is just extra paper to launch some front-of-the-box promotion from, but it's actually really cool to have. This will be the sort of thing that Metroid nuts will salivate over and it's always fun to see some creative process laid bare. Extras are a staple in many forms of entertainment media now, but games often seem to be thought of as payment enough in and of themselves. It's kind of cool that Nintendo have gone the extra mile for the fans here.

Each of these games have coloured credits that can be earned to get access to more exclusive content. This is all in-game, so even if you've played these to death, it's going to be worth going through the motions one more time (and hey - Prime and Echoes really are new experiences now the controls have been redone) to see what all those goodies are.

But goodies schmoodies. This would be a fantastic buy even if it was just the three games. There are hours and hours of gameplay on this disc, awaiting your keen eye and steady hand. Or your lazy eye and shaking hand. Whatever physical state you're in, if you're a gamer, and a Wii owner, you need to buy this set. Metroid is one of those lonely franchises that waves the mature flag for Nintendo: they're not the only ones, but surely the three Prime games will destroy the argument about Kiddie Konsoles.

Long before the GameCube came out, the Metroid series was impressing gamers all over the world. They have been on almost every single Nintendo console, and like the Marios and Links of the world, Samus Aran isn't going anywhere in a hurry. Prime is great, Echoes is great, Corruption is great, and in this release gamers have been given a real treat.

Even if you own the others, go trade them in and get the collector's edition. The only downside I can see is that North American buyers are getting treated with a metal box instead of a cardboard sleeve like we get. I'm sure after another few hedonistic hours at the controls, I'll forget all about that anyway.


The Score

Metroid Prime Trilogy
"Talk about bang for your buck."
9.0
Excellent
Rating: M   Difficulty: Medium   Learning Curve: 5 Min

 

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Koopa18
On Tuesday 29 Sep 2009 10:43 AM Posted by Koopa18 NZGamer.com VIP
Without the metal case im cool with my cube versions. Maybe pick it up eventually though. Still a pretty nifty package.
 
 
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Donutta
On Tuesday 29 Sep 2009 12:12 PM Posted by Donutta NZGamer.com VIP
"[T]he controls have been rehashed..." The word you are looking for is "revamped".

Would have liked to have seen a bit more about how the porting process affected the game. Does the removal of certain graphical effects become noticeable? Does the widescreen option present any changes to gameplay? Does the speed at which you change weapons cause problems? You needed to change them pretty fast at times, especially during the last boss battle in Prime.

I mean, it's nice to know the game comes with some extra fluff, but that's not really telling me anything a product listing wouldn't.

Ah well, I'm pretty sure that everyone who is going to buy this game has already decided that they will.
 
 
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The Host of Chaos
On Tuesday 29 Sep 2009 6:32 PM Posted by The Host of Chaos NZGamer.com VIP
29 September 2009, 12:12 PM Reply to Donutta
"[T]he controls have been rehashed..." The word you are looking for is "revamped".

Would have liked to have seen a bit more about how the porting process affected the game. Does the removal of certain graphical effects become noticeable? Does the widescreen option present any changes to gameplay? Does the speed at which you change weapons cause problems? You needed to change them pretty fast at times, especially during the last boss battle in Prime.

I mean, it's nice to know the game comes with some extra fluff, but that's not really telling me anything a product listing wouldn't.

Ah well, I'm pretty sure that everyone who is going to buy this game has already decided that they will.
Actually I agree with you. I was on the fence before reading this review and it hasn't done anything to change that. Guess I'll look around a bit more first.
 
 
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Mr.Deflok
On Tuesday 29 Sep 2009 8:28 PM Posted by Mr.Deflok NZGamer.com VIP
I usually quite enjoy your reviews, Sam, but this one reads more like a preview rather than a review.

I don't think you've mentioned anything specific about any of the games at all. What are they about? What is the history of the franchise is? Why is Metroid a mature game?

And Donutta has raised some valid points too. I don't doubt that the games were played, but the review reads like one based on about a few minutes with them.

I was rather looking forward to see someone else review a Metroid title here on NZG, pity.
 
 
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Ubercuber
On Tuesday 29 Sep 2009 10:25 PM Posted by Ubercuber NZGamer.com VIP
It reads like an ad.
 
 
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ChatterboxZombie
On Sunday 4 Oct 2009 1:29 AM Posted by ChatterboxZombie NZGamer.com VIP
mmm, ive only ever played corruption, but i never really play my wii anymore.
still good value. im sure they would'a made good wiimakes for the first 2
 
 
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