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'Metroid: Other M'
By: Nintendo and Team Ninja
(Nintendo Wii / ASIN: B002BSC4ZS / Rated: T / $49.99)

Features: 'Metroid: Other M' takes the best elements of first-person and third-person gaming to create a seamless blend between game play, storytelling and dynamic cinematography. Players hold the Wii Remote™ controller sideways while navigating and battling in third-person. However, at any moment, players can switch immediately to Wii Remote pointer controls to examine and explore the environments in first-person perspective. Metroid fans know more about Samus' suits and weapons than they do about what drives her. That's about to change.

The story begins in the middle of the events of Super Metroid™, when a baby Metroid gave its life to protect Samus. With voice acting and a rich story, players learn more about Samus' past as she weaves through an action-packed adventure aboard the Bottle Ship, a decommissioned space facility. As she hurtles into this new adventure, Samus will encounter her first mentor and Commanding Officer of the Galactic Federation, Adam Malkovich.

The development of Metroid: Other M is an exciting collaboration between Nintendo's Yoshio Sakamoto and Team Ninja. Sakamoto was the director of Super Metroid in 1994. Team Ninja is the renowned action developer of Ninja Gaiden. Metroid: Other M pairs Sakamoto's expert game design and exploratory focus of the classic Metroid series with Team Ninja's signature stylish, no-holds-barred action.

Description: For decades, Samus Aran has been known as one of the first female protagonists in video games, and one of the most enigmatic. Having traded her haunted past for the solitary life of a bounty hunter, Samus™ finally tells her own tale in this revealing, personal story of her failings, her flaws and ultimately her motivation. Metroid: Other M is an unprecedented collaboration that blends the slick, action-packed production of the world-renowned Team Ninja development team with the game design talents of the creators of the original Metroid. Metroid: Other M is a dramatic new direction for a legendary franchise and a bold new blend between cinematics, storytelling and the best in interactive entertainment.

Verdict: 'Metroid: Other M' is the third Metroid adaption for the Wii console and as the old saying goes, “Three’s a charm.” Nintendo and Team Ninja have put together one of the finest looking Wii games I have seen released so far. The controls are tight and simplistic using just the Wii Remote. I particularly liked how you could quickly fly through the third and first person mode with a quick flick of a wrist. It’s a smooth transition and I’d like more Wii games adapt to for action adventure titles, What I really liked was it never felt forced nor awkward to make the jump between perspectives.

Teaming up with Team Ninja was an excellent choice and a serious injection needed to the Metroid franchise. They proved to everyone that you don’t necessarily need HD to make a good looking game. Everything starting from the menus to game play to the cut scenes was crisp and smooth. The colors and textures were rich and life like. Mass improvements since the releases of Metroid Prime 3 Corruption and the Metroid Prime Trilogy. This felt like a grown up version of Metroid I was looking for.

Overall I found this to be an exciting leap forward into the world of Metroid. This game packs lots of action but keeps things in the simple Metroid roots that made this franchise so treasured. I definitely recommend it’s worth the investment of your time. Look to buy or rent this title.

Reviewed by: Ken Tebo

www.metroid.com





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