Excerpt: The Metroid series is one of the most unsurpassed video game series of all time. Every installment in the series has been great, most notably the 3D adventure Metroid Prime for Gamecube. You would think that to take one of the best 2D side-scrollers of all-time and convert it into 3D would be quite a feat. Well, the studio down in Texas accomplished it.
Excerpt: Metroid Prime was the Nintendo success story of this generation, resurrecting the series (which has famously underperformed in the East but thrived in the West) at just the right time and in just the right way. Sandwiched between the hesitant critical praise that greeted both Super Mario Sunshine and The Wind Waker , Prime offered the most convincing reason not to write-off Nintendo as a major player in the industry, and served as stone cold proof that it had more to...
Excerpt: People fear change. Especially within certain tried and tested genres. First person shooters, for instance, are one of the most holy of cows in gaming. Certain established facts aren't about to change anytime soon. When a gamer first picks up a shotgun, he knows what to expect and what situation to use it in. There is something to be said for this familiarity too, it certainly makes it much easier for new comers to pick up and play.
Excerpt: Take a look in the mirror and think about what you see. A mirror allows us to look at an image of our surroundings, and ourselves and to observe and make judgments about our physical well-being. We can see our characteristics in their full, flawed glory. All our hopes, dreams, and delusions about our lives are tossed asunder as we look at our reflections. Sometimes it can be hard to accept and recognize that face staring back at you.
Summary: Nintendo's highly anticipated Metroid Prime
2: Echoes takes the bounty hunter Samus Aran on a dark journey through dangerous
parallel worlds. Most of the elements that made the first Prime so successful
are back, but new gameplay elements keep things fresh. These include new
weapons, enhanced moves and a deeper storyline. MP2 also lets players challenge
four opponents in a split-screen death match mode.
Conclusion: Metroid Prime 2 Echoes is every bit the sequel I had been waiting for since the first time I finished Prime back in 2002. It makes nearly all the necessary adjustments and in some areas still continues to wow me. Metroid Prime 2 is another sign that Nintendo is heading in interesting new directions.