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.
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.
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.
Conclusion: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes is looking like an excellent sequel, and gamers are pleased to see the Metroid franchise plans on being here for a while. It took eight years to get Metroid Prime, and after only two years, we've got a sequel. Gamers are very happy indeed.
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.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Metroid Prime 2 is a very solid sequel to one of the best games of this generation. It stays faithful to the original Metroid games while giving players a completely fresh experience that you won't find in any other game, on any system.
Conclusion: The other feature that professional game reviews belly-ached about not being included with the original is multiplayer. Played via split-screen (half and quarter) can be an entertaining diversion if you have some buddies handy. The modes included are Deathmatch and Bounty.