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.
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.
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. It's up there with Half-Life 2 and Halo 2 as the best games of 2004, and outperforms them both in many departments. Don't think - buy.
Excerpt: It was only two years ago that an upstart Texas developer named Retro Studios allayed an industry's worth of skepticism by delivering Metroid Prime, a sublimely rendered 3D take on Nintendo's beloved sci-fi adventure series. That game defied many gamers' expectations--it more accurately re-created, from a first-person perspective, the moody, exploration-based shooting action of past Metroid games than many doubting nostalgists thought possible.
Pros: A superb first-person adventure in an alien world., Inventive new applications of winning gameplay., An extremely lengthy, rewarding adventure., Some of the best graphics on the GameCube.
Cons: Multiplayer is a little bland., One late-game sequence may be tough for casual players.