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.
Conclusion: For a game that sports Echoes as a subtitle, you would be forgiven for thinking that you are about to relive Retro’s 2002 effort all over again but MP2 does little to substantiate the appropriateness of its title. An echo can be classed as a repetition or an imitation but to me MP2 is 20% an echo of its 2002 counterpart and a salient 80% advance in innovation and improvement over what came before.