Excerpt: An explosion ripples the deck plates, as the station shudders through fire and smoke. A Pirate falls to the ground, a horrible crunch resounding as his shoulder hits the deck. The smoke clears, and an armored figure steps through the debris, the figure\'s face shrouded in a red helmet that supplies the figure oxygen. This figure is Samus Aran. Metroid Prime is a gripping sci-fi thriller with a bit of a twist.
Excerpt: by Mike Campa How do you bring a 2d sc-fi platformer/shooter built strongly around the mechanic of item collection and exploration into the modern era of 3d gaming? You turn it into a first person shooter, of course. And when Metroid fans heard this was the route fledgling developer Retro Studios was taking with their beloved franchise, there was an audible collective groan heard amongst the gaming community.
Excerpt: In essence, [i]Mario Power Tennis[/i] covers all its bases from standard gameplay to the wacky and zany antics you have come to expect from Nintendo. The single player experience is great and highly entertaining, while the multiplayer and party game aspect is about as good as it gets. Making [i]Mario Power Tennis[/i] a part of your GameCube library would be a very smart move. Just make sure you watch out for Diddy Kong-he is a tricky one.
Summary: Metroid Prime has been the biggest highlight of the GameCube to date followed closely by Eternal Darkness. The sheer amount of effort, time and detail put into the game pushes this game into the record books as one of the most outstanding games visibly, audibly and in gameplay. The gameplay is second to none and the migration to 3D in first person perspective is done very well, I did however find at points that the screen felt overcrowded with the visor display on screen...
Excerpt: The Metroid games just weren't that popular in the land of the rising sun, that’s why it’s been so long since we’ve gotten the pleasure of playing as the shoulder pad-enhanced vixen Samus Aran. Apparently, Texas-based developer Retro Studios just couldn’t stand it anymore and set out (and succeeded) at making the best Metroid experience ever (in the world).
Conclusion: In my book this game is better than Halo and Nintendo needed games like this to attract the 20 something market to their small purple toy like but powerful game system. This would be a damn fine choice as a first Gamecube game and PC and Xbox players should spend some time playing this game before they write off the Nintendo Gamecube as a kids toy. It respects the old game and causes me to be optimistic about US based video game development.
Excerpt: Metroid Prime is the next in the Metroid series, but the first of the series which I have played. Its story is of intergalactic bounty hunter, Samus Aran, and her ploy to take out the evil Space Pirates once and for all. She has tracked a Space Pirate frigate to a low orbit around the mysterious planet, Tallon IV, upon boarding the frigate you quickly learn the controls, and by scanning absolutely everything possible, you get a bit of an understanding of whats going on.