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Blasphemy dribbles down N’Gai’s chin

September 20, 2007
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“‘Metroid’ is a franchise that should never have made the jump from 2-D third-person to 3-D first-person.”

Yep, he said that. Ooh boy. The reactions are vicious already, and they’re mostly only directed at the people who agree with his sentiments, a la Wii Fanboy.

Even though we can almost hear you rummaging in the closet for your Indignant Commenter hats, we mostly agree. While Metroid Prime is a great series of games, they aren’t great Metroid games. The emphasis on storytelling (via scanning) and the reduced platforming required of a first-person game make for a fundamentally different experience from a real Metroid game. We admit we have big problems with the 3D maps, too, which hampers exploration significantly. For Croal, the change is enough to keep him from making progress in Prime; for us, we can enjoy both independently, but at no point do we really feel like we’re playing a 3D Metroid.

How should i treat this… I can take the objective angle so as to not spur on the mob. Or i can tell you that they’re absolutely right, which is why the Prime games went under a specific title and were billed as a trilogy. But just as Halo, trilogies are usually either: a) test grounds for long-running franchises to change something drastically, or b) pure hype tactics. As the Matrix has taught us, it’s almost always b).

Or i can give my opinion, which is that i’ve always found the 2D Metroids to be leagues above the Primes, and Prime 1 was the only one of the ones i’ve played that felt true to the source. What’s your take?

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. September 20, 2007 8:30 pm

    Treat em as separate entities because that’s what they are. Look at it this way, at least the Prime series were done way better than the 3D castlevanias, which were woefully underbudgeted and could never live up to SOTN and even the GBA and DS Castlevanias.

  2. September 20, 2007 8:40 pm

    And they’re basically the same game, Met and Vania.

    His reasons are silly, but i agree that Metroid in 2D has felt like the essence of the series and the Primes were just a ploy used to get the modern hardcore gamer’s attention with something that resembles Halo. It’s stupid of him to say they shouldn’t have been done, though.

  3. September 20, 2007 8:45 pm

    I agree. The Prime series has its place and did its job by reinvigorating an old franchise, sort of like a Super Mario RPG.

    As an aside, is underbudgeted a word?

  4. September 20, 2007 8:50 pm

    Is now. I declare it so.

    (Think it’s safe to wipe the dust off of this site now?) *looks around*

  5. September 20, 2007 8:59 pm

    might be a bit too early to celebrate, chief. We’ll see.

  6. September 21, 2007 12:25 am

    And 3-D zeldas suck too compared to the original.

    They are diffrnt perspectives of the same idea. Like a movie version of something that has not a fuckin thing to do with the series. HINT* a third installment of one comes out today.

  7. September 21, 2007 12:32 pm

    Yeah, but so what? Milla Jojovich is HOT!

    As for the Metroid Prime series versus the classic Metroid series, I’m with Ryan: they are two completely different games. You might as well say that Super Smash Bros or Mario Kart are a bad 3D representation of the Super Mario classic 2D series! Thanks for pointing out the obvious…

    (And I actually really liked Matrix Revolutions, more even than the other two Matrix. But the fighting sequences on that one were too long, unnecessary, and just fan service to those who were expecting to see an action film.)

  8. September 21, 2007 9:21 pm

    No one here disagrees that they are seperate interpretations of the same thing. However, since the originals made such an impact and the recent GBA ones were so well done, people tend to compare one style to the other. To me, the Prime trilogy loses to the 2D games in terms of quality, but they were still good games. The last two though, they didn’t capture the essence of Metroid as well as Prime 1 did. Honestly, reworking the familiar sounds and music of Metroid isn’t all it takes to make a true Metroid experience.

  9. DrewMG permalink
    September 24, 2007 11:46 am

    I dig both the Prime series and the classic series. And I have absolutely no problem with them being considered one and the same. Prime 3 relaunched my love of Metroid. I’m gonna replay through Prime 2 later this month I think.

    Still, I’d love to see a new 2D Metroid on DS.

  10. September 24, 2007 9:37 pm

    Let me just say it one last time, for clarity: i’m not dogging on the Primes, i liked them. But i REALLY liked the GBA titles. Then again i am a 2D aficionado. My point is that 2D Metroid feels more like canon than Prime. To use an uncharacteristic but well-fitting Star Wars analogy, 2D Met has the feeling of the original 3 (sub them with Zero Mission, Super, and Fusion), while the Primes have that quality of the recent 3. They even line-up chronologically.

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