Blasphemy dribbles down N’Gai’s chin
“‘Metroid’ is a franchise that should never have made the jump from 2-D third-person to 3-D first-person.”
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?