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  • Summary: Enlist with a four-player local or online squad in this co-operative sci-fi shooter set in the Metroid universe. Hop in a specialized battle Mech suit and work with your teammates to take down enemy forces and complete objective- based missions. Then, take a break and play a fun, pick-upEnlist with a four-player local or online squad in this co-operative sci-fi shooter set in the Metroid universe. Hop in a specialized battle Mech suit and work with your teammates to take down enemy forces and complete objective- based missions. Then, take a break and play a fun, pick-up game of Blast Ball with fellow troops. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 56
  2. Negative: 6 out of 56
  1. Aug 19, 2016
    95
    Metroid Prime: Federation Force is not only the best FPS on the 3DS, but perhaps one of my favorite FPS games ever.
  2. Aug 19, 2016
    80
    Despite the undue hate it has been subjected to over the past year, Metroid Prime: Federation Force is a very impressive, polished and playable package - the only real grumble we have is that during online play the lack of voice chat can become maddening, and the game's built-in chat function is an inadequate substitute.
  3. Aug 19, 2016
    75
    Metroid Prime: Federation Force succeeds at carving out its own identity, but loses a few elements in translation. It’s still Metroid at its core but lacks the masterful execution that the series is known for.
  4. Aug 19, 2016
    70
    Metroid Prime: Federation Force is an ambitious production. It's a solid and fun co-op FPS, but is shamelessly multiplayer-oriented. Is it a true Metroid? We're not sure.
  5. Sep 17, 2016
    60
    It may not be the type of game nearly all Metroid fans desperately want, and it may go ignored due to that, but Metroid Prime: Federation Force is a great example of not only how to make FPS work on the 3DS, but how to successfully do co-operative mission-based multiplayer.
  6. Aug 19, 2016
    55
    Its biggest problem? The three planets are different enough (ice, desert, and gas), but the missions within aren't.
  7. Aug 30, 2016
    35
    There is a core idea here that could’ve worked, but Metroid Prime: Federation Force is nothing short of a disaster due to horribly thought out implementation and shoddy execution.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 52
  2. Negative: 12 out of 52
  1. Sep 1, 2016
    10
    When did gamers become such whiny little b$#&hes? There is in fact nothing wrong with this game. It looks like Metroid, it sounds likeWhen did gamers become such whiny little b$#&hes? There is in fact nothing wrong with this game. It looks like Metroid, it sounds like Metroid, it plays like Metroid. This is a Metroid game. It's not a masterpiece like the Prime Trilogy games, but it's a great spin-off. Much like Tri Force Heroes is to the Zelda games. Get over it. Expand
  2. Aug 21, 2016
    10
    It's a great game that doesn't get the credit it deserves. Too many people are upset it isnt the style game they want so they leave harshIt's a great game that doesn't get the credit it deserves. Too many people are upset it isnt the style game they want so they leave harsh reviews. It's a great game that focuses on team work and a multiplayer experience. I have been playing this game since day 1 and I really enjoy it! I highly recommend getting the game and experiencing the online play for yourself! Expand
  3. Aug 19, 2016
    10
    Metroid Prime: Federation Force is a true masterpiece of the FPS Genre, and expands the Metroid universe with a gripping narrative that leavesMetroid Prime: Federation Force is a true masterpiece of the FPS Genre, and expands the Metroid universe with a gripping narrative that leaves you hooked till the last mission Expand
  4. Aug 23, 2016
    8
    Upon seeing the initial trailer of Federation Force (FF) I was enraged like many other fans of the series. As time went on though I realizedUpon seeing the initial trailer of Federation Force (FF) I was enraged like many other fans of the series. As time went on though I realized that I needed to not let my being a fan of the series get in the way of a fair review. With that said I decided to try and stay neutral about the game, its art style, and mechanics. Now it is August and I have finally gotten my hands on FF. I'll be putting this review into several categories to judge the quality of the title. These categories are Atmosphere (graphics, artsyle, and sound effects,) Controls (3DS and New 3DS versions,) story (includes characters, and lore,) and replay ability. No bias for or against FF. These are the rules I put on myself for every review so that I am as fair as possible.

    The graphics in FF are cartoon like to put it bluntly. Your characters are Chibi like in appearance and the game has a more vibrant color palette than any other Metroid game before it. However, being that Federation Force is a first person shooter with very smooth online capabilities and a solid framerate for a 3DS game, it is evident that the brighter and more simplistic art style actually compliments the game. Don't be fooled by YouTube's poor quality of its videos. FF looks great on 3DS. The 3D effects are some of the best on the handheld too, allowing the player to get a feel as though they are behind the an actual visor. The only thing I personally would have preferred is for the marines inside the mechs to have a more humanlike appearance. However what is most important is the art within the game's world. There are multiple times that you will come across ancients ruins or old Galactic Federation outposts. There is quite a bit of detail in them that make the world feel a bit more alive. As for the sound in the game, I think that the effects sound good whether it be the sound effects of a blaster bolt, to the delightful roar of an Ice Titan. The only negative I have for this game is the lack of any really memorable music. However, I will acknowledge that the theme for hard mode is easily the most badass theme in the game, on par with the classic Super Metroid theme. So graphically and artistically Federation Force gets my seal of approval. I wish there were a bit more memorable music scores, however the atmosphere we get from the sound in general makes the game good in the sound department as well.

    Obviously though, you are going to be having good reason to want to know the the controls are. I tried both the 3DS and New 3DS versions of the game's controls, and I must say I prefer the use of the c stick far more than the use of the gyroscope. When walking around in the normal setup, you feel like you are driving a big tank, similar to the control scheme of Resident Evil 4. It would have been nice to have seen the option to use the stylus to move the camera, however that didn't stop me from enjoying the use of the c stick's nearly flawless controls. Luckily the game features a lock on feature, the problem is that some enemies can easily dodge your shots. This is where FF brings in a brilliant idea from Metroid Prime 3 Corruption, the ability to move your reticle while locked onto an opponent. It make the game so much easier when you are trying to dispatch and enemy quickly with a headshot. If you don't have a New 3DS, I recommend buying a circle pad pro for this game.

    Like most other games in the series, the story for FF is very simple and straight forward. You are basically a new marine in the Federation Force and are being sent on missions in the Bermuda system to test out the mechs the Galactic Federation has made for the marines. By the 3rd mission you discover the space pirates are in the Bermuda system too and you must stop their different schemes as you and the Federation Force slowly discover a plot to wipe out the Galactic Federation with what is basically a Death Star. However there is more to the story than that. You can find little bits of lore throughout the game when you find certain computers in the different levels. You learn of the ancient race of Bion and how they became giants in size, as well as find old Federation battleships which crash onto the cold planet of Excelcion. The lore isn't quite as extensive as the Prime games, however it was nice to read.

    Replay ability is definitely there. There are tons of mods to discover that allow for a multitude of ways of fighting. Each mission gives you medals based on your score and whether you complete certain objectives, some of which are very difficult in single player. These medals allow you to carry more mods, equipment and (best of all) unlock new paint jobs. Beating the main story treats you to a nice end credits cutscene to Metroid Prime 4, gives you a new paint job that admittedly looks pretty badass, a new mod that increases movement speed and attack power, and the option to play the aforementioned hard mode. There is also blast ball and the ability to play co op.

    Difficult, but worth the $40
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  5. Aug 19, 2016
    7
    You see, I've been sitting all day... asking my 3DS, "Is this game worth it or not? They can't fail to make this one a bummer, unlike Star FoxYou see, I've been sitting all day... asking my 3DS, "Is this game worth it or not? They can't fail to make this one a bummer, unlike Star Fox Zero (Score for that is a solid 7/10)." That's until I'm starting to recognize its flaws while playing this game. While the game itself may or may not be filled with the best fun, the iconic feeling that made Metroid what it is today is obviously missing and I can't play this game without thinking of those feelings. It may seem to work enough as a 30th anniversary game though. All Metroid fans, this game is not as bad as you thought it would, but don't be expecting much of it because I know what your opinion could be. Expand
  6. Aug 24, 2016
    5
    This game is decent, not great or terrible, just standard. When comparing this game to others in the series it's easy to see why this is theThis game is decent, not great or terrible, just standard. When comparing this game to others in the series it's easy to see why this is the worst. No exploration, most iconic upgrades are missing, and the art style takes away from the grim atmosphere that the Metroid series is known for. The lack of actual characters or an interesting story doesn't helps its case either. The only things making this game a metroid game are the space pirates/metroids, the secret ending, and the occasional appearance of samus. The gameplay is fun with friends but can become a tedious chore alone, which is why its always advertised as a co-op game, even though all of the game's predecessors were single player. The controls are tolerable but nothing compared the the fluid controls of the original prime trilogy. All in All, this game is a not the best co-op shooter by far or the best metroid game by far. I would only recommend it for people who have friends with 3DS's and even then I would advise them to wait for a price drop because 40 dollars per person is not worth it. Expand
  7. Jun 28, 2017
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Federation Farce is not a Metroid game, or even a good game in general. If you disagree, I would highly recommend playing through the rest of the Series (Fusion, Super, the prime games of which only 3 exist at time of writing, et cetera)

    If you still feel the need to defend this shameless insult to the Metroid name and fanbase, find the nearest cliff and take a nice long walk.
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