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  • Summary: Samus returns in a new mission to unravel the mystery behind the ruined walls scattered across Tallon IV. In Metroid Prime, you'll play the role of this bounty hunter and view the world through her visor, which displays information ranging from current energy levels to ammunition. EquippedSamus returns in a new mission to unravel the mystery behind the ruined walls scattered across Tallon IV. In Metroid Prime, you'll play the role of this bounty hunter and view the world through her visor, which displays information ranging from current energy levels to ammunition. Equipped with a Power Beam and Gravity Suit, you must shoot locked switches, solve puzzles, and eliminate enemies. It's up to you to explore the world and recover more power-ups and weapons, which gradually open more gameplay areas. Expand
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  1. Positive: 70 out of 70
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 70
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  1. A shining example of how a classic videogame series can be vividly reborn. While taking an enormous amount of liberties with the original concept, it manages to zero-in on the spirit of the Metroid series and hit a resounding bull's-eye.
  2. 100
    Whether you're negotiating platforms (made simple thanks to a camera that pans down) or involved in the final climatic battle with Metroid Prime, you always feel as if you're at one with the game. And surely that's what gaming's all about, isn't it?
  3. GameNow
    100
    It doesn't matter if you've never played a Metroid game before - Prime will kick your ass and unrelentingly own you. [A+; Jan 2003, p.62]
  4. Stunningly-stupendous, amazingly-brilliant.
  5. Difficult to categorise but impossible not to love. Metroid Prime is simply a fabulous gaming experience and the best on the Cube. [GamesMaster]
  6. A true gaming masterpiece. It is the type of game that reminds you why it was you first started playing games and manages to keep you both enthralled and amused from start to finish.
  7. While Metroid Prime engages on no level other than gameplay, that gameplay is so perfectly tuned and refined, so continuously evolving and clever that you'll keep playing and playing, even when you're frustrated, even when you're honestly just a little bored with the back-tracking, and even though you don't care about the character or story.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 336
  1. JohnA.
    Dec 1, 2002
    10
    This game's overall user rating needs to be higher. This is probably the best game for the gamecube so far, but it's definitely This game's overall user rating needs to be higher. This is probably the best game for the gamecube so far, but it's definitely geared more towards the "cereberal" gamer; this game is not all about white-knuckle action and shooting. In fact, much of the combat is easy and secondary to exploration and puzzle solving, all of which is naturally integrated into the game. However the game has it's tense moments, especially during the boss battles. For gamers who enjoy the finer things in games (ie immersiveness, attention to detail, innovative gameplay) and are willing to deal with a slightly slower-paced game, this is probably the best game of the year, especially if you are a fan of the old metroid games. If not, you still ought to put your preconceptions about "first person shooters" aside, and give the game a shot: you may suprise yourself. Something to consider about the first person perspective: after playing the game it's safe to say that they used that perspective for aesthetic purposes: for one, it's more immersive that way, and many of the environments are so small that a third person camera wouldn't work. Furthermore, the visor system (which is integral to the gameplay) would not work from a third person perspective. But the game was never designed as a "first person shooter", so it would behoove the gamer to not approach it as such. Comparing this game to a game like Halo would be like comparing WarCraft III to Final Fantasy X; they are both great games with some surface similiarities in presentation, but are drastically different in gameplay and purpose. The graphics, though not the best I have ever seen, are still incredible. What's most incredible about them is not the technical abilities they show off: the models aren't especially high polygon, there are no fancy special effects like bump mapping or real time lighting, and some of the textures are lo-res. What makes the graphics great is the details. There are all sorts of effects that happen on samus' visor, which, though they aren't technically impressive (they are actually quite simple), go a long way towards increasing the immersiveness of the game. The environments themselves are all quite well-varied and detailed as well, and you never get the sense that you've been somewhere before because of reused textures or anything like that. If you are a REAL gamer, that is, you are interested only in the qualities of the actual games and the entertainment and experience that you will get from them, then you shouldn't let something silly like what system this game is on or its unconventional control system stop you from enjoying this game. If you choose to let trivial issues like that interfere with your decision, then it's your loss. Expand
  2. Feb 12, 2011
    10
    Positives
    - Graphics: The graphics in metroid prime are not only top notch for the gamecube, but top notch for any 6th generation home
    Positives
    - Graphics: The graphics in metroid prime are not only top notch for the gamecube, but top notch for any 6th generation home console.
    - Gameplay: Metroid Prime immerses you into a large 3D environment for exploration and puzzle solving. The game is played at a first person perspective, but it isn't a first person shooter, it is more in the vein of first person adventure game. The boss battles are excellently executed, and there is a ton of information to collect throughout the game, via scan logs and upgrades.
    - Sound: Metroid prime presents an alienlike sound track that perfectly fits the mood of the game.

    - Controls: The controls in Metroid Prime work over all very well throughout the game. The lack of manual aiming without the R buttons is solved via the use of the lock on feature. Negatives
    -Replay Value: One might not be compelled to play this prolonged adventure again, although if they do they will realize just how excellent the game was when they'd played it the first time. There is also alot of backtracking in the game, but this is usually for the access of new areas and upgrades.

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  3. L.S.
    Apr 27, 2004
    10
    aWESOME... nEeD i SaY MoRe?
  4. Jan 3, 2017
    10
    Every aspect of the game is incredible. Graphics, soundtrack, gameplay is FAIRLY UNIQUE(I fail to see any other game combining adventuring andEvery aspect of the game is incredible. Graphics, soundtrack, gameplay is FAIRLY UNIQUE(I fail to see any other game combining adventuring and exploration in first person) and the story is pretty sci-fi. It's just delicious to play that game! Expand
  5. Dec 24, 2020
    10
    No game released in 2020 pays as much attention to detail as this game does that was released early 2000's. Something that was never seen asNo game released in 2020 pays as much attention to detail as this game does that was released early 2000's. Something that was never seen as possible (aka Metroid transitioning from 2D to 3D) was accomplished and went above and beyond. The game has aged like fine wine. If you havent played this game or the trilogy, you need to stop scrolling on Metacritic and just buy it and see for yourself. It has stood the test of time. It really should be number one but I'll let you be the judge of that. Expand
  6. Jun 29, 2020
    9
    My friend told me I play this game. He described how it was I felt really interested. It don't disappoint at all. It's one of the best games IMy friend told me I play this game. He described how it was I felt really interested. It don't disappoint at all. It's one of the best games I ever played, the world's map is great and diverse, with several challanging puzzles, great shooting mechanics, great platforming sections that could be very frustrating but in the end are excellent. I don't have a bad memory about this game that is worth saying. It's definitely the best GameCube game. Expand
  7. NicholasB.
    Dec 4, 2002
    0
    No I cannot say good-bye Halo you stupid moron, where is the multiplayer Biznotch. Wheres the game of the year award. The game is incredible No I cannot say good-bye Halo you stupid moron, where is the multiplayer Biznotch. Wheres the game of the year award. The game is incredible but nothing compared to the classics like Grand Theft Auto 3, Vice City, or Halo. But really the only problem with this game is that the controls are wierd, but since the Gamecube controller is not designed for FPS I congratulate nintedo on the effort. Great Game, the zero is just to get the attention of the itiot who said it was better than Halo. Expand

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