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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 70
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 70
  3. Negative: 0 out of 70
  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: 9 out of 300
  1. EricC.
    Dec 4, 2002
    10
    This is the single player mode that I wish Halo had had, but when you look at level design, graphics, enemy A.I., strategy, story, and This is the single player mode that I wish Halo had had, but when you look at level design, graphics, enemy A.I., strategy, story, and detail, Metroid Prime wins in all categories. Retro Studios held on to the close attention to detail that made the last Metroid great. It's like someone mixed Super Metroid with all the good parts of Resident Evil, Half-Life, and Halo, and yet is still just as original as it was when the first game was released. While control does take a little getting used to, it works great when the player gets used to it. I'm not sure what Gamepro meant by a "lack of polish", but for the game's graphics to be better, the pictures would have to pop out of your screen. What's really sad though is that many anti-Gamecube people (mainly Xbox owners) have degraded themselves to the point of stupid insults and saying negative quotes like "over-hyped" and "copying Halo". Get the facts straight: One, hype is not a negative, but merely what people think the game will be like when it is released, and two, Metroid was released WAY before the exisistence of Halo, let alone first-person games. If anything, Halo 2 will have to take some tips from Metroid Prime when it's released. Nintendo more than deserves the award for Game of the Year for Metroid Prime. It's fantastic work. 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. HansGruber
    Dec 21, 2003
    10
    Sehr Gut!
  4. Jan 24, 2015
    10
    I am here because I see many red numbers. This game does not deserve poor ratings, because is almost perfect. I played it 12 years ago and II am here because I see many red numbers. This game does not deserve poor ratings, because is almost perfect. I played it 12 years ago and I liked it. Now I got a copy for few pesos (I am from México). The game still amazing. The graphics, the sounds, the action, the designs. Almost everything is perfect, execpt for the AI of the enemies, but the bosses are challenging.
    This game and Halo are very different. Halo is action pure in firts-person I mean a shooting game at 100%, Metroid is adventure in first person. Some bad ratings are from people who loves shoot instead of think. This game is not for people who are addicted to trigger.
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  5. MikeW.
    Dec 7, 2002
    10
    Metroid Prime is a great FP game. At first the controls seem weird but once you get into a couple hours of gameplay the controls become Metroid Prime is a great FP game. At first the controls seem weird but once you get into a couple hours of gameplay the controls become natural and easy. The graphics are great comparing to those of Halo. The music in the game is neat because some of it is from the original Metroid Prime. This is one of the best FP games iv'e ever played. Expand
  6. KrisK.
    Nov 27, 2002
    9
    Would have scored a perfect 10 if not for the random lockups. A truly engrossing game. The visuals are great and the puzzles provide enough Would have scored a perfect 10 if not for the random lockups. A truly engrossing game. The visuals are great and the puzzles provide enough challenge without getting annoying. The controls take a minute to adjust to, but once you get them it becomes natural, and I think any problem people are having with the controls really stems from the GC controller rather than the game itself. All in all, a great game that lives up to the legacy of the original. 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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