Friday, January 5, 2007

Metroid Prime: Corruption details!!!!!

SO the chumps over at Gamepro were invited over to Nintendo's headquarters to try out a build of Corruption, and have this to say:

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Definitely stole the the show. The graphics looked amazing -- better than Halo 2 on the Xbox without a doubt -- and the levels showed off sparkling details, proving the Wii is far more powerful than the Gamecube. Out of all the games we played, the Wii controller seemed most at home with Metroid.

You don't fire with your index finger, but with your thumb (using the A button). This sounds a little goofy, but in practice it worked very, very well. You could press the directional pad to fire rockets or enter your scanning mode, and the trigger (aka the B button) handled jumps very nicely. Samus has a few new moves that take advantage of the motion-sensitive controller. By locking onto a target and thrusting the left nunchuku forward, Samus could launch a grappling beam. The beam is similar to Half-Life 2's Gravity Gun, but was mostly used to push rubble out of the way, open grates, or in a nice touch, yank shields from enemy hands. The other major Wii functionality was that some control panels needed to be lifted, rotated, and pushed back into slots -- these movements were all handled on the Wii controller.

Aiming with the point-and-shoot controller felt very nice, though it took a few minutes to become truly comfortable. The experience was much like playing a PC first-person shooter, especially since the nunchucku analog stick controlled movement We found that standing roughly four feet from the TV provided the best motion, and the cursor stayed smooth and steady -- no shakiness! The frame rate was also smooth and consistent, even when the screen got crowded with special effects

This is what I've been waiting for. I knew that the Metroid, Mario and Zelda franchises were going to bring the most innovative uses of the Wiimote and the Wii in general, and it's good to hear some ecstatic descriptions on the feel of the game. If only other companies put the same passion that Nintendo puts into their first party titles......

Check out more impressions here.....and here....

I've never played a Metroid game, I might have to start now that I have the Wii!
You need to stop telling people that you haven't played some of Nintendo's biggest franchises. It ain't cool. *shakes head at Junlee*

I'd buy Metroid Prime 3, even if every reviewer gave it 0. Metroid Prime 1 and 2 were awesome (though 1 overall was better) and it's great the the 3rd installment is getting rave reviews.

Good fine El Moco! *thumbs up*
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