Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Review
After the huge hit and success that was Metroid Prime, we had Echoes. Echoes, while still an absolutely fantastic game, fell into that middle part of a sequel place in most gamers hearts. Wii comes along and now Metroid fans are ready to finish the trilogy. Let’s be honest, we know Corruption is great, but just how great is it?
Taking place just six months after the events of Echoes, Samus gets to meet with and interact with other intelligent life for once as she works with the Galactic Federation to help in a fight with the Space Pirates. Corruption breaks away from the traditional mold of the Metroid series and has more action, and actual dialogue. Where normally you’re running around on one planet with nothing else living around except for violent monsters trying to kill Samus, this time you travel to all different planets and locations and interact with real characters. It’s almost similar to Revenge of the Sith or Halo. This isn’t to say that Metroid fans will hate this new Metroid. After the beginning, things get back to traditional Metroid pretty quickly.
There’s a lot more action this time around. The game isn’t as hardcore and difficult as it was previously, but that’s not to say it’s not at all. There’ll still be a bunch of really difficult puzzles and challenges but there’ll also be a bunch of fighting and that’s where you really start to appreciate the controls. By far, the most fantastic part of this game is the first person shooting controls using the Wii remote. Where the first two Prime games were known to have horrible controls for a game of it’s type, well behind most first person games, Corruption runs ahead of the pack and can easily be called the game with the best first person shooting controls on a console period. You won’t want to go back to dual analog controls for shooters after playing this game. Also, in addition to the basic controls, there’ll be situations where you’ll have to pull levers, push buttons, punch passwords into a keypad and do other cool little thing’s that just pull you even more into the experience using the IR controls. Little things, but added together they just pull the game up to an even better experience.
Metroid Prime games have always been priased for their art, and Corruption is no exception. This game looks fantastic and makes you forget that the Wii is a weaker console than it’s HD friends. The art is absolutely breathtaking. The game doesn’t only look above and beyond most other games on the Wii, but it runs flawlessly. There will never be slowdown, the framerate is totally solid and that too adds to the imersion of the game. There are no technical problems at all to be found and bothersomely remind you that you’re playing a video game.
Corruption continues the tradition of brilliant music in Metroid games. From the moment you boot up the game and the opening title music plays, you know you’re in for a serious epic. Add that consistantly awesome and atmospheric music along with crisp and clean blaster fire, footsteps, and voice acting similar to Knights of the Old Republic, and there are few Wii games that are so pleasing to the ears.
When you spend your hard earned money on a game, you want it to be of the highest quality. Metroid Prime 3 has got you covered on that front. When you start it off you’re beginning an unparalleled experience that’ll take you to tons of different worlds around the galaxy, battling space pirates and solving puzzles. There are few such experiences as great as this one. The game’s not easy, but the hard work will pay off as you go through not only one of the best Wii games, but one of the best games on all three consoles. A must buy for sure!