This new sequel expands on all these aspects as Samus Arran (perhaps the only non-gratuitous - considering she spends the entirety of the game in a big metal space suit - female character in video games) explores the planet Aether, which is mysteriously split between light and dark dimensions, with unique weapons and equipment only work in one or the other. This adds an extra layer of intricacy to the gameplay and storyline and also provides a prime excuse for lots more weapons, gadgets and visors (the sound based echo visor is particularly cool). Perhaps the most controversial new feature in the game though is a four-person multiplayer mode where you can use all of the games power-ups and weapons. This actually works surprisingly well with the switch to a morph ball making it impossible to lock onto an enemy automatically, greatly adding to the tactical depth. It is the single player mode that is Metroid Prime 2s most important aspect though and there seems little chance that fans of the original will be disappointed. Those that felt the original was a little too hard and difficult to control will be catered for as well though, ensuring that this game is far more accessible than the previous one. --David Jenkins
As in any Metroid game, you play Samus, who has recieved a distress signal on a Mysterious planet called Aether. When you first arrive you find out what has happened to the Federation's troops. This story doesnt seem very original, but once you get into the game its a whole different story.
The multiplayer is also good, but you are restriced to about 6-8 (sorry I cant remember) small levels. The levels in multiplayer are rather small but this was just something for when you have a few friends around and you don't want to stay on single player.
After recently completing this game, I thought it was a masterpiece. Every aspect of this game is amazing and even non-metroid fans will appreciate this game for shear gameplay. If you havent yet got this game, I advise you to. I loved it and I think any gamer will.
The game is better in some ways than Metroid Prime, although perhaps the objectives are displayed in a slightly less imaginative way. Completely new variations on Samus' armor, you must find her new weapons and upgrades to progress through the game, ranging from finding bombs for the ever-present morphball, or locating a new visor to see the planets from a whole new perspective...
Echoes takes a little while to get going, as the start is fairly quiet and unnerving, as if you are searching for something big. And that "big" thing takes a while to come by. But when it does, you are completely overwhelmed by the beauty of the game, and find yourself in a complicated storyline which weaves its way back and forth across the worlds. About a quarter through the game, you begin to see what it has been trying to show you, but has been to shy to yell about it as soon as you land.
Don't miss this game, it'll have you absorbed for ages. And you won't get bored.
This game's graphics are superb, from the temple you land in, to the barren wastelands, to the industrial complex towards the end. There is incredible detail in everything that you see, and this also includes the enemies. With over 50 unique enemies, and 4 major areas, this game leaves you drooling.
The game is set in First Person Mode, meaning you see everything from Samus Aran's point of view. However, there are no restrictions. You can use the morphball to roll up into a tiny ball, so that you can enter areas you can't whilst your standing. You can double jump to reach the higher places, and use the grapple beam to make it accross long ravines, but this is not all. The game makes you progress in a set order by allowing you to unlock doors only when you have achived the item to unlock them. I.e. Cant open light doors untill you have the light beam. To do this, you need to defeat the bosses that are scattered, and this even includes a dark copy of Samus Aran. This means that whilst this initially restricts your movement at the start, you can never go trully wrong. All of the enemies can be scanned, and even some of the manuscripts, to reveal more about what happened on the planet. Technology can also be scanned so that a log book can be filled with intricate detail, this is a game in itself. There are so many things to unlock, such as morph ball bombs, dark and light beam, missile cannons and different area's that this will keep you going for days.Read more ›