24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
It's still a great game!,
This review is from: Metroid: Other M (Wii) (Video Game)
Okay, I don't normally write a review this close to purchase but seeing so much negativity from the US. and various other places, I felt obliged to reassure the average gamers out there!
As a game in its own right, this is a top notch platform blaster! As an addition to the series, it may and obviously has polarized the community. I think it's important for me to address the issues that people have been having first.
POINTING: Such a major "problem" for so many people is really quite well implemented. The transition between sideways control and pointing the remote at the screen to fire missiles etc. at a locked-on point is smooth and you get used to it fairly early on. Just don't rely on it in the heat of battle until you absolutely need to to defeat the current enemy.
SHOOTING: You have something of an auto-locking system which purists say goes against the series norm, but in reality, it's the only way to implement a firing system in this format. You will soon get used to just facing the general direction and pumping away to dispatch your foes.
VOICE ACTING: Samus's voice has been deliberately chosen to deliver the sense of her loner nature and therefore unfamiliarity with dialogue. It isn't bad acting, it's been purposely detailed and it's not THAT important a feature of ANY game which is 90% gaming and 10% talking.
CONTROLS: Use of just the Wii remote is somewhat foreign at first, if you're used to playing the 3D games but anyone who has played sidescrollers, whether of the series or not, will pick up the intricasies in no time. I have yet to find a situation which necessitated the use of the Nunchuck over the D-Pad. Sure, it's a little less accurate in the wider sections but you still have 8 directions at your disposal.
MUSIC: Yeah, you'll have to go a long way to match the majestic scores of the Prime series but there is an atmospheric air about the levels and although it could have done with a little more memorability, it shouldn't detract from your enjoyment and involvement in the intensity of battle.
So, that out of the way, what you are left with is an altogether different animal to the 3D games of the series but an intuitive blending of styles which, for the most part, has been pulled off with a good deal of accuracy. For newcomers, this will be a challenge without any shadow of doubt. I've been gaming for nearly 30 years now and I still died several times against the same enemy until I worked out what to do! For me, this makes for a good experience, as just breezing past the opposition is no real fun at all, whereas, using your noggin gives you a greater sense of achievement. Yes, the path to the end is relatively short and linear but you will have many a good battle on the way and although there is a sense of repetition for some of the enemies, the new death-blow sequences are really cool and different for each enemy.
So, if you can rent this one, it may be the way to go first with all the different opinions out there. Everyone is entitled to their own and a few will disagree with some of what I've said here, no doubt...fact is...I enjoyed it...end of!