7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great games, great value in a well presented package....,
This review is from: Metroid Prime: Trilogy (Wii) (Video Game)
I got this little beauty for my wii recently (A console by the way, that I've only recently discovered an appreciation for). Having never played any of the other Metroid games (Yes, I know I've missed out), I wasn't sure what to expect, what attracted me initially was the value, three "epic adventures in a single deluxe package," for the price of one game. And the packaging, OK maybe not the making or breaking of a game, but like any product its important, the case comes in a nice sleeve, simple, subtle cover art that dosen't give too much away, it comes with a nice artwork and history insert, it all adds to the feel of what it is, a nice, neat, definitive collection, perfect for newbies to the Metroid series like me.
So, I got it home and wasted no time starting her up. On the main menu, you have three slots to create game profiles, you can then choose which Metroid Prime title you want to play, so for me... I thought "Well, let's start at the beginning." My initial reaction was, well I wasn't blown away, I thought "Its OK," this was partly due to my inexperience with the wii controller, which made my first experience with Metroid Prime a frustrating one, which made me turn it off and walk away having not even managed to get through the frigate (With the intention that I'd come back to it later),after reading the manual more, reading an online walkthrough, watching a few walkthrough videos to get me started, I did indeed come back later, in a much more prepared frame of mind. My next attempt was a bit more satisfying, I'd started to get the hang of the controls, I cleared the frigate (Which is the first "level" I put that in quotes because, as I soon discovered, this game doesn't have levels as such), and got down to the planet. And this is where MP1 really blew me away.
Not long after I got into the nearby ruins I realised that this wasn't just a standard linear first person shooter (As I'd thought it might be), but is a full blown adventure, with an exploration and puzzle solving elements and "Quest" style similar to that of the Zelda games (Among my favourite series), and well..... That was my weekend gone, I've already spent solid hours on this, playing until my wii remote batteries were flat, then simply replacing them and carrying on! And I'm still on the first game! The controls, now that I've got the hang of them, are incredibly responsive, you use the wiimote and the nunchuck, the graphics, while a little dated (At least on the first one, 1+2 are Gamecube ports, while the third one is exclusively for the wii), are still gorgeously rendered and highly detailed, so you are treated to some wonderful scenery whenever you go through a door, or to a different part of the world, the world is.... HUGE, there are so many places you can explore, forest, waterfalls, groves, ancient ruins, temples, fire caves, ice caves, mines.
The difficulty can sometimes be a bit unforgiving at times, it is certainly challenging, especially at later stages. the boss battles are.... Epic, to say the least, you'll end the battle with heart pounding and hands trembling and sweating! The sound and music is perfect. My only gripe so far is all the backtracking you have to do can become a little tiresome, but its only a minor complaint.
Its been a long time since I was this entheusiastic about a game, to the point where I'm driving home from work excited about getting in and playing!
Overall, really good fun, very challenging and great value for money. What are you waiting for?