Metroid: Other M isn't as bad as most Wii games out there, however it wasn't really up to the standards that fans were expecting. The combat is awesome, the boss battles are nicely varied, and the game doesn't look bad either. Unfortunately, it contains one of my video game pet peeves; cut scenes that you can't skip through! You can get hold of a copy of the game from any of the merchants listed above for £9.99, which'll make you a saving of £5 on the next best offer coming in from Gamestation.
The jury's still out on whether Metroid: Other M was the right direction for the series to take. There’s no doubt that Team Ninja did a great job with the combat (exhibiting brutal takedowns and blistering melee abilities), but they rather screwed up the characters and canon in our humble opinions. Why does Samus willingly take orders from the military? What’s with the terrible voice acting and godawful romantic angle? Still, we like the action and exploration… and in many ways, that’s arguably all we really need Metroid for.
While Other M wasn't quite as successful as its FPS predecessors, it's nice to see Nintendo supporting the core's game of choice instead of retrofitting Metroid for a family-friendly context. You can grab Team Ninja's effort off either 101 CD or Base for just £16.99, which is a great price for an action-packed, visually spectacular title. And how often do you say that about a Wii game? Have a read of Matt's review above before checkout.
I know I'm a tad late, but I just got a Gamecube and plan on finally playing Metroid Prime. I was always madly jealous of my friend's who had the puzzle-laden, open-ended shooter. But now I can finally give it a go! Hoorah. Back on topic, however, as Game are currently offering a fantastic deal for Metroid: Other M. Only £9.98. Other M, as the title suggests, is a new take on the series, headed up by Ninja Gaiden's developers Team Ninja. It didn't enjoy quite the same success as prior games, but it was a flashy, polished adventure.
We still can't make up our minds about whether Metroid: Other M is the right direction for the series to take. There's no doubt that Team Ninja did a great job with the combat (exhibiting brutal takedowns and blistering melee abilities), but they rather screwed up the characters and canon in our humble opinions. Why does Samus willingly take orders from the military? What's with the terrible voice acting and godawful romantic angle? Still, we like the action and exploration... and in many ways, that's arguably all we need it for.
Metroid and Team Ninja, sitting in a tree. Not quite getting it r-i-g-h-t. No two pundits tend to agree about whether Other M really nails the Metroid concept, but there's no denying that it's a real looker. The combat's also pretty solid and surprisingly visceral in parts... but longtime fans will absolutely despise the new character development, boring storyline and Samus' bizarre new willingness to follow military orders. For just over 16 quid, however, I'm sure many of you will be able to overlook it.
For many Metroid fans, Other M was something of a disappointment. Not a bad game by any stretch of the imagination but just not up to the high standard set by the earlier titles. It's not lacking in action but there's a slight shift in mood with a more streamlined feel, while the lonely atmosphere and sense of isolation of old has been swapped for breakneck pacing. Unfortunately the sense of urgency is regularly broken up by unskippable cut-scenes which can break the tension. The action however is excellent and controls perfectly and there are some great boss battles. It's not the best Metroid adventure but it's certainly worth a look. Thanks to Trilink at Hotukdeals!
I was expecting Metroid: Other M to feature space-ninjas, demonic aliens and well-endowed female companions. Instead, I was left with what I consider the most disappointing Metroid game, thus far. It's not bad, by any means. Just with this sort of pedigree involved, I was expecting a lot more. Play's deal isn't the cheapest, it's the joint-cheapest, with Amazon offering an identically priced deal. But Play, the rascals, have upped the ante with a free... sticker! That's right. Embrace your inner child with a Metroid-themed Wiimote sticker. For your Wiimote, naturally.
Other M offers a more action packed and streamlined experience than the Metroid games of old with their lonely atmosphere and sense of isolation. The level s are designed in such a way that play always feels urgent, as you press ever-onwards, propelled through intense combat. However, the breakneck pace is frequently interrupted by unskippable cut-scenes that can feel jarring. This combat is excellent and controls perfectly and the whole experience is punctuated with particularly impressive boss battles. The graphics are nice and the environments well designed but some of the textures are muddy and poor. It's not quite the same quality as previous titles in the series but for Wii owners, it's well worth a look. Thanks to BFGeordie at Hotukdeals!