Saturday, August 21, 2010

Metroid Other M: Not Convinced.

Am I the only one not convinced about Metroid Other M? I don't know what it is, but the gameplay approach taken with the game does not excite me for some reason.

I love Super Metroid on the SNES, and I really enjoyed Metroid Fusion and Metroid Zero Mission on GBA. I also thought the first Metroid Prime on Gamecube was good too, and although it was as close as you could probably get to Metroid in a first-person perspective, it didn't feel like a true Metroid to me. I get the same feeling about Metroid Other M. The original Metroid on the NES was great too of course, but it feels like a first draft when compared to Super Metroid. And, yeah - I'm not too keen on Metroid II on Gameboy. :)

This is all speculation and I may be wrong, but it looks like the shooting is using auto-targeting in the third-person camera mode. If you don't need to aim at the enemies in third-person, what gameplay is left in that mode, run and jump? What I like about Super Metroid, for example, is the intimacy of the level design and the enemy placement. You must progress with caution to avoid losing energy. An enemy may require you to simply shoot forward while running, or you may be required to aim up, or crouch, or aim diagonally up, or even jump and then shoot. There is depth in how you tackle each enemy. I would be surprised if this depth in gameplay was absent from Metroid Other M, but the gameplay videos seem to suggest it is.

Personally, I like the minimal story approach in the original NES Metroid, Super Metroid, and Zero Mission. I enjoyed the added story in Metroid Fusion, but it felt like a departure from the Metroid formula. Metroid Other M seems to be very story driven with a lot of cut-scenes and dialog and such. I don't know what it is, but I prefer my Metroids with hardcore gameplay and none of the other fluffy stuff to entertain me.

I hope my concerns are dashed when I play Metroid Other M. I want it to be great. Perhaps it is just the fact that I just want Metroid to return to the side-scrolling perspective. We'll see.

Here are some videos - what do you think?


  1. ever since it was announced site like IGN and gametrailers have been pumped for it but I don't think it looks very fun, I'm always open to departures from a games traditional format and if other M works then I'll be very pleased.

    thing is, although I don't feel very drawn to it, I know it's something to be excited about. Due to the reception it's getting from the media, it seems like a game that needs to played for you to really 'get it'.

    One of the reasons I love this industry so much is because of trust. I trust IGN to make a decent judgement on a game, I trust team ninja as a developer and I trust nintendo to make sure that the game is of the highest quality.

    I therefore trust that other M will be brilliant.

  2. I will say the commercial is brilliant. Not having played very many other Metroid games (Fusion, Prime 3, Hhunters, and a bit of Super Metroid) I'm open-minded as to how it will turn out, and don't care if it's "Metroid enough." ;)

  3. I'm really excited for the game, can't wait to see how the story evolves and how the game plays.
    Day one buy for me!

  4. Well the thing its that the change it took its kinda not that impressive and Team Ninja are like a chicken without a head (Itagaki missing)

    Samus didnt had hand to hand combat and it kinda ruins the way she was.

    The way the story seems to go... they are softening her IMO.Samus was a tough chick and on this one she seems kinda fragile and insecure which ruins and makes her fall in the stereotype of softy girl gone hardcore.

    The story flow on this one looks wayyyy to anime like and Metroid kinda had a western feeling before. The game visuals could have looked better IMO. The 3rd person combat looks okay and the animations look well.The 1st person looks bothersome but thats just my opinion.

    Still I probably end up buying the game because of the love I have for metroid.

  5. Continuation:

    It will be good but not the pinnacle of metroid games

  6. I really enjoyed Other M. It wasn't perfect, but I loved the emphasis on story. To be honest, I never played Super Metroid... only the Prime trilogy (which I loved). But I can see being disappointed by Other M since it's trying a Super Metroid approach. But because I never played the SNES game, that wasn't really an issue for me.