Review: Metroid Other M

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Review: Metroid Other M

Samus returns with an extra M. Does it stand for "marvelous" or just "meh"?

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*goes back to playing Prime Trilogy Collection*

If I didn't have this...I'd be very sad about Other M.

That said, I'll pick up Other M. Just for the story. Since it's the only Big N franchise that really has one worth delving into.

I might consider buying this, then, if for no other reason then to get a use out of my Wii.

Ouch, this is why Metroid dose not need a story..... I'd rather have a crash lock her powers than a EX.......oy....... is it me or is like EP1-3 all the mysticism is reduced or replaced with pint by numbers crap that feel random and arbitrary?

It's dire, absolutely dire. Whatever charm there is in the gameplay is washed away by the constant, awful, awful awful cutscenes which never end. I hope I can pawn it off on somebody.

Onyx Oblivion:
*goes back to playing Prime Trilogy Collection*

If I didn't have this...I'd be very sad about Other M.

That said, I'll pick up Other M. Just for the story. Since it's the only Big N franchise that really has one worth delving into.

And yet that is apparently where this game goes tragically wrong, according to many reviewers. Samus Aran is constantly out of character in this game. And that's a real shame.

I was worrie dwhen they came out and said that you can watch the cutscenes as a movie when you complete the game and they were PROUD of it!

Not been much of a metroid fan sadly but was looking forward to giving this a whirl but I dont like the sound of the way they took her character so I'll probably give this one a miss

I'm just checking here, was Steve kidding when he said you can use your powers when your boyfriend says it's alright?

Because if he wasn't kidding... I..I...Yeah.

I joined this site just so I could talk about Other M. For the most part I agree with the review, but i have to say that this is the most terrible metroid game to come out so far, rivaling only Metroid Prime Hunters.

The combat is solid, for the most part, except it honestly feels better suited for something like a Mega Man game, rather than a Metroid game. The constant high intensity, fast paced combat would be fine, except the game sacrifices atmosphere and exploration at the same time, making it feel more like a quick paced action title, than an actionadventure/puzzle title. In previous games, especially Prime, you could stop and breath in the beautiful environments. A combination of beautiful map designs, music, and graphical effects would either build incredible environments, or create intense suspense. But in Other M, we have linear, uninteresting, tedious level designs, which are just generic and boring. But of course, worse than anything, is the absolutely terrible plot. I disagree with the review on the point that it gets better, because for me, it was consistently horrible. I am against the idea of fleshing out Samus's personality, as I prefer the games to be mysterious with minimum dialogue (like a solo journeys through beautiful and hostile scifi worlds). So, yeah I am against the concept to begin with, but this character is just plain awful. It's horrendous. She is not bad ass in the slightest, her "introspective depth" is shallow and obnoxious, and she is completely submissive. The story is riddled with cliches, characters are terrible, writing is bottom tier, and worst of all, there is zero subtlety. So, in my opinion, this game sucks in almost every way. Don't buy it, because not only is it a waste of money, it supports the idea that this game is a good idea. If they make a lot of money on this piece of shit, then they might be convinced to continue the franchise in this direction.

I always considered that this would be on a similar level as 'Metroid Fusion'. Good, but depending on how you look at it you could be very disappointed with some of the directions taken. The difference is that Other M seems to also have taken a lot more risks with the controls and gameplay as well as being a lot more big-budget with spectacle and cutscenes. Personally, since I played the hell out of Super Metroid when younger and still consider it to be the best Metroid game and have a feeling that I'm far from the only person to feel that, the bombastic intro sounds like it'll be fine for me and its really a bit of nostalgic fanservice. The fact that everyone has to go through it is probably a bit less great though. Broadly though, sounds good. Yeah, its not the best ever and the characterization stuff probably won't match but you could totally still have fun with it. And considering how most of the time Samus is often a blank slate as far as character goes...being out of character would be pretty damn easy.

I knew from the start this game wouldn't do it for me. After seeing the reviews I'm right. Not only is Samus WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY out of character, the whole thing has just gotten too... and I don't want this to sounds rude or racist... Japanese.

The Metroid series started as a video game answer to western Scifi. It had Japanese influence, definitely, but if you play though Fusion, Super Metroid, or any of the Prime series, it's going to make you feel more Star Wars or Halo than, say, Akira or Gundam (not to make direct comparisons- those are just examples).

The fact that, due to the story and cutscenes and fucked up characterization of Samus and even the gameplay, it looks as if it's turned into an anime in video game form, I am completely and utterly turned off by this fact. I might- might- borrow this from a friend. And even then, I doubt I'll finish it.

I haven't played it and I already damn near despise it. That never happens...

Ah, well. At least I got Reach in just 12 days.

Well, Im not totally susprised. I never expected it to be the greaztest, but, didnt seem like it was this bad - Does have its good elements though, so thats always a plus

FFKonoko:
I always considered that this would be on a similar level as 'Metroid Fusion'. Good, but depending on how you look at it you could be very disappointed with some of the directions taken. The difference is that Other M seems to also have taken a lot more risks with the controls and gameplay as well as being a lot more big-budget with spectacle and cutscenes. Personally, since I played the hell out of Super Metroid when younger and still consider it to be the best Metroid game and have a feeling that I'm far from the only person to feel that, the bombastic intro sounds like it'll be fine for me and its really a bit of nostalgic fanservice. The fact that everyone has to go through it is probably a bit less great though. Broadly though, sounds good. Yeah, its not the best ever and the characterization stuff probably won't match but you could totally still have fun with it. And considering how most of the time Samus is often a blank slate as far as character goes...being out of character would be pretty damn easy.

(Sorry for double posting, for some reason my previous post hasn't shown up yet O_o)

Actually, believe it or not, Samus's stoic and nearly unspeaking personality doesn't make her a blank slate. It's part of her character. Think about it:

When she was about 5, her parents were brutally murdered by the Space Pirates, the same enemies she'd end up fighting years upon years later. The trauma of losing them THEN losing the Chozo that took her in turned her into a much more introspective person. She barely spoke to anyone but herself. Although I like that it's telling the story of the one person to get her to talk more than a few words (Adam Malkovich) I can still seriously tell that her characterization is fucked up, even though this sort of character is one of the easiest kind to write to.

They complicated it not for any reason other than to have a dramatic story. The Metroid story is dramatic enough if you delve deep, and it's dramatic in a sublte, beautiful way, instead of in your face "SHE'S DEPRESSED" sort of way.

Grey Carter:
It's dire, absolutely dire. Whatever charm there is in the gameplay is washed away by the constant, awful, awful awful cutscenes which never end. I hope I can pawn it off on somebody.

I have to agree. I played it and immediately cashed it in after the credits rolled. The 3rd person gameplay was the only thing that was done well in this game, everything else was atrocious and downright insulting to the series and players.

When the company began releasing "teaser" pics of Samus Aran in a latex skinsuit, what the fuck did you people think they were gonna do with her character? Give the existing strong female lead speaking lines? Or create this submissive mockery?
Sigh...whats next, Jade from beyond good and evil?

ZeroMachine:

FFKonoko:
I always considered that this would be on a similar level as 'Metroid Fusion'. Good, but depending on how you look at it you could be very disappointed with some of the directions taken. The difference is that Other M seems to also have taken a lot more risks with the controls and gameplay as well as being a lot more big-budget with spectacle and cutscenes. Personally, since I played the hell out of Super Metroid when younger and still consider it to be the best Metroid game and have a feeling that I'm far from the only person to feel that, the bombastic intro sounds like it'll be fine for me and its really a bit of nostalgic fanservice. The fact that everyone has to go through it is probably a bit less great though. Broadly though, sounds good. Yeah, its not the best ever and the characterization stuff probably won't match but you could totally still have fun with it. And considering how most of the time Samus is often a blank slate as far as character goes...being out of character would be pretty damn easy.

(Sorry for double posting, for some reason my previous post hasn't shown up yet O_o)

Actually, believe it or not, Samus's stoic and nearly unspeaking personality doesn't make her a blank slate. It's part of her character. Think about it:

When she was about 5, her parents were brutally murdered by the Space Pirates, the same enemies she'd end up fighting years upon years later. The trauma of losing them THEN losing the Chozo that took her in turned her into a much more introspective person. She barely spoke to anyone but herself. Although I like that it's telling the story of the one person to get her to talk more than a few words (Adam Malkovich) I can still seriously tell that her characterization is fucked up, even though this sort of character is one of the easiest kind to write to.

They complicated it not for any reason other than to have a dramatic story. The Metroid story is dramatic enough if you delve deep, and it's dramatic in a sublte, beautiful way, instead of in your face "SHE'S DEPRESSED" sort of way.

Man, screw this pseudo-romance shite. I want to know WHY Samus left the Federation military, or maybe even a tale where Samus explores the origins of the Space Pirates. I completely agree with you: Samus' character was absolutely decimated in this game. Doesn't help that the voice actress is shoddy at best. Seriously, WHY did they not bring back Jennifer Hale (the lady who played Samus through the Prime trilogy)? She's actually a GOOD voice actress.

I like Other M, but I'm not overly impressed by it. Can't say I'm surprised: Team Ninja's stuff has always been rather "meh" to me.

I have some thoughts on controller options in Wii games, and specifically Metroid:Other M. I'll copy them here if anyone would like to see.

here's a link to the thread I made if you wish to post there.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/9.229700-Choices-of-controller-types-in-Wii-games#7971183

I feel like I should ignore this title and just insist that Samus is still the strong female heroin she was before.

Flying-Emu:

ZeroMachine:

FFKonoko:
I always considered that this would be on a similar level as 'Metroid Fusion'. Good, but depending on how you look at it you could be very disappointed with some of the directions taken. The difference is that Other M seems to also have taken a lot more risks with the controls and gameplay as well as being a lot more big-budget with spectacle and cutscenes. Personally, since I played the hell out of Super Metroid when younger and still consider it to be the best Metroid game and have a feeling that I'm far from the only person to feel that, the bombastic intro sounds like it'll be fine for me and its really a bit of nostalgic fanservice. The fact that everyone has to go through it is probably a bit less great though. Broadly though, sounds good. Yeah, its not the best ever and the characterization stuff probably won't match but you could totally still have fun with it. And considering how most of the time Samus is often a blank slate as far as character goes...being out of character would be pretty damn easy.

(Sorry for double posting, for some reason my previous post hasn't shown up yet O_o)

Actually, believe it or not, Samus's stoic and nearly unspeaking personality doesn't make her a blank slate. It's part of her character. Think about it:

When she was about 5, her parents were brutally murdered by the Space Pirates, the same enemies she'd end up fighting years upon years later. The trauma of losing them THEN losing the Chozo that took her in turned her into a much more introspective person. She barely spoke to anyone but herself. Although I like that it's telling the story of the one person to get her to talk more than a few words (Adam Malkovich) I can still seriously tell that her characterization is fucked up, even though this sort of character is one of the easiest kind to write to.

They complicated it not for any reason other than to have a dramatic story. The Metroid story is dramatic enough if you delve deep, and it's dramatic in a sublte, beautiful way, instead of in your face "SHE'S DEPRESSED" sort of way.

Man, screw this pseudo-romance shite. I want to know WHY Samus left the Federation military, or maybe even a tale where Samus explores the origins of the Space Pirates. I completely agree with you: Samus' character was absolutely decimated in this game. Doesn't help that the voice actress is shoddy at best. Seriously, WHY did they not bring back Jennifer Hale (the lady who played Samus through the Prime trilogy)? She's actually a GOOD voice actress.

I like Other M, but I'm not overly impressed by it. Can't say I'm surprised: Team Ninja's stuff has always been rather "meh" to me.

Same here. Team Ninja is more suited to hyperactive action games. Metroid is all about tactical fights while exploring a very immersive, atmospheric world. It has epic action, but no where near like this... it just doesn't work...

EDIT: Though personally, I want to see a story of what happens after Metroid Fusion. Like, maybe a game where she has to

so.....Metroid is now as degenerated as zelda? where have all the half-decent franchises gone :/
*still buys it, cannot believe it*

Onyx Oblivion:
*goes back to playing Prime Trilogy Collection*

If I didn't have this...I'd be very sad about Other M.

That said, I'll pick up Other M. Just for the story. Since it's the only Big N franchise that really has one worth delving into.

Kinda off topic, but it Trilogy worth it (if I can still find it somewhere)? I have all three already, loved the first but thought second was meh...

Adules:
I joined this site just so I could talk about Other M. For the most part I agree with the review, but i have to say that this is the most terrible metroid game to come out so far, rivaling only Metroid Prime Hunters.

Too big a comment but this man said it all. The game is also very very easy and very veru linear. And very boring. But I have to wonder in all the comments sections in every review I have seen (except this one so far), why does everyone blame Tema Ninja? Their influence is more on the action of the game, which isn't bad. Just MUCH easier than the Ninja Gaidens. Everything else is like Metroid:Zero Fusion.

Rainforce:
so.....Metroid is now as degenerated as zelda? where have all the half-decent franchises gone :/
*still buys it, cannot believe it*

Indeed...:/

Assassin Xaero:

Onyx Oblivion:
*goes back to playing Prime Trilogy Collection*

If I didn't have this...I'd be very sad about Other M.

That said, I'll pick up Other M. Just for the story. Since it's the only Big N franchise that really has one worth delving into.

Kinda off topic, but it Trilogy worth it (if I can still find it somewhere)? I have all three already, loved the first but thought second was meh...

if you already own the 3 games, the only reason to buy it would be for the wiimote capability in MP and MP2. Probably not worth it in that case, but totally worth it if you don't have MP or MP3

Well, I've been Playing it, and It just doesn't feel right. Old school side-scrolling metroid= awesome, first person metroid prime= awesome, Other M is somewhere between that and I haven't been thrilled. I haven't been hating it, but still feel a little let down. Needing a commanders authorization to use Samus's abilities, I can get weapon use, They explain that,"This is a space station only use authorized weapons", but needing permission to use grapple, and the varia suit makes no sense. There's some bad writing and voice acting from time to time. In the old Metroids you where given a destination and you figured out how to get there. In this one you get lead by the hand from save point to save point. At one point going from save to save it lead me in a big circle, and at one point he authorized use of my speed boost. What the hell, I go to an area with nothing relevant in it just so a guy can phone me and say I can use speed boost. No health restoring items, I'm guessing to add some difficulty because combat is all auto aim and you can dodge everything by constantly tapping the d-pad. a couple scenes had me intrigued so I hope the plot gets better. "sigh" I just just know.

Turbo_ski:

Assassin Xaero:

Onyx Oblivion:
*goes back to playing Prime Trilogy Collection*

If I didn't have this...I'd be very sad about Other M.

That said, I'll pick up Other M. Just for the story. Since it's the only Big N franchise that really has one worth delving into.

Kinda off topic, but it Trilogy worth it (if I can still find it somewhere)? I have all three already, loved the first but thought second was meh...

if you already own the 3 games, the only reason to buy it would be for the wiimote capability in MP and MP2. Probably not worth it in that case, but totally worth it if you don't have MP or MP3

I bought trilogy even though I had the GC versions, so let me say this,"Wii = free aim while running" that alone made 1&2 better on the Wii.

people keep telling me that the game has a meh story but I think it sounds good

You know, it just occurred to me that one tiny change to the story could have fixed Samus' terrible characterization. The only real reason for making her all whiny and submissive seems to be to make it believable when she follows Adam's commands on using abilities. Why not have it instead be that the federation designed a device to block her suit's powers? It makes sense with what we learned about the federation in Fusion that they would have created something like that, and now instead of Samus blindly following orders she can be pissed off and yelling at Adam to flip the switch as she's burning to death in a lava pit. And given the relationship that we know exists between Adam and Samus there could be some interesting character growth where they slowly build trust during the game and she starts gaining powers faster.

It is a game, you can't start off fully powered. You have to build up slowly. Samus explains her actions. She agreed to follow Adam's orders. Self-handicaaping herself and she still kicked ass.

I've read Nintendo wanted to change more than the narritive up, they wanted to go against all of our expectations. How does Samus lose her powers? What would we normally expect that to happen? Well, it wasn't the usualy crash or explosion cliche like normal.

HEAVY POST GAME SPOILERS DON'T READ

If you are a Metroid Fan, Buy this. When you beat the game, you actually unlock Theater mode. You can play the whole game as a movie which last over 2 hours. It is a mix of the beautiful CGI and in-game cutscenes and even some gameplay

This is what I was expecting for the game, which is a shame. But I think the gameplay concept could work really well, switching between metroid-like platforming and metroid prime first person shooting. And it looks like the wii once again does it's wonderful job of having terrible controls. It's something worth exploring again, but so long as they do it in a different light, rather than a sequel. But the first person shooting parts definitely need to control exactly like Metroid prime.

I think it'd also be neat for a game to characterize Samus better, but not in this way. She needs to be very strong on the outside, even when not in her power suit, but still human underneath that. The story in Other M seems to turn samus not just into a distinct human, but a very whiny human with emotional issues.
But incorporating a better story into a Metroid game is probably a good idea, outside of all that scanning from Metroid Prime. But again, it'd only work if Samus was characterized well, which she really doesn't seem to be here.

So really, it's just a badly fleshed out good concept. I'd like to see another game using this general style/idea, but get a different team who is more concerned with substance than style. I can see the good in this, but only as a jumping off point. As such, I'm not buying the game.

And the comments are an example of what happens when the hype train crash lands into the pit I like to call "being average".

The review said that the gameplay is fun, and even the story gets good, just the characterization and exposition is off. Since when does that make an "OMG GODAWFUL" game? I'll buy it for sure, just not expecting a masterpiece a la Super Metroid like it seems like everyone else was.

FinalHeart95:
And the comments are an example of what happens when the hype train crash lands into the pit I like to call "being average".

The review said that the gameplay is fun, and even the story gets good, just the characterization and exposition is off. Since when does that make an "OMG GODAWFUL" game? I'll buy it for sure, just not expecting a masterpiece a la Super Metroid like it seems like everyone else was.

This game had hype?

GoldenShadow:
If you are a Metroid Fan, Buy this. When you beat the game, you actually unlock Theater mode. You can play the whole game as a movie which last over 2 hours. It is a mix of the beautiful CGI and in-game cutscenes and even some gameplay

Why would you ever suffer through that again?

So, they make samus a paltry blowjob dispenser.
Sad. She was one of the most strong female character in the industry.

FinalHeart95:
And the comments are an example of what happens when the hype train crash lands into the pit I like to call "being average".

The review said that the gameplay is fun, and even the story gets good, just the characterization and exposition is off. Since when does that make an "OMG GODAWFUL" game? I'll buy it for sure, just not expecting a masterpiece a la Super Metroid like it seems like everyone else was.

So people can't be disappointed that it's not a good game? People should be angry at a game if it's hyped to be amazing and it just ends at mediocre.

I like it's experimentation and the concept, but the game just doesn't work. From gameplay videos I've seen, gameplay just seems to be average and very annoying at times. The characterization of Samus is really pretty awful, but a better integrated story is a good point in the game's favour, still coming short at mediocre. I'd like to see it expanded upon, but don't try defending this game because it's just average. If we're getting a very big hyped up title, we have the right to fling shit at it when it comes back as an average game, with very poor characterization of a well established main character and a gameplay mechanic that still needs a lot of polishing.

ZeroMachine:

FinalHeart95:
And the comments are an example of what happens when the hype train crash lands into the pit I like to call "being average".

The review said that the gameplay is fun, and even the story gets good, just the characterization and exposition is off. Since when does that make an "OMG GODAWFUL" game? I'll buy it for sure, just not expecting a masterpiece a la Super Metroid like it seems like everyone else was.

This game had hype?

It's a Metroid game. It had hype.

Blue_vision:

FinalHeart95:
And the comments are an example of what happens when the hype train crash lands into the pit I like to call "being average".

The review said that the gameplay is fun, and even the story gets good, just the characterization and exposition is off. Since when does that make an "OMG GODAWFUL" game? I'll buy it for sure, just not expecting a masterpiece a la Super Metroid like it seems like everyone else was.

So people can't be disappointed that it's not a good game? People should be angry at a game if it's hyped to be amazing and it just ends at mediocre.

I like it's experimentation and the concept, but the game just doesn't work. From gameplay videos I've seen, gameplay just seems to be average and very annoying at times. The characterization of Samus is really pretty awful, but a better integrated story is a good point in the game's favour, still coming short at mediocre. I'd like to see it expanded upon, but don't try defending this game because it's just average. If we're getting a very big hyped up title, we have the right to fling shit at it when it comes back as an average game, with very poor characterization of a well established main character and a gameplay mechanic that still needs a lot of polishing.

But people are treating it like a game that simply sucks. If they were saying "oh, well it should've been better, but it's still an okay game", that would be different and completely fair. It would also be different if they've played the game and think it sucks, because that's an opinion. However, I get the feeling that people are looking at a 3/5 review and saying "GAME SUX GAME SUX GAME SUX", when in reality the review wasn't all that negative.

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