Review: Metroid Other M

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FinalHeart95:
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.

I haven't seen people saying it sucks. I've seen people criticize it's flaws and then yelling at it for not being good. I'd say that's a reasonable thing to do.

FinalHeart95:

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.

The only things I ever heard Metroid fans say about this game were either
A) I'm worried this will suck
B) I'll give it it's fair shot or
C) I don't even want to try it.

I don't call that hype. I called that nervous anticipation.

And people aren't saying "GAME SUX" because they saw an average review. They're weighing the probably near infinite amount of info they can get on the game from the internet with a review that reinforces opinions they already had about the game, therefore they decide that they would probably not like it. It isn't some blind opinion.

Good review but the real question everyone is asking is ,who is the MBD? (Mysterious Black Dude)

I actually think this is what the series needed, change things up, try new things. Sure, alot of it didnt work out as planned (understatment, im sure) but what would happen if we didnt have people willing to make the next leap? So yeah, Other M is not a great game, but it is advancing the series. I honestly hope for this being the stepping stone for the return of the traditional metriod style gameplay, and away from the FPS prime trilogy. Sure, it could be a step backwards, but does that mean a bad thing always? Just look at the Sonic series, they hadnt had a good 3D game since adventures. I also like the idea of adding the story to Samus, but I dont really like anonymous characters, I like to have some idea where they come from, helps to connect better.

Captain Magic:
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.

I agree with this completely. They could have kept her a badass if they would have went that route, and is it racist to say its probably a Japanese thing? Probably is...

Mangue Surfer:
So, they make samus a paltry blowjob dispenser.
Sad. She was one of the most strong, not sexualized, female character in the industry.

I was going to say something about this in reference to the internet and porn, but that should be a known fact already...

*Edit*

Canadian Briton:
Good review but the real question everyone is asking is ,who is the MBD? (Mysterious Black Dude)

The first to die? isnt that how it works in the movies?

You sound a bit too much like you're just reading from a paper (even though you do, of course), which makes your review a bit stale, in my opinion. Nonetheless, the review itself was good and informative, so: huray for Steve. Also, bonus points since this is still one of your first video reviews on the Escapist.

Personally, I won't be getting this one. I love Metroid, but the story and the whole Samus-gets-to-be-a-Final-Fantasy-character-stuff...no. I'm just too afraid that it'll destroy the experience for me, both for this game and for all the other Metroids that are yet to be released.

Personally, I think the story relating to Samus was disgustingly sexist as well as poorly written. I would never let the dirty hands or Team Ninja anywhere near the Metroid franchise.

WanderingFool:
I actually think this is what the series needed, change things up, try new things. Sure, alot of it didnt work out as planned (understatment, im sure) but what would happen if we didnt have people willing to make the next leap? So yeah, Other M is not a great game, but it is advancing the series. I honestly hope for this being the stepping stone for the return of the traditional metriod style gameplay, and away from the FPS prime trilogy. Sure, it could be a step backwards, but does that mean a bad thing always? Just look at the Sonic series, they hadnt had a good 3D game since adventures. I also like the idea of adding the story to Samus, but I dont really like anonymous characters, I like to have some idea where they come from, helps to connect better.

Actually, I think this is just a good stepping stone forward for the trilogy. Metroid doesn't need to go back to traditional metroid platforming, it needs to fuse traditional metroid with metroid prime. Other M seems to do that, having third person running and combat along with first person shooting. It could make Metroid a really cool series for the future if they just cleaned up that gameplay a bit more.

Steve Butts:
Metroid fans will like the overall direction of most of the new elements, even if the execution is a bit off.

Speak for yourself! For me the series is dead as long as it doesn't return to the roots of non linear exploration without a bullshitty Story about Samus being "Young & Naive" with a bunch of characters I couldn't give less shit about.
Why take such a huge step backwards from Prime?

I would have to agree that the combat was kind of fun (up until where you get the Screw Attack, then combat just goes to Broken Street) and the whole third-person/first-person mechanic was kind of interesting and I did think the story was okay... but it still doesn't feel like a Metroid game that is an awesome Metroid game - it's "meh" at best. Having Samus's character revealed makes me think "this isn't the enigmatic woman I fell in love with", the fact that all your weapons are disabled at the start and you can only play with your toys until daddy tells you is extremely irritating (and it was always more awesome to explore the levels to find your shit), the "slow" parts break up the pace in what should be a fast-paced action game, but this aspect falls flat on its face, the game feels linear as opposed to the freeform style of most Metroid games, and I've always known Metroid games to have huge, sprawling rooms with five different doors and a missile tank or eight. The way the game tries to replicate this makes it feel extremely cramped and one-way. The one thing, clear in the back of my mind, that constantly nagged me was "it's like someone took Fusion and gave it 3D and took out any awesomeness it had". And somebody applied Ninja Gaiden to it.

Rent/borrow it. Play it. Beat it. Forget about it. Kind of like a cheap hooker, and like a cheap hooker, it leaves you with a nasty surprise you'll learn about the next time you go to the doctor's: A wallowing depression that leaves you longing for a good Metroid game. (Which is also quickly remedied if you happen to have one of them on hand.)

Canadian Briton:
Good review but the real question everyone is asking is ,who is the MBD? (Mysterious Black Dude)

And sorry for double-posting.

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

And we all have team ninja to thank. Just take a look at some of their past titties titles. It isnt really surprising that they did this.

ZeroMachine:

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

I'm glad I'm not the only one to have been waiting to see what happens afterwards. That happened to be the first metroid game I owned (I didn't have consoles back as a kid, and when I finally got one, it was the PS1 after the PS2 made it drop in price. So instead I had gameboys), and happens to be one of the ones I liked the most. It's strange how after so many years the only games in the series have taken place before it.

Anyways, I might pick this up a long time down the road for my family's wii, but there are several other games for the wii that I'd get before it.

Delock:

ZeroMachine:

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

I'm glad I'm not the only one to have been waiting to see what happens afterwards. That happened to be the first metroid game I owned (I didn't have consoles back as a kid, and when I finally got one, it was the PS1 after the PS2 made it drop in price. So instead I had gameboys), and happens to be one of the ones I liked the most. It's strange how after so many years the only games in the series have taken place before it.

Anyways, I might pick this up a long time down the road for my family's wii, but there are several other games for the wii that I'd get before it.

I've been curious about what happens after Fusion as well, and it would be a pretty cool idea fighting the Federation. I honestly hope Nintendo doesn't leave the ending hanging, especially since they revealed who the fuck Adam Malkovich was in Other M.

Now maybe all the people who gave Abbie Heppie from G4 shit for commenting on the terrible and broken characterization of Samus in her Other M review "just because she's a girl" will remove their lips from Nintendo's rear end... or probably not. *sigh*

StriderShinryu:
Now maybe all the people who gave Abbie Heppie from G4 shit for commenting on the terrible and broken characterization of Samus in her Other M review "just because she's a girl" will remove their lips from Nintendo's rear end... or probably not. *sigh*

Who are these people that were accusing that, and where do they live? I would like to promptly hit them over the head with a copy of Other M
>=(

EDIT: Just watched that review... and the only thing I have to say...

"Hold A to replenish missiles."

FUCK. THAT. SHIT. This game keeps sounding worse and worse the more I hear of it.

ZeroMachine:

StriderShinryu:
Now maybe all the people who gave Abbie Heppie from G4 shit for commenting on the terrible and broken characterization of Samus in her Other M review "just because she's a girl" will remove their lips from Nintendo's rear end... or probably not. *sigh*

Who are these people that were accusing that, and where do they live? I would like to promptly hit them over the head with a copy of Other M
>=(

In the destructoid.com for example. But destructoid it's a place to complain about everything, so...kind of make sense.

That was umm... yeah... lets start off.

Unfortunately, the subservience kind of breaks her character somewhat as she turns off almost all of her powers and only reactivates them at key points in the narrative when Adam tells her it's okay.

Apart from when she finds said powerups or activates them by herself.

Previous Metroid games gave you a sense of accomplishment in finding new powers but this game has Samus meekly deactivate them until her boyfriend says it's okay to use them.

As does this one when you find some powerups during the course of the game. Secondly not her boyfriend much more of a father figure which is even explicitly stated during Samus' inner monologues when she freaking says "He was the father figure I never had". The reason she turned off her suits powers was specifically because she was working with the GF and Adam specifically states that some of ehr suits powers could vaporise his team. It is even shown just how vastly more powerful she is when a single missle takes out the door when the GF bomb couldnt.

The story also tells me more than I want to know about Samus's past. Part of her appeal has always been that she's a total mystery. It's like Boba Fett where the mystique of the character is what interests us. Once we start getting some answers, the character is less appealing.

The only new thing that was revealed in this game about Samus' past was the reason why she left the GF. This comment can only be a case of did not do the research.

a really interesting story, even if it does make use of some standard science fiction clichés like lava and ice levels.

Bottle ship was modelled after Zebes, which is stated in the story, so of course it's going to have a fire level and an ice level. Hell we would have had a sciencey/techno area too if

and you have to rely on Adam to give you permission to use your most impressive abilities.

Just like every other Metroid title you don't start out godmoded you build your way up to it. If people complain about this in a game where it is expected that you progressively get more and more powerful then I fully expect to read that the next Halo or COD doesnt automatically start you off with the most powerful weapons in single player or multiplayer perks etc.

The problem is that you can't move while aiming and, given the speed at which most of the game's later bosses move and fight, it raises the challenge to an unfriendly level.

I had no trouble whatsoever in finding the time to charge up a super missile in any of the later bosses. And even then if I had messed up I could still use the sensemove dodge that you can still use in first person perspective.

Overall I give the review a 6/10 way too much bitching about things that are either factually wrong or not fleshed out anywhere near enough to justify the whining. Still at least you hit all the major areas a review should cover instead of focusing on one thing and blowing it up out of all proportion.

What the hell? Adam is not Samus' ex-boyfriend, he's a damn father figure.

As for Samus being out of character, this is true, in that she actually has a character for once.

And it's unfair to compare this to Hunters; this isn't a traditional Metroid game, but it's good in its own right. Hunters was bad all around, with bad level design, no puzzles more complicated than "use the correct beam", very samey-looking environments throughout the game, etc. It got NOTHING right, except *MAYBE* the controls. Other M isn't the pinnacle of the Metroid series, and it makes some mistakes to be sure, but as a whole it's pretty good.

P.S. Thanks

ZeroMachine:
Who are these people that were accusing that, and where do they live? I would like to promptly hit them over the head with a copy of Other M
>=(

Word of advice, stay away from the IGN boards. That's where I've seen most of the criticism towards her thus far, and there are at least a few people over there bending over backwards to defend the game against any and all criticism.

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...

Yeah. The games were actually IMPROVED by motion controls.

So they ruined one of the two franchies (Zelda being the other) from my child hood? Damn. I was looking forward to more story, I really was. and Honestly, as a kid when I found out samus was a woman, I didn't give a damn, she still fought and what not, but now they seem to be saying "lolol look, it's a girl, she can fight.". But honestly her boy friend has to unlock her powers? Thats lame. Limiting a good character, and I bet a lot of money that feminist groups will be all over this. When I played the trilogy, I was constantly scared that something was going to sneak up on me, if not that I was in wonder at the mystery of the world you where on. And to whoever said "It's a samus game, you don't start god moded" I don't think that's the problem, its a matter of the abilities she gains are controlled by another character, and not so much of a "Beat this super hard boss and you get this"

...

Sorry, that part about her ex just put me off completely... '-_-

Samus, what happened to thee...

I still would have bought this game if I had a Wii though.

All I needed to see was the cutscene were Samus meets Riley.

And with that I know I never need to play it.

Rocket Dog:
All I needed to see was the cutscene were Samus meets Riley.

And with that I know I never need to play it.

Why?

tryx3:
But honestly her boy friend has to unlock her powers? Thats lame. Limiting a good character, and I bet a lot of money that feminist groups will be all over this.

Sinclose:

Sorry, that part about her ex just put me off completely...

Adam is NOT her ex. He's the closest to a father she ever had. She left him the way a teen leaves their parents, to go on their own.

Honestly, it's like the reviewer didn't pay enough attention to actually understand the story, so now a bunch of misinformation is going to spread.

P.S. Thanks

Steve Butts:
[insert review here]

Did you guys forget to run this one by an editor/proofreader or something? The video was the wrong aspect ratio, and the written article's full of typos and random missing words.

Too bad the game sounds like it's not worth my time. Super Metroid's still one of my favorite games after all these years. On the other hand, I suppose I don't really need a new Metroid game now anyway, because I never finished MP3 (hardly even started it, actually, before getting sidetracked by something else). Maybe I should go play that instead.

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.

I'm not sure Other: M has a real story, Samus tries to say she's caring and stuff, yet she's ripping the wings off of beasts and flinging them around rather than ...you know trying to kill them painlessly. Then you know she only killed an entire species in 1 outing.

OT: The game is good but it's really not a Metroid game, certainly not on par with the series. It lacks the real detail of the other games in the series (I mean the 2D and 3D ones) and the controls are as interesting as they are infuriating. Want to use a missile? Well you have to aim at the screen and then you have to aim for a point that activates the missiles, the D-pad is as good as it's always been for 3D games and by that I mean not very good at all.

You don't find HP restoring items and missile ammo, you just ...hold the controller up and hold A, that's the dumbest thing they did in my mind. One thing I think would have helped the game is options for the other controllers the wii uses, why does Nintendo always keep options out of the players hands? Just let me customize a little bit it's not too much to ask EVERY game does it except the ones on your console, the one with THE MOST CONTROLLER OPTIONS.

The game feels more Ninja Gaiden than Metroid it's kinda disappointing but it's different which is interesting. Plus the other games didn't go anywhere so you can just play them for the real experience and this for something just a bit different. Is it a bad game? Not at all, but it's really not a Metroid game more like an experiment that needs some sussing out.

When I saw the cut-scenes and the way they were narrated and delivered, it just made me lose interest in the elements of the Metroid story that I liked before.

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

This, by the sound of it I've heard darn near everywhere. It's seriously a massive turn off that they took one of the only strong female leads in video game history and jawjacked her character this way. I'll be sticking to older Metroid titles as a result, thanks.

i'm currently going through the Prime Trilogy again and will probably pick up Other M when it's a bit cheaper. only game i'm going to get straight away is Skyward Sword.

I haft to say i am pleased with review.
It is much better than the OMG SAMUS ISNT A GURL HUNTER ANYMORE CHARACTER RUINED.

I haven't played it, but from talking to people who have and watching as much as i can of it, i know i will like it.

I knew it wouldn't be as good as the others but its still one of the better games on the wii.
And my problem with the story is that the game takes place so late in the series.
If it took place right after 2 then it would fit better, because i WANTED to see Samus come to terms with her past and her tragic childhood.

And if you want even more info on it then Read the Metroid Manga.
It IS Cannon.

And as for Adam....i think having her powers restricted by a man she looks to like a father is more believable than finding power up rooms that fit her Power Suit perfectly in the Space Pirates OWN bases.
He was her former CO, the Mission is His, her powers ARE dangerous, and Samus respects the hell out of him.
So i can understand her following his orders.
And this isn't the first time she has followed orders.

And after seeing the scenes people were screaming Ruined Samus...no.
They arnt that bad.
Samus still kicks HUGE amounts of ass thought the entire game.
One ehh game does not a character break.

Rocket Dog:
All I needed to see was the cutscene were Samus meets Riley.

And with that I know I never need to play it.

20 seconds of being scared followed by SHOVING THE POWER CANNON DOWN HIS THROAT AND ALMOST KILLING HIM made you not want the game?
Sure this fare in the series she should be over her fear. But this game was made to give insight into her past.
Im sure if you had seen Ridly eat your parents and destroy your home you would be scared too.

ZeroMachine:

StriderShinryu:
Now maybe all the people who gave Abbie Heppie from G4 shit for commenting on the terrible and broken characterization of Samus in her Other M review "just because she's a girl" will remove their lips from Nintendo's rear end... or probably not. *sigh*

Who are these people that were accusing that, and where do they live? I would like to promptly hit them over the head with a copy of Other M
>=(

EDIT: Just watched that review... and the only thing I have to say...

"Hold A to replenish missiles."

FUCK. THAT. SHIT. This game keeps sounding worse and worse the more I hear of it.

Pfahahaha.
So her suit refilling her Ammo by just a few Missiles is stupider than Space Pirates having Power Suit Shaped Missile and Health Stations IN THEIR OWN BASES!?
And it only restores Health when your about to DIE.
Kind of like a Backup tank.

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

No.
They make her Submissive to a man she Greatly Admires and Views as a Father.
Not that far fetched.

Plus she still does most of the Butt Kicking.

Gigaguy64:

ZeroMachine:

StriderShinryu:
Now maybe all the people who gave Abbie Heppie from G4 shit for commenting on the terrible and broken characterization of Samus in her Other M review "just because she's a girl" will remove their lips from Nintendo's rear end... or probably not. *sigh*

Who are these people that were accusing that, and where do they live? I would like to promptly hit them over the head with a copy of Other M
>=(

EDIT: Just watched that review... and the only thing I have to say...

"Hold A to replenish missiles."

FUCK. THAT. SHIT. This game keeps sounding worse and worse the more I hear of it.

Pfahahaha.
So her suit refilling her Ammo by just a few Missiles is stupider than Space Pirates having Power Suit Shaped Missile and Health Stations IN THEIR OWN BASES!?
And it only restores Health when your about to DIE.
Kind of like a Backup tank.

I'm talking from a gameplay section, so yes, yes it does. I loved the parts in Metroid where I had to up the ante big time in order to survive. That takes that intensity out of it.

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