Zero Punctuation: Metroid Other M

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Special episode? :O
Dun dun DUN.

Quite a nice review, not the best of it, but certainly had me laughing.

I was expecting more fanservice from team Ninja, but what was really dissapointing, it's how short is the game.

The amount of raised eyebrow I had when I first saw clips for this game were on par with metroid pinball. It seems like some offshoot that should have never happened... But! Metroid Pinball was actually a good game. So I don't really know how this one will work out until I play it myself. Seeing as how Yahtzee and I haven't seen eye to eye ever since I started watching ZP, this is my only real choice.

se7ensenses:
Nintendo- making the same game over & over & over since 1985. The broken record of the gaming industry.

And it still sells lol. I don't own a wii but theres 2 in my house .

For some reason the menstruation joke made me laugh. It appears I am a bad person...

Special episode? Im intrested.
Anyway, the game sounds horrible.

Just thought il put this here, since its Yahtzee related, but has anyone else viewed the "youtube" link referenced in Mogworld. I was expecting something alot more intresting. Still, nice bit of humour there.

I wuw you yathzee <3 besides that great review once again. Looks like I dont have to get that game. I didn't even like metroid prime that much.

I have an idea about the possibility of Samus' voice if it is as lifeless as you say. Maybe that's how they wanted her to sound. She's spent years of her life slaughtering pirates and monsters, her parents were killed when she was a little girl. Wouldn't it make sense that she's an emotionally detached person with no social skills? Now, granted, this is coming from someone that has yet to play the game, so maybe it's just that the dialog clashes with her voice, but it would be an interesting take if Samus was a sociopathic bounty-hunter, and that was actually part of her character instead of painting it as alright because she saves the day.

Good critique BTW. I really found it funny.

I thought that the 'mystery' thing was resolved - at one point you come across a dead marine, I think in the secret metroidy bit, and say their name. I assumed that they were the traitor.

Nice episode. I myself enjoyed Other M, but really, it's not without some obvious glaring flaws. I think Yahtzee exaggerated on a lot of points, but really, that's just what he does.
I have to say that the traitor mystery is actually solved pretty clearly, though. They never outright say who it exactly was, but if you think about a few things it's pretty damn clear.

Anyhoo, Other M is really the most divisive game in the series. Some people hate it, some love it. I think everyone should just try it and form their own opinion.

Pandora92:
You just summed up exactly why I'm steering well clear of the game, Samus always just worked as a silent protagonist in the same way that Gordan Freeman does, giving her a voice was dodgy enough without doing it in such a plain and overdone way with a boring stereotypical story. :|

She's had a voice before, and in fact shared the voice actress with FemShep of Mass Effect...Jennifer Hale.

Why they didn't use Hale, I'll never understand.

BlueInkAlchemist:
So the best way to enjoy a game that's trying not to be an FPS is to play an FPS? Huh.

When was Samus established to have a "bold, independent spirit"? I don't remember that being mentioned at all in any of the games other than the fact that you, the player, are controlling her and she's completely alone. She blindly followed our orders even if it meant smacking into a wall repeatedly when our phones rang or falling into an acid pit when we mis-judged a jump she probably could have handled were she in control of her own body.

This sounds so much like so many other arguments against Other M I'm wondering if Yahtzee either got bored with the ZP enterprise now that his novel's out or has just been too busy to form salient points that he's cribbed notes from other sources. Not that I myself would ever do such a thing.

Funny? Yes. Accurate? No idea. I'm too poor to own a Wii. But I find myself kinda confused by all of the hatred. Maybe it's just me.

Pretty much; a silent protagonist doesn't HAVE a personality so "bold independent spirit" for Samus is like saying Gordon Freeman "is an obsessive compulsive woman-hating crisp eater with a Boston accent".

Also, may I kindly ask that the game's supporters NOT turn this into another slug fest? You're better than that and we don't need the flames fanned again. It's times like this where Yahtzee is used in the worst way possible: to make detractors feel better about not liking a big name title. Then again Yahtzee's relationship with Nintendo has always been a bit predictable.

I was really hoping that the "Check out my screw attack" comment wasn't just a reference to Metroid. I was sincerely hoping there was something at screwattack. Sad day

Yahtzee Croshaw:
Metroid Other M

This week, Zero Punctuation reviews Metroid Other M.

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Another great video by Yahtzee. I really hope you are going to get to Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions in a future video. Spider-Man 2 was my favorite too and I'm hoping we get to hear your thoughts on the latest Spidey game.

sorry yahtzee, bob's argument makes more sense to me in this case then your does, so it looks like i'm gonna get this one
http://screwattack.com/videos/TGO-Episode-40-Heavens-to-Metroid

Its going to take more than Samus' bum to get me to buy this game, damn fine job Yahtzee, like always.

Dam but I wish my classes got out earlier than 12:15. At least I still made the second page and watch the hole video. Having all Samus' armor fall off worked allot better in SSBB, at least you got that super-powered beam attack when you did it.

Hubilub:
Oh my. Could this be one of the few times where people don't comment before watching the video?

IT'S A MIRACLE!

EDIT: "And it's a lot smaller and more linear than, say, Metroid Fusion"

I see what you did there

I do not. I remember metroid fusion being a 2d sidescroller for the gba but I don't get the joke.

OT moreso: He didn't review reach so I can only imagine he was dumbstruck by how good it was. (in joke). I bet his review of reach will be something I don't agree with (I like reach) but still ind hilariuos

Could you imagine a character voiced by Brian Blessed. That would be brilliant! XD

We seem to have accidentally discovered another game he likes. Not this of course, but Prime, that brongs the total up to what now, 4 games?

The Deleter subplot is meant to be figured out, and there are clues that you can put together. But yes, the only one you really need is the evil mustache. It is weird that all the characters just sort of forget about it, though. Actually no, it's not, they're stupid.

Team Ninja didn't touch the story. Apparently Sakamoto, the guy who co-created the franchise and headed this game, had this in mind all along, and only now decided to go all out with it in a game (you can see more of melodramatic Samus in a Metroid manga from like ten years ago). Oh well, I've become accustomed to prequels ruining my childhood by now.

I liked the game. For all its warts (and there were many), it was fun.

Super special awesome episode on Friday? I am intrigued. Unless it's the Yahtzee Croshaw equivalent of the ring, and watching it will result in the death of all of us.

Called it since the trailer. Perhaps Team Ninja should have actually played Metroid Prime 1; maybe then they would figure why it was a good game.

Danial:
We seem to have accidentally discovered another game he likes. Not this of course, but Prime, that brongs the total up to what now, 4 games?

He's been saying he liked MP1 for a while now.

In all honesty, considering how polarizing the game has been, I'm not surprised. I personally wasn't bothered by the control issues Yahtzee brought up, but the game was still more linear than I'd like, and the storyline's got plenty of issues, regardless of how you look at it. But I think Nintendo should be congratulated on taking so many risks, even though not all of them worked. Sakamoto has outright said he's listening to criticism and I hope this means that a second game will be better because of it.

For the record, I do hope every Metroid fan at least tries Other M, even if it's nothing more than a rental. It is definitely one of the most unique games you'll play all year, for better or for worse.

Oh yeah, I mind that both sides of the Metroid spectrum had quite a flame war when Other M hit the streets. Some say it's alright, others consider an abomination. A love or hate it type.

I'll praise the graphics and little on the gameplay but everything else went to the dogs by the cutscenes, Samus's monotone monologues, and the ridiculous timing on certain events. (Varia Suit in a lava room till you run low on health anyone?)

If you must know, Yoshino Sakamoto implemented the storyline on Fusion and Zero Mission. He was the director of Other M.

I'm glad that Spoony and Sean Malstrom hated other M. And like Spoony said, I don't think Metroid series will survive after this.

BlueInkAlchemist:
So the best way to enjoy a game that's trying not to be an FPS is to play an FPS? Huh.

When was Samus established as having a "bold, independent spirit"? I don't remember that being mentioned at all in any of the games other than the fact that you, the player, are controlling her and she's completely alone. She blindly followed our orders even if it meant smacking into a wall repeatedly when our phones rang or falling into an acid pit when we mis-judged a jump she probably could have handled were she in control of her own body.

This sounds so much like so many other arguments against Other M I'm wondering if Yahtzee either got bored with the ZP enterprise now that his novel's out or has just been too busy to form salient points that he's cribbed notes from other sources. Not that I myself would ever do such a thing.

Funny? Yes. Accurate? No idea. I'm too poor to own a Wii. But I find myself kinda confused by all of the hatred. Maybe it's just me.

When a protagonist marches through a looong running series while wearing a suit of power armor and slaughtering looooots of pretty evil monster stuff without any help, you'd kinda think [s]he was? Just sayin'..

The PC in any Pokemon game hasn't got any such backstory either, but I'd wager people would complain if someone made a game in which the once silent going-to-be pokemaster turns into a whiny brute, rather than a kid who leaves home and determinedly wins everything. Not the best comparison though.

I wish they could just make a 2d game instead of making a nearly 2d game with the worst bits being the 3d elements, also where did the horror and loneliness go, that is what metroid has always been about, you can't have her chatting with MORE FUCKING SPACE MARINES

carlito2003:
Extra Zero Punctuation video will be him telling all his fans this will be his last review. For some reason, I have a weird feeling in the pit of my stomach that might be true... Though it wouldn't surprise me =/

I see I'm not the only though who had this thought.

Well what do you know, no probations in the starting comments, for once.

That was yet another good video. Keep up the good work.

Samus talking was enough to make this a no buy for me.

I love, love Metroid and have enjoyed EVERY game in the series... when samus DOES NOT TALK.

The gameboy version, what was it - Zero missions? when she talked, the gameplay was fine, but the last thing I need is to hear someone write terrible lines for a very interesting character.

Samus is like Boba Fett. She doesn't need to talk to get her point across, she's on a mission, the reasons are unknown, end of story. The fact that they've abolished that, took an ENTIRELY solo character and added her into the mix with other people? No.

I agree that you need to change up a game, make things more interesting, unique, different - but not if that comes at the cost of making it a craptastic game with terrible writing.

Regardless, it saved me however much the game costs that I can now put towards something else. Like porn mags!

"Check out my screw attack"?.... I didn't get it but i think it was a shot to the guys on gametrailers.

Hah, very funny but also on point as with other reviews... Why would they portray Shamus as they did Ill never now ...

Lost In The Void:
Hmmmm this Friday special has me intrigued...

Me too

Metroid Other M is the worst game in the series it is sad to see a Metroid title sink so low after an amazing record track. I think I will take Yahtzee advice though and go back to playing Prime 1, fuck the whole trilogy is better than Other M :/

Fronzel:

Then what the hell is sustaining your relentless Nintendo fanboyism? Why are you so gentle and forgiving to the slightest smell of bullshit coming from a Wii title?

How am I a Nintendo fanboy? How is this supposed fanboyism relentless? What other Wii titles have I commented upon that support your claims? Finally, how is my critique of the hatred leveled at a particular character in a particular title considered "gentle and forgiving" towards that title when I admittedly have never played it?

Yeah, the whole "OMG IT'S RIDLEY!" thing might have actually been a good, impacting moment... except by this point in the series, she has fought him (Original Metroid), fought a cyborg version of him TWICE (MetaRidley, Prime 1 & 3), an upgraded cyborg version (Omega Ridley, Prime 3) , and a somehow-not-cyborg version (Super Metroid). By this point, it has no meaning even going by the game's "logic".

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