Metroid Prime: Hunters (Nintendo DS)

The beloved Metroid Series. Started all the way back for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Metroid was a side scroller at first. After several more side scrolling adventures on various Nintendo systems, Metroid entered the world of First Person Adventures in the Metroid Prime series. Samus Aran even ventured into the Pinball genre in Metroid Prime: Pinball. But now, Samus takes off into the FPS world in Metroid Prime: Hunters for the Nintendo DS.

The story is quite interesting: a message is sent out to different places speaking of ultimate power that can be obtained in the Alimbic Cluster, once home to an ancient and wise race. The Galactic Federation has recieved this message, and has given our hero, the lovely bounty hunter Samus Aran, the mission of finding out was this power is, and if at all possible, to retrieve it. So Samus ventures off into yet another adventure, only this time, she's not the only one going. Six other bounty hunters have retrieved this message and are set on getting the power for themselves or for their races.

The single player is fun, but a bit askew from the Metroid series. There is hardly any backtracking (you have to visit each of the four areas twice), and the gameplay is kept mostly to shooting instead of exploring. The game is quite linear. Also, the puzzles are few and easy, as most of them are scanning a certain panel, or blasting a green door with a certain weapon. At least Samus has all of her hardware right from the start, Morph Ball and all. The only things you obtain are the other hunters' weapons. The bosses are... repetative. Aside from the final boss, there are basically two types of bosses: a totem poll and an eyeball. The single player will take you several hours to complete, just short of Metroid Prime. The controls take getting used to, but eventually they will be deadly accurate. Basically, single player is fun, but it's not up to par with the other Metroid titles (there aren't even any metroids!).

The graphics are, simply put, amazing. Definetly the best seen on the DS so far and probably for a good while. The movies in the game are purely beautiful and, I would say, as good as some for the current home consoles. The in-game graphics are also very nice, although the textures might blur sometimes (probably because of the DS's resolution) and the game lags, rarely, because it is so packed with shiny graphics.

The music is nice. Very well put together, and usually matches the gameplay very well. The sounds are almost straight out of the other Metroid Prime games. It seems that the power beam's shots sound exactly the same, and I have no complaints with that!

But what truly makes this title shine, what makes it a must for your DS library, is it's multiplayer. Hunters has single-card, multi-card and Wifi multiplayer modes. When you access Wifi, you can choose whether to play against random people or friends and rivals. When you select random match, you can choose worldwide or regional, and any rank player, or ones of your talent. After you find your opponents, you choose your hunter and vote on the stage, and begin your match. After the match, you can choose whether or not you want to add your opponents to your rivals list. If they do the same, then you become rivalse and can play eachother when you choose to play against friends and rivals.

When you choose to play against friends and rivals, you can either host a game, or join someone else's. Before the match, while setting it up, you can chat with your friends... voice chat! Yes, you can literally talk to your friends. You can also send them text messages. The games are highly customizeable: seven modes such as battle, survival, and defender; over 20 arenas to play in, some of which are just plain huge; seven hunters to choose from, Samus and the other six such as Sylux or Trace; and several other small things to choose.

The actual matches can get so chaotic it's amazing. They're fun, and will have you playing for hours every day. Also, many bits of information is saved to your Hunter's License including your rank, favorite hunter, and disconnection percentage. If you get this game for one thing, let it be the multiplayer.

My closing comments: this game is fun, beautiful, and a solid title. It's a must for fans of multiplayer games, or people who don't have many DS buddies but still want to play others through Wifi. It is definetly the best Wifi game for Nintendo DS.
I would say this is the game to get for anyone with a DS. And if you don't have a DS, get one and then get this game! It's that fun.

Posted by halfDemon @ 6/24/2006 17:12  |    4


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pixelblink (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 6/25/2006 17:33
A nice and well thought out review. I wish more people would take the time to submit these kind of items for our news. Kudos to you!

halfDemon (Level 6 Hitman) @ 6/25/2006 10:07
Well... there was going to be Metroid Dread, but that was unofficially canceled.

Toby (Level 3 Stalker) @ 6/25/2006 04:03
I maybe old fashioned, but I'd still like to see an other sidescroller Metroid before Nintendo finally discontinues the GBA. Metroids on the GBA are probably some of the most enjoyable games i've played :)

CDI (Level 5 Detective) @ 6/24/2006 23:30
this is long... but a good read
I still think they need to remake Super Metroid for the DS

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