Originally Posted by Neat Machine
I've tried to get into the MP Trilogy but I don't seem to "get it." I wonder if you had to have experienced the 2D -> 3D transition to fully appreciate the games.
I really wish the games would click with me. That may sound like a silly thing to hope for, but I've had it happen before where a game that I felt like I should enjoy just didn't do it for me until I had some revelation about its design and then I couldn't put it down.
Anyway, for me the controls feel clunky and the art style really highlights the low resolution to a point that it's hard to look at and distinguish objects.
Metroid Prime was my first Metroid game ever and I loved it. So it didn't have to do with the 2D>3D transition.
It might be when you tried to play it though. In 2002 the resolution, graphics, and even controls were bleeding edge for the industry. Today though the visuals and especially controls don't hold up all that well to modern first person games, probably because you're used to dual analog controls for every first person game. Playing it in 2002 was a mind-blowing experience though.
That said, I don't think updating the games to have dual analog controls would really even work all that well. They were kinda designed with the lock-on mechanic in mind.