Settle down men (and women), you had your basic info sheet and just witnessed your first footage of your new mission: playing a Metroid game being developed by
Nintendo and Team Ninja. Anyway, thatís old information at this point so letís explore more details shall we? Analyzing the data weíve discovered something very peculiar about
this Other M: the game has a storyline and for the first time ever, Samus will speak. Yes, this is a very interesting choice by Nintendo and Team Ninja. A bit dangerous too for long
time Metroid fans which are used to Samus being the silent type. According to Yoshio Sakamoto, this game will take place between Super Nintendo classic Super Metroid and
the Gameboy Advance title Metroid Fusion. Specifically, after the big battle with Mother Brain in Super Metroid. In an E3 2010 interview about Other M, Sakamoto expressed his
desire to explore the past of Samus. Aside from a few text dialogues, we donít know anything about the heroine in the Varia Suit. So weíll learn about her past, what kind of
person she is and more.
But the real interesting part is that Samus received a distress call from a so called bottleship, which floats around space. You can see an image of the target above.
But after setting foot on the ship, she encounters several Galactic Federation troopers. And this is where the mission begins!
Known as one of the greatest bounty hunters of the universe and feared by Space Pirates, Samus Aran was born on the mining colony of K-2L. But after a gruesome assault
on the planet by Space Pirates led by Ridley, she was the only one to survive. She was discovered by a bird-like alien race called the Chozo. They took care of the little girl and
started training her. Samus got infused with Chozo blood, which made her more resilient against a lot of special environments. After her training she received a special suit called
the Power Suit, which merged with her biologically. In this suit Samus becomes a force to be reckoned with, using a vast array of weapons. Eventually she signed up for the
Galaxtic Federation where she met Adam Malkovich. Some time later she leaves the Federation for reasons which are unknown at this point. In Other M, weíll learn about her
motives and past.
Former Commanding Officer of Samus back when she was a soldier in the Galactic Federation. Although Malkovich was tough on all his soldiers, he addressed her as
ďladyĒ. Itís implied that the two share a special bond. In the beginning of Metroid Other M it seems that Malkovich isnít too happy with Samus entering the bottleship. He leads a
team of Federation troopers during Other M while on the bottleship. He refers to Samus as an outsider and tells his squad not to share any mission details with her.
Remember me? No, canít say I do. No really.
A combat-unit led by Adam Malkovich. Consists of Anthony Higgs, Maurice Favreau, K.G. Misawa, James Pierce and Lyle Smithsonian.
The big bad, the one who haunts Samus her past, present and probably the future: Ridley. We still don't know if he's the leader of the Space Pirate forces or not, but
he is a very important figurehead within the organization. He was the one who lead the attack K-2L and destroyed the colony where Samus lived. He and Samus are sworn enemies and they crossed paths many, many times. He is a powerful warrior who will use his claws, wings and breath as weapons to fight opponents. Will they meet in Other M? Something tells me they will...
The Metroid time line is explained above, but just to be sure, we'll explain the progression of the Metroid series.
Metroid/Metroid Zero Mission > Metroid Prime > Metroid Prime Hunters > Metroid Prime 2 > Metroid Prime 3 > Metroid II Return of Samus > Super Metroid > Metroid Other M > Metroid Fusion
For more detailed info, click the link below.
Intel shows us that Metroid Other M is a combination of switching between 2D en 3D points of view. Sounds confusing, but according to several previews itís not that hard.
Switching between 2D and 3D works well and is essential for exploration and fights. Especially the 2D gameplay looks very cool, because it will bring back fond memories of
Super Metroid, Fusion and Zero Mission. But itís also possible for players to point the Wiimote towards the screen, so Samus wil switch to a first person view. You can use lock
on and hit targets, but you canít move while using this particular viewpoint.
Also surprising is the fact that you play the game with only the Wiimote NES-style. Youíll navigate Samus with the d-pad in 2D and 3D, which sounds awkward these days. It takes
time to adjust, but the game seems to work like a charm. While shooting and using all the typical gear in Samus her arsenal, she did receive a new fighting style. Team Ninja gives
Other M a little bit of Ninja Gaiden flavour by adding a melee combat system in which she can dodge enemy attacks and fight her enemies with special attacks. Through well-timed
button input players can use a counter attack. When enemies are down, as a finishing move she can use Lethal Strike and Overblast. This sounds very ďun-metroidĒ, but Other
M is stil a typical Metroid adventure. Exploration, discovering secretsÖ itís still there.
GameFan Magazine - 9.5/10
Wired - 9/10
Joystiq - 4.5/5
Worth Playing - 9/10
Famitsu Magazine - 9/9/8/9 for a total of 35/40
GameTrailers - 8.6/10
Cheat Code Central - 4.3/5
Nintendo Power - 8.5/10
IGN - 8.5/10
GameSpot - 8.5/10
Metroid-Database - 85/100
Digital Chumps - 8.4/10
Eurogamer - 8/10
GiantBomb - 4/5
GamePro - 4/5
1up - B-
Kotaku - Text, no score, but very positive.
N-Sider - Text, no score, but very positive.
ars technica - Text, no score, but positive.
Games Radar - 7/10
Destructoid - 6.5/10
Game Informer - 6.25/10
G4TV - 2/5
EatChildren Daily - 9001/10
Originally Posted by EatChildren
One day I'll be remembered. You'll see. You'll all see.
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