What is bravery?
To some, it’s picking off enemies in a battle and reporting home with some glorious war story. To others, and I include Samus in this one, its facing your fears head on, and doing what you have to do even though it hurts in every sense of the word.
Metroid: Other M gives a glimpse into the back-story and personality of the mysterious galactic heroine, Samus Aran. When it finally seems that all is done: Mother Brain is at last defeated, the Metroids are nowhere to be found, and Ridley is just plain gone, you would think you would finally get a breath a fresh air. Right?
That all changes quickly when Ms. Aran picks up a distress signal referred to as “Baby’s Cry” and is lead to a bottle ship somewhere in the unused reaches of space. (Sounds bad already, doesn’t it?) There she reunites with her old team, the guys she used to work with back when she was a young punk in the military, to investigate what is going on in this strange, dark, desolate…just plain eerie ship. Of course among the men there is the famed former General Adam Malkovich, who Samus had a deep respect for back in her younger days. No time to play catch up though: within minutes of their reunion, bad things start to happen. It doesn’t take long to figure out it is a research facility gone wrong, and you are left to ask yourself: “Just what has science done?!?!”
Because the Federation Scientists couldn’t control their own dratted creations, Samus and the rest of the guys are thrust head first into a struggle for survival and answers.
You get to see a lot more of Samus behind the mask, and the cut-scenes are beautifully done. The game-play is indeed unique, the third person playing style being able to switch to first person, somehow merges the old style 2D Metroid games with the first person 3D Metroid Prime games. It does take some getting used to, but once you’re hooked, you’re hooked. I wasn’t sure about Samus’ “new” voice at first, but then I took the time to think about it. If you are constantly faced with loss, being the only one to survive because you are that awesome and everyone else…well…isn’t, and when you know it’s impossible to save everyone, how would YOU feel?
Metroid: Other M is a great addition to the franchise and to the Wii. The graphics are great and the story is beautiful, and may even squeeze a few tears out of you hard core gamers. I give this one a firm 8 out of 10. And a thumbs-down. But that’s a good thing.