Metroid: Other M Review for Wii

On: Wii
Metroid: Other M screenshot
Metroid: Other M screenshot

Combat mixes all these styles of play, with Samus regularly needing to switch between running and gunning, first-person shooting, bomb-laying, puzzle-solving (read: shooting a switch) and the odd bit of melee combat. Early enemies are easy to tackle, requiring little more than repeated firing, but tougher baddies demand far more competent skills. Samus can dodge incoming attacks with well-timed presses of the d-pad, and perform special finishing moves - leaping onto the backs of monsters and fire charged blasts into their heads

In general the combat is excellent, with Samus leaping around like a gun-toting Ryu from Ninja Gaiden, but when the game more or less forces you to use the first-person view mid-fight, things get a little clumsy. Samus will aim in the direction she's facing, and it's very easy to accidentally switch from third-person to first-person and end up facing a wall instead of the enemy. Aside from the scanning sequences (which on occasion require you to find bizarrely-placed objects), Other M would have been a better game without the first-person gameplay. This would have allowed the developer to include Nunchuck support, in turn giving you analogue control in a 3D world. As it stands, it's akin to controlling Mario in Galaxy with the d-pad. It's not perfect, but isn't as much of a problem as I initially expected it would be.

Problems associated with the storytelling and first-person gameplay can be forgiven, as the rest of the experience has been expertly crafted. The classic mechanic of slowly gaining new abilities and weapons, allowing you to access previously locked-off areas, is present and correct, although the way certain abilities - such as a speedy run that lets Samus charge through walls and leap across chasms - are seemingly turned on at will by the commander in charge is somewhat odd. It's fair enough as a gameplay mechanic, but makes little sense in terms of the story, as these abilities would have been very handy earlier on.

Boss battles are often spectacular, taking place regularly throughout the campaign across all the game's locations. You'll generally have to target a weak spot numerous times before performing a deadly strike, but some of your foes take genuine gaming skill to beat. Despite the space station being devoid of other human life, there's barely a dull moment as Samus tackles wave after wave of nasty beasts or leaps around to traverse the complex structure.

Wii games often fail to dazzle visually, but Other M does what it can with the hardware to create a well-realised environment. It's often a little drab, but that works well to help create a brooding atmosphere. While the space station is generally a metallic grey, holographic technology has created jungle, lava and snow scenery that is up there with the best we've seen on Nintendo's little console. It's perhaps not quite as spectacular as Metroid Prime Corruption, but compared to the plethora of other titles released every week, it's in a completely different league.

Metroid Other M is one of the most accomplished action games on the Wii, but it's let down slightly by some clumsy controls and awkward storytelling. These issues are by no means game-breaking though, with the classic Metroid gameplay, Team Ninja-style action and 3D environments combining to create an excellent entry in the franchise.

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dav2612@ Stegosaurus-Guy-II

It's a very good game and definitely has the Metroid feel to it. The 1st person aspect isn't great but you do get used to it after the initial dislike.
Posted 10:04 on 10 September 2010
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Stegosaurus-Guy-II

Can you send me your copy of the game please? I want to play it but I don't want to keep thinking "oh dear, I paid money to play this".
Posted 09:42 on 10 September 2010
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Wido@ SexyJams

Its only one opinion about the scanning mode as in FPS view I think... I hear its a good mix of gameplay. I'm yet to play the game and it looks fantastic.
Posted 09:09 on 10 September 2010
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SexyJams

What a shame about the damn-stupid first person implementation.
I bet it would have worked fine, if not well as more of a Batman detective mode. It's the rushing frantically when at a boss battle to point the Wiimote at the screen that makes it so stupid.

Still, sounds like a brilliant game. I'd buy it if I had a Wii :)
Posted 18:39 on 09 September 2010
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guyderman

I'm a bit behind the times - I only just started playing Metroid: Fusion for the first time yesterday! (thanks for the recommendation Dav - it's a cracking little game!)
Posted 17:27 on 09 September 2010
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Wido

I got some friends who really enjoyed this game. This is definitely a game I am going to pick up when I get my Wii next year or this year perhaps.
Posted 16:59 on 09 September 2010
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draytone

Trying to find this awesome cosplay article that was on kotaku the other day...
Posted 15:08 on 09 September 2010
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dav2612

Not as good as the Prime games but still a fine game. The 1st person limitations does take a bit of getting used to but I'm not as negative towards it now as I was at first.
Posted 13:21 on 09 September 2010

Game Stats

Metroid: Other M
8
Out of 10
Metroid: Other M
  • Classic Metroid feel
  • Great third-person action
  • First-person combat is clumsily implemented
  • Storytelling isn't great
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Release Date: 27/08/2010
Platform: Wii
Developer: Team Ninja
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Action
No. Players: One
Rating: PEGI 16+
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