Metroid Prime Trilogy Review

The Wii FPS landscape is desolate to say the least, but Nintendo has given us three reasons to go exploring.

By Rupert Higham, October 19, 2009

Last but by no means least, the earlier titles benefit from a new 16:9 ratio and liberal use of bloom; it’s a testament to the quality of the seven-year-old Prime graphics engine that it needs such little work to stand up today. Rarely has there been such a strong advert for amazing art direction overcoming hardware deficiencies. Samus Aran’s adventure is filled with details and effects that really bring the world to life: whether it be the dense foliage of the Tallon Overworld or the icy plains of Phendrana Drifts, every location is dripping with atmosphere.

It's not all a beautiful voyage of discovery. Sometimes people need to be blow to pieces too.

It's not all a beautiful voyage of discovery. Sometimes people need to be blown to pieces too.

There are a few minor differences that only the most observant of pedants will notice; minute details such as the heat blur caused by Samus’ arm cannon overheating are missing. They don’t affect the experience in any meaningful way but their absence is a little bizarre.

The original Prime is still the high water-mark for the series, with near-perfect pacing, the greatest variety of locations and the most gripping story. Perhaps even more so than Super Mario 64 and Ocarina of Time, the game is a perfect example of how to make the jump from 2D to 3D, with Samus’ grapple beam, morph ball and visors allowing for incredibly effective use of the 3D environment.

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