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Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Review

Samus shows the Wii what real girl power is all about

Can you hear it? That muffled, almost strained noise at the edge of your perception? It's the sound of excuses being silenced; the voices of every external developer who's ever made a Wii game being gagged as they struggle to tell you that many of their games looked like PS2 titles because the Wii is 'last-generation technology'. There's just no excuse for such talk any more, no leeway for anyone to actually believe that we're stuck forever with visually unimpressive titles on our shiny white console. And why? Because Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is finally here and damn, does it look good.

She Shoots, She Scores

Before you say it though, we know that looks aren't everything - but, having sat here moaning about how many titles are clearly just PS2 games with Wii controls since the console's launch, humour us a little while we enjoy this moment. We've been waiting for it for nigh-on nine months. Heck, even Zelda: Twilight Princess in all its GameCube-upgrade glory didn't look this great, and that looked lovely.

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It's a controversial stance to be sure, but we're of the opinion that Corruption is the game that the Wii needed at launch - the one that said to everyone "Look at what I can do!" and stopped all the rubbish sub-PS2 Wii titles of this world from even existing. Would it have stopped them? Probably not; there are too many publishers out there trying to make a quick buck off the Wii's success. But still, the Wii finally has the ammunition to shake off that attitude. We always knew it could do so much more, and now there's finally a game that proves it.

And if there's one other thing that Corruption proves so incredibly well, it's that first-person shooters actually work on the Wii. Yes, we're aware that should go without saying but so far, nothing's actually proven it. Between Red Steel's love 'em or hate 'em controls, Call Of Duty 3's good-but-not-great effort and Medal Of Honor: Vanguard's general rubbishness, the FPS genre has been badly represented on the Wii and no mistake. Not now though. With some of the most spot-on and tightly honed controls we've seen so far (and we say that honestly, without wanting to sound biased), Corruption's smooth handling and pinpoint accuracy just feels... right.

That's not to say that more casual Wii players haven't been accounted for - the more simplistic controls from the last two Metroid Prime games are also offered, if you want them - but undoubtedly, Corruption isn't for them. Corruption is a gamer's game. Moreover, it's the game that those of us who've been loyal to Nintendo since the very beginning have been waiting for. Sure, we can appreciate how the Wii has brought more people into the gaming fold but for some of us, there's only so much brain exercising, casual sport and general mini-game action you can take before you crave something more filling. While Wii Sports, WarioWare: Smooth Moves and Big Brain Academy are the casual hors d'oeuvre then, Corruption is the gaming equivalent of a 24oz sirloin steak; rich, tasty and dripping with fatty goodness.

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Easy Does It?

Retro Studios hasn't overdone it on the hardcore side though. Corruption is certainly more of a proper game than most other Wii titles, but it's still more accessible than previous Prime titles. Part of this has to do with the controls which, as we've said, are incredibly intuitive - bump them up to Advanced and you'll soon be sprinting down corridors, whirling round to blast

a Space Pirate full in the face and then double-jumping over the one behind him

to deliver a missile to the back in no time.

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  1. gravyjones Thursday 17th Jan 2008 at 21:59

    :mrgreen: wooot! first comment! I love this game metroid prime 3 rocks!

  2. george best Saturday 19th Jan 2008 at 18:32

    true, i haven't really got incredibly far on it (i have been playing games such as galaxy M&S at the olympics and more...) what i can tell it is an amazing game.

    there are three points:

    the controls. \
    i think that the controls are superb and the actions (like turning the remote clockwise to open things) are possibly the finest on wii. my only problem is that despite this i think that it is actually better to use the zapper and to be honest i find this disappointing.

    2. noob friendly

    in absolutely no circumstance is this noob friendly and in no way is this bad it makes it all
    the better and more challenging.

    3. gameplay

    to be brief... this is the best graphical (arguably) game out on the wii and not only that but the gameplay is astounding.

    Good:
    gameplay is great
    superb cut-scenes (really great)

    bad: hard to get into at first but gets better as it goes along

    My Verdict... 97%

  3. gravyjones Saturday 19th Jan 2008 at 20:55

    true, i haven't really got incredibly far on it (i have been playing games such as galaxy M&S at the olympics and more...) what i can tell it is an amazing game.

    there are three points:

    the controls. \
    i think that the controls are superb and the actions (like turning the remote clockwise to open things) are possibly the finest on wii. my only problem is that despite this i think that it is actually better to use the zapper and to be honest i find this disappointing.

    2. noob friendly

    in absolutely no circumstance is this noob friendly and in no way is this bad it makes it all
    the better and more challenging.

    3. gameplay

    to be brief... this is the best graphical (arguably) game out on the wii and not only that but the gameplay is astounding.

    Good:
    gameplay is great
    superb cut-scenes (really great)

    bad: hard to get into at first but gets better as it goes along

    My Verdict... 97%


    This game was released before the wii zapper and even if it did use it that would of messed up the grapple beam controls and the interactive things (such as pulling and turning levers etc)

  4. smashbros-kid Sunday 20th Jan 2008 at 20:49

    The point about loading is a good one. The ammount of times I've repetivly shot a door waiting for it to open does get anoying but it is still very good and the first prime apart from hunters to hold my atention.

  5. dragon2s6 Tuesday 22nd Jan 2008 at 20:57

    The point about loading is a good one. The ammount of times I've repetivly shot a door waiting for it to open does get anoying but it is still very good and the first prime apart from hunters to hold my atention.

    I had the same problem but I am learning the art of when to shoot at it.

    About the previous post on the zapper... I had trouble using the grapple beam with the zapper.

  6. dragon2s6 Tuesday 22nd Jan 2008 at 20:58

    The point about loading is a good one. The ammount of times I've repetivly shot a door waiting for it to open does get anoying but it is still very good and the first prime apart from hunters to hold my atention.

    I had the same problem but I am learning the art of when to shoot at it.

    About the previous post on the zapper... I had trouble using the grapple beam with the zapper.

  7. Nico-Tine Sunday 27th Jan 2008 at 17:31

    :arrow: this game is a must buy 4 all metroid fans and a gr8 buy 4 ppl who want a game that lasts 4 awhile and isn't boring

  8. Richter_Abend Monday 11th Feb 2008 at 09:56

    an amazing game but it just seems a lot easier compared to metroid prime 2 echoes :?

  9. FACEslime Sunday 17th Feb 2008 at 11:35

    I think prime is the greatest game on wii- it deserves no less than 96%

    ( i sucked at 1 and 2, but i'm half way through 3! :lol: )

    slightly shocked me with the fate of the other hunters...

    im only 17% through!!! and i'm on ... 4th planet lol

  10. ike1994 Sunday 24th Feb 2008 at 10:56

    metroid prime 1 & 2 were IMPOSSIBLE but corruption i completed hehe :D :D result

  11. dragon2s6 Monday 3rd Mar 2008 at 21:45

    I found this game a lot easier than metroid prime 1 and 2 as well. I couldn't even do 40% on metroid 2 but completed metroid 3 on normal and veteran (i'm doin hypermode now).

  12. hamster hairs Tuesday 1st Apr 2008 at 11:20

    ive only just registered 2 this site :oops:
    anywhoo i got metroid prime 3 corruption its an amazing game i was so eager 2 get it that the third day that it came out i ripped up my whole house 2 find 40 quid then i went down 2 the nearest game on the very same day but then after about 2 days i got stuck in this palce i think it was on bio seed or somthin like that and there is this huge monster with 3 red buttons on the front and 1 on the back i know how 2 defeat him but he keeps killin me (well most of the time it takes so long that i get bored and play on wii play) anyway i just cant beat him and i love the game but there is one let down there is no wi-fi and no co-opreative or any thing 2 do with 2 player battles which is dissapointin coz i love hunters coz of the multi player part and i have palyed on the other 2 main ones on the game cube and played 2 player on the 2nd 1 and it was brilliant

  13. colemanbenjamin Wednesday 2nd Apr 2008 at 16:05

    Iwould love to get this but there is no online or even multyplayser i dunno weather to get this or save up for wii fit its a hard dilema i tell you!
    should i get it?

  14. neomole Wednesday 9th Apr 2008 at 18:39

    buy this game!!!
    Its a must have for all wii owners, 1 of the best games on the wii like mario galaxy.

  15. Gaming 98 Thursday 24th Apr 2008 at 21:06

    When I showed this game to my mum she quickly said,
    "Guns...".
    The game is slightly violent but nothing too extreme.

  16. youngrcb Saturday 17th May 2008 at 11:37

    This is the first game i want when i get my wii!

  17. Anonymous Saturday 24th May 2008 at 18:45

    this and super mario galaxy the best wii games on the planet shows how good metroid can be and the improvements of the small ds screen

  18. Anonymous Thursday 29th May 2008 at 17:26

    this is :(

  19. MetroidMarioMan Monday 16th Jun 2008 at 13:19

    this game is awesome :D now that i've completed it though & seen the 100% ending i wonder what is next for the metroid series? :idea: I hope whoever develops the next game brings it to somewhere in our Milkyway galaxy. That would be great. You could explore venus or mars, maybe even Earth :shock: . If it is for the Wii again, even better!

  20. Kolo67 Sunday 29th Jun 2008 at 12:12

    I really loved this game, as i am a MASSIVE fan of the Metroid sereis, and have nearrly completed it, but am stuck with the last energy cell. Great graphics, great gameply, great storyline, THE LOT. I will be really sad when i complete this, as i fear this could be the last of the Metroid Games. :D :)

  21. m4r1o0 Sunday 29th Jun 2008 at 15:49

    This is probably one of THE most boring games I have ever played, I was hoping for an action shoot em up game but what I got was a puzzle Adventure game that leads nowhere. :evil: 82%

  22. Kolo67 Sunday 29th Jun 2008 at 18:25

    I can't understand why you dont like this game! I found it the best game i have on the wii(except for battalion wars 2)! The only reason for this maybe your age. If you are over, say, 16, you would be used to really intense FPS(first person shooter). Otherwise, this game could be one of the greatist games there is! :!: :roll:

  23. hpmad910 Saturday 22nd Nov 2008 at 09:41

    boring game no onine

  24. Kolo67 Tuesday 2nd Dec 2008 at 15:07

    Not all games need online multiplayer!

  25. false_idols_fall Thursday 4th Dec 2008 at 18:16

    I love this game. The rating is perfect.
    The only bad point is the loading times, and the lack of multiplayer. With them solved, I'd give this game 98% for sure

  26. Kolo67 Sunday 14th Dec 2008 at 14:55

    I love this game. The rating is perfect.
    The only bad point is the loading times, and the lack of multiplayer. With them solved, I'd give this game 98% for sure

    True.
    I had a brainstorm the other night and thought of multiplayer.
    Pirates VS Federal Troopers.
    Deathmaches, Falgs, the lot.
    What do you think?

  27. gils Tuesday 16th Dec 2008 at 14:52

    At first i didnt like the game so its been sitting on my shelf gathering dusk, but i recently thought i would give this and super metroid (on VC) a go as everyone is raving about it!

    And iam impressed, the graphics are something i expect from an Xbox 360 and the controls are great, it is a bit puzzly and i have been left thinking what am i doing? but that makes me wanna play more!

    well done ninty a great game, its so infrutating to see how good the graphics of this game are,and wondering why arent more companies taking advantage of the wiis capabilities??!
    Th only down side is no online, that would have made this great game a lit greater!

  28. DrShocker Wednesday 17th Dec 2008 at 18:32

    I have (Regretibly :( ) not managed to get metroid prime 2 and 1 on GC so have not seen how the games before had panned out but I think that the following scores should be given.

    :P Grathics - 5/5 - Metroid has the best looking grathics on the wii
    :D Gameplay - 4/5 - It is hard to fault this apart from the doors taking ages and some parts taking a real metroid fan to figure out
    :P Difuculty - 5/5 It is a good challlenge in many diffrent ways like getting 100% and completeing hypermode

    Overall 5/5 - One of the most challenging yet can be picked up by any gamer.And one other thing is it should have a multiplayer deathmatch mode like metroid prime DS.
    :P :D :P

  29. Kolo67 Saturday 20th Dec 2008 at 11:00

    I have (Regretibly :( ) not managed to get metroid prime 2 and 1 on GC so have not seen how the games before had panned out but I think that the following scores should be given.

    :P Grathics - 5/5 - Metroid has the best looking grathics on the wii
    :D Gameplay - 4/5 - It is hard to fault this apart from the doors taking ages and some parts taking a real metroid fan to figure out
    :P Difuculty - 5/5 It is a good challlenge in many diffrent ways like getting 100% and completeing hypermode

    Overall 5/5 - One of the most challenging yet can be picked up by any gamer.And one other thing is it should have a multiplayer deathmatch mode like metroid prime DS.
    :P :D :P


    Exactly. My Idea.
    Federal Troopers VS Pirates.

  30. DBZFan355 Sunday 1st Feb 2009 at 12:26

    6 MARKS OFF JUST FOR A STUPID LOADING SCREEN THAT I CANT ACTUALLY REALISE? 96-97% easily

  31. Kolo67 Sunday 8th Feb 2009 at 16:13

    6 MARKS OFF JUST FOR A STUPID LOADING SCREEN THAT I CANT ACTUALLY REALISE? 96-97% easily

    Absolutly. I don't really think that we need to dicuss the hight of this game's score, as it is rated high enough already. Even so, I do think that it is up there with Mario Galaxy and Twilight Princess.

  32. DBZFan355 Friday 27th Mar 2009 at 14:27

    I love this to bits. The only problem is that I am stuck and I haven't really played it for a while. I must go back and get further soon!

  33. Yoashi Saturday 9th May 2009 at 12:03

    THIS GAME TOTALLY ROCKS!!!!! :lol: :lol: :D :D

  34. bloodandthunder Monday 13th Jul 2009 at 16:49

    Unbelievably, I've only just started playing this, having bought it a year and a half a go. Too many games to play, and so little time.

    What the hell have I been missing out on? This game kicks ass!

    Although the battle vs. Meta Ridley almost induced a severe case of arthritis!

  35. Ai64 Sunday 3rd Jan 2010 at 22:57

    Man I love this game to death. One of the best FPS on wii. Essential.

  36. Erdogan44 Saturday 6th Feb 2010 at 18:14

    Love Prime 3.

    Best Wii shooter out there. Mainly because it's 1st party..

    Does take some getting in to, but it gets better.

    The motions are SO responsive. I feel like I'm using Wii Motion Plus at sometimes too!

  37. spacemen13 Thursday 22nd Dec 2011 at 19:55

    Got this game really cheap, its so AMAZING, best FPS on wii. Nintendo has used the first person style really well in the boss battles like the awesome Meta Ridley one!

  38. TheMasterSword12 Wednesday 17th Oct 2012 at 17:00

    I picked it up on amazon for Ł6.79 Best Deal EVER this game is even better than halo and i love halo

  39. DarkLink_64 Saturday 23rd Mar 2013 at 20:58

    I love tins game

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