Video Game: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
in Japan) is a First-Person Shooter
released in 2004 on the Nintendo GameCube
. It is the sequel to Metroid Prime,
the second game in the Metroid Prime Trilogy
and the seventh game in the Metroid
A year after the events on Tallon IV, Samus is sent to investigate a distress call coming from the rogue planet Aether. A battalion of Galactic Federation troopers were sent there hunting down Space Pirates, but soon were overwhelmed by the unusually ferocious wildlife there. Exploring further, Samus discovers that Aether is in the midst of a massive war between two races for control of the planet. Aether is home for a peaceful race called the Luminoth who thrive on a power source known as the Light of Aether, but a meteor not unlike the one that struck Tallon IV corrupted the planet, brought a hostile species called the Ing, and split the planet into two dimensions called Light Aether and Dark Aether. Samus agrees to aid the Luminoth in reclaiming their planet, but along the way is attacked by an evil doppleganger, Dark Samus, who may have old ties to the Hunter before...
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes provides examples of:
- Actionized Sequel: Echoes upped the difficulty and frequency of combat sequences, and added more boss fights, as opposed to just one major boss per area in the first game.
- Always Chaotic Evil: The Ing, which have no technology of their own, want only conquest, and make any animals they possess substantially more aggressive. The sequel Corruption hints they may be little more than animals themselves.
- Another Dimension: Dark Aether in Echoes.
- Anti Matter: The Annihilator gun fires both light and dark energy in an antimatter combo.
- Apocalyptic Log: Like Metroid Prime before it there is plenty of lore to scan, this time detailing the Luminoth's battle with the Ing and how they slowly began losing the war, to the point where all but one of the survivors is hidden in cryogenic sleep waiting for the day when the war is over.
- Artifact Title: Subverted. Dark Samus turns out to be the Metroid Prime, as implied by the eye on its hand as seen at the end of the final boss fight and in the previous game's stinger.
- Back from the Brink: The Ing were terrifyingly close to causing Echoes to be over before it even started. Like, two rooms close. One of which was an unguarded elevator.
- Bait-and-Switch Boss: Done twice in Echoes. You fight two boss-versions of two enemies, called the Alpha Splinter and Alpha Sandigger. However, they get possessed by the Ing a few minutes into the battle, becoming the Dark Alpha Splinter and Bomb Guardian respectively.