Since Metroid: Other M has nearly split the Metroid fandom in half, it's a bit hard to say anything about the storyline without being attacked by rabid wildebeests who are convinced that you either are a misogynistic idiot, or a firm believer in flat characters That said, Other M is just a bad game. The gameplay is bland, except in a few particularly stupid areas. Combat is rendered into a mess with the new "sense-move" technique, which makes Samus invincible as long as you tap the D-pad. To balance out this piece of stupidity, many of the bosses/enemies barely take damage from weapons. A particularly stupid case is the post-credits boss, which has literally zero strategy beyond "dodge-shoot-dodge-shoot." The missile system is also broken; to fire a missile, the player must switch to a first-person perspective by pointing the Wii-mote at the screen. The switch is slow and Samus is nearly immobilized while in this viewpoint, making it hazardous. The Metroid series is famous for its exploration elements, but sadly, Other M excised the majority of them. Doors lock behind you to prevent backtracking, items show up on the map to ruin any element of surprise, and branching pathways are either blocked or non-existent. You can forget about any sequence breaking here. After the credits, there is more freedom to explore the ship, but you'll still have to go through the entire campaign to get that privilege. Even then, there is little point to exploring. The levels are boring. The Metroid Prime games had levels such as a technologically advanced fortress filled with Tron Lines or a city in the sky. Here, we get the basic "Ship," "Lava," "Jungle," and "Ice" environments that were done better in other games in the series. The music is dull ambience and is too dim to hear at normal settings, in stark contrast to pretty much every offering in the series other than Metroid 2. The voice work varies from cheesy to just plain dull, and the script is laborious. You'll have to listen to every minute of it, though, since cutscenes are unskippable on the first playthrough. The amount of press begotten by Other M is undeserved. If this were not part of an established franchise, it would have been forgotten by now. I bought this game for retail price, but I still recommend not getting it for any value. There are better games to play.
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