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Metroid Prime Trilogy Collector's Edition (Wii, 2009)

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The Greatest Gaming Deal Since the Orange Box

Aug 9, 2011 (Updated Aug 10, 2011)
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Pros:Improved graphics, amazing deal, overall great games

Cons:Friend codes, unnecessary edits, same games as before (sorta)

The Bottom Line: Gaming at it's finest, if you're a fan, or just want 3 amazing games, pick this one up (if you can find it that it.)


When Metroid Prime came out for the Gamecube around 2000, fans were stunned by the amazing graphics, superb musical score and level design and most of all, how Metroid could be so cool.  Then Prime 2: Echoes was released a few short years later, and while it didn't receive reviews as good as prime it was still an amazing game.  Then shortly after the Wii came out metroid prime 3: Corruption was released and wowed fans and newcomers with it's amazing art and graphics and epic game play.  And recently nintendo and Retro studios released all three games on 1 disk..for 50 dollars..in a collectors tin.  Fans were ecstatic.

A little bit of a fun fact about this game, when it was released it came in a collectors edition metal tin game case with a collectors art booklet.  But the game was only on store shelves for under a year!  This is why the game fetches a very high price online and at used game stores.  Originally the game sold for $50 dollars but now it can be found for well over $100.  
For those who haven't played the original games, metroid prime is a first person take on metroid, these games were developed in the early 2000's by Retro studios and Nintendo.  All three prime games received scores ranging from 95-100, or 4-5 stars.  These games included very impressive graphics and sound quality, as well as a very in depth story line and so much information about your surroundings that it's almost as if the creatures and worlds actually exist.  Metroid Prime and Prime 2:Echos both came out for gamecube, while metroid prime 3 was released for the Nintendo Wii.  I suggest reading reviews on those three games if you are interested in them individually.  But take my word, they're revolutionary games.  

The biggest selling point about this game was the packaging.  The art book and metal tin were huge selling points, combined with all three Prime titles, it was the sell of a lifetime.  Both Metroid Prime and Prime 2 had improved graphics and controls to equip the motion controls of the Wii.  Prime Echoes was known for being pretty difficult, so Retro decided to lower the difficulty which was much appreciated.  Even the most recent game, Prime 3, had a few graphical improvements.  One 'improvement' was the re dubbing of a single word in a certain scene.  I'll talk about this more when I get to the cons of this game.  

The graphics have been updated a bit for the first two prime games, even the third prime had some updated textures and everything is running at a smooth, fluid 60 frames per second.  The graphics were good for gamecube, but they look even better on the wii.  This is due mainly to the fantastic art style of the Retro studios team.  It really defines this game very very well.  To compliment the graphics the soundtrack is amazing as well.  The techno and eerie atmosphere of this soundtrack fits perfectly with the environments in this game.  And the tunes are pretty catchy!  Dolby digital surround sound packs a punch in this one, if it were available i'd pick up the soundtrack today.  

Onto gameplay, controls for Primes 1 and 2 have been updated to motion controls and no longer require the use of 2 analog sticks, which wasn't bad at all, but trust me this is better.  First person shooters...lets say it should be required to have motion controls.  It's that easy and fluid.  Which makes aiming a lot easier.  Everything is a bit easier to maneuver and gameplay is smoother than ever.  No noticeable slowdowns.  The speed of the loading times has also been reduced so no more waiting!

Something that was a little bonus was the addition of 'achievements' to metroid Primes 1 and 2.  These achievements unlocked bonus art galleries, dioramas, and other goodies.  The game was jam packed with extras which kept players coming back for more.  The extra difficulty modes that is which includes normal, hard, and hyper mode.  The menu system has been updated and everything is simply stunning.  Music, graphics, controls, presentation, extras, and even the packaging was better than anyone expected.  

That being said, there are only 2 real noticeable cons other than the fact that the game was only available for a short time.  The first one is friend codes.  Friend codes are 'green' achievements used to gain more extra goodies, the best goodies in fact.  But in order to obtain this certain type of achievement you needed, well, a friend who had the game.  And since the game was only available for a short time..nobody had the game!  So there were a lot of extras that are unavailable unless your friend has the game.  For future reference, no friend codes nintendo, please.  The last thing that everyone found wrong in this game was the re dubbing of the word 'damn' in a, to the word.....'no'.  

In the original Prime 3 the colonel had one line where he said 'damn'.  At the time nobody had heard a bad word from nintendo before!  And it actually fit, it was nice to be treated as adults even a little bit.  But in the trilogy version that word was replaced with a simple 'no', which made the fans feel a tad unrecognized.  It was as if Nintendo was nervous about including a bad word in the video game, despite the rating being that of T for Teens only.  It was a minor change, but it was un needed.  This game was for the fans, and 99 percent of those fans were over 13 years of age.  

The final thing that may be off-putting about this game is that these are basically the same games we've seen before.  But to be honest that's not a bad thing!  This game was created for the hardcore fans of the Prime series, for collectors mostly.  It's not supposed to be a new game by any means, it says collectors edition for a reason.  That being said, this is all 3 games, for only 50 bucks.  Prime 3 alone is worth 50 at retail price!  So either you're a fan and you want the game as a collectable, or you're a newcomer and you came for an amazing deal.  It's all good either way.

Despite those minor minor things, the game is perfect.  Retro studios really showed that a small gaming company from Texas can re create a beloved franchise.  I give this game my highest of recommendations, and I have placed it at number 5 on my personal top 100 greatest games of all time list.  


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