Metroid: Other M

 
Fun, retro-style game with some fantasy violence.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Samus Aran fights against evil to protect the innocent. She uses violence as a means to accomplish many of her goals, but it's directed against fantastical and imaginative alien creatures.

Positive role models

Samas Aran spends much of her time killing enemies with violent weapons, but she fights evil, non-human entities. The dialogue makes clear that she is a good person with noble intentions.

Ease of play

The game is fairly easy to play -- especially the third-person portions of the game -- but some of the first-person tasks might take some getting used to. Overall, this Nintendo Wii game is quite simple to pick up for younger or novice players.

Violence

You play as a space marine who uses an assortment of traditional and futuristic weapons to blast away at enemy creatures. Blood, which is orange or purple, splashes out of the creatures in a realistic fashion. Players can also perform more dramatic finishing moves that kill enemies in slow-motion and with movie-like camera angles.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Metroid: Other M, a “Teen”-rated game, has some fantasy violence. Samus Aran kills space creatures with guns, bombs, missiles, and more high-tech weaponry. Blood, which is either green or purple, often splatters out of destroyed enemies and colors the ground and walls. Some dramatic finishing moves show Aran shooting monsters in slow-motion, including fatal shots to the head. Note, though, that she is clearly a good and noble character engaged in a battle against malevolent aliens.

What's it about?

Samus Aran, the intergalactic bounty hunter, is back for more in METROID: OTHER M, a clever collaborative effort between Nintendo's Yoshio Sakamoto (who directed 1994's Super Metroid) and Team Ninja (of Ninja Gaiden fame). As such, this Nintendo Wii exclusive fuses multiple play styles and camera perspectives into a unique retro romp with a modern spin. This single-player sequel to Super Metroid continues where its predecessor left off -- where the baby Metroid gives its life to protect Aran in an epic battle with Mother Brain -- but the story sequence is now fully realized with stunning computer animation. Metroid: Other M takes place aboard the Bottle Ship, a decommissioned space facility, and it doesn’t take long for Aran to run into her old gang of Galactic Federation Army comrades while investigating strange happenings on the spacecraft.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Metroid: Other M is defnitely a good game, but gamers who enjoy the first-person view found in other Metroid games for the Wii might be disappointed with this hybrid approach. That is, while Aran and the environments are rendered in 3D, the game looks and feels like a 2D side-scroller. You will, however, occasionally change to a first-person view by pointing the Wii Remote towards the screen to blast enemies, scan items or solve puzzles. When in tighter corridors, the screen shifts to an over-the-shoulder view of Aran. As with past games, our space heroine can roam through corridors to blast away alien critters (using blasters, bombs, and missiles); turn into a ball to access hard-to-reach areas; and find ways into locked areas, be it with brute force or by scanning a nearby computer. Whether you’re a faithful Nintendo fan or simply looking for some old school action on your Wii, Metroid: Other M proves to be a blast from the past with refreshed graphics, sound, and story.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether shooting games like this – although set in a fictional space universe – are appropriate for a (largely) family-friendly console like the Nintendo Wii. Should Nintendo stick to its “E”-rated franchises, such as the various Mario and Donkey Kong titles, or is it okay for them to publish “T”-rated titles?

  • Families can also discuss the game's strong female protagonist. Is Samus Aran a good example of a heroine? Is her character one that teen girls can look up to? Or do her violent methods make her an unacceptable role model?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nintendo
Release date:August 31, 2010
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:T for Animated Blood, Violence (Nintendo Wii)

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Kid, 12 years old February 16, 2011
age 9+
 
I've played other metriod games but this one was really really bad. For one, the story is okay but Samus, one of the most non sexualized female characters ever has her butt shown by the camera angle in several cut scenes. The gameplay isn't all that easy. For one, you play in 3rd person. I have nothing against 3rd person, but you are forced to use a "auto aim" system that doesn't work. The "auto aim" cannot be bypassed in any way, cannot be turned off, and manual aiming is imposible without going into 1st person where you can't even move. Overall the games killed the series.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 14 years old Written byShawn Lewis June 28, 2013
age 11+
 

Good game, but the video clips are more feelings like a soap opera, plus they are unpausable, an unskipable.

I like to play this game on occasion, even my little sister likes to play it( even more than me sometimes) . But nothing bad or to violent not to let a tween watch it.
Teen, 13 years old Written byJustino4 April 24, 2011
age 12+
 

A Cool Shooter

This game is only T for somewhat intense violence at times, which involve shooting almost all of the time. If you're kid is into shooting violence and is under 13, this game can be played by a younger player.
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Great messages
Too much violence

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