A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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 & Scariness
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.
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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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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