Parents' Guide to

Metroid Prime: Federation Force

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Fun, flawed co-op shooter has tame alien-focused violence.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2016
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Why is this rated T?

Friggin baby game

Is It Any Good?

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Although it's a new installment in the franchise, this is really only a slightly above-average team-based shooter. Fans of the Metroid series likely will eat it up, and it is fun -- especially when you're playing with others -- but from a pure gameplay perspective, it's not anything extraordinary. First, the good news: Federation Force is easy to pick up with simplified controls. It's even more gratifying to wirelessly pair up with a friend in the same room or with someone online. The more than 20 missions are quite diverse, as are the roles on the team, and it's fun to customize your load-out before each mission by selecting your weapons, defensive items, and other (limited) slots you have to work with. The production values are quite high for a Nintendo 3DS game, even if the visuals can be a bit pixelated.

The not-so-good news: The game doesn't have a lot of checkpoints, so if you die, you'll have to repeat large chunks of a level. There's very little atmosphere in this game, especially compared to other Metroid adventures. The text-chat system in co-op play isn't easy to use, and there's no support for voice-based chat. While the missions are fairly diverse, which strengthens the narrative, the core gameplay grows repetitive after a short while. Plus, the mini-game, Blast Ball, isn't so fun. There's some fun to be had if you're a fan of this series and enjoy first-person games while on the go. But the bar is high for this franchise, and Metroid Prime: Federation Force is slightly below it.

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