Metroid Prime: Hunters

Common Sense Media says

Impressive shooter with great multiplayer; teens.





What parents need to know

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Lots of shooting with sci-fi weapons. The action is more fantastic than realistic, and the enemies are aliens/robots.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a first-person shooter in which players blast their way through hordes of aliens, many of which are animals or robots. The game features some violence against human-like enemies, mainly in the multiplayer modes, but there is no gore or graphic death animations. Parents should also be aware that the game has a significant online mode; Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for anyone under 12.

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What's it about?

METROID PRIME: HUNTERS is a first-person shooter that combines elements of adventure and action games. In the single-player game, players immediately find themselves exploring familiar territory as interstellar bounty hunter Samus Aran. Players can expect the classic Metroid dynamics of backtracking through ever-expanding regions and scanning elements of the world as they piece together a story about a mysterious vanished civilization.

The action is set in the standard locales (ice world, fire world, abandoned space station) and consists of a mix of exploration and shooting. The DS's touch screen is used to look around and aim, while the directional pad moves players and a shoulder button fires weapons. This control scheme takes some getting used to, but after an hour or so of play, it starts to feel natural and, surprisingly, more precise than console shooters that use a dual-thumbstick controller.

Is it any good?


Samus' world is rendered in smooth, flowing 3D, with only a few slowdowns when the action gets furious. Stylish menus on the touch screen make switching weapons a simple matter of tapping and dragging. The game world is sometimes dull -- there is only a handful of enemies, who are repeated). But battling the rival bounty hunters who pop up throughout the game provides a nice break from the routine.

Although the single-player portion feels a bit warmed-over, Hunters shines in its multiplayer modes, which stars the hunters. Like most of the DS's Wi-Fi games, the multiplayer mode is best when playing with friends. Hunters provides great first-person shooter action for up to four players, including variations on deathmatch and king-of-the-hill. Overall, the multiplayer action is some of the best on the DS, and the innovative controls will likely be copied by future shooters on the system.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about video game violence from a first-person versus third-person perspective. Are games more immersive in a first-person perspective? Does it make a difference if the violence is directed at non-human rather than human enemies? Families should also discuss online etiquette.

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS
Available online?Not available online
Release date:March 31, 2006
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:T for Animated blood, violence (Nintendo DS)

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Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

It's awesome

I simply love playing it with my best friends.I say it doesn't have a lot of violence mostly sci fic.If you are looking for a game to buy I recomend this.
Kid, 11 years old July 17, 2012

Single Player: LAME--- Multiplayer- THE BOMB!

This is a great game for kids like me who want to play sci-fi shooters like Halo but are (Sadly) not allowed to. Honestly, I think this is one of the ESRB's biggest fails. It EASILY could have gotten an E10, and the action is about as bad as the original Star Wars films. Though the single player campaign is difficult (And boring), the multiplayer with lots of friends is phenomenal! I have never had so much fun playing a video game. It's so cool turning into a ball and and stealthily shooting everyone else down. If the campaign was as cool, I would have given it 5 stars, easy. So, if you want a good game to pass the time by yourself, stay away. But if you are looking for a tween appropriate, fun sci-fi multiplayer experience with friends, get this game.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byfalconbronco April 1, 2012

best game I played ever :)

I thik It is the Best for 9&up my father loves playing whith me .Also IT fun for the hole famly to play
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