Metroid Prime: Remastered
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Metroid Prime: Remastered
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What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Metroid Prime: Remastered is a first-person shooter for the Nintendo Switch. This is a remake of a game initially released in 2002, and is part of the popular Metroid franchise. The hero, Samus Aran, has a blaster cannon connected to her arm, used to shoot and kill alien enemies. There are some images of blood, but it's usually greenish yellow (opposed to red). There's no gore in this game, but it's mostly about shooting enemies.
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What’s It About?
METROID PRIME: REMASTERED reintroduces bounty hunter Samus Aran to a new generation of players, as the heroine answers a distress call and returns to the dangerous planet Tallon IV. Now featuring HD graphics, enhanced sound and improved controls (including modern dual-stick controls), Metroid Prime: Remastered is mostly played from a first-person perspective, using her laser cannon mounted to her right arm, as well as other weapons, like missiles and bombs. Dozens of diverse and deadly enemies don't want Samus on Tallon IV, including larger-than-life boss fighters. In order to reach tight spaces or solve puzzles, Samus can roll into a ball. The game also includes some platforming, such as jumping across chasms in outdoor areas, as well as scanning items for information, collecting objects, and exploring the area for secrets. A three-dimensional minimap can be accessed to assess your location.
Is It Any Good?
Between its thoughtful level design, responsive controls and high production values, this is a "must play" for fans of first-person shooters. Sure, Metroid Prime: Remastered builds upon an already stellar 21-year-old game, but the improvement in graphics and music, as well as controls -- including support for dual-stick navigation and aim -- makes an awesome game an even more extraordinary interactive entertainment experience. The only thing that would make Metroid Prime: Remastered any better is extra content not found in the original or adding multiplayer support. The moment you start the game, you can see -- and feel -- what kind of a ride you're in for. The haptic feedback is cleverly programmed to accentuate big moments during combat, making large bosses appear even bigger or highlighting a short cutscene sequence with a well-timed vibration. So much of the world you're on, Tallon IV, can be scanned with your visor, which is then added to the encyclopedia for fans to read through, if desired, plus the color-coded 3D mini-map can be studied, rotated, and zoomed in and out, to find new areas to explore, power-ups and other items to gather, and save stations to lock in your progress. Outdoor levels often have platforming elements, requiring well-timed jumps and swinging from grappling hooks, while several indoor levels require Samus to roll into a ball to access new places. There are plenty of jump scares, especially when roaming dark corridors.
Combat is pretty straightforward but sometimes requires you to figure out the best tactic and/or weapon, by studying your foe's movements, and seeing any patterns or weaknesses (and also leveraging the environment, too). Metroid Prime: Remastered is a near perfect game, without question, that delivers plenty of thrills and some chills, while roaming around Tallon IV. You won't want it to end. Kudos for not just reviving a classic game for modern hardware, but making it even more memorable.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Metroid Prime: Remastered affected by the fact that you're fighting against aliens and the blood is green opposed to red? Would the impact be intensified if the violence was more realistic or against humans?
What's it like to play as a strong female lead, without any sexualized features or plot points? Is Samus a good female role model?
- Platform: Nintendo Switch
- Pricing structure: Paid ($39.99)
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Nintendo of America
- Release date: February 8, 2023
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Pirates, Robots, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: T for Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence
- Last updated: February 22, 2023
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