Seeing how it’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed anything I figured I should get right on it. With upcoming events such as Piper and I playing a bunch of wrestling games and the Halloween podcast things will get quiet busy. Since I’ve already done Mega Man and Kid Icarus I thought I might as well do another game that kicked off an incredible series…..
The only real story we get is after the title screen, an emergency order to defeat the Metroid of Planet Zebes and destroy the Mother Brain. Sounds easy right? To me that’s all the story I really need, (go kick some butt and acquire some awesome powers while you do it.) The Legend of Zelda had the same formula along with so many other NES games, the classic formula. Just have a starting point and let the adventure drive the narrative and boom – leave the rest up to the imagination.
The gameplay is standard side scrolling with an open map. Meaning you can go pretty much everywhere as long as you have the means. In the instruction manual you’re given a basic overlay map of the different areas. You don’t however get a more precise map and it can get confusing if you’re not good at remembering with certain areas are. This was one time I believe I actually used some of the “notes” section in the back of the booklet. For being so early in the NES life this game really opened the doors to a more expansive way we would play games. There is a price however to having such a wide open huge game to play. And that’s a huge password you’d have to write down to continue your adventure. I’d gladly pay that price though the only problem was mixing up the O and the zero’s.
Sound and Music:
From the opening eerie music into the Brinstar music it gets you ready for the incredible sci-fi adventure you’re about to embark on. Each section has it’s own particular music, Brinstar is by far my favorite though. The sound effects were pretty decent too. Not like the one’s in The Legend Of Zelda, but still above average in my book.
Metroid is one of those games that’s really difficult to put into words. You just have to experience it and if you already have then you know exactly what I’m talking about. If you haven’t you need to it’s probably close to impossible to not know how the game ends or to try and stay as spoiler free as possible. However if you can that’s the way I’d recommend playing it, experience it for the first time like I did as a kid and feeling the sense of accomplishment. Sorry this one’s so short I did pick a game that’s hard to put into words. Just check it out if you haven’t already, and if you have then play it again! That’s an order from Mother Brain!!!
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