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First Thoughts on Metroid Prime: Federation Force

Toa Smoke Monster


So I got Metroid Prime: Federation Force yesterday, and got some time to play it today. I only made it through the tutorial mode and a practice match of Blast Ball with an AI opponent. Overall, I really enjoyed what I've played so far.


While the look of the game is different from that of the previous entries in the series, I still think it looks great. I look forward to seeing what the planets look like when I get to them on the campaign missions.


The controls also work really well. The are simple enough. (Press A to fire your weapon, press B to jump, etc.) The only thing I had a little trouble with was toggling your aiming module while you're locked onto a target. Once you've locked on, you press R and move the 3DS around to move the module to fire on your target. It's kind of odd IMO, but it probably is for me because I'm not use to it yet. I'll see how it holds up once I start doing the missions.


They give you some options for words your character can say to other players with the control pad. You can also choose a male or female voice and range how high or low the voice is, which I thought was really neat.


As for the practice match of Blast Ball, I had a lot of fun with it. I have a ways to go before I'm good at it though. :P But still, I enjoyed it and I look forward to playing against other players when the time comes.


There was one other thing about this game I want to mention, but I'm putting it in spoiler tags since it involves the game's story. Don't read if you don't want to be spoiled.



In the into of the game, it actually mentions the ending events of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. Those events being Samus's success in ridding the universe of Phazon and destroying Phaaze. I don't know if any other events from the previous games will be mentioned in this game's story, but I would love it if there were.


I also concur that this means that the events of this game take place after the Prime Trilogy. Now we just need to find out if it takes place before Metroid 2: Return of Samus. I wouldn't mind if it did.



So has anyone else gotten the game yet? If you have, what do you think of it?

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According to Nintendo, Metroid and Metroid prime are separate universes. Make of that what you will. It appears to be right after Prime 3.


There's a Marvel style after credits scene that is rather interesting, I won't elaborate here for spoilery reasons, but you can find it easily enough.


I haven't finished it yet, but it's actually fairly enjoyable, I've played it in single player, and I played the blast ball demo. And while it's not what I want from a Metroid game, it's cool getting some in universe context for the other games.

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