Tuesday, February 15, 2011
The Universe Needs Saving: Metroid Prime 2 Echoes
Metroid Prime 2 Echoes is all about Samus Aran, a bounty hunter with a special suit. The whole point of the game is that you were investigating the disappearance of some marines near planet Aether. It turns out that the marines were following some Space Pirates when they crashed on the planet and were killed by the Ing. The space pirates were after Phazon, some kind of blue energy crystals, when they stumbled upon this planet loaded with the stuff. The only problem is that this planet is actually 2 planets in one, a dark one and a light one. Some cosmic stuff collided with the planet creating parallel planets and the evil Ing in the process. Now that you have arrived, the light world finally has a hope of defeating the Ing and (wait for it) saving the Universe, because the Ing are so powerful that they will take over everything if they succeed here. It also turns out that (surprise!) the dark world also has an evil parallel Samus clad in (wait for it) all black.
This game is actually much better than I make it out to be, I just hate the fact that you can't look up/down while moving and when you want to charge a beam shot you always fire a single shot first and basically waste ammo. That being said, one of my favorite parts of the game is that you start very close to the marine ship and the creatures in that location amount to cockroaches. So you get to see some cutscenes where a whole battleship of marines die from tiny insects. I also like the powerup-spacing. Here's a list of the powerups I got during the first of the 3 temples. Space Boots, Missiles, Light Beam, Dark Beam, Power Bomb, Dark Suit, numerous missile expansions(8) and health expansions(4). The only thing left for me to do is exterminate the Ing and return Aether to its former glory. I'm just waiting for M. Night to step out and be like "The light world is actually the bad-guys and you just helped them conquer the Universe"dun dun dun.