september 23, 2007

I have been playing Metroid Prime 3: Corruption lately on my Wii (many, many thanks to Alice for lending it to me). The game is pretty cool. The only other Metroid Prime game that I have played was Metroid Prime Hunters on the Nintendo DS. Corruption really shows off the power of the Wii -- and the limitations. Yes, the Wii is not a graphics powerhouse like the Playstation 3 or Xbox 360 and it shows. The graphics in Corruption look slightly better than Halo 2 on the original Xbox. But, the graphics are still gorgeous because of the art design of the game.  The game is also very cinematic and that draws me into the game.  It also helps that there is complete voice acting throughout the game -- instead of something like Twilight Princess where I have to read all the dialogue. The biggest thing about Corruption are the controls! Boy, do they work good. They are tweaked to perfection and work almost as good as a keyboard and mouse setup.  I am quite impressed by the control scheme.  The Wii-mote and nunchuck make for great gaming -- a lot better than the dual analog setup on the other consoles.  Bravo to Nintendo for not going with the standard controller on the Wii. I have some minor complaints about Corruption.  There are no "any time" saves in the game.  You have to get to a save room or your ship in order to save.  The "scanning" part of the game really slows things down.  There are some serious load times:  When I come up to a door and shoot it, sometimes it takes upwards of 5 seconds for the door to open. Overall though, the game is pretty damned good.  I am really enjoying it.  Yes, the graphics are not going to be Halo 3 type graphics.  But, Halo 3's controls are not going to be as perfect as Corruption's controls either.  Alice finished the game in about 15 hours, I'm hoping to do so also, but will probably take longer.  Thanks again to Alice for lending me the game!

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