A Metroid game without Samus, is like a Terminator movie without Arnold

When I sat down to watch Nintendo´s E3 press conference last week, I had high hopes to see something Metroid related. As it´s been over 5 years since Team Ninja released Metroid: Other M for the Wii (which would be the latest Metroid title to date). Well, Nintendo did indeed show a new Metroid game at E3, but It was not quite the game that I (we) wanted. I´m of course talking about Next Level Games (Super Mario Strikers, Punch-Out!! Wii, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon) co-op first-person shooter Metroid Prime: Federation Force (TBA 2016 for Nintendo 3DS).

metroid prime federation force 3 vs 3

3 Vs 3 sci-fi sports battles you say?

And that´s probably why the Metroid Prime: Federation Force trailer has over 65K dislikes on Youtube (check the comment section…), and rightfully so. I mean, a Metroid game without Samus Aran? That´s crazy talk. In my opinion, the whole thing felt like a hard blow to the guts. Or, like a big troll/prank joke by Nintendo. Sadly enough though. Metroid Prime: Federation Force is the real deal, and Samus Aran won´t be a part of the game.

Is Metroid Prime: Federation Force really all that bad?

metroid prime federation force 4 player co-op missions

Sure, no Samus Aran, but the 4 player co-op sounds kind of fun imo.

So let´s face it, Metroid Prime: Federation Force is a Metroid game without Samus Aran. Fine, we just have to deal with that and look beyond that fact. With that said, is MP:FF any good? Hard to say at this time. However, the game felt and looked like a mix of Speedball (Metroid Prime Blastball), Metroid Prime and Halo in my opinion, and that´s a good omen (at least in my book).  MP:FF will also offer different kinds of game modes as well, such as:

– Metroid Prime: Blastball (3 v 3 sci-fi sports battles)
– Four player co-op missions in the Metroid Prime universe

metroid prime blastball

Blastball is like Metroid Prime version of Speedball.

The question remains however, does Metroid Prime: Federation Force has what it takes to become a great game? (against all odds), and will it really matter? As the Metroid fans are already up in arms over MP:FF´s mere existence (thus the petition for its cancellation on change.org). Even Fils-Aime had to jump in and calm down the angry Metroid fans just recently (he did so in an interview with Kotaku).  Honestly, I don´t know if there´s anything that Nintendo can do to change the outcome for Metroid Prime: Federation Force. As it feels like the damage has already been done, so I can only wish Next Level Games and Nintendo the best of luck with the development of MP:FF!

Source:
IGN

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