Metroid. One of the most amazing sci-fi game franchises in history. A franchise that, over the years, evolved with the times and created unique, quality experiences time and time again. It's been a wait, but another Metroid just released. And it looks to poo poo on the franchise, again.
This week saw the release of the latest entry Metroid Prime: Federation Force which is receiving mixed, mostly negative reviews. The game is a squad based bounty hunting title that allows for single or multiplayer action. The concept sounds fun, but is it really Metroid worthy; better yet...is it Metroid PRIME worthy?
I admit that I have not played it yet, but since the announcement, I couldn't help but groan about the (continued) direction of the franchise. I mean, it has been a while now since a top-notch Metroid title has released, with Metroid Other M being the previous offering, which was polarizing to fans. I found it clunky, shallow, and disrespectful for the franchise. I just don't understand what Nintendo is doing with the beloved franchise. For the last truly quality title in the series, you'd have to look back almost a decade past, on hardware that is now nearly two generations ago. I'm talking, of course, about the last entry into the Prime series, Metroid Prime Corruption.
The only saving grace is that the DS had a pretty mediocre Metroid Prime title (Hunters) while they were still making some quality console entries, so it is possible Nintendo is just targeting a different demographic with the namesake, on the portable. Let's just hope poor reception, for yet another Metroid release, doesn't sour Nintendo's desire to invest into future titles...that are actually worthy of the name.