Metroid Prime Remastered Review
The sci-fi classic returns with Metroid Prime Remastered offering stunning visuals enhanced audio and modernized controls. Is it worth returning to Tallon IV on the Nintendo Switch? My full review.
Get ready to step back in time and relive the sci-fi nostalgia of Metroid Prime Remastered on the Nintendo Switch - a timeless Gamecube classic has been reborn. The re-release of the 2002 fan favourite was rumoured to be in development for the longest time and I have to admit, I was waiting with bated breath. During Nintendo's latest Direct, the hotly anticipated Remaster was "shadow dropped" onto the eShop and made available immediately. When the newest installment Remaster was announced, I was excited to see how stunning it looked. However, my excitement soon gave way to concern; would the game's classic gameplay and mechanics still be enjoyable in 2023? After playing through the game I can say that this is the definitive version of Metroid Prime and it's well worth returning to Tallon IV. It's time to blast off into the world of Samus Aran, let’s take a closer look at this remastered masterpiece with my full review.
Metroid Prime Remastered Details
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
Developer(s): Retro Studios
Publisher (s): Nintendo
ESRB Rating: T for Teen
A story primed for action
The story kicks off when intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran receives a distress signal from a ship circling the mysterious world of Tallon IV. The frigate turns out to be a Space Pirate research vessel that harbours frightening experiments and powerful foes. Samus comes face-to-face with her arch nemesis Meta Ridley and gives chase to the surface of Tallon IV. It is up to her to venture across the planet, delve into its sinister secrets, and put a stop to the threat posed by Ridley and the Space Pirates' experiments.
The newly revamped gameplay is stellar
Metroid Prime Remastered's gameplay centres around players exploring Tallon IV and battling its hostile inhabitants. Armed with her signature Arm Cannon and Morph Ball ability, Samus must traverse a variety of alien environments while battling formidable foes in search of powerful Chozo Artifacts. Along the way, you'll use her various gadgets to explore hidden cave systems, discover secret passages, and solve intricate puzzles. The game has been updated to take full advantage of the Nintendo Switch's features, and it plays like a dream.
The biggest change comes with dual-stick movement, which allows for more free-form scanning and shooting. When the game was first released on the Gamecube it featured a "lock on" mechanic and didn't allow freedom in movement like other modern first-person shooters. This time around, however, you can move freely as you battle. Scanning is also much easier with the Switch's new control layout. The fluidity and accuracy of the improved controls make exploring the world and shooting enemies with Samus' iconic arm cannon a breeze. It's better in every way and makes the game more accessible to a broader audience.
It's morphin' time!
Along with stellar first-person combat, Samus can morph into a ball and navigate the environment from a third-person perspective. In "morph ball" form you can better explore small passages, find hidden items and access otherwise inaccessible areas; making exploration and puzzle-solving easier and more enjoyable than ever.
When it comes to controls, go pro
While testing out Metroid Prime Remastered controls I tried the games out in handheld mode and with the Pro Controller. I found the Pro Controller to be a much better fit as it allows for more precision and accuracy, which is important when shooting enemies or solving puzzles. The game is playable with both sets of control styles, but if you have the option opt for the Pro Controller.
Graphics are out of this world
Metroid Prime Remastered has received an impressive visual overhaul from its Gamecube predecessor. It retains its classic art style but has been given so many modern graphical enhancements, it feels like a new game. Metroid Prime features new 3D models, dynamic lighting effects, more vibrant colours, and improved textures that really bring the alien world of Tallon IV to life. The environments feel more alive and detailed than ever before and rival new releases on the console.
It truly looks beautiful on Nintendo Switch with no signs of slowdown or frame rate drop even when plenty is going onscreen at once. There are also smaller touches, like visor effects that add to the immersion of the experience. For example, walk through a steamy area and your visor will fog up, or you'll find yourself blinded by a bright light that will briefly reflect Samus' face. It all combines into a truly stunning visual experience, it's clear Retro Studios and Nintendo took their time to get everything just right.
Metroid Prime Remastered's Audio and Sound Design
Metroid Prime Remastered's sound design is another highlight that contributes to the game's sense of atmosphere. The audio really helps to bring the alien world to life and adds to the feeling of exploration. From creepy ambience and creature sounds to dynamic action beats during battles; it all combines perfectly with the visuals creating a truly immersive experience. There are also some great subtle touches like hearing Samus' breathing or her footsteps in different environments. The original soundtrack has also stood the test of time and made its return, delivering excellent tunes and big retro feels.
The Final Verdict on Metroid Prime Remastered
Metroid Prime Remastered on Nintendo Switch is an absolute must-play for fans of the series and newcomers alike. Retro Studios has done a fantastic job modernizing the visuals and controls while still honouring the classic title that won so many people's hearts 21 years ago. Exploring Tallon IV has never been more immersive or enjoyable. Metroid Prime Remastered is a perfect example of how to do a remaster right and it's something every Switch owner should experience for themselves. So dust off your power suit and get ready for an epic sci-fi adventure, you won't soon forget. I highly recommend Metroid Prime Remastered, if you enjoy shooters this is a game you don't want to miss out on.
Metroid Prime Remastered PROS
+Gorgeous visuals and excellent sound design
+Impressive enhancements from its Gamecube predecessor
+Solid controls with Pro Controller support
+Exploration and puzzle-solving made easier with morph ball form
Metroid Prime Remastered CONS
-Minor camera angle issues in morph ball form
-Some backtracking can be tedious and time-consuming
Overall Rating: 37/40 (93%)
A copy of the game was provided by Nintendo for the purpose of this review.
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