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Level One – Metroid Prime

List Item: Play 100 of the greatest computer games
Progress: 72/100Title: Metroid Prime
Developer: Retro Studios
Original Platform: Gamecube
Year: 2002

Today it feels like I am going to break a cardinal gaming sin… or at least that I have a sin to confess. Forgive me oh digital father for I have sinned: I did not enjoy my time with Metroid Prime. It may feel a bit over the top to start a blog post in this way, but I have some friends who will probably disown me for this opinion.

Starting off some disclosure, I have played the original Gamecube version of the game for this. Also, this is the second time that I tried to play this particular game… the first being some 15 years ago when the game originally came out and I would rent titles from the local Blockbuster. I figured that I would enjoy this game better now that I have become a better gamer… alas I still didn’t quite get what all the fuss was about.

Let’s talk positives. The music and the ambient sound is excellent, as is the world building. When you are roaming the various mazes and areas within the game it feels truly alien and tense. Sure, there has been 15 years in graphical innovation since (I mean, just look at Breath of the Wild) but the whole package still somewhat holds up to modern scrutiny.

What doesn’t help are two things: the controls and my sense of panic. The latter is something that I have to deal with for most games and is why I am hesitant about starting The Last of Us. It sounds ridiculous as I’ve been able to play Skyrim with minimal screaming… but there’s something about a marriage of undead creatures and a set of controls that I find difficult to work my way around. I don’t want to be running from alien mosquitos whilst thinking ‘oh my god, oh my god’.

 

I know there are some saying that if I wanted a better experience (especially with the controls) then I should have played the Wii port of Metroid Prime instead. It’s a valid point and probably something to consider should I end up expanding my gaming list and suddenly need to play Metroid Prime 2. Until then, I just wanted to give this game a go as it was originally meant to be played. Just sucks that it didn’t work for me.

Level One: Playing Catch Up

List Item: Play 100 of the greatest computer games
Progress: 73/100

Okay, so the way that I have been doing this is that if I was publishing these in tandem with my gaming blog whether or not I had already played them. The issue here is that we are so ahead in playing those games that the time between actually playing some of these and doing this write-up so they coincide is feeling a bit vast.

Therefore, below will a full catch-up to where I really am in this list:

Pokémon series (#41): I have a truly complicated relationship with these games. Over the years I have owned Blue, Silver, Sapphie, Diamond, Platinum, HeartGold, White, White 2, X and (probably by the time of writing) AlphaSapphire so it is obvious that I am a big fan of the games. I love the monsters, the game play and the fact that there are so many people out there that take it waaaay to seriously.

Yoshi series (#48): I have only played Yoshi’s Island here but that is regarded by many as the best in the series so I guess this was the ideal choice. Despite the cutesy appearance this platformer is incredibly unforgiving… but you can forgive it that since Yoshi himself is adorable and the game is highly addictive.

Donkey Kong series (#77): Okay, now what gamer has not played the original Donkey Kong at some point in their lives? I first played it on a keychain which acted a bit like a Game and Watch. I still have it somewhere but it needs a new battery.

Chrono Trigger (#2): Truly, this is one of the most engrossing role-playing games that I have ever played. It is a games that many have taken things from and yet it feels original and still plays exceptionally well over 20 years after being released. There are a number of re-vamps available, including the DS one which is where I experienced it.

Marvel Vs. Capcom series (#63): I currently own the third iteration of the series on the Playstation 3 and I have to say that I really do prefer the likes of Tekken or SoulCalibur when it comes to my fighter games. It’s a little bit too manic button pushing for me… but I still play it for the wide range of characters. But I wish I had waited for the Ultimate edition so I could fight people as Phoenix Wright.

Red Dead Redemption (#12): Ah Rockstar, you did it again with Red Dead Redemption. One of the best games I have ever played and that is mainly due to the incredible sense of freedom you feel whilst riding through the open world. It’s a game which made me realise how you can get stupidly attached to things of little consequence. Casing point: when the horse I had been using for 8 hours of gameplay was randomly attacked and killed by a mountain lion I actually felt bereft.

Metroid Prime series (#19): I own the Wii-make of this trilogy but originally played the first Metroid Prime when it came out on the Gamecube. I really regret trading it in (since I found it really difficult) as the Wiimote controls are not as accurate as the Gamecube controller… maybe I’ll re-get the original if it isn’t too much money.

Minecraft (#91): Since I am such a chicken shit when it comes to survival horror games I have to play this with the creepers turned off since they actually make me jump/wince/want to cry. I have gotten lost in this world for hours and even used it as a way to plan out how we were to arrange the furniture in out new place.

I feel a LOT better after doing this. It does mean I may have to find a new list to act as a way to extend this but… I am currently working on my own formula for that so watch this space.