The embargo for arguably one of the most talked about Nintendo games of the last 12 months is now up. For some odd reason, we don’t get the game here in Australia for over two weeks. Taking this into account, we’ve decided to wrap up some of the reviews for Metroid Prime: Federation Force.
Nintendo Lifegave the game an 8/10 and concluded that the game was polished but let down in its lack of voice chat.
Despite the undue hate it has been subjected to over the past year, Metroid Prime: Federation Force is a very impressive, polished and playable package – the only real grumble we have is that during online play the lack of voice chat can become maddening, and the game’s built-in chat function is an inadequate substitute. This aside, Next Level Games has treated the franchise with the respect that it deserves while successfully attempting to bring co-op multiplayer to the world of Samus Aran.
Nintendo Enthusiastwere a lot harder in their critique and gave the game a 4/10 stating that the game was far below their expectations of a Metroid game.
Metroid Prime: Federation Force is not a good game at all. When you find yourself just wanting to complete levels to see if the game ever changes and gets better, that’s a sign that something is very wrong. The core gameplay is simplistic, boring, and not the level of quality one would expect from a Metroid game.
Godisa Geekgave the game a 7.5/10 and claimed that whilst being fun, it wasn’t really a Metroid game.
Ultimately, Federation Force isn’t really a Metroid game at all, then, but it is a relatively fun game that is actually quite enjoyable once you stop thinking about what it isn’t, and enjoy it with some friends online.
DualShockersgave the game a 7/10 and claimed that the game was decent, but held back by the limitations of the 3DS and wonky control scheme.
Hidden underneath the wonky control scheme and irreverent use of the source material, Metroid Prime: Federation Force is overall a good game, held back by limitations of the console as well as bizarre design choices. Fans of FPS’s will likely enjoy not only the experimentation the game has to offer, but also the fun you will find with friends.