E3 '07: Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Updated Hands-On

A big boss battle leads off our latest look at this Wii debut for Samus.

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In our last hands-on look at Metroid Prime 3, we were accosted by a huge, armored boss who looked ready to turn Samus Aran into a quivering mass of hot blonde mincemeat. Where that demo ended, our latest look at the upcoming debut of the Metroid Prime series on the Wii picks up--with Samus teaching the Berserker Lord, as he's known, a few lessons about girl power.

First, a quick primer on where we've been--Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is, quite obviously, the third chapter in the first-person shooter series that revolves around the bounty hunter Samus Aran. This being the debut on the Wii, it's important to note what has changed and what hasn't. While Samus still has a vast array of weapons she can fire from her high-tech armor, just how you go about enacting all that destruction has changed slightly thanks to the Wii's unique control scheme. Aiming your shots, for example, is done with the Wii Remote, and it's literally as simple as pointing and shooting to take down the bad guys. If you're looking to get some better aim on your opponent, you can lock in on your target with the Z button. At the lower difficulty level, locking in will mean that all your shots find their intended target--once you bump up the skill level in the game, you'll still need to aim your shots within the locked reitcle in order to make a kill. Locking onto a target will allow you to strafe around them as well.

You move Samus back and forth with the Nunchuk's analog stick and can have her turn around by moving the Wii Remote to either side of the screen--she'll turn around quickly, and that speed is intensified at the higher difficulty levels. As before, Samus will still be able to transform into the morph ball, this time with the C button, and this form will allow her to access, in a pinball like fashion, areas of the levels she might otherwise not be able to get to. Funny how most of the levels in a Metroid game--be they enemy bases or space pirates' ships--seem uncannily tailor-made for a hero who can roll into a ball, isn't it? You'd think the enemy-ship designers would mix in a triangular or square corridor here and there.

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While basic movement and shooting doesn't take too long to get used to in the game, using all of Samus' different powers might prove to be a challenge. She's loaded in Corruption, as always, and in addition to her standard short and long-burst arm cannon, you'll be able to outfit her with missiles and even a brand-new energy-grappling hook that will come in especially handy throughout the game. To use the grappling hook, you simply whip the Nunchuk forward and then backward, and Samus will unleash her hook and you'll be able to do things like lift debris out of the way or yank away the shield from an approaching enemy, giving you the opening you need to blast them to wherever it is space pirates go when they die.

Now, back to that Berserker Lord fight. It's worth noting that this particular monster, in true Metroid fashion, is one tough cookie--his armor plating means that most of Samus' shots bounce off him like raindrops. He's probably 20 feet tall and he's got enough horns and spikes to mean real bad news if you get too close. Not that he's that much of a party at distance, either, thanks to his ability to shoot a nasty blue beam, or emit a stream of blue, acidic liquid from his face. After taking a few potshots at him, it wasn't long before we noticed a few purple glowing spots underneath his armpits, which we proceeded to blast with extreme prejudice. After taking those down, the Berserker Lord began to shoot huge circular blasts of white electricity at us--the first time we took him on, those blasts were enough to bring us down.

After a few practice runs dying at the hands of the Berserker Lord, the pattern of his attacks became clear--jump over the blue beam attacks, dodge the blue acid spews, blast him in the armpits. Then, when we shot the big blasts of electricity down, we noted that it opened up an exposed area of crystal on his back which we could then unload on with everything in Samus' arsenal. A few well-timed missiles and concentrated energy blasts later, and it was bye-bye Berserker Lord.

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption looks like an intense and challenging game, one that isn't skimping when it comes to making the most of the Wii's various control possibilities. The game is due for release later this summer, and we'll bring you a full review once it's on store shelves.

Discussion

304 comments
S-Wade
S-Wade

A FPS built from the ground up for Wii, and a Metroid Prime game. Whats not to love? Looks to be one of if not the best of the series, but only time will tell. The controls seem like they will either be great and very intuitive, or clunky and hard to manage. We'll see in 5 days! }:)

khaldwn
khaldwn

my bros took my wii, now i'll never get to play this...sob...

PeterPerson
PeterPerson

yeah... im pretty sure it doesnt look like rubbish. infact i think it looks very nice. better than the previous games.

surenintendo
surenintendo

well, if you check the vids instead of the screen you'll noticed how silky smooth it is (running at 60fps) and even ign says that the game looks way better in motion than in still screens...

dave_dbz11
dave_dbz11

Shortyshrimp88 this game looks pretty badass --------------------------------------------- ummm no. it just looks bad. are you people even looking at the screenshots? this game looks like cheap rubbish! the graphics on the wii are worse than the original xbox! what the hell is going on here?

stormfuzz
stormfuzz

wow looks like the exact same thing. blah if graphics were not everything then how would the wii looked like if it had no kind of graphics chip in it? i would rather play the gamecube metroid than this. its more inventive and and original. i have a wii and ps3 and consoles are really behind. btw the ps3 does not have good graphics because i have one and an expensive top of the line hdtv. it laggs way to much. im so disappointed in consoles right now.

B14z3n_F3fnir
B14z3n_F3fnir

The next Metroid is definently going to be an "Instant Classic."

_Treize_
_Treize_

Metroid+Motion Controls= Craziness. This looks like it will be the best Metroid yet.

janco15
janco15

Metroid Prime looks so good, I can't wait.

brain_ager
brain_ager

The first Metroid Primes were the best for gamecube. Now i'm getting the 3rd one for free at eb games!

omnedroid11
omnedroid11

God, I need another 30 Canadian bucks to buy this when it's out!

ADEANGEL2002
ADEANGEL2002

I agree with Binarynove. Metroid Prime was a big hit,,as a matter of fact I do not know why they are calling this Metroid Prime 3 rather then Metroid...(something or another), unless you actually do fight "Metroid Prime" like in the first one. Metroid Prime 2 did not hold my attention either due to the transition of the light and dark world (I already did this stuff in Zelda). I hope that the "Corruption Mode" does not ruin the game or that it is just tacked on. With the Wiimote however it should prove to be more fun. RE4 Wii was way more fun then that of the gamecube due to the new content and the Wiimote so I am sure the Wiimote will play a good roll in MP3.

Binarynova
Binarynova

I really enjoyed the first Metroid Prime game, as I felt it was simply the best transition from 2D to 3D that I have seen in any game series. But Metroid Prime 2 just couldn't hold my attention. I just couldn't get into the whole Light/Dark gimmick and I never finshed it. I really want to like Metroid Prime 3. I truly think that the Wii has the best possible FPS controls available on console and PC. But I'm really afraid that Hyper Mode is going to feel like another gimmick to me.

whacker40
whacker40

does anyone know when this comes out in Aus. is the release date the same as america or is it different? i swear if it's not out in time for christmas im gonna kill myself, kidding. lol

Nintendude25
Nintendude25

I cannot wait to play this game. I will definantly play it for the rest of the summer when it comes out.

mdk1985
mdk1985

This is the first franchise that popped in my mind when I first learned about the Wii....can't wait!!!!!

cleverdan18964
cleverdan18964

With the metroid thing that came on wii today i saw something that made it seem like this was the last metroid prime game. I hope not but if so we will hopefully get some more 2D games as good as super metroid.

valcrist09
valcrist09

God i cant wait for this game... first 2 were top notch, this should be just as good, and with the Wii controls i hope they did a awesome job mapping it right. Then hopefully MP4 will have some Online stuff.

polaris550
polaris550

i'm getting this when it comes out

SmArTaLeC1321
SmArTaLeC1321

I have the first one but never finished it because it was a little slow and boring, but this looks like it is more action packed plus the wiimote makes it more interesting. Im more of a Halo kind of guy though.

Gally66
Gally66

i didnt play the others but this looks cool

grim676
grim676

I REALLY look forward to this next installment of the Metroid story, but I do wonder, will this work with the WiiZapper? Prolly no....aw......

Super_Link_77
Super_Link_77

Can't wait for this game to come out! I hope its the best in the seiries.

gamestorm232
gamestorm232

Definitely looking forward to playing this game. It's going to be a good one.

Nosnitsttam
Nosnitsttam

Anyone else catch the part in the press conference where the chick playing the game did nothing that the announcer said she was doing? I thought that was hilarious: "You can change visors by pressing the minus button and gesturing with the remote like jackies doing" ummmm.... she didnt do that part or anything else for that matter. Anyways the game looks awesome. i just hope it plays better than the other 1st person shooters on the Wii cuz medal of honor, call of duty and red steel all blew.

Death_Razor
Death_Razor

Looks Great but It's sad its not Wi-Fi

emerald101
emerald101

Ive got to say to say like the hundredth time but another game with the same graphics power to the gamecube. Anyway graphics arent evrything..............................NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SURFDUDEBOY
SURFDUDEBOY

DUUUUUUDE! this looks awsoomme (hey did any body else have to highlight the text to be able to notice it?)

ghost_Ver76
ghost_Ver76

ahh...my beloved metroid is back! top shooter, top adventure. nuff said! im so gettin this game!!! :D

REVOLUTIONfreak
REVOLUTIONfreak

Wow, that was an overwhelmingly positive preview! I'm really excited for this game now! It looks like the controls are working well and the Metroid charm is still there. Good to hear. :)

Emmenite7
Emmenite7

It bothered me that they said that using those buttons for scanning is awkward. Gets me worried. I will say though that I'm glad the levels were well designed, I was a bit worried about that. I just hope we see some more natural landscapes like Phendrana Drifts or Tallon Overworld.

jimbo-b
jimbo-b

It sounds and looks like Retro has created yet another masterpiece. The controls seem really tight to me, and thats what I really was worried about because you know Retro will get the level and enemy design right.

metaldeath87
metaldeath87

Elrebel: That too is a questionable statement. Metroid's emphasis has never been on multiplayer, it's a single player game. Halo 3 will undoubtedly have a robust online experience, but I'm willing to bet it's going to have a crappy single player, just like Halo 2. Metroid isn't going to have online, but it's going to smoke Halo 3 as a single player experience, which I believe is the majority of how a game should be judged.

rexCo
rexCo

I really hope it doesn't dissapoint, but so far so good.

august_king
august_king

This could just be the greatest Metroid game ever!

alex20077
alex20077

I already reserved and payed in full for this game, can't wait.

diablos_gun666
diablos_gun666

i would prefer if it had online but i wont b heartbroken if it dosnt the single player is wat makes metroid games gr8 if they made multiplayer it would probobly b like stapped on like on prime 2

Fingerella69er
Fingerella69er

I hope this game has alot of action because tbh I respect metroid prime and 2 as awesome games but they both bored me to death.. i like the 2d ones though.

kneppi88
kneppi88

The MP series has always been one of my favs. Everything I'm reading in magazines and game sites is getting me more and more anxious as each day passes. So far, I agree with the statement "May be the best First-Person Shooter Experience this Fall." Maybe even best ever. Only time will tell.

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

rumor says there will be no multiplayer, and if so, theres no way im buying it.BUT this game still looks awesome for me

Elrebel
Elrebel

"Best first person shooter this fall" this comment is questionable. If this game doesnt support online multiplayer, it will undoubtedly be annihilated by halo 3.

cubedman990
cubedman990

I just hope that Retro's focused enough on making this Metroidy enough....:roll: Not just focused on action....

Alejandro206
Alejandro206

can't wait to play it, cuz RETRO STUDIOS are the big movment on NINTENDo...

nick0091
nick0091

The metroid series have always been a favourite of mine, but the metroid prime series have been just completly outstanding. They were my favourite game on the game cube and from that generation actually, sorry morrorwind and halo. I am excited about the 3rd installment and I will buy it right away however I think now a days with the next gen consoles I don't think it will make near as much impact as before. Since metroid prime were the best graphical games the gamecube hopefully they will take advantage of the wii's.

Seriousboy51022
Seriousboy51022

Never Played 1 or 2 should i play both before i buy part 3 of series.?

SGTNAPALM
SGTNAPALM

it is just stupid they arent including online. it worked so well in hunters, but why not here? come on nintendo, get with the pogram!