Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Hands-On - Defending the Federation

Nintendo showed off an action-packed new level from Retro Studios' "new-gen" shooter, and we played all the way through it.

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NEW YORK--At Nintendo's press event you could find a new playable build of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, one that contained the entire level on display back at E3 as well as an entirely new level from elsewhere in the game that we ran through. Just in case you're wondering, the game still plays just like it did in May--Retro has done a good job of mapping the Metroid Prime formula to the new Wii controls, and we didn't have much trouble getting the aiming, movement, and lock-on abilities to work after getting a feel for the game in just a few minutes.

The learning curve was eased a bit when we were tipped off to the newly added remote sensitivity settings, currently being referred to as "advanced" and "expert" control. As far as we could tell, these only affected the look sensitivity (similar to mouse sensitivity in PC shooters) and not any other controls. We found expert to be a little too erratic for our taste (or perhaps our unskilled hands), but advanced seemed like a happy medium that let us aim more precisely and turn more quickly. We'd like to see a sensitivity slider like in many PC games, but it's still good to see Wii developers like Retro paying some mind to control customization.

Anyway, on to the new level, which is set aboard a large Federation starship while the entire fleet is under attack. Immediately it was obvious that Corruption will feature more-involved dramatic sequences mixed into the gameplay--we saw a cutscene first thing in which Samus is instructed by the ship's commander to head down to the planet below. But before she could do that, the ship came under direct attack by nearby enemy ships, and we had to set off--amid a harrowing invasion by what appeared to be space pirates--to find the escape route and get ourselves planetside.

We fought our way through several corridors of the ship, shooting down space pirates and other lesser enemies and occasionally seeing another in-game scripted event. In one, a friendly soldier was running ahead of us, until an enemy ship plowed right through the hull and obliterated the soldier before our own ship closed the airlock and sealed off the breach. We could also see the battle raging outside every large window we passed, with massive capital ships trading fire and occasionally buying the farm in a nice display of pyrotechnics. We also became curious about the nature of the attackers, since we encountered one spot where it seemed a biotechnological ship of some kind was eating right into our own metal one.

After we entered a room in which the power source for the doorways had been removed, we had to play tag with the space pirate who had stolen the energy cell so we could return it to its rightful place and power the room again. This required a little creative use of the Wii remote: We had to physically insert and then rotate the power cell clockwise to get it to lock into place, similarly to the minor motion-based puzzles seen in the E3 demo a few months ago. This was basically just a matter of thrusting the Wii remote outward, and then turning it to the right--but it was neat to see our motions mirrored by Samus onscreen, all the same.

Unfortunately, powering up the room allowed in a torrent of tiny, beetle-like enemies, ones that we couldn't even lock onto. So we had no choice but to flee the room through a morph-ball exit, spraying down as many of the critters as we could before we got there. This dropped us down into what looked like a fuel tank, and we were able to use the morph ball to open the airlock and literally float outside the ship (during a cutscene) before crashing in through another window in a rear area of the ship.

Next, we encountered an area where we had to shoot down a number of small flying enemies, which would raise and lower energy shields at random. Interestingly, we couldn't lock onto these guys either, so it seems Retro is throwing in a few challenges that will require you to actually aim with the remote, rather than just rely on the lock-on throughout the game. It didn't help that some space pirates were harrying us from a high ledge, though at least we could lock onto them.

Finally, we entered a room with a bunch of pirates and a few double-jump platforms that were blocking our way to the missile upgrade at the top of the room. We used a missile to blow our way through a pile of debris blocking the exit, which caused the game to switch over to a cutscene depicting a massive armored creature thundering toward Samus. She switched her ship into remote auto-pilot mode, dug in her heels, and prepared to face the boss--and then the demo ended. What a tease.

Corruption is looking like the most robust and cinematic game yet in the Metroid Prime series, what with its fine aiming mechanic and in-game dramatic sequences that unfold around you. The graphics are consistent with what we saw back at E3--the techno-industrial corridors and cavernous docking bays are stylistically very similar to the past two games, and the overall visual quality is on par with a really, really good-looking GameCube game. Alas, it was confirmed this morning that we won't see Corruption this year--the game is officially a 2007 release--but then, we'll be happier if Retro takes all the time it needs anyway.

Discussion

186 comments
SURFDUDEBOY
SURFDUDEBOY

tungsten88- "Hey, Wii boards are the only ones without a console war on them! Every Xbox 360 and PS3 board has a cosnole fight. I wonder why that is..." that would be because the Wii doesn't have to fight with the others about graphics, or "The Three Rings Of Death". Why's that? oh, thats cause the Wii didn't focus so much on graphics that they made the system overheat and then cause the Three umm, oval-shaped-light-up-disk-drives of death. (Holy crap that took a lot of thought)

SURFDUDEBOY
SURFDUDEBOY

yes! we finnaly get to see great cutscenes, awsome bosses, a similar feel to halo, (but not to similar) and our own "marines" that you see dieing frequently in a great ball of fire and shrapnel. ;)

hedgehogmaster
hedgehogmaster

This sounds like it's going to be extremely fun. Too bad I'll probably never get a Wii, atleast not untill I save money back from my job later this fall.

RockHardNuts
RockHardNuts

kingmario78: This game looks so awesome...I can't wait! Yeah, that pretty much sums up how I feel. This is one of those games that's wearing down my patience( looking at you galaxy and SSBB) But I think that in the end, it will be well worth the wait. And for everybody complaining about the graphics on the Wii, I'll take innovative gameplay over big, flashy graphics any day of the week.

TEX-MEX
TEX-MEX

Finally an actual game i can really enjoy, also ist great that its being released on my b-day!!!!!!!!!!!

Sman_X
Sman_X

This game looks like it is going to rock! I can't wait for this to come out or to find out what the multiplayer will be like. All i've heard is that it is supposed to be different than echoes'. Heres to "hopefully" another great addition to the metroid series!

FallenFenix87
FallenFenix87

Considering the quality of the previous two installments, I expect Metroid Prime 3 will not disappoint.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

I hope the hunters arent a big part of the game, because they are boring, i prefer the old "alone on an alien planet" idea that metroid has always been about in the past.

kingmario78
kingmario78

Sovako, games don't rely on graphics, gameplay makes a game a game. This game looks so awesome...I can't wait! What are the hunters going to be like???? And I can't wait for the fed levels, mmmm...I can't wait...

Big-Joe
Big-Joe

I hope they ace this one, i've been waiting so long for it. The way i see it, if this game is something that can't be played on anything else other than a Wii (in other words, no possiblity of a port without extreme changes in quality), Retro will have made the first truely great Wii game, one that proves it's legitamacy once and for all. Can't wait! By the way, i thought the other two Metroid Primes WERE "really, really good-looking GameCube games". Surely this is a step up guys, c'mon, show some ethusiasm!

Sovako
Sovako

Graphics are bad, but if they make a multiplayer it might, just might be worth it.

Captainintendo
Captainintendo

"Hey, Wii boards are the only ones without a console war on them! Every Xbox 360 and PS3 board has a cosnole fight. I wonder why that is...." heheh good point

reject09
reject09

online multiplayer would make this game sweet.

Alik
Alik

don't know for certain but i recal reading when they announced pushing it back that they were adding features, so we can hope. But if they were really adding wifi features like I hope they probably would have already announced it..... so seems doubtful, which is sad because this game would be perfect for wifi

Alejandro206
Alejandro206

Can we play Wi-Fi on Metriod Prime Curruption????????????

REVOLUTIONfreak
REVOLUTIONfreak

Its kind of insulting to call it a "high quality GCN game", this is one of the two games on Wii I have seen so far that actually looks next gen visually

Ejacko
Ejacko

I hate to dobble post. Gametrailers have an dobble post dissabler. And i cant delete this!

Ejacko
Ejacko

I hope its got a mix of Gc Metroid and Ds version. Gc one, was impossible to aim (at all) on the enemy who was close to you, it only aimed at the one who was close to the crossair (i hate Metroid Gc anyway) Ds one, it was hard to hit an enemy from a distance, and i miss the "lock on" on the Ds. And i hope its easy to turn around 180 dg. Not the stupid "frame" thing on Red steel. It could have both there too, press C to activate the frame thing. (ps, frame thing is when you turn, you press the gun to the right or left side of the Tv frame. And frame less, is when the gun is in place, and the tv frame is moving)

Grinder86
Grinder86

carskill, u dont know wut ur talkin about, the first online wii game is pokemon, batle revolutiin

zerooslo7990
zerooslo7990

Realy, realy good gamecube game? This system has twice the graphical capabilities of the original xbox. Why not use it? Other than that, this is the main reason I'm getting a wii.

Craskill
Craskill

Realizing the success of the previous Metroid Prime, Which is one of the best, if not the best, game for the the GC, Nintendo will pull out all the stops in this release. Multiplayer will not only be good, it will be online. That's right. This will be the first wii game with extensive multiplayer.

Mrglorp
Mrglorp

I hope if they have a multiplayer, that it won't suck.

runejedi
runejedi

corruption wont be coming out 4 the cube if you havent got yourself a wii and still r playing with ya stupid cube take it down to eb game and get $50 of a wii its so much more fun as 4 the game the other hunters r meant to be in it i dont know if u get 2 play em and dark samus is back u get 2 go onto the federation ships there is obviously gonna b some cool new wepons and visors as 4 the release date its been set 4 march 07 (us) but it could be later and hopefully it will connect 2 the ds hunters version. ill be definatly b getting on release and because of the extra space on the wii disks there should be alot more levels and because it only does 480p the grapics shouldnt take up that much space personlly id take a longer more expansive game over crisp cleaner grapics and day. and the AI is meant to be 100 times better and u can do stuff with the grapple beam using the nunchuck.

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

please give me a sweat hunters style multiplayer. please.

-Ramirez-
-Ramirez-

Can't wait. I hope Gamespot preview this game again soon.

zemognavi
zemognavi

Does anyone know the release date???

namdar
namdar

Wii or PS3... Wii or Ps3 damit why cant I be rich and have both! I want Zelda ,Metriod I also want MGS4 :( Pity me fools pity me ... ;D

Cloud551
Cloud551

Must... get... Metroid... Prime... 3...

Tungsten88
Tungsten88

Hey, Wii boards are the only ones without a console war on them! Every Xbox 360 and PS3 board has a cosnole fight. I wonder why that is....

crazy590
crazy590

cool! i'll definetly get this game

--ZyoX
--ZyoX

Can't wait for the third generation of Prime. I'm for sure that this game will not release for GC, JCisdabest.

JCisdabest
JCisdabest

Will this game be availiable for the cube????

400andXX
400andXX

yeah eyah Fo sho fo sho.... This game is going to be so sick!!!! I hope it has more levels with bug open areas unlike the last two that were room-to-room based... I want more openness =) I hear you can fly around in the ship how fffiinn cool is that! People you need to be excited about this game!

Staryoshi87
Staryoshi87

I didn't like metroid prime or II, but i'll give samus one more chance ;)

rougehunter66
rougehunter66

i cannot wait! why can't this be a launch title!

encryptkeeper
encryptkeeper

Hopefully, the fact that the visuals are just because it's a brand new console and that the developers haven't had the time to know how to really push the console.

RogerC44
RogerC44

I can't wait this game sounds too cool!

Samus_Aran_18
Samus_Aran_18

Can't wait to get this game now!!! Sounds AWESOME!!!

mjrowlen
mjrowlen

the game looks great the only thing is t seems that the graphics havent change i know the wii isnt super powerful but zelda graphics are amazing but as long as the gameplay is a good as the first two i ready for it

sentay0
sentay0

Wow, it sounds more "action packed" than the first two which is in all ways a good thing. Now if they would only add a two player co-op through one player story mode then this would be the best game ever made.

kunbish
kunbish

wow this seems really hardcore it seems like this is going to be the best metroid game yet man i can't wait

evilguy15
evilguy15

i really cant wait 2 get my wii i am preording mine first chnacce i get

dumboforme
dumboforme

This game looks so goood. The Wii is gonna be awesome.

carlito_arrasa
carlito_arrasa

this game will be one of the best games on the gameworld. this is like unreal tournment, but better... I will buy this game with the great: nintendo wii...

diggyman
diggyman

Online play? I'd hate to say it guys, but with so many varying speeds from servers and branches (at least in my region), online play isn't truly where it's at. I'll admit, its pretty fun for some games, like a 16 player co-op FPS, but even then, lag lag lag. I have a 360 with X-Box live and about 20 games most of em online, but i just cant bring myself to playing some of them online, knowing that there's a player out there who is seeing the same world I'm seeing, 16 milleseconds ahead of me. And POW! You're dead. that's all it takes playa. maybe I'm too particular. So I'll go grab a friend, physically present, and play a 'local' multiplayer match. Sure, I'm sharing my screen, but at least I'm not getting hit by "phantom bullets"

mph_chap
mph_chap

one of the soul reasons that i am buying this systom is for this game!