Samus Returns In Metroid

One of the first female videogame heroines in history, Samus Aran, returns in a Metroid adventure from 2 September 2010, in Metroid: Other M on Wii.

One of the first female videogame heroines in history, Samus Aran, returns in a Metroid adventure from 2 September 2010, in Metroid: Other M on Wii.

The story begins immediately following the events of Super Metroid, when a baby Metroid gave its life to protect Samus. Players learn the engaging back story of Samus as she weaves through an action-packed adventure aboard the Bottle Ship, a decommissioned space facility. Having traded her haunted past for the solitary life of a bounty hunter, Samus finally tells her own tale in this revealing, personal story of her failings, her flaws and ultimately her motivation.

Metroid: Other M allows players to switch between third-person and first-person game play for the first time in a Metroid game – players hold the Wii Remote sideways, and at any time can immediately switch to a first-person view through Samus’ eyes. This opens up all sorts of new possibilities for exploration and combat. Look through the eyes of Samus to search a room carefully for hidden objects, access vital information and lock on to enemies for precision attacks. Or remain in third-person view to take on swarms of enemies with Samus’ Beam weapon, aided by an auto-aim feature that makes game play in this perspective fast and gripping.

In another series first, Samus gets more physical in Metroid: Other M, with a range of melee attacks up the sleeves of her power suit. Jump on enemies to perform the powerful Overblast attack, use the 1 Button with precise timing to counter-attack and finish off wounded enemies with a Lethal Strike. Other new moves include dodging enemy attacks with a well-timed Sensemove and performing a health-restoring Concentration move, by holding the Wii Remote vertically and with the A Button pressed. Then there’s the new weapon, the diffusion beam, which will scatter charge beams after impact and hit additional enemies.

Set on a single, giant Galactic Federation vessel – Metroid: Other M contains a variety of locations, each with different environments, unique flora, fauna and enemies. The Biosphere, for example, is a gigantic greenhouse containing a jungle complete with waterfall, rainfall and countless tropical – and aggressive – creatures and plants. The Cryosphere, by contrast, is a cold, snowy environment where the temperature is so low that entrances are often blocked by ice.

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