After the events of Super Metroid, Metroid
Fusion brings back our hero Samus after a period of inactivity. After being
attacked with a research facility, Samus is attacked by the X parasite and
almost killed. Only an infusion of the Metroid DNA prevented her from total
destruction. As a result however, Samus' suit has now taken on some organic
properties and cannot be removed. The good thing is that it is upgradeable
with all sorts of weaponry.
Metroid Fusion Features
- 1 Player
- Skill Level - Intermediate to Advanced
- Game Type: Platform/Adventure
Whilst Samus lay recovering in a research
satellite the facility is overwhelmed by the creatures of the X Parasite and
Samus must go back into the fray and try to eliminate this enemy before the
integrity of the base is challenged.
The graphics on this title are amazing and
really show off the power of the GameBoy Advance. It's funny but every time I
see a new Nintendo title, I actually think that the programmers are truly
learning how to best utilise code considering the size constraints of the
cartridge. The degree of detail and colour really does credit to the gameworld,
making it a most entertaining title to play.
Controls have been mapped perfectly to the
GameBoy Advance, naturally enough. This may seem like a silly comment to make
considering this is a GameBoy Advance game, but sometimes the control setup
for some of these games is ridiculous. Samus is easy to manoeuvre and the
button layout is a very natural feeling configuration and easy even for the
novice to pick up and play.
Animations on the game are smooth and there
is one new in particular that I especially liked. Samus can now grab ledges
and smoothly vault up and over in an curled up ball, landing on her feet. It's
a worthy addition and will mean that areas previously inaccessible will now be
reached by gamers.
Being a doppelganger type organism, X
Parasite can clone whatever it touches, so basically there are many old
creatures from the series available to battle as you make your way through the
base. As you defeat each creature, it reverts back to it's original X Parasite
form, providing a source of energy to Samus, who after surviving a near lethal
attack is impervious to the parasite now.