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Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (GameCube)

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A long time ago a race of beings called the Luminoth settled the planet Aether. They built energy controllers to harness the "light of Aether" to prolong the life of their planet and its inhabitants. After many ages of peace and prosperity, a meteor collided with the planet; this collision opened a dimensional rift into another world, called Dark Aether. From this world came an evil race of beings known as the Ing, and for many ages a war was fought between the Ing of the dark world and the Luminoth of the light world. Over time the Ing began winning, turning the light world to dark. At about this time, a federation spacecraft happens to be chasing a Space Pirate vessel, which is destroyed by the Ing, through the area. Wondering about the fate of this craft, the Galactic Federation sends an urgent message to Samus Aran, asking her to find the crew and investigate the planet Aether.

This is the sequel to Metroid Prime where players once again control bounty hunter Samus Aran as she arrives on Aether. The game is played from both a first-person view(walking, running, jumping) and third-person view (morph ball mode and cut scenes). The game uses a combination of action, adventure, and platform game elements; while searching the player is able to uncover the story by finding federation reports and Luminoth lore. There are variety of puzzles to solve to reach new locations, different landscapes that the player can jump and grapple across and attack plenty of enemies. As usual, players begin the game with limited capabilities but additional weapons and suit upgrades can be found, including some standards from the Metroid series such as the varia suit, morph ball bombs, and missiles along with a few new weapons, such as the dark suit, dark beam, and light beam.

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes also features multiplayer modes for up to four players. In deathmatch, combatants need to hunt down each of the other players. This variation can be played either with a time limit or where the greatest number of frags wins. The second option is called bounty mode; in this variation each player starts with a number of bounty coins. When one player hits another player with a powerful attack, some of their coins will drop, which can be collected. Coins may also be found throughout the landscape, and the player with the most coins at the end wins.

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Metroid Prime 2: Echoes GameCube There are many vast locations to explore
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes GameCube Dark Samus attacks!
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes GameCube When exploring Dark Aether, stay in the light or your energy rapidly depletes
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes GameCube Use the map to help find your way around

Alternate Titles

  • "银河战士2" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Metroid Prime 2: Dark Echoes" -- Japanese title
  • "メトロイドプライム2 ダークエコーズ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

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The Press Says

Da Gameboyz Nov 29, 2004 10 out of 10 100
Game Chronicles Dec 10, 2004 9.6 out of 10 96
Armchair Empire, The Dec 28, 2004 9.5 out of 10 95
NintendoWorldReport Nov 16, 2004 9.5 out of 10 95
Video Games Daily Jan 17, 2005 9.2 out of 10 92
Fragland.net Feb 21, 2005 90 out of 100 90
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 23, 2004 17 out of 20 85
Game Critics Jun 15, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
Thunderbolt Games Oct 19, 2005 8 out of 10 80
AllRPG Sep 29, 2007 6.5 out of 10 65

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The GameCube version of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Innovations

While the Metroid series was over fifteen years old when Metroid Prime 2: Echoes came out, this was the first game in the franchise's history to have any kind of voice-acting and multiplayer.

References

Tallon IV, the planet from the first Metroid Prime, makes a cameo appearance as a part of the background in the Space Station arena.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2004 – Best Console Action Game of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2004 – #9 Game of the Year
    • 2004 – GameCube Game of the Year
    • 2004 – GameCube Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)

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Servo (55921) added Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (GameCube) on Nov 16, 2004
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