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Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii)

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Description

In the third and final outing of the Metroid Prime series, bounty hunter Samus Aran is contacted by the Galactic Federation to discover why a computer network, known as the "Aurora Unit", has started to malfunction. The Federation believes it is the work of their long-time nemesis, the Space Pirates, and dispatches Samus to investigate the situation.

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is a first-person action game that spans the course of several planets. Along the way, Samus meets with Federation members and other bounty hunters. Samus also runs into many old foes; one such foe, Dark Samus, corrupts her with Phazon energy that increases her powers via a PED (Phazon Enhancement Device). She can choose when to use this energy, but the Phazon will kill her if used for longer than a certain time period.

Gameplay is set within several 3D worlds, following the traditional Metroid formula of finding various armor and weapon upgrades to use, exploring areas, fighting numerous bosses, and avoiding environmental dangers. Although the game contains several action-heavy sequences involving firepower, the game's main focus stays with using new items at various locations to discover previously unexplored areas.

The play control has been reworked to take advantage of the Wii's capabilities. For instance, players point the Wii Remote to aim Samus's arm cannon. The Nunchuk accessory is used for grappling objects; this grapple ability can be used to pull obstacles out of the way, grab an enemy's shield from its grip, or to swing across a gap. Samus can also use the Morph Ball to roll through small spaces or to escape enemies; Samus can even jump while in Morph Ball form without using bombs. Additionally, Samus can call her gunship to assist in battles, travel to other planets, or provide a mobile save point.

Also new to the series are a collection of "Achievements", which can be unlocked by performing various tasks, such as killing a certain number of enemies, or scanning certain objects. The Achievements can also be shared with friends via WiiConnect24, by posting photos, or unlocking other special bonuses.

Screenshots

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Wii Space pirates attacking me!
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Wii Phazon can help defeat space pirates easily.
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Wii Morph ball rolling through a tube...
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Wii In morph ball mode and being attacked.

Alternate Titles

  • "メトロイドプライム3 コラプション" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A great end to the prime trilogy kent c. koopa (36) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars

The Press Says

Jive Magazine Aug 30, 2007 5 out of 5 100
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Sep 21, 2007 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
NZGamer Nov 15, 2007 9.6 out of 10 96
Power Unlimited 2007 95 out of 100 95
NintendoWorldReport Sep 03, 2007 9.5 out of 10 95
Mygamer.com Sep 29, 2007 9.2 out of 10 92
Gamereactor (Sweden) Oct 16, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Game Revolution Sep 11, 2007 B+ 83
Time Out New York Sep 06, 2007 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Game Critics Mar 26, 2008 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

References

Using the scan visor function in a lab containing captive Metroids, the player will find reference to a "Project Dread", which is nearing completion.

Some gamers have assumed that this is a reference to the cancelled Metroid Dread, however Retro Studios have denied this, saying it is a coincidence.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2007 – #2 Wii Game of the Year
    • 2007 – Wii Action Game of the Year
    • 2007 – Best Innovation on the Wii of the Year

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Guy Chapman (1745) added Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii) on Aug 28, 2007