It seems the right combination of inspiration and timing have struck in the midst of my gaming life. At the beginning of this month, my colleague Hatm0nster wrote Finishing Final Fantasy VII, in which he discussed who determined he was to complete this classic game. After reading, it made me think of how I, too, never finished FFVII, and that maybe it was high time I get around to it as well! But as much as my incomplete FFVII venture bugs me, that feeling is nothing compared to the deep disappointment I carry concerning Metroid Prime.
Long story short, with nothing less than immense thrill and glee, I picked up Metroid Prime when it was released. I choked on and fought through my dislike of first-person perspective gaming to carry on with Samus and her adventures on Tallon IV. It felt like it took me f-o-r-e-v-e-r to reach just the first boss. I had a terrible time trying to beat it — took a couple months at least. Then one day I finally beat the thing and opted, like a big dummy, to celebrate my victory by forgetting to save after the boss. When I went back to play again, it picked up from just before that awful boss battle. The rage and humiliation I felt were so intense, I simply could not play. In a fit of almost-tears, I turned off the Gamecube and didn’t look back.
Fast forward to last Spring, a sad decade later, and I decide it’s time. It’s time to finish Metroid Prime. And that’s what I set about doing. I made it past that first dreaded boss. I explored the Chozo Ruins and learned all sorts of things about Samus’s history. I tread carefully through the depths of Magmoor. And I discovered a woozy peace in the Phenandra Drifts. And then…I got stuck again. Seriously stuck on the ice/rock boss Thardus. And before you could spell “anger,” I quit the game again. I moved on to other things; all the while the Metroid Prime games stared me down every time I passed them.
So here we are, close to a year later, and I swear, this time, it’s really, really time, for reals. I’ve been re-inspired by a couple of things. First was the announcement that Nintendo has not forgotten about Metroid and there may be new 2D and 3D games in our future. (I’ll have more thoughts on that in an upcoming post.) The other thing was talking Metroid shop with the sweet folks of Manic Pixie Dream Cast (*hint* LISTEN *hint*). It made me realize just how much I missed spending time with Samus and secrets and crazy-frustrating bosses. So off came the MP games from the shelves and into game mode I went. And this time, I’m doing it right.
Yep, I dug out the ol’ Gamecube. I had been using the Wii, which works perfectly fine, but something about playing Metroid Prime using the Gamecube just feels right and proper. I’ll tell ya, it must have the right mojo because just this week I defeated Thardus, and on my merry way I went. It was beautiful.
So there. This year, me and the Gamecube are going to finish Metroid Prime. And if time allows, I’m even going to tackle the sequels Echoes and Corruption as well. I’m not going for 100% complete, just finished. Just me facing the end boss and the credits. Piece of cake, right?