If you’ve been following UWG for awhile, you might recall my profession back in June I was finally going to tackle Metroid Prime, a game that has been languishing in my backlog for over a decade. I gave it a go when it was first released, and despite my love for Super Metroid, things just didn’t work out between us then. I had a hard time with everything about the game, from getting into the story to managing the first-person controls. I long regretted that I didn’t connect with the game, so after years of internal hemming and hawing, I bit the bullet and decided I needed to play through the series at least once before my timely passing. This year seemed as good as any.
Though I still had my old Gamecube save data from eons ago, I started up a new game. I knew from the start that I’d be playing in fits and spurts as time allowed, but I opted to take my time. I had in mind that I’d beat the game and find at least a few secrets, but that I wouldn’t worry about reaching full completion. With a renewed and more mature attitude, I slowly got used to all the first-person-ness and hit a decent stride with the game. And things were going along pretty well until I hit my first road bump: the boss Thardus.
UGH. In a fashion typical for me, I tried over and over to best this formidable ice/rock boss to near controller-crushing levels, but my frustration eventually won. I ignored the game in anger for awhile, and several weeks passed before I found the gumption to try again. I’ll admit that I turned to the Internet for advice, which helped tremendously. I soon beat Thardus and triumphantly moved on. (And I found a new musical love in the theme of the Phenandra Drifts!)
Despite a busy summer, I found some extra time to put into the game and discovered a renewed joy in simply exploring the lands of Metroid Prime. I had forgotten just how much fun it was to head back to a familiar area only to find a new passageway to a new area! (This was huge part of the draw of Super Metroid for me.) I met with some difficultly, mostly in managing my weapons and using the right ones at the right times, but for the most part, things went quite smoothly until I met the Omega Pirate.
UGH number two. The nasty creature that was the Omega Pirate had me stumped for several more sessions. Unlike what happened with Thardus, I didn’t avoid the game for an extended period, though I stopped playing as regularly as I had been simply because I didn’t want to become completely enraged, again. So I aimed to enter each match with the Omega Pirate with a very clear head…and more advice from the Internet. Now, in my mind is a whole tirade about why I’m horrible at gaming, but I’ll spare you from that drivel and just say that one of the problems I had during that battle concerned my terrible memory and Samus’s visors. Those of you who have played the game know that in it Samus obtains a number of different visors, two of which are a thermal visor and an x-ray visor. Although I read on the Internet that you need to use the x-ray visor during the Omega Pirate battle, I kept pulling up the thermal visor. I can’t explain the visor dyslexia that I encountered, but it took me several frustrating attempts to overcome it. Once that happened, the Omega Pirate was much less fearsome.
Onward and upward after that, right?
Well, more like sideways. The last time I played, which was a couple weeks ago, I was on the hunt for the Twelve Artifacts. Had I known that I absolutely needed these artifacts to progress, I would have been searching for them all along. Alas, that was not the case. I’ve so far found nine, which leaves a mere three to go. After that…well, I know Ridley is in the game, so…maybe the final battle is not too far off? If you’ve got any non-spoilery advice, say so in the comments. You know I’m not above receiving help from the Internet! 😉
I’m still hoping to complete the game by the end of the year, but…well, Dragon Age: Inquisition may have other ideas.