As we celebrate Metroid Prime’s 20th anniversary, I can’t help but think just how well the game has stood the test of time. You’d be hard pressed to find a list of Metroid games where Prime 1 doesn’t sit in the top 2–yes, the battle between Super and Prime 1 never ends!
But whether its music, atmosphere, gameplay, you name it, Prime 1 ranks so often above its rivals despite its age. So, as we look back at its continued success, one wonders why?
To help answer that question, That Trav Guy looks back at how Metroid Prime, despite its production struggles and negative predictions, managed to succeed beyond all expectations. In his part 1 video, he traverses the world of Tallon IV and explores in great detail how all of Metroid Prime’s inner workings culminate into such a timeless success.
Whenever I think back on Prime 1, what stands out for me is the music and atmosphere. Retro was particular about the game being focused on exploration–calling it a first person adventure rather than first person shooter, and I think this point really shines through. As you step out into the overgrowths of the Tallon Overworld or plunge into the fiery depths of Magmoor Caverns, the world feels teeming with life. Moisture trickles from your visor. Your own reflection stares back at you from the glaring light. And of course the music only adds to the richness of atmosphere surrounding you. No matter how many times I venture through this game, it’s always such an amazing experience; it’s no wonder it sits comfortably at the top of so many lists.
What moments stand out for you? What do you think helped make Metroid Prime such an amazing game? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: That Trav Guy
Daniel is a Website Reporter for Omega Metroid and an avid fan of the Metroid series. You can find me most places as AFallenApple.