This was originally published as part of a game roundup on 28 February 2011.
I was deeply conflicted about this Metroid: Other M. Fundamentally, the gameplay here was quite good and it played enough like the old 2D platform games to really keep me hooked. The real issue, though, was the new characterization of Samus. She went from the strong “silent protagonist” type to something else entirely. Others have written extensively about the themes of psychological abuse that can be read into the story (without trying very hard, either), so I won’t rehash them here. Unfortunately, it feels like this game really damaged the Metroid brand and that is something that can’t be forgiven.
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