You need to calm down about Metroid Prime: Federation Force

Take a deep breath, and leave Metroid Prime: Federation Force alone.

Take a deep breath, drink a glass of water, it is going to be okay.

Look, I get it. We are all disappointed that we aren't getting a traditional main-series Metroid game. That doesn't mean that we should be setting the town on fire and looting our local electronics store.

Metroid Prime: Federation Force has been, unsurprisingly, unpopular. It is, in the words of Dr. Evil, "the Diet Coke" of Metroid: it's not quite Metroid enough. But a petition? I mean come on guys, let's all calm down.

Just because we don't get what we want shouldn't mean we hate what we have. 

I haven't played Federation Force, and until I do I will reserve judgment. You should too.

Fallout Shelter is nothing like Fallout 4 and the world continues to turn.

And while we wait for a truly new Metroid game, we have countless other titles to choose from. And not just AAA games like Fallout 4 or Star Wars Battlefront, but really good Metroidvania games.

Try Axiom Verge, or even the Dark Souls series. These are games that are really great Metroidvania games. No, Samus isn't in these games, but then again Metroid isn't really about story or character. It's about tough battles, exploration, and perfecting your reflexes.

I mean, we know what happens when we get story/voice acting in Metroid.

So what is there to complain about? The game is in the Metroid franchise? That may be lame to some, but Fallout Shelter is nothing like Fallout 4 and the world continues to turn.

By the way, I'm quite sure a lot of you who are complaining haven't even played every Metroid game. I know I haven't.

Go to the backlog, I know I would love to go back and play Metroid Fusion since I missed out on it. 

In conclusion: You will not be getting a new "true" Metroid game. Not this year, and in all honesty probably not next year either.

I'm disappointed too, but we have Star Fox Zero, Super Mario Maker, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Zelda Wii U and other Nintendo titles to look forward to. 

So let's take a step back and stop bashing a game that we haven't even played just because a new, traditional Metroid game is not on its way.


Michael likes video games, movies and is a Pokemon Master. Find Michael on Twitter to keep up with his work @Slevin_Michael

Published Aug. 13th 2015
  • Matt_2078
    You do have good points. Especially with Fallout Shelter and Fallout 4. The only difference Fallout 4 is coming and fans of Fallout know that. Even Bethesda knew that not revealing Fallout 4 and just Fallout Shelter would result in disaster. Fallout fans know that Fallout 4 is coming which is probably why they aren't complaining.

    Metroid fans don't know when a real Metroid game is coming. All we know is that Nintendo is making Federation Force and it comes out in 2016. The year of the 30th anniversary of Metroid. We can go back and play old Metroid games and I will be. But just accepting this isn't a good thing. I think it's a good thing that Nintendo knows that we don't like it at least. The Petition is stupid, but it's good to voice how we feel.

    I don't think I will be playing it and it's not just because it's not a true Metroid game. The presentation and appearance of Federation Force just makes it look bad. It looks like another shooter game that are so common in the gaming market. Nothing really stands out from aside from taking place in the Metroid Prime Universe. If Nintendo makes it look a bit more interesting, I may bite. But right now it just doesn't look like it's something worth 40 dollars. I've never been interested in shooters and this certainly doesn't grab my attention with all the information we have so far.
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    It is starting to feel like I'm the only guy who looked at Federation Force and thought "ooh neat Nintendo's trying their hand at the co-op shooter genre in a setting that makes sense!" It's depressing how quick supposed franchise "fans" will turn on an idea that isn't immediately to their liking. I agree that they all should wait until they've actually played the game to make judgments, but I wonder whether many will even consider that. *sigh*

    That said, you remember there was also a fair amount of dialogue in Metroid: Fusion and voice acting in Metroid Prime 3, right? It kind of hampers your Other M reference.
  • Michael Slevin
    haha in the article I said that I haven't played Fusion. I also haven't played Prime 3 but I know there is voice acting. I was merely trying to emphasize the fact that I feel like Metroid games are not great because of story or voice acting but because of gameplay and atmosphere. Hence, you can play several other great Metroidvania games and have a similarly great experience.
  • David Fisher
    Featured Columnist
    After doing my Rewind Review series I planned on making an article like this. Glad someone else picked it up though, I completely forgot to!

    I definitely agree that Metroid is not about the story, however, I think completely discarding its story is a bit harsh. After all, Metroid is - in some ways - a Shōjo manga-esque story. But I'll leave that argument for my Other M review.

    I think you should definitely jump on Metroid: Fusion. It's the best of the classic 2D Metroids in terms of gameplay, and frankly I think it actually puts Other M's story into perspective (in the best way I can possibly say that). I really think people failed to see that, and I hope that people who read my Rewind Review for Other M might have seen what I saw afterwards.

    I think Federation Force will be good. Whether or not it'll be a great success depends on how many people are willing to roll with it. Can't wait to get my hands on it and try it out personally. I expect to cap off my RR series with it! XD
  • Dustin Frisch
    Yeah, it doesn't seem to be a bad idea for a game at all. I also cannot understand the hate it's getting either! It seems like a fun idea.
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    ...I really think you'd do well to read David Fisher's reviews on the Metroid series.

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