I played this game right through and I was a bit disappointed, but I think when I was playing it I was keeping the prime series in mind. This is not another metroid prime game, this is other M.
Playing it through a second time I started to appreciate the game a bit more. The cut scenes are pretty cool and the graphics are real smooth. There's a good story, which allows you to feel a bit more connected to the game, and you dont really feel as alone, when compared to the likes of metroid prime when it was just you and your ship's computer. This game also see's the return of previous characters such as Adam Malkovich (Metroid Fusion) and the addition of new characters. You can run up to the enemies when their stunned and perform a brutal physical attack, where the game goes into a small like cutscene which is quite cool.
It's the finer details of the game I was disappointed with. The aiming system can be a bit funny at times. You maybe want to shoot the enemy right next to you but instead you end up shooting the wall. I thought some of the enemies were a bit of a joke at times as well. One enemy may require you to shoot it with your power beam for about 2 minutes in order for you to beat it. Why do that when I could fire 4 missiles at it and beat it in 15 seconds, it's not like its hard to do either. To fully replenish your health you are required to save your game everytime, you are not presented with a choice like the previous games. Like seriously, I don't want to save the game every time I want a top up on health. There are far too many save points as well which takes away the suspense of near dying because you know there's just a save point roiund the corner. I think I saved the game three times within 5 minutes at three different points. It just didn't seem really thought out at times.
I may be a bit over critical, maybe because I'm still in love with the prime series but all in all I won't knock this game as I still believe its an essential buy whether or not your a metroid fan. 3 stars