Metriod Prime: Federation Force Review (Nintendo)

Metriod Prime: Federation Force
What It Is

Climb into a battle mech, and return to the world of Metroid, in a new Nintendo Metroid spin-off game. Metroid Prime: Federation Force, published by Nintendo, and developed by Next Level Games, is a first-person shooter game for the Nintendo 3DS handheld game system. The game takes place in the same universe as the popular Metroid games that feature the intergalactic bounty hunter, Samus Aran as the main protagonists. Unlike the core franchise games, Federation Force is a spin-off game in which players take on the role of a Galactic Federation Marine, rather than the familiar Samus character. In the Federation Force game, players travel through mission-based levels in a combat mech vehicle. While working through the individual level's objective mission, players will fight off alien creatures, solve puzzle elements to progress, and then battle bosses at the end of the level.

Is It Fun?

Metroid Prime: Federation Force is an enjoyable first-person shooter game for the 3DS handheld system. What makes the game stand out from other handheld first person shooter games is how the player controls the Marine avatar character's movement. Those movements around the in-game levels are controlled by turning and tilting the 3DS system itself. If a player wants their game character to look to the right, they turn the 3DS in that direction. Turning the 3DS, will cause the view on the handheld's screen to also turn to the right. 

Who It’s For

Federation Force is rated T for Teen because of the fantasy violence. However, I have not seen anything yet in the game that seems more intense than a typical E10+ rated game. It's a challenging game, especially the boss battles, so some younger gamers, and some older, might find it frustrating. 

What To Be Aware Of

There's a small amount of exploring in the game, and one of the best reasons for doing so, is finding weapons and abilities upgrades for the Marine Mech vehicle, called Mods. Compatible amiibo figures will also unlock Mech paint jobs, which allow players to change the look of their Mechs. 

The game has a main solo player campaign mode, and two multi-player modes. There's also a soccer-themed game, called Metroid Prime: Blast Ball, where players try to blast a ball into the opposing team's goal.

Metroid Prime: Federation Force is available exclusively for Nintendo's 3DS systems. 

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  • Metriod Prime: Federation Force from Nintendo
  • Rated T for Teen
  • Available on: Nintendo 3DS
  • Available August 16, 2016