The game's single player experience is surprisingly close to the same style of game design as the GameCube Metroid Prime duo. In this game, players, as Samus, set out into four planetary locations to locate eight "octolyths" that, when snagged, will answer the mystery of a strange psychic message broadcasting into the heavens. To do this, players will have to work their way through ruins and structures, hopping up platforms and activating switches to reach the next part of the area. Like Metroid Prime, scanning is key to both the gameplay and unraveling the storyline, as the entire plot of Metroid Prime Hunters unfolds in how players interpret the messages they read.
I can still remember the uproar of applause at Nintendo’s press conference back in 2004 at the moment Metroid Prime Hunters made its debut. At the time of its premiere, no one was expecting a handheld to look as good as that game did at that moment. More than a year and a half later, the team still manages that level of impressiveness with one of the most in-depth and beautiful DS titles yet released, which makes it pretty clear that if you give developers plenty of time with a project they can crank out something on the level of current generation production. Metroid Prime Hunters is easily the best handheld first person shooter developed to date, even with its somewhat high learning curve and cramp-inducing control.
Absolutely through the roof. This is current generation console quality game design with tons of attention to detail in options, menus, and storytelling.
Easily some of the best 3D seen on the Nintendo DS yet. The developers push the hardware to its limits...maybe just a tad too much as there are bouts of slowdown in more intense rooms.
Fantastic audio recreation of the Metroid Prime universe on the little hand held, reproducing all the haunting effects and music that the GameCube series introduced.
The game is tailored to the hardcore FPS fan, and on the Nintendo DS it's got a high learning curve in terms of control. Learn it, and you can kick serious ass in single and multi player.
Single cart and multi cart local network play, and currently the beefiest online experiences on the DS, period.
I rate this game a 4.5/5