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The Broken Base of Metroid Prime: Federation Force

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During Nintendo’s E3 event this past year of 2015, they announced a new Metroid game for the Nintendo 3DS. This was pretty big news to fans of the Metroid franchise, as at the time it been dormant with no new releases in the past 5 years, the most recent title being  Metroid: Other M, released on August of 2010. Fans were eager to hear something new, and what we got was…unexpected.  See the trailer for Metroid Prime: Federation Force for yourself here:

The video, at the time of this writing, has about 10,000 likes, and 87,000 dislikes. That’s quite the ratio, isn’t it?

So, why all the hate? Why would fans be disappointed by a game that they haven’t even played yet?

Well, the Metroid Prime name carries a lot of weight with it. There are a certain number of expectations that come with a title, such as a sense of loneliness, exploring the unknown, puzzle solving, and slowly finding ways to progress through the world. However, the trailer above makes it abundantly clear that this new game is a multiplayer shooter. Is this a bad thing? Certainly not. But as a fan of the series, one can’t help but feel a little distraught.

The problem with Federation Force is not that it is different, per se; the problem is that Federation Force is not Metroid. Game franchises can evolve from what they once were to bring a new, exciting flavor of gameplay to the table. The problem with Metroid Prime: Federation Force is that absolutely none of the core elements of what one may perceive as traditionally “Metroid” are present. And much of this is due to the multiplayer-focused component. Every single past Metroid title, with the exception of Metroid Prime Pinball, (which was released alongside a full-scale Metroid title, Metroid Prime: Hunters) has some degree of world building, loneliness, and isolation. You, as Samus Aran, must fend for yourself in an unknown world filled with a sense of dread, finding upgrades to your armor and weapons that allow the player to traverse the world around them. At its core, Metroid is a single player series. In a multiplayer shooter that is focused on taking down hordes of enemies and facing huge bosses, there isn’t much room for these traditional “Metroid“-esque aspects.

The trailer focuses on a lot of action. And guns. And epic music. A team of faceless, armor-clad characters teamed up against a big, scary monster that must be defeated in order to save the day. Looks like fun, right? I’m not here to say that it’s going to be a bad game. But this first-person, action-heavy shooter isn’t what Metroid is all about. Previous Metroid titles have indeed had shooter aspects, and the Prime sub-series even took place in a first person view. However, the game has been labeled by many as a “first-person adventure game”, as opposed to a straight-up “first-person shooter”. This is because the Prime games, while in a first-person view as opposed to a third-person perspective, still retained much of what the series was all about: there was still plenty of platforming, exploration, and traversing through dangerous, unexplored alien worlds armed with whatever you find in the area. It was different, yes, but it was still Metroid.

Now, am I saying that the new Metroid should’ve been a traditional Metroid game with all of the aspects of the series that the fanbase has come to know and love, and it shouldn’t try anything different? Certainly not. There are new and exciting ways to evolve a franchise without completely ditching out on what made the games so appealing in the first place. In this case, I believe that is exactly what Nintendo has done with Federation Force. A multiplayer component isn’t something that people wanted, and more importantly, it just doesn’t correlate well with the Metroid franchise at all. Incredible, awesome battles have always been a part of the franchise, but that is not all Metroid is. Federation Force seems to have boiled down all of the intricacies of the series into a simplified package that disregards the many other facets of the games in the series.

Another interesting fact is that Samus does make an appearance in this game, but does not appear to be a main character. Can a game have a different protagonist than what we are used to? Certainly. For example, in Metroid Prime: Hunters for the Nintendo DS, there were an assortment of different bounty hunters that took center stage alongside Samus, each with unique sense of style in their appearance and weaponry.

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But instead, Federation Force has replaced the lead character of Samus with a team of faceless robots wearing identical armor, with the only difference being their color, giving off the impression of an uninspired team of Power Rangers.

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We know that Nintendo is capable of more than this. Yes, appearance of the lead characters may be a petty aspect to criticize in an unreleased game, but alongside the other problems with the game’s trailer, the uninspired appearance represents the loss of identity that the franchise once possessed.

Some have compared the release of this game to the trailer of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker for the Gamecube. In 2002, Nintendo showed a trailer for The Wind Waker at E3, and many fans were taken aback by the cartoony, cel-shaded art style that was such a strong departure from the more realistic aesthetic of previous entries in the series. Many called it cartoony, and, of course, not a “true Zelda game”. However, the difference here is that The Wind Waker was still definitely a Zelda title, and a fantastic one at that, which didn’t completely change the core essentials of what made Zelda, “Zelda”. The fan backlash was over nothing more than an art style, not the gameplay. Federation Force, on the other hand, is presenting itself to be a multiplayer shooter, with few core Metroid elements to be found.

This game suffers from what one might call “Resident Evil Syndrome”. By this, I mean that it is comparable to the fan backlash of Resident Evil 5. Now, Resi 5 is not a “bad” game, by most people’s standards; however, it ditched what makes Resident Evil, “Resident Evil“. Gone was the sense of atmosphere, the high difficulty, the feeling of just barely surviving, and wondering what lied next around the corner. All of this was replaced by a high-octane action game that focused on running around, mowing down hordes of zombies with your huge guns, with ammo being plentiful. It was not a bad game. But it was disappointing to many, because what was once slow, calculated horror had turned into a Michael Bay-esque action game. And, just like Resident Evil 5, what we love about the core of the series has vanished with this new title.

Metroid Prime: Federation Force is a multiplayer shooter with the coveted Metroid name slapped onto it. Is this all speculation of an unreleased game? Yes. Could Metroid Prime: Federation Force very well be an excellent game and plenty of fun? Absolutely. However, is this game really a Metroid game? At this point, from what we know, it is safe to say no. And ultimately, do fans of the franchise have a right to be disappointed? Unfortunately, yes.

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Watch Ninja On An Episode Of Family Feud

Don’t miss the moment Steve Harvey meets Ninja for the first time.

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Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins is heading up a team on Celebrity Family Feud this weekend, but it’s not the first time the famed Fortnite streamer has appeared on the show.

Long before he reached household name status in the gaming community, Ninja appeared on the televised game show Family Feud in 2015, when he and his family went on a three-day winning streak before losing to the Beams family of Hendersonville, Tennessee.

With Blevins now appearing on an upcoming episode of Celebrity Family Feud, we thought it would be fun to revisit those earlier episodes which have now all been uploaded online.

Regardless if you like Ninja and/or the show, you’ll get a kick out of watching his introduction when he tells host Steve Harvey that he’s a professional video game player who travels across the country and competes, playing video games. The reaction on Harvey’s face is priceless since nobody at the time could have ever guessed how popular Ninja, not to mention streaming video games, would eventually become.

Watch the videos below. Enjoy!

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Check Out the Explosive First Gameplay of ‘Kerbal Space Program 2’

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Kerbal Space Program 2

Gamescom 2019 brought with it a host of surprising game announcements and updates on existing games. One of the most unexpected announcements was the reveal of Kerbal Space Program 2, the sequel to the viral, totally accurate space simulator that first released on PC back in 2011.

Now, shortly after its initial reveal, Gamespot has gone live with the first gameplay of this much-anticipated sequel. Fittingly enough, the footage showcases all the spectacularly explosive spaceships, interstellar exploration, and intrepid Kerbal explorers that the series has become known for.

It should be noted that the footage is pre-alpha, so although the gameplay does show some issues with frame rate and graphics, those should be polished up before the game’s full launch on PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2020.

Here’s the full description of the game, courtesy of its official website:

With the original Kerbal Space Program having become one of the most beloved games of all time and now bigger than ever, Kerbal Space Program 2 has been fully redesigned from the ground up to meet the demands of modern and next-generation space exploration, all while maintaining the monumental foundations of the first game. Build a space program, construct powerful spacecraft, design resource-gathering colonies, and much more to uncover the secrets of the galaxy. A plethora of exciting new features will captivate veteran and returning players, as well as usher in a whole new wave of Kerbonauts to the ingenious and comedic world that has entertained millions of players.

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Netflix Releases Teaser for ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’

The Netflix Television Event will launch globally on Friday, October 11

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It was on September 29, 2013, that Breaking Bad came to an end with the final episode of that series, “Felina” in which Walter White evades a nationwide manhunt in order to return to New Mexico and deliver the remaining profits from his illegal methamphetamine empire to his family. Knowing cancer will soon kill him, Walt revisits his former acquaintances to settle his affairs and prepare himself for the conflict and his death. When the credits rolled, audiences believed it would be the last time they would see many of these characters and while we did get a spinoff show in Better Call Saul, one character who hasn’t returned in any other show as of yet is Jesse Pinkman. That’s about to change…

Netflix announced on Saturday that it will release a new Breaking Bad movie that will center on Pinkman (Aaron Paul), who was last seen in the TV series speeding off in a stolen Chevrolet El Camino to parts unknown.

The film, titled El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, was written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad, and will be released on Netflix on Oct. 11. The film is also expected to be broadcast at a later date on AMC, the cable network where the TV series was originally shown from 2008 to 2013.

Official Synopsis:

The Netflix Television Event El Camino: Breaking Bad Movie reunites fans with Jesse Pinkman (Emmy-winner Aaron Paul).  In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.  This gripping thriller is written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad.  The movie is produced by Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein, Charles Newirth, Diane Mercer and Aaron Paul, in association with Sony Pictures Television.

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Watch the Trailer for ‘The Mandalorian’ the First Live-Action ‘Star Wars’ Series

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Thanks to the arrival of the D23 Expo, Disney has revealed the first trailer for its long-awaited Star Wars original series, The Mandalorian.

Created by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), the series is set after the events of Return of the Jedi and follows Pedro Pascal as a mysterious, gun-slinging Mandalorian bounty hunter who navigates the seedier side of the Star Wars universe.

Along with Pedro Pascal, The Mandalorian stars Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Taika Waititi. The first season of episodes will be directed by filmmakers like Dave Filoni, Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow.

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Here’s the official description of The Mandalorian:

After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

The Mandalorian begins streaming on Disney+ on November 12, 2019.

Check out The Mandalorian trailer below.

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Soundtrack Gets a Vinyl Release

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While we don’t publish music news or music reviews here at Goomba Stomp, we are huge fans of vinyl and since we cover film, we figured this announcement would interest some of our readers.

Back in 2017, Jordan Peele’s Get Out topped our list of the best films of 2017 and while the year isn’t yet over, there’s a good chance his follow-up Us, will land somewhere on our best of the year list as well. There are many reasons why we love Peele’s ambitious sophomore film including for the suspense, cinematography, performances, and direction, but one thing that doesn’t get enough praise is the soundtrack by Michael Abels. And if you like us, love the original score, you’re going to love this bit of news.

After giving his Get Out soundtrack a vinyl release last year, Jordan Peele is now doing the same for the soundtrack to Us.

WaxWork Records announced the news earlier today and if you’re planning on buying a copy, you don’t have to wait since it is now available to purchase through the label’s website.

The soundtrack, which received a digital release earlier this year, features composer Michael Abels’ score, in addition to songs from Janelle Monáe, Minnie Ripperton and the “Tethered Mix” of Luniz’s “I Got 5 on It” that appeared in the film’s first trailer. The album artwork was created by illustrator Edward Kinsella and features an interactive die-cut mirror board back cover, a heavyweight art print and an exclusive essay from UCLA Professor, scholar, and activist Shana L. Redmond Ph.D.

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