Metroid Prime: Hunters for DS

I was skeptical, but, I went ahead and picked up Metroid Prime: Hunters for the Nintendo DS. Hunters is a First Person Shooter (FPS), which typically have had horrible control on handheld devices. I knew Hunters used the touch screen in much the same way PC FPS’s use a mouse, but, I was still very skeptical. I am now about two levels into the game and while control can be a touch (pun intended) awkward, it really does work. It takes a little time to learn, but, control is almost as good as using the keyboard / mouse and almost/maybe better than using the analog sticks. So, if you are a Metroid fan and have a DS this is a must play.

My only real complaint with the game is the same complaint I have with many console games… and on the DS the problem is amplified. Most console games (the Metroid games included) don’t let you “save anywhere”. While Hunters does seem to have frequent checkpoints, it doesn’t save until you return back to your ship. While you can just close the DS to hibernate the device and come right back to your game, if you wanted to play Tetris for a while before you go back and finish the current Hunters level, you will have to start back where you saved last. New Super Mario Brothers had the exact same problem.

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