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Metroid Prime 2: Echoes has few shadows
By Jeb Haught
Copley News Media
System: Nintendo GameCube
Violence Rating: Teen (ages 13 and older)
While the Nintendo GameCube isn't known for great first-person shooters, the award-winning Metroid Prime is an exception. Fortunately, the recently released Metroid Prime 2: Echoes is every bit as enjoyable as its predecessor.
In the distant future, a never-ending battle between light and darkness ravages the universe. Only intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran can save the world of Aether from an eternity of gloom. Do you have what it takes to guide her through a harrowing adventure that spans two dimensions?
In the dimension of light, combat takes place normally, and there are many types of enemies to battle. One of Samus' new weapons is a dark beam that is particularly effective against light-dimension enemies.
But in the dark dimension, Samus will continually take damage from the environment unless she activates and stays inside certain force fields. In addition, she can eliminate dark-dimension enemies with ease by using her light-beam weapon.
Unfortunately, the lack of an online multiplayer game severely limits this otherwise excellent game. There's a four-person multiplayer mode included, but it pales in comparison to the fun that could be had if this title were playable online.
Nevertheless, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes is an action-packed adventure that GameCube owners will enjoy.