Metroid: Other M video review
Metroid: Other M video review
The game takes place between Super Metroid and Metroid Fusion. Other M opens with a cinematic showing the final battle with Mother Brain at the conclusion of Super Metroid. After escaping the exploding Planet Zebes, Samus Aran awakens on a Galactic Federation ship. After leaving, she receives a distress signal, commonly coded as “Baby’s Cry”, from a dormant “Bottle Ship”, which is floating a short distance away from a Federation vessel. Upon stepping into the ship, Samus encounters a group of GF soldiers, known as the Galactic Federation 07th Platoon, led by Anthony Higgs, who fought alongside her before she left the GF military. She also meets Adam Malkovich, who used to be her commanding officer when she was in the Federation Army. Something happened that caused Samus to leave the army, causing Adam to be standoffish and guarded, calling Samus an “outsider” and ordering his team not to reveal any details of their mission to her.
However, after defeating Brug Mass, a large, purple tentacle-monster, Samus is welcomed onto the team and briefed on the details of their mission. Adam explains that the soldiers’ comm systems are useless, so the Navigation Booths in the facility will be their only means of communication when not together. Adam also orders them to search for any survivors and bring them to safety. They all split up to explore different parts of the space ship, in hopes of discovering the threat that they are up against.
Samus is first ordered to reactivate the Bottle Ship’s electrical system, then is ordered to find a facility of interest in Sector 1, the Biosphere. She runs through the tropical territory, encountering a small creature that stares at her. She finds the facility of interest and meets up with the platoon, being attacked by a large, purple lizard-like creature. The group discovers the body of Lyle Smithsonian, one of their members, and the husk of the white creature Samus found earlier. She is ordered to follow the lizard creature.
Descending down a shaft into Sector 3, the Pyrosphere, she tracks the creature, being attacked by Vorash, a large lava monster. Soon, Adam orders her to go to Sector 2, the Cryosphere, where she discovers the body of Maurice Favreau, and sees a woman staring at her. The woman flees, but Samus pursues, and tries to convince her that she means no harm. The two of them are attacked by a soldier wearing a Galactic Federation Power Suit driving a sort of mechanism, and the woman is separated from Samus. Adam notices that the wavelength frequencies of the lizard-like creature battled earlier is growing more aggressive, and is stationed at the Pryosphere. Along the way, Samus believes there is a “traitor” within the 07th Platoon, and nicknames him “the Deleter”.
Samus returns to Pyrosphere to investigate the Geothermal Power Plant, and encounters the husk of the lizard creature, which was shed from Samus’ arch-nemesis Ridley, who is present for unknown reasons onboard the Bottle Ship. Ridley assaults Samus, with Anthony Higgs saving her and Ridley seemingly kills Anthony by knocking him off the ledge. After a battle, Ridley flees. Leaving Pyrosphere, Samus spots one of her comrades walking away, and pursues him to Biosphere. She finds the woman again, who identifies herself as “Madeline Bergman”. She tells Samus about the secret operations there: the scientists were propogating Metroids in Sector Zero.
Samus journeys to Sector Zero, and encounters a small Metroid that reminds her of the Metroid hatchling. She also spots Adam, who has decided to detach and destroy the sector along with him. Samus pleads with him not to, but he locks the doors and leaves her behind. Samus returns to the facility where she again encountered Madeline Bergman, and finds that a Queen Metroid had survived the detachment of Sector Zero. She spots another red-haired woman that runs away from her similar to Madeline. Samus introduces herself and states why she is here. She identifies herself as Madeline Bergman as well. Samus is confused, but Madeline explains that the woman she met was MB, an android that was reincarnated from Mother Brain, used to control special forces modeled after the Space Pirates. MB soon began to develop emotions, and turned against the scientists, controlling the forces to destroy the station.
MB, whose nickname from Madeline is “Melissa”, steps in aiming a pistol at the two of them. Despite Samus’ protests, Madeline attempts to talk to MB. However, she blasts Madeline back, and is subsequently frozen by a group of Federation Marines that invaded the Bottle Ship. They shoot MB to death, and restrain Madeline. The colonel of the Federation talks to Samus and states that since the rest of the platoon members are dead, she is an “outsider” and is not allowed contact with Madeline. He orders one of the soldiers to escort her back to her Gunship, but the soldier turns out to be Anthony Higgs, who states that his orders are to ensure the safety of any survivors. Madeline, Samus and Anthony leave the Bottle Ship in Samus’ gunship, for Galactic Federation Headquarters.
After the closing credits, before the Galactic Federation decides to destroy the Bottle Ship, Samus flies back to recover an important treasure. She re-explores the Bottle Ship and defeats Phantoon, until she discovers the location where Adam sat and left his helmet. Samus clutches the helmet as she escapes from the Bottle Ship in her Zero Suit, before it is utterly destroyed