One of the Very Reasons the GameCube Existed
What can I say?
Ok, let's start with the condition of the item. The manual was present and minus some spillage was in perfect condition (some previous owner spilled some Cola or something on it). Disk was mint, case was in really nice condition. As for LukieGames' part, good job and a great first experience ordering.
Now to the meat of things...the game. Let me put it this way, when it comes to old video games we tend to add a lot of love due to nostalgia. On the gamecube, I have the advantage of having no rose tinted glasses. I've never played this game before, and frankly have not been a huge fan of Metroid games in general.
Now don't get me wrong, I still don't like the amount of backtracking involved, but hey, that's the name of metroid games. At least I'm backtracking through beautiful environments dealing with cool Dolby Pro Logic II atmosphere, and enemies that range from pesky like mosquitoes, to slightly hazardous. Not to mention...don't drink (or step in for that matter) the blue water. The bosses....oh my god, the bosses. Remember this is an old school experience, bosses are there to make you recognize and exploit patterns and weak points. It's very old school in that regard and very refreshing. This is a bit of a spoiler, but I'm going to give this away. I fought a giant plant thing that I needed to shoot away it's light source so that I could roll down some tunnels and bomb it's root structure. Seriously, it took like 4 tries (the last time I died was kind of cheap but still totally my fault).
Run through this detailed world, scan everything and enjoy the story when you want, as it's up to you to discover and explore everything, nothing (except lots of backtracking) is forced upon you.
If you are looking for a great experience and a reason to tout your GameCube fanboyism proudly, get this game. Don't even think about it, just get it and enjoy it.
I also bought Prime Echoes as well and that was beautiful, I will post a review when I've had a chance to play it sufficiently as well.
Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer) Aaron Charron from Windsor Ontario on 12/16/2014