Slowly clomping through eerie corridors is spooky and lonely in that recognisably Metroid manner, but it does feel like two minutes of Resident Evil in a ten-hour Metroid game. Neither technique offends as such, but in Other M's brash and confident whole they feel noticeably less surefooted.
Who is Samus Aran? Other M paints a picture of a girl with a knotted history and daddy issues. This isn't our Samus Aran. Our Samus is the action icon who bounds across lava, rolls through a space station's guts and dispatches enemies with a flip, a kick and a laser between the eyes.
Like its heroine, Other M comes with unneeded baggage - but it doesn't change how she fires a cannon, melts a door or obliterates anything with a pulse. It's the execution that counts. And there's nothing Samus does better.
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What Other M lacks in pure Metroid magic it makes up for in blockbuster thrills.