I’ve always felt like Metroid Other M played like an early PlayStation game for some reason. Since you’re restricted to the D-pad, it just seemed like that was the closest relation - the early days of 3D and before analogs became the norm.
Now, my history with Metal Gear Solid is all over the place! Although I played the original briefly with a friend when it released, the first one i finished was Peace Walker, then 2,3,4 and finally Twin Snakes. And just recently, the original on PS1. Still somewhere in the deserts of V
So i’m playing it and the thought crosses my mind, this game kind of plays like a slower Metroid Other M. I was going to post something in chat but then I thought nah people will think you’re nuts! Then i get to the Rex battle and the amount of stinger missiles you have to fire in fixed position first person convinced me. Other M was heavily inspired by MGS! Then i Googled and found i’m not the first person to think so lol.
Other things that are similar:
- Camera - kind of 2/3rds overhead and trailing the main character for the most part
- Heavy focus on story/character development
- Radar/map looks similar, vision cone
- Death scene … What’s wrong… Snake… Snaaaake! and Samus! What’s going on? Respond! Respond!
- The Forklift boss in Other M is very similar to Rex!
So it’s nothing new. And although there’s similarities, they’re still very different in many ways. But it got me thinking.
Other M reviewed ok at the time, but in retrospect is mostly disliked. For the record, I don’t mind Other M. My biggest complaint is the mapping is totally broken. But there was a lot I liked - there was still some “Metroid” in there with a pretty big map, lots of secrets. High quality cutscenes (disregarding the story itself hehe). I felt people were a bit unfair on it because it doesn’t match up to the greatness of Super and Prime.
MGS on the other hand was seen as groundbreaking. And while that’s true, it’s also a very short game, with a pretty straightforward world layout. You also have to retread up the base a couple times in the beginning, and then again at the end for the PAL keys, which is a real chore. It seems like there’s less game there.
So what’s my point? Can these games even be compared or were they trying to do… kind of the same thing? Did they release too far apart or are they too dissimilar overall? If Other M released in 1998 and MGS in 2010, would their fortunes be reversed? Is that time gap exactly why Kojima became so revered? Kojima was mostly unknown to the western world before MGS, with this single work elevating his status significantly. Sakamoto was known by Metroid fans mostly, and Other M, i’d say, has tarnished most people’s opinion of him despite him being heavily responsible for Super (a free pass to the hall of fame!)
Taken on their own - disregarding their release date and series’ legacy… what’s the better game?
It’s kind of interesting to think about! Some alternate reality where Other M was “Metroid 64” and held in very high regard now.
Also funny to think, if Other M was so heavily inspired by MGS, maybe the very inclusion of Adam in Fusion was as well. Maybe Metroid fans have MGS to blame for everything!