May. 22nd, 2017

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If you're particularly fond of the Metroid series and you haven't gotten around to doing it yet, I think you should open a new browser tab and find a way to steal AM2R (Another Metroid 2 Remake). I feel this strongly.

I don't just mean you should download it, I mean you should go steal it. Because that makes it illegal, which is arguably a more moral choice than simply downloading it.

Nintendo feels it needs to be the only distributor of games with "Metroid" in the title. Do they legally need to protect trademark or copyright? I've seen a lot of savage debate on both sides of that issue, but for my purposes it doesn't actually matter. They feel they need to, and they sent a legal cease-and-desist and later a DCMA takedown to the creators of this fangame.

Accordingly, it is now illegal to distribute. Downloading it legally is no longer possible, and would in fact damage the fandom creators. So, y'know. Go steal this game. Cackle a bit as you download it, make reference to your nefarious plans as you grab the excellent fan patches which add NG+ modes and item randomizers. Evil is your best option here.

Anyway, I finished this at 6 hours 59 minutes with a 65% item completion rate, because I am REALLY BAD at Metroid games and I kept getting lost even with a map. ("Let's see, my next destination is -- HERE." And then I'd end up across the complex from 'here' going "WAIT HOW.")

It really is professional quality. Maybe the map design gets weak towards the end. Maybe there's too much reliance on shinesparking around for optional things. I dunno. I just didn't do the optional things because 100% completion has never been my bag, baby.

So that makes my Metroid series resume ... Metroid 1, Metroid Prime 1 & 2, Metroid Fusion, and a little bit of Metroid Prime Pinball.

I should really get to the 2D games people actually LIKE at some point I guess.

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