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Nintendo FPS rocks as a multiplayer

June 27, 2006|by SEAN CLARK

The Nintendo DS doesn't seem like a good handheld unit for first person shooters with its lack of a joystick, but Nintendo's "Metroid Prime Hunters" pulls it off.

The single-player adventure is alright, but multiplayer is where "Hunters" really hooks you. I was taking an extremely long time to finish the single-player mode, because I kept going back to the free-for-alls.

The adventure has you playing as Samus, as usual, but in multiplayer you can also hunt as one of the six other bounty hunters that harass Samus in single-player mode.

The controls get a 9, since they were a tough feat for Nintendo to pull off. The stylus makes aiming (particularly sensitive sniping controls) almost as easy as aiming something yourself. The music is just about totally new, but they all have a Metroid-based feel, and some themes have bits and pieces of familiar melodies. They all fit the game very well - 9.5 out of 10. Replay gets a 10. It's almost unlimited, due to the multiplayer factor. "Hunters" is Wi-Fi accessible, connecting players to Nintendo's free (yes, free, you read that right) online gaming.

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Out of all of the 6 Wi-Fi titles out right now, "Hunters" is the best. I give it 9.5 out of 10. This game brings out the hunter in everyone. Rated T for Teen (13+).

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