Metroid Prime: Federation Force is a cooperative first-person shooter developed by Next Level Games and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS. The game is a spin-off of the Metroid Prime series, where the player assumes the role of a Galactic Federation Marine, featuring gameplay elements similar to those of Metroid Prime Hunters. It also includes a multiplayer soccer-based gamemode known as Metroid Prime: Blast Ball. It was met with mixed reviews upon release.
Metroid Prime: Federation Force plays similarly to Metroid Prime Hunters, which primarily focused on the shooting mechanics within the Metroid Prime series as opposed to the exploration. Like its handheld predecessor, Federation Force incorporates cooperative elements into the core gameplay. However, Federation Force lacks the touch-based controls of Hunters as well as the established scanning mechanics of the Metroid Prime series, which allowed players to analyze their character’s surrounding environment and discover secrets.
Blast Ball is a mode which offers three-on-three matches, where players in their mecha suits shoot balls into nets akin to both the real life sport soccer and the video game Rocket League. This mode serves as a tutorial for the control scheme and an in-universe exercise for the playable Marines.
Developer: Next Level Games
Genre: First-person shooter, Sports game
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: August 19, 2016
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