Samus Aran vs. Spartan #458

Okay. Stop telling me about this video. I know about it. I’m linking to it. Here. If you haven’t seen it already, and if you have any interest in Metroid and/or Halo, then you may want to see it.

I’ve thought about the video a bit since watching it, and I’m going to give my opinions without spoilers. There were things that initially irked me, which were slightly irritating, and after thinking about it, I figured out why they were irritating. Then my irritation increased.

The video is full of fan service, in every way, and over-the-top fan service at that. The action scenes were quite entertaining, which is the main thing going for the video.

I didn’t particularly care for the other content (the “story”). This video was made by a male, for a male audience, with male fantasies in mind.  It’s like when children would get their action figures together and make up absurd stories so that characters from completely different universes could find some excuse to interact with each other. Except in this case, there was no explanation for why they were in the same universe, interacting.

The reason why they started fighting cast Samus Aran in a poor light, and quite honestly I couldn’t imagine her going about it in that way.

The turning point of the video and what followed after were rather forced. Pure fan service, poor storytelling. I don’t oppose either of them being that way, but the setup was clumsy, unrealistic, and totally contrived. Something less overtly fan service-y would have been more enjoyable, or at the very least less worthy of eye-rolling/facepalming.

Some Halo fans are up in arms about one aspect of the twist ending. They need to read the video’s FAQ. Samus Aran is not fighting Master Chief.

The creator clearly did not intend it to be accurate to either game, though I can’t speak for the accuracy of the Spartan armour. Samus Aran’s Grapple Beam, for example, is on her left arm, not the same arm on which she has her cannon (her right arm). Samus Aran also can’t do quite a lot of the stuff she does in the video. I’m actually fine with this.

I did enjoy that the creator used a remixed Metroid theme by The Wingless.

I hated the bit at the very very end, after the credits. The animation was good, but the content was stupid, and again, it was created for men to look at. It was pretty cringe-worthy. I’m not opposed to Kpop, but seriously. Terrible.

[Via a bunch of sites on my Bloglines feed, and via people who know I like Metroid and told me about the video]

11 comments

  1. bigwig · April 20, 2007

    It goes on for way too long, and is pretty much just too over the top.

  2. Vincent · April 20, 2007

    Suffered the same problem I had with Matrix Reloaded and like bigwig above said – the fighting goes on too long. I haven’t played any Metroid and barely any Halo, so I can’t make any judgement on the authenticity of the characters, but I am a guy and I also thought the post-credit scene was completely superfluous.

  3. Thomas · April 20, 2007

    You’re into Metroid?

    Who knew?

  4. Brinstar · April 20, 2007

    Lies! All lies! :D

  5. tekanji · April 20, 2007

    You know, I was about to say, “Somebody was labouring under the mistaken impression that Matrix Reloaded was a good movie,” but Vincent already said it for me. ;)

    Honestly, I couldn’t finish the movie because it was so bad. The animation was over the top, the modeling was so-so, the sound was awful, and — I don’t care if it’s become cannon — but Samus’ zero suit is a travesty.

  6. Dan · April 20, 2007

    I enjoyed the ruckus, because it was just kind of silly and fun, but once they fly away…

    umm…

    yeah, that’s why I choose not to associate with most people I encounter on the internet.

  7. REQUIRED!!!ECE! · April 20, 2007

    Cripes that was dull, genuinely. But you should not read too much into boys showing off that they are good at comp graphics stuff and can render “boobs” like in those Namco games.
    Growing up is about losing a few edges, and seeing as I hope this person is 14 then you know they may turn into a balanced and decent human being.

    PS Dawkins is a prick

  8. Andrew · April 20, 2007

    Well since all the really good comments have already been made. Theres only one thing that can be said. HERE HERE!

  9. LightHeart · April 20, 2007

    I really wonder why everyone is such a damn critic its just made for fun, not like it suppose to capture the hearts of many. Jesus Christ, such haters.

    Honestly unless if you are a girl, fan service is not bad at all, why is it that every guy has to pretend they don’t like that stuff.

  10. Dagda · April 20, 2007

    I didn’t mind the over-the-top action because it was well done and imaginative- the characters were all still challenged, rather than never being in danger. (The halo side didn’t have as many inaccuracies, it just upgraded the number of enemies and the spartan’s strength and durability.)

    The plot was bad, which in turn made the sex-oriented fanservice bad; it was extremely cringe-worthy, and I’m saying that as a straight male. As for the dancing. . .well, the creator has commented that he doesn’t enjoy violence. What he likes is the choreography. I can criticize the dancing as being pointless plot-wise, but I can appreciate it from a technical standpoint.

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