I beat Metroid Prime last night, took me 19 hours to complete and I had a 75% rating for collecting items.
I didn't know that the reward for collecting all the artifacts would be an intense fight with Meta Ridley. Took me awhile to beat him because my missiles kept hitting the side of his chest instead of direct impacts so the fight went longer than expected. I did enjoy this fight but I feel like the fight against Ridley in Super Metroid was better because there was more tension to it, it felt more personal.
The Impact Crater was an unusual and strange place but it was cool to explore through it. This place definitely felt more alien-like than the rest of the areas in the game. I wish it was a little longer like how Tourian was in Super Metroid. The Metroid Prime's appearance in this state
was quite unsettling as it looks like a weird deformed human face, little did I know you'd end up fighting this thing's face in it's final form later on.
Like with I felt with Super Metroid, this is a game I wish I grew up playing but instead I had a PS2 and Xbox. Metroid Prime 1 was truly a game ahead of it's time, especially in the years from 2000-2003 when FPS games were still trying to find their identity in the PS2/Xbox/Gamecube era.
Final thoughts, I still can't get over the visor effects when you're near bright flashes of light. I tested this out some more in the underwater frigate location where it looks the best. You can see the entirety of Samus's face if you get it in the right spot and Samus will blink and react to it as well.
On to Metroid Prime 2 I went immediately after I finished the first game. I hope this game is just as good. I've already met Dark Samus and can't wait to see how this goes.