I usually try not to comment on other websites' reviews, but I've found X-Play to have been pretty baffling in their coverage of games. In this case, Other M received a 2/5, but what I found most puzzling is the complaints of the way Samus is portrayed. In this case, both the written and video review go off on a rant that there is a sexist portrayal of the character. Now, from other reviews I have read, I have heard no such complaints being brought up. Do you guys feel that it might be because most critics are male? I haven't played the game, but is it really THAT offensive and degrading to women as X-Play made it sound?
Here's what I don't get: is seeing Samus as a vulnerable little girl any different than how emotional Bruce Wayne was as a child in Batman Begins?
EDIT: This thread is still going on?
Okay, I'm just going to clarify a couple things. This Metroid review was written by Abbie Heppe, not Morgan Webb. But, since the review was READ by Morgan I can see why there would be confusion. Also, many people are saying that the reason the game is sexist is that Team Ninja was involved with the game's story. I haven't confirmed this myself, but many people in this thread are saying that the story was written by Metroid's creator. So, just like the Wind Waker controversy, people are objecting to a portrayal of a character that the creator originally intended.
You can see more discussion on the game here, and if you do, you'll see that Abbie Heppe says she would have given the game a higher score if she wasn't as offended with the story.
G4TV had a discussion of Other M on there weekly podcast, further addressing complaints they had with the game. Abbie Heppe still doesn't like the game, and says it's the worst Metroid in the series (even worse than Pinball and Hunters, in their opinion), but then she also says that she thinks gamers should play it. She doesn't come off as arrogant in the podcast as she did in the review, which may be because the moderator encouraged discussion of the gameplay, opposed to the story. That being said, all participants on the show seemed in agreement with the review. While they do seem to pull back on the harshness of their review, I still found some of their complaints a little silly (Samus' regenerative abilities, when regenerating health isn't a new thing). Anyway, if you want to see the podcast, they start discussing Other M around the 21:00 mark.
On Starcraft 2
X-Play goes off on these weird sociological tangents, and sometimes, they're just silly. For example, here's a complaint Morgan Webb had on Starcraft 2, which is the last review I read before this Metroid controversy:
That's pretty ironic coming from someone who has posed in Maxim/FHM/whatever. Anyway, even thought Starcraft 2 received a perfect score, you have to admit it's a pretty stupid complaint.
I also want to mention a more personal problem with the game. I take issue with the holographic stripper in the background of every shot in the cantina. There are normal female characters in the game, but every time you go to one area of your ship, the only thing moving is an undulating hologram of what looks like a blood elf with a boob job. Maybe they didn’t expect women to ever play this game, but they’ve created a self-fulfilling prophecy. She’s distracting, completely unnecessary to the story or atmosphere, and makes me think that Blizzard needs to hire more women.