Beat Metroid, Then Watch Metroid
Other M’s “theater mode” takes all the in-game cutscenes and cinematics and plays them in sequence, creating a two-hour movie version of the game. In between cutscenes (you know, the parts where you’d actually be playing the game), theater mode adds prerecorded bits of gameplay to fill in the story gaps.
Now you can get the experience watching someone else play a video game without the hassle of actually having friends.
The idea was to make the story of the game accessible for multiple views without asking players to sit through the entire game a second time – which actually is a nice sentiment that other developers should pick up on. There are some great stories to be found in video games, but a 15-hour-plus minimum commitment can be a stretch for a lot of people.
It will be especially interesting to see if Other M lives up to all this hype its creators are putting on its story. While other Metroid games usually have some semblance of a narrative, Other M is only the second to include real cutscenes with voice acting and a coherent story. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption also included a strong narrative and story cutscenes, but nothing to the degree promised in Other M.