That, however, does not mean Metroid: Other M is bad. It is clear that the shifts in gameplay and plot that it brings into the franchise do not work entirely, as they sometimes frustrate and occasionally go against essential elements of the series. Nevertheless, its successful parts come together to forge a very distinctive Metroid experience. Its focus on action may generate an adventure that is shorter and simpler than those of its 3-D counterparts, but it brings a physical thrill to combats that did not exist before it. And its dedication to storytelling may at times veer towards the cheesy and incongruent, but it is responsible for a compelling tension-inducing mystery and an interesting – even if irregular in quality – glimpse into the past of Samus Aran. Therefore, although it does have many rough spots and holds a nature that is unlikely to satisfy everyone, it is an adventure that deserves either a try or at least a pat on the back for the different path it takes.