In an interview to GameInformer, ex-Retro Studios member Mark Pancini, currently working at Armature on Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, expressed his distaste for the Metroid Prime games. Here’s what he had to say:
Even though you don’t want to be seen as the ex-Metroid Prime guys, fans are going to be excited when they know ex-Metroid Prime guys are going to be making a Super Metroid-style game.
I hope so. I hope we don’t disappoint them. That’s always my fear, because I think everything we do sucks. But that’s just me because I thought all the Prime games suck. At the end of the day all I see are all the bad things. Prime 2 was a blur to me. It was so quick, it was so fast. That thing just went out the door and it was a very divisive game. People either liked it or thought it sucked, and I can completely agree because I couldn’t tell you what that game was because it happened so quickly. Prime 1 was the best designed game. Prime 3 I feel is the most fun one to play. Prime 2 is divisive. You either like it or you don’t. That’s kind of the way I look at it.
As a developer, it’s not easy to look back on your own work. The faults will always stand out to you and remembering your involvement in all of it might turn out to be difficult. I can respect how he feels, but think it’s unfortunate that he does so. He participated in three fantastic games that so many people enjoy and love, not many game developers can say that! With a portfolio rocking Prime, Echoes and Corruption, it’s a real shame that he isn’t as proud of it as the games’ fans are.
Shinesparkers founder and webmaster Darren Kerwin asked me to emphasize that he disagrees with Pancini. Metroid Prime is his favorite game of all time.
I’m a Zero Mission guy, but I love the Prime trilogy and believe it to be the greatest in all of gaming.