This papercraft is the Samus Aran’s Phazon Enhancement Device (PED), based on the video game Metroid Prime 3: Corruption of the Metroidseries. The paper model is designed by Ignatius Reillius. The Phazon Enhancement Device is based on captured Space Pirate technology. It was being tested by a GF Marine battalion stationed in the Norion System. At some point the Space Pirates developed a version of the system and applied it to a large number of their troops. Marines can initiate an energy siphon from the supply of Phazon carried in a backpack into their armor suits. This allows them to temporarily enhance the exoskeleton and weapons systems of their armor suits. To date, no Marines have displayed signs of Phazon Sickness, common in subjects who use the Space Pirate’s version of the system. The PED is represented by a silver plate with the GF logo and some markings on it which attaches to the owner’s armor.
Despite the video footage describing the advantages of the PED and its superiority over the Pirates’ version of the device, a PED Marine is seen with his arm twitching and shaking erratically, but is quickly brushed off and the marine quickly catches up with his military companions; this subtle loss of control is most likely related to Phazon Sickness.
In Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Samus Aran and three other bounty hunters, named Rundas, Ghor, and Gandrayda receive Phazon Enhancement Devices, or PED Suits, after being corrupted by Dark Samus’s attack on Norion. Unlike those used by the GF Troopers these units do not require an external supply of Phazon, since the hunters now produce it from their own bodies. The PED Suit allows Samus to enter Hypermode, but at the cost of one full Energy Tank. In Hyper Mode, Samus’s attacks become more powerful and use up Phazon. If Samus depletes her Phazon reserves, Hypermode ends. Hypermode also ends automatically after 25 seconds. Hypermode can also be exited automatically at the player’s decision and the remaining Phazon is converted back to health, unless corruption has begun. After 10 seconds, the Phazon level will start rising on its own, and if it fills the meter, Samus dies; completely corrupted by Phazon. Expelling the remaining Phazon to end Hypermode is a safe way to avoid death by corruption. On Phaaze, Samus presses a button on the PED which initiates an ‘Emergency Vent’ to keep her Phazon levels under control by venting all her spare Energy Tanks. This leaves Samus in permanent Hypermode, with her Phazon level steadily rising from all the Phazon in the atmosphere.
Samus Aran is the main character and protagonist of the Metroid series. Orphaned during a Space Pirate raid on her home of K-2L, Samus was adopted by the mysterious Chozo and taken to Zebes where she was infused with their DNA and raised to become a warrior. Once she reached adulthood, Samus joined the Federation Police where she served under the Commanding Officer Adam Malkovich, but she ultimately left to become a bounty hunter, though she was nonetheless recruited by the Galactic Federation on many occasions. Armed in her cybernetic Power Suit, Samus has become famous for her accomplishments on missions others thought impossible. Her most renowned achievements are the destruction of the Space Pirate base on Zebes, her role in ending the Galactic Phazon crisis, her extermination of the Metroid species, and her disobedience of orders at the BSL station where she chose to destroy the deadly X Parasites rather than turn them over to the Galactic Federation.
Samus broke ground early in the gaming world in the 1986 game Metroid, her first appearance. Originally players were under the impression that Samus was a male, as even the instruction booklet confirmed this. However, completing Metroid under an hour revealed Samus to be a young athletic woman. Although Samus wears the Power Suit throughout most of the Metroid series, it has become a tradition to depict her in much more revealing attire at the end of each game, often as a reward for satisfying certain conditions such as completing the game quickly or with a high percentage of the game’s items collected or even both.
Samus’s personality has never been detailed in-depth within the context of the games, a conscious decision by Nintendo to help the player imagine themselves better as the in-game character, as well as allowing them to imagine Samus’s personality and backstory in any way they wish. However, Metroid Fusion, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, and Metroid: Other M are perhaps the most notable games in the series to give of a glimpse of Samus’ personality, as well as other media formats such as comics and manga.
Typically, Samus is depicted as a Byronic hero, who – despite her great achievements – is deep down very lonely and brooding, and seeks revenge against the Space Pirates, especially Ridley, who is personally responsible for the death of her parents. Samus is known to have been inspired by Sigourney Weaver’s character Ripley from the Alien series. However, unlike Ripley, Samus is never shown to be traumatized by the Metroids she faces on her various missions. She was, however, petrified when she encountered Ridley in the manga, where she is seen to suffer from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. This affliction surfaced again when she discovered Ridley in Metroid: Other M to the point that she could barely communicate; she could not regain her composure until Anthony Higgs was thought to be killed while trying to defend her. This portrayal, as well as other parts of her personality displayed in Other M, were strongly criticised by the general fanbase because they portray her as weaker and more unstable or afraid than previous games, creating a persona that is the polar opposite of the general image most fans have of Samus based on her previous appearances and the brief insights into her thoughts and past. However, by the time of the events of Metroid Fusion, these “weak” characteristics are no longer present, suggesting that she has since overcome the weaknesses she displayed in the previous game, and that they were merely a result of the depression she temporarily sank into after the Baby’s death.
In licensed Metroid material outside of the games, Samus’s personality is largely left up to the writer in question. As a result, her personality has varied considerably between major publications. The 2002 manga depicts her as suffering from childhood trauma and often thinking heavily about her role and the role of the Pirates. In the Captain N: The Game Master comics, Samus is depicted as brash and money-hungry, though she is willing to compete fairly with Princess Lana for the protagonist Kevin Keene’s feelings, suggesting her behavior is something of a “tough-guy” act.
In Metroid II, Samus bonds with a Metroid who was born in front of her eyes, and decides to spare it, recalling her three-year-old self during the attack on K-2L. It later sacrifices itself at the end of Super Metroid to save Samus, leaving her heartbroken as shown in Metroid: Other M. Her relationship with the Metroid, called “the Baby” by her, is comparable to Ripley’s relationship with a surviving LV-426 colonist named Rebecca “Newt” Jorden. Like the Baby, Newt dies in the sequel, Alien 3, and just like Samus, Ripley feels guilt over her death.
Samus’s lack of defined personality is largely due to the fact that, aside from opening narrations, she has never had a speaking role except in Metroid: Other M. Prior to Metroid: Other M her voice would be represented by text at the beginning narration, as well as throughout Metroid Fusion. Her character depicted in Metroid Fusion, though mostly well received, did garner some criticism from gamers for its depiction of Samus, who they felt should have been better left to their imagination.
While Samus does not have royal heritage in any of the games, she was depicted as the queen of Garbage World in A King of Shreds and Patches in Captain N, and Anthony Higgs gives her the nickname “Princess” in Metroid: Other M. Non-canonically, she is also depicted sitting on the throne in the King Conan Diorama in Corruption. This would seem to indicate that she became an empress to the Reptilicus, although this is never depicted ingame. The Fusion manual seems to indicate that Samus keeps a journal.
Samus’ age has also never been revealed, with the Japanese Prime site even stating that her age is unknown. Other M concept art reveals that in her early years of around the time of the K-2L attack, that she is “4-6 years old”, contradicting early media saying it happened when she was three, and in her Federation military period, she is “15-17 years old”.
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is a first-person action-adventure game developed by Retro Studios and published by Nintendo for the Wii video game console. It is the tenth game in the Metroid series, and the final entry in the Metroid Prime trilogy – excluding two spin-off titles. It was released in North America and Europe in 2007, and in Japan the following year. The Wii Remote and Nunchuk devices are featured in a new control scheme that took a year to develop and caused the game’s release to be delayed several times.
Chronologically, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption takes place fifth in the Metroid universe. The game is set six months after the events of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes and before the events of Metroid II: Return of Samus. The story follows bounty hunter Samus Aran as she assists the Galactic Federation in its fight against the Space Pirates. While fending off a Space Pirate assault, Samus and her fellow bounty hunters are attacked by her doppelgänger, Dark Samus, who incapacitates them with a mutagenic material called Phazon. After losing contact with the other hunters, the Federation sends Samus on a mission to determine what happened to them. During the course of the game, Samus works to prevent the Phazon from spreading from planet to planet while being slowly corrupted by the Phazon herself.
The game was first shown to the public at the E3 2005 trade show. Reception to Corruption has been generally positive, with several reviews specifically praising the gameplay. More than one million copies of the game were sold in 2007. It was re-released as part of Metroid Prime: Trilogy, a Wii compilation of the three main games of the Prime series with Wii Remote controls.
The eleven games in the Metroid series focus on the adventures of Samus Aran and her assignments to wipe out threats to the Galactic Federation presented by the Space Pirates and their attempts to harness various biological weapons such as the Metroids and Phazon: Metroid, Metroid II: Return of Samus, Super Metroid, Metroid Fusion, Metroid Prime, Metroid: Zero Mission, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, Metroid Prime Pinball, Metroid Prime Hunters, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and Metroid: Other M.
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