Trishbot wrote:I hate the idea of a "will-powered" armor suit to begin with. What sort of race even creates a weapon that is dependent on fluctuating emotions and shuts down if the wearer gets UPSET?
Well, it certainly sounds like a curious design choice with a lot of risk if you just state it like that with no context…however, you’re completely ignoring its operational statistics. If you assess the entire mission and all of the creatures and bosses, from everything that we’ve seen, the armor functions perfectly fine 99% of the time Samus is in a combat situation. That type of reliability is not something to scoff at. No technology is without some sort of limitation or potential risk, and putting asides the stats for a moment, I think you’re leaving out several very important aspects if you want to try to evaluate it from a story standpoint.
Mobility + Accessibility: Such a system is incredibly mobile, as it’s fully integrated within Samus, and can be activated anytime without the need to carry additional equipment.
Location Independence: A large amount of energy can be self-replenished with concentration regardless of location (effectively making Samus more independent than ever before as a lone bounty hunter).
Rechargeable + Longevity: The armor system allows skilled users to regenerate shielding energy an indefinite/numerous amount of times when the level gets too low.
More importantly, Samus is effectively the pilot (and engine) of an advanced armor vehicle, and if the pilot loses concentration, it should come as no surprise that the armored vehicle becomes vulnerable to an attack or crashing. Contrary to the way you made it sound, the armor doesn’t just automatically shut down if the pilot loses concentration, but rather, it becomes vulnerable if the pilot doesn’t pay attention while in combat. That’s not an unreasonable scenario, and given the armor’s actual statistical reliability on the field, I don’t think you’re evaluating the Chozo technology’s pros and cons entirely fairly or accurately. The benefits far outweigh the risk, and the risk is academic: don’t pay attention, and you’re more likely to get hurt by small things (Geemers, ice guns, etc.).
Trishbot wrote:That's the most impractical battle suit ever, and I still wonder why Sakamoto ever decided to change it from practical, advanced alien armor into some mystical bio suit that only works if Samus concentrates really hard.
Change?? These concepts have been around way
before Other M. Or have you not read material like the 1994 Super Metroid comic? In fact, the Chozo had to explain this very concept to Houston, as he also couldn’t wrap his head around why Samus could become so vulnerable to something as seemingly small as a common hunter spike trap when she had such a powerful suit on. Ironically, Old Bird said that she was probably distracted by thoughts of the baby. Gee, I wonder where we’ve heard that before. http://metroid-database.com/manga/super_metroid_comics/ch_0004/npcomics_4-4.jpg
Trishbot wrote:Secondly, even IF that was the case, I don't like Samus ever, ever losing that concentration.
I’m pretty sure Samus doesn’t like it either, which is why I think it adds something to her character when we can see a few examples of her admitting her mistakes and wishing she could’ve been more focused or made a more professional choice. For example, in Other M, she indicated right after the Ridley incident how ashamed she was of how her initial reaction led to the death of Anthony. In additional sources like the ZM manga, she called herself “pathetic” after her complete mental breakdown in front of the Chozo and her peers, in which one of the latter yelled at her for being an “idiot.”
In another ironic note, it was the ZM manga where she first stated something like: “…and I can’t forgive myself for doubting him for even a moment.
” Hmm, I wonder where we’ve heard Samus say something like that recently.
Other M certainly wasn't the first place to use this type of language.http://metroid-database.com/manga/official_vol_2_en/ch_0012/scaled/sc_metroid_v02_ch0044.png
We can complain all day about what styles we would prefer, but the fact of the matter is that Nintendo has always had additional story backgrounds showing a professional Samus with flaws (sometimes very noticeable) and suit technology that can
defy science and everyday logic (as the design was originally intended to be a gameplay mechanic first and foremost, although positive interpretations can be made). This is not some new Other M invention. Other M was largely working off of previously established notions of Samus backstory and the mysterious workings of her Chozo suit abilities.