Phazon Hack
Release date: Jun 20, 2011
Download: Version 0.3 [UH] (2714 downloads)
Genre: Exploration [?]
Game: SM
Difficulty: Veteran [?]
Average runtime: 8:28
Average collection: 75%
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Forum thread: Forum Thread
Rating: Star Star Star Star Star
Description
Super Metroid Phazon is a full hack of Super Metroid.
This hack has new rooms, items, enemies, and new graphics.
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Ratings and Reviews
By Cpt.Glitch on Mar 31, 2015 (Star Star Star Star Star )
73% in 5:11
This is a huge hack. My first playthrough went 9:16. New enemies, graphics, and items make this hack very unique. My only issue is the insane amount of damage certain enemies do early on and even later in the hack. There on no major physic changes, and item collection is fairly linear. There is the secret and devastating Phazon beam that once acquired, makes you feel like a total bad-ass.
By Zhs2 on Apr 02, 2015 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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You thought Revolution EX was bad about needing to shoot enemies repeatedly until they die? This hack is going to knock you into next week, buddy. Still, it's not bad at all - the graphics are stylish (and obviously Photoshopped), the progression chain is clear-cut, and there's fun to be had even if you have to expend all of your ammo to have it! Definitely a good hack for veteran players.
By Bloodsonic on Apr 02, 2015 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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Super Metroid Phazon Hack is like if Ice Metal tried to be serious, and tried to be Redesign.
An endless supply of new graphics and new levels sounds awesome in its own right, but phazon hack spreads itself too thin in terms of content and is really just an over-sized hack with muddled quality in every area.

The graphics are either ripped or obviously imported from photoshop with no evidence of an artful hand in any of the areas, with frequently dull palettes that do no justice.

New features, like the navigation room, seem innovative, but really just end up being make-up measures for the oversized, directionless world that you simply can't navigate yourself.

Samus's movement and physics are no different, which is fine, but feels clunky and irritating when considering the hacks open source contemporaries, like Project Base. It feels like there's no reason to not at least have spinjump restart.

All of the weapons are so obnoxiously weak, it makes ice and wave beam on redesign look like plasma beam in the original.
The enemies are frequently indestructible and do trillions of damage per hit, making later game navigation frustrating bullshit.

Finally, permastucks. Stupid ones, too, like red gates leading to one-way areas, or cages made out of respawning speedbooster blocks. It's like they were intentional.

When I think about it, the only good quality about this hack is that it's done. Lots of other hacks have managed this, and they didn't receive their good rating simply for that.
Others enjoy it, but I hate this hack. Don't play it. There are much better ways of spending your time right here on the hacks page.
By MetroidMst on Apr 06, 2015 (Star Star Star Star Star )
63% in 5:46
The first and most obvious things you notice about this hack are that just about every sort of graphical object has been touched in some way, which is impressive in itself no matter how it was done. You are offered a massive world to explore, and to help guide you there are some boards scattered about in specific areas. The thing I enjoyed most about the boards are that they showed the area and general location of the next item, but nothing else. It gives you a general sense of direction, but without holding your hand.

There are reasons to knock this hack though. Once again, a hack completely disregards Beams being useful. Enemies go from taking a crap ton of shots to destroy, to slightly less than a crap ton of shots to destroy. Ice Beam is once again made completely useless by actually weakening the beam combo overall. Beams don't feel like rewards, which is a shame because they should feel like some of the biggest in whatever hack they're in. The one saving factor here is that you don't have to pause to change your beams around to damage enemies. (Not that it would matter.)

In any case, this is still a hack worth playing. There is a lot of area to explore through, and plenty of new things to keep your interest throughout.
By squishy_ichigo on Apr 11, 2015 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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By Elminster on Apr 19, 2015 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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I enjoyed my time with this hack. The complete graphical overhaul kept me interested, and I wanted to keep playing more and more just to see what was done with the next areas, bosses, and items. It does have issues with lack of direction at times, and some enemies take too many shots to kill and break the flow. The final area is a bit too long, and the ending has some potential but is anti-climactic. The promise of a lot of new custom things is what made it worth playing for me.
By Vismund Cygnus on Apr 20, 2015 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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By Cirno on Apr 26, 2015 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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It's a complete graphical overhaul and uses areas that aren't the standard Super Metroid ones, which is already a huge bonus in my book.
By Steel Sparkle on Jul 31, 2015 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 2:07
This game looks amazing. I love the GFX choices and how it is a huge reference to the prime series. I loved and enjoyed this hack through and through and love the reward for those who are of the collecting type :3
By Aran;Jaeger on Dec 08, 2016 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 11:22
No animals to be saved.
All 50 Phazon Particles collected.
By BFrobber on Mar 05, 2017 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
Great graphics and gameplay, but I have no idea where I'm going
By infinality on Mar 30, 2017 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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This hack gets a gold star for being unique. It has a different feel than most of the other ones. I played through half of it before I realized I wasn't on the most recent version, and converting over the latest one was... interesting. But at least the map fills out now and remembers the rooms you've been in.
By Pixel_Tiger on Jun 26, 2017 (Star Star Star Star Star )
89% in 12:34
Ok, lets see...

This hack was somewhat frustrating at the beginning but that was my own fault. I just got this hack without reading the forums and didn't navigate through the planet with the help of the MAPS the hack does provide!

The difficulty is average and you don't really need to know that many tricks. The only downside many people already mentioned is that it takes some time to beat fierce enemies like 'pirates' and so on. Most of the time you will flee - looking for a safe corner and shoot enemies from there. Getting hit by everything else than small enemies is like getting hit by a truck. YOU WON'T SURVIVE several hits.

I liked the design and tiles and it had some nice details. Another thing that I want to point out, like others said, is that having the full beam combo is not the best option to deal damage. As soon as I didn't need DARK BEAM, I deactivated it for the sake of dealing SOME damage!

Last thing I want to critizise is... WHY ARE YOU NOT ABLE TO SCROLL THROUGH THE WHOLE MAP? (Got stuck for a significant amount of time finding my way to the end....)
By Shadow96 on Jul 22, 2017 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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Fantastic hack, one of the greats.
By jumbohotdogs100 on Sep 03, 2017 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 14:21
this hack is certainly one of the best that ive seen thus far. it is super difficult for most anyone who doesn't know what to expect out of it, but a few hours in this game will change how u play and how u take it. this hack is incredible and completely beatable, despite its ridiculous difficulty. I will tell u that, if u plan to play for 100%, u better check places u swear u thought u checked. that said, please try to enjoy this hack and give some love to the creators of it, they deserve it :)
By PHOSPHOTiDYL on Jan 07, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
0% in 8:00
Wonderful hack. Been playing it for years.
However there's always been a problem when playing on psp w/snes9xtyl.
012B48 to C2 fixes the equipment screen freeze bug.

No idea how every other emulator runs the WDM opcode...
By cazort on Jul 03, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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I have not finished this hack, not because it's that hard, but because I got bored some time into it. I may return to finish it at some point in the future, and perhaps add to this review at this time, but I think I've played enough to review.

This is one of those epic, complete hacks that radically changes the look and feel of the game. It's like a whole new game...and there is some really remarkable stuff about it that makes me say "WOW". That said, in the end it wasn't as fun to play as some other, less remarkable hack.

I'll hit the pros and cons:

PROS:
+ Graphics. The look-and-feel is amazing...it feels like a completely different world. Some rooms just had me saying "wow" at how well-crafted they were. It's a lot more StarWars-esque than Metroid. The author of this hack clearly got the "world building" element of this...it has a consistent vibe or feel throughout the game, and it's richly developed. Each area of the game feels totally different from the others, and totally different from the original game. Seeing and exploring the world was what made me most interested.
+ Relatively accessible difficulty level. This is marked as "Veteran" but I find it much easier than, say, Eris, which I thought was a beautifully-crafted world but unplayably difficult.
+ Some great creative changes to bosses. Each boss somehow feels radically different from the original, even if it's super clear which boss each was derived from.
+ Great change to item order, leading to a very different feel for how the game progresses.
+ Original beam system. Some people complain about the way the beams work (activate many different ones and the result is weaker) but I like this -- in my opinion it fixes something that was broken or a weak point about the original super metroid, which is that the beams compound to become stronger so it usually makes sense to have them all turned on. This game makes you think and carefully choose which one(s) to have turned on -- turning them all on makes it weaker. Overall I think this leads for a MUCH better gameplay...it's more interesting and more fun, a richer experience.

CONS:
- My first pro was the graphics, so it's appropriate that my first con is also the graphics. Some graphics, particular tiles just look bad...sloppy, amateurish, blocky. There are areas where I feel like I'm playing an 8-bit game on a 16-bit platform.
- World is VAST and empty. Emphasis on the EMPTY. A huge portion of the time I spent playing this hack, I was just wandering around empty rooms...many had no enemies, no features worth mentioning, no secrets or items, nothing to do other than walk (or jump or climb) through them. VERY large roooms...WAAAY too big. This is true right from the start of the game and it doesn't seem to show much sign of slowing down for quite a ways into the game.
- Other users have complained about the game closing off areas to you that were previously accessible. Maybe the particular way this played out for me, it didn't bother me as much (I'm pretty thorough at exploring the first time around), but, even though I turned out okay (I think this was perhaps luck), I also don't like this aspect of the game.

That's it. But that second con is SOOOO bad that it docks it 2 stars for me. Seriously...I feel like this hack is so amazing and all the strong points of the hack are under-utilized by the mostly-empty, boring world which you will find yourself traversing over and over again figuring out where to go.

To point to other hacks that I think have elements that could be used to improve this one, Hyper Metroid also has a HUGE world but somehow makes it feel more connected and easily-traversible than Phazon hack did. Eris also manages to have an extensive world, but it's very dense and richly-packed with interesting features (although IMHO way too difficult.) I think Phazon hack could be improved by either making the world more compact and/or easier to traverse, or just making it richer and more interesting.

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