Samus can only shoot three inches in front of her
Not Spazer, just Long Beam.
Yeah Samus should start the game with a Spazer ! ...like this game is not about upgrading and learning new abilitys!
the one complaint about her shooting range is kinda bullshit... it's one of the first upgrades you get in the game. it's there to make you feel progression.
this is the main reason i cant pull myself to play this game. lol
That makes sense when explained like that. I've never been much for speed running, unless there's a tangible award or rank in-game associated with it.
Well, it's kind of because speedrunners are more inclined to take risks for the sake of saving time. Any situation where the Long Beam would be useful is undercut by a riskier but more efficient strategy. For example, while it may make sense to use it in the fight against Kraid, speed runners just jump right up in his grill and just tank through the battle, beating him faster.
I see I'd find that surprising to skip it altogether for Speed Runners and the last thing for 100%ers because of it's usefulness when you get the Wave Beam.
Actually, the Long Beam can be a bit of a bother as well. Since you could only have three shots on the screen at a time (a la Mega Man), this meant that you'd miss and have to wait for it to disappear. Without it, you could fire continuously. In fact, all speedrunners skip it (or leave it for the end in 100% runs) because it just isn't worth it, really.
AT THE START Tom. AT THE START!
Acquire Long Beam