Join intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran in her first new 2D Metroid story in 19 years. Samus’ story continues after the events of the Metroid Fusion game when she descends upon planet ZDR to investigate a mysterious transmission sent to the Galactic Federation. The remote planet has become overrun by vicious alien lifeforms and chilling mechanical menaces. Samus is more agile and capable than ever, but can she overcome the inhuman threat stalking the depths of ZDR?
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Metroid DREAD is the perfect fifth and final installment to the METROID series. It pays homage to all the systems and legacies of the originals and improves on them. It feels like a natural evolution of those games in the most perfect way, and is a beautiful send-off in every regard.
That being said, its potential is held back, by being the perfect sequel. Don't get me wrong, it is a near masterpiece of a game... But I feel like within all these years, we've seen the Metroid genre grow and expand in exceptional ways, and Dread takes... Virtually none of those ideas. You play the game and you can see its potential behind the curtain... I hope there's a spiritual sequel. A true new story line with the same game engine and risks. Idk. It gets so much right I just wish it could be tweaked to be perfect.
The movement is phenomenal, and addicting, only marred by the times they slow you down intentionally. Combat is smooth and flows very well, leading to you feeling at fault for every death and mistake.
The biggest thing is the pacing and exploration... Feel a bit off. You're getting a new ability every 15 - 30 minutes, just to be rushed to the next boss or ability (or both). And you somehow don't get lost and know exactly where to go (unless you sequence break).
But overall it's an incredible game that I recommend to the hardcore gamers out there. If you see it on sale though for around 25 bucks it would be a steal for anyone to pick up.
Sooooo it turns out there's no reward for filling in literally every inch of every single room on the map.
Best 2D Metroid, no question. Controls are absurdly fluid. Boss fights are phenomenal. Cutscenes are killer. E.M.M.I.s are terrifying. (They killed me AT LEAST 50 times throughout my 13 hours spent 100%ing this game) New upgrades are surprising and fun to use.
But the best part?
I've been waiting for this game since I beat Metroid Fusion in 2004. I followed every article online that mentioned the codenamed "Metroid Dread" in development for the DS. I dreamed about this game. I wondered where things would go next. What I did NOT expect were the clever and gorgeous ways that this builds DIRECTLY off of Fusion. Make no mistake, this is not just a new 2D Metroid, this is a direct sequel to Metroid 4, in story, design, and mechanics.
Seeing elements from Fusion represented in gorgeous 3D made me audibly gasp. The story did the same. Dread is more than I ever hoped it could be. After a decade and a half of on-again-off-again development, it's honestly shocking it turned out this great.
Metroid Dread is the anti-Duke Nukem Forever.