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  • Summary: A classic Metroid adventure returns, rebuilt from the ground up. Brave the hostile terrain of an alien planet teeming with vicious life forms as legendary bounty hunter Samus Aran. Her mission? Terminate the Metroid menace in this masterful reimagining of her 1991 Game Boy adventure. SamusA classic Metroid adventure returns, rebuilt from the ground up. Brave the hostile terrain of an alien planet teeming with vicious life forms as legendary bounty hunter Samus Aran. Her mission? Terminate the Metroid menace in this masterful reimagining of her 1991 Game Boy adventure. Samus Arans arsenal has been enhanced with new moves and abilities that are sure to help her face the deadly surprises that await. This intense, side-scrolling action platformer is a great entry point into the Metroid franchise and perfect for returning fans as well, and its available only on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

    Features:
    * This intense, side-scrolling action platformer has been completely remade with engaging and immersive 3D visuals and a rich, atmospheric color palette.
    * Classic Metroid II: Return of Samus gameplay is joined by a wealth of new content, including a set of brand new abilities that utilizes a mysterious energy resource called Aeion, a powerful melee counterattack, and 360-degree Free Aim Mode.
    * There are plenty of secrets to findand if you uncover enough of them, you may even start to unravel the mystery of Planet SR388s past.
    * Two new amiibo figures*Samus Aran and Metroidwill be released as a set alongside the game. This game is also compatible with the Zero Suit Samus and Samus amiibo from the Super Smash Bros. series. Functionality details will be revealed at a later date.
    * While supplies last, fans will be able to purchase a special edition of the game, which includes a physical copy of the game, a sound-selection CD featuring 25 tracks from across the Metroid franchise, and a reversible title-sheet insert for the game case.
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  1. Positive: 77 out of 83
  2. Negative: 0 out of 83
  1. Oct 3, 2017
    100
    Metroid: Samus Returns is an easy recommendation and you can’t go wrong with this in your 3DS library. The team put a lot of work into polishing this remake and it shows. I can’t even tell who gets the better deal here between fans of the original or newcomers like me. All I can say is that this game makes me realize how much I miss a true Metroidvania game made by masters of the craft. If this is how Nintendo wants to pay homage to classic games, I say let’s go for more!
  2. Sep 12, 2017
    93
    Samus returns with an adventure that it's an example of how all remakes should be, respecting the original game, honoring the classics and adding a pinch from the latest games. Samus Returns is not only a great Metroid game: is also one of the best titles for the Nintendo 3DS.
  3. 90
    Offering a fresh take on Super Metroid while updating the franchise for modern audiences and supplanting the sluggish (but narratively important) Metroid II, this return to form is everything a 2D Metroid game should be. Not every modernising addition to the classic formula is as well-polished as it could be, but this is still one of the best entries the series has to offer.
  4. Sep 12, 2017
    85
    A lot could have gone wrong with this remake of Metroid II, since Mercury Steam's last work didn't impress and the franchise was dormant for far too long. Luckily, Samus Returns is a very good metroidvania and an honorable episode of one of the dearest Nintendo franchises.
  5. Oct 3, 2017
    85
    Metroid: Samus Returns is a solid remake that doesn't reinvent the wheel or eclipse the high points of the franchise but represents an enjoyable and well-made return to what makes Metroid work. It's low on story and high on exploration, and that's all it needs to be. The frustrating moments are few and far between, and the 3DS iteration eclipses the Game Boy original in pretty much every way. It's a Metroid title that shows why the old 2D classics were popular, and it succeeds wonderfully. With a ton of hints dropped throughout the game about a new Metroid game after Samus Returns, it should be interesting to see what Mercury Steam can do with an original game.
  6. Sep 13, 2017
    80
    Metroid Samus Returns is a very good remaster of the original GameBoy game with a load of new features that make the game more user-friendly. We only wish the hard mode would have been included in the game, and not exclusive to amiibo owners.
  7. Edge Magazine
    Oct 12, 2017
    60
    Its ragged edges mean it feels more like a competent cover version that occasionally strays off key, rather than the genuine article. [Dec 2017, p.120]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 141
  1. Sep 15, 2017
    10
    AM2R was good but this one is even better. Really. Game Design is top notch. It could be a bit more open for my taste. Getting the hang forAM2R was good but this one is even better. Really. Game Design is top notch. It could be a bit more open for my taste. Getting the hang for the controls takes a bit time. Expand
  2. Oct 27, 2017
    10
    Después de haber acabado el titulo al 100% y en todas sus dificultades, debo decir que estamos ante un titulo imprescindible en la colecciónDespués de haber acabado el titulo al 100% y en todas sus dificultades, debo decir que estamos ante un titulo imprescindible en la colección de todo poseedor de un 3DS, un regreso a la esencia mas pura de un Metroid y del genero Metroidvania, en sus dificultades altas presenta muy buen reto y su duración es muy buena.

    ¡¡¡BRUTAL!!!
    Gráficamente lleva a las capacidades técnicas de un 3DS a lo más alto a lo más alto, entornos llenos de vida sumamente detallados cuidadosamente orquestados con una gama de colores y de profundidad soberbia.
    El mejor efecto 3D paralax logrado en esta consola.
    Los entornos están llenos de vida muy coloridos y extraordinariamente bien logrados.

    La música al contrario de lo que otras personas Pueden decir es excelente, con una selección dt más icónicos de la franquicia terminan por complementar extremadamente bien a los escenarios, la atmósfera de Soledad e incertidumbre se logra magistralmente, llegando a provocar en el jugador tensión, miedo e incluso ansiedad.
    Tonos más movidos y música más frenética también están presentes en los combates contra los jefes que simplemente te dejarán exhausto.

    Los controles y el Gameplay son muy fluidos y amigables con las manos del jugador, Aunque la distribución de los botones a cambiado con respecto a anteriores entregas sigue mostrando esa delicada armonía.

    Contamos con que este título es una re imaginación del original metroid 2 para Game Boy Así que la mayoría de los enemigos serán los propios metroid. Aunque contaremos con algunos otros enemigos y jefes que no son metroid, estos en particular teniendo una muy buena y elevada dificultad.

    Se recomienda a los jugadores veteranos de esta franquicia disfrutar el título en su modalidad fusión ya que la dificultad Se dispara y hace realmente un desafío terminar este juego al 100%..

    Estamos ante el regreso de una de las franquicias más amadas por los jugadores valiendo la pena todo el tiempo que hemos esperado para tener en nuestras manos un título de semejante calidad.

    Nuevamente y para terminar esta reseña reafirmó que aunque no seas fan de la saga y sea la primera vez que juegas a un juego de metroid este juego Es realmente disfrutable y accesible para todos los jugadores nuevos y veteranos nuevamente un 10/10
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  3. Sep 16, 2017
    10
    Great visuals, game-play, and music. This game is great for any person new to the series to start with, and definitely a treat for us old fansGreat visuals, game-play, and music. This game is great for any person new to the series to start with, and definitely a treat for us old fans as we wait for Prime 4. Expand
  4. Sep 20, 2018
    9
    After a whole year, what do I think of this game. The best in the 2D series yet.

    Honestly, in terms of pure mechanics I think Samus Returns
    After a whole year, what do I think of this game. The best in the 2D series yet.

    Honestly, in terms of pure mechanics I think Samus Returns triumphs over them all, with more complexity than the regular 2D games, but not as dynamic as Prime. Samus Returns has that well balanced middle ground in terms of variety. But where the mechanics really shine is the combat. This is the best Metroid game in terms of combat, with the movement system being just quick enough to compliment the shooting. Alongside the 360 aiming and melee counter (though the latter is used a little more than it should be) the combat is the current height of the Metroid franchise.

    The exploration is good, but not as good as it should be. This simply comes down to the upgrades. Finding them isn't as satisfying as it should be, there's no real "aha!" moment in the game (though that could be just me, I have played this game about 16 times). I don't think the scan visor is a bad thing, it helps other players get into the series. Metroid is a tough series to get into, the gameplay can be cryptic, but nowhere near as bad as people make it out to be, and the combat can be lacking.

    The boss battles are also very good. They are well made and a large improvement over the originals, however there are only 2 new bosses in this game, and it really could've worked with even more. But those few bosses are great, with them having dynamic attacks and also have great themes. Which reminds me.

    The soundtrack is absolutely godly. It takes a lot of existing tracks and gives them a more advanced feeling to them, such as the Diggernaut theme being a remix of the first boss of Metroid Prime 3. It's very atmospheric. However the track that plays near the end of the game while you're making your way back to the surface does miss the point.

    One final nitpick I have is that you have to wait until the end of the game to be able to collect every upgrade. If you've been back tracking a lot to get more of them along the journey, this does mean there will be some upgrades scattered around the various areas.

    Overall, a fantastic Metroid game, and really does push the 2D series into a new form. If they make a Super Metroid remake or a Metroid 5, I would be very happy if the game turns out to be like this one. I recommend it to anyone who likes Fusion and or Metroid Prime 2.
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  5. Sep 15, 2017
    9
    Metroid: Samus Returns is an amazing video game, and a must have for the Nintendo 3DS. It truly captures was make Metroid suck a belovedMetroid: Samus Returns is an amazing video game, and a must have for the Nintendo 3DS. It truly captures was make Metroid suck a beloved series adored by many. The game is designed extremely well, and is quite difficult for me personally but that's not a bad thing at all. This game lived up to my expectations, and I hope Nintendo continues to make more Metroid games. Expand
  6. Jun 18, 2018
    8
    Completion: 100% single playthrough

    Pros: - Parrying and analog aiming are great additions that help make combat feel more involved -
    Completion: 100% single playthrough

    Pros:
    - Parrying and analog aiming are great additions that help make combat feel more involved - giving you more options to handle different scenarios
    - The big boss battles (primarily near the end of the game) are a lot of fun, although strategies for actually defeating the bosses can be somewhat obfuscated and not made very clear by any aspect of the game
    - Classic isolated Metroid atmosphere bolstered by a soundtrack that while not stellar on its own, certainly does the job in the context of the game
    - The game is simply a great joy to go through due to the strength of the classic Metroid formula. MercurySteam has done well with this classic franchise and has kept many of its core elements intact for this entry. The meshing of exploration, combat, and steady progression still manage to work well in this one.

    Cons:
    - Structure is too repetitive and linear for a game that should be all about exploration - this applies especially for the mini-bosses littered throughout the levels
    - Power-ups are far too easy to find due to the scan ability. Makes exploration feel less rewarding because you are essentially just following the map. Although this certainly gets rid of some of the frustration often associated with feeling as if you need to bomb/missile every single tile in the game in order to progress, such as is sometimes felt in other Metroid titles, MercurySteam's new method also has issues with it
    - All the Aeion abilities are flawed and I feel as if the game would have been better without them. They are, for the most part, unengaging mechanics that only end up being used in the specific, limited moments where the game wants you to. Although the mechanic is certainly interesting, I wish it could have been implemented better.
    - Don't enjoy the 2.5D graphics - especially when applied to the Metroid universe. Everything seems a bit too cartoony due to the 3D models.

    Final Word:
    Metroid: Samus Returns is a must-play for any Metroidvania fan. While MercurySteam's innovations are both positive and negative, the newest entry in the franchise is certainly a return to form after the last few disappointing titles and is a blast to play front-to-back, despite the oversimplification of the exploration.

    True Score:
    8.3
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  7. Sep 25, 2017
    0
    AWFUL GAME Boring and repetitive gameplay, with enemies resurrecting again and again. If the fight were fun, I could accept it, but it'sAWFUL GAME Boring and repetitive gameplay, with enemies resurrecting again and again. If the fight were fun, I could accept it, but it's tedious. You go through a corridor, you return 30 seconds later and you have to eliminate again the same enemies, or avoid them which is what I ended up doing. You break a stone wall and in a few seconds he regenerates alone. These things in 2017 are ridiculous. The control I did not like nor the combinations of buttons. I am very sorry for Samus, surely this is the last game I bought from MercurySteam and that I am Spanish and from Madrid like them. AWFUL GAME Expand

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