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85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 83 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 83
  2. Negative: 0 out of 83
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  1. Games Master UK
    Oct 6, 2017
    72
    An uneven remake that rallies strongly to banish early disappointment - stick with it. [Nov 2017, p.67]
  2. Dec 7, 2017
    70
    It definitely overstays its welcome, and it's far from the best in the series, it's been so long since there was a Metroid game that it's nice to see it back here on the 3DS. I feel like they've built strong mechanics, which can hopefully serve a more varied and interesting quest in a future entry to the series, maybe one that DOESN'T involve doing the same fights over and over the entire game. Samus Returns is definitely a step up from the original Metroid 2, but it is unable to touch the heights of both the series and the genre.
  3. Sep 21, 2017
    70
    Metroid: Samus Returns’ amalgamation of some things old and some things new results in a 2D Metroid game that, while at its most evolved, is caught in somewhat of an identity crisis. There are brief flickers of brilliance showing us what this exploratory new take on the series could have been, but it often finds itself carrying the overbearing weight of being a pseudo-authentic remake.
  4. Sep 12, 2017
    70
    Samus Returns is not the most faithful remake in history, but taken on its own terms it’s a fun shooter with just enough Metroid flavour to keep fans happy.
  5. Oct 2, 2017
    65
    What it comes down to is Metroid: Samus Returns feels like a game that would have killed (and in many ways belongs) in the 90’s. But in a current climate where the game has to compete with powerhouses Ori and the Blind Forest, Holloe Knight, or SteamWorld Dig 2, the title feels tepid in comparison.
  6. 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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  1. Sep 12, 2017
    It all adds up to an underwhelming return. MercurySteam now has the curious distinction of being the one developer to have worked on both Metroid and Castlevania on the 3DS and fallen wide of the mark on both. This isn't quite the disappointment that was Mirrors of Fate, and there's a hard-edged gem to be found in what was always going to be a troubled exercise. Samus Returns is ultimately a noble remake that fixes so many of the original's problems, but it doesn't do so without introducing a handful of its own.
  2. Sep 12, 2017
    The Metroid story is one of feast or famine. That avalanche of new games in the early 2000s itself followed nearly a decade of dormancy. I hope that Samus Returns’ title has some greater meaning beyond being a simple inversion of the Game Boy game’s, and indeed heralds the return of this sadly neglected series. Samus’s return to the past was fun; now here’s looking to the future.
  3. Sep 12, 2017
    For all its minor failings, Samus Returns fundamentally feels like Metroid in dozens of little ways that add up to an aesthetic satisfaction that easily overcomes its flaws. It’s all in the little details: the handling of Samus’ spin-jumps, the way she aims her arm cannon, the irresistible musical sting that accompanies every hard-won new toy. It’s been a while since anyone made a real Metroid game, and for all its minor faults, that’s what Samus Returns is. For the first time in years, she’s back, and finally, so are we.
  4. Sep 12, 2017
    Like Metroid: Zero Mission before it, Samus Returns is an ideal reimagining, a game that takes the essence of the series and makes it feel completely at home on modern hardware. There’s no aspect of Samus Returns that feels archaic. It’s a game that belongs in 2017. But more than just being a great remake, it’s also a great reminder of what Metroid is.
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 602 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 33 out of 602
  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. Full Review »
  2. Sep 15, 2017
    10
    FINALLY! The first side-scrolling action-adventure classic Metroid game since 2004's Metroid: Zero Mission. This is the franchise thatFINALLY! The first side-scrolling action-adventure classic Metroid game since 2004's Metroid: Zero Mission. This is the franchise that invented the "Metroidvania" genre and it's a masterpiece! Perfect and fast 2D gameplay with gorgeous stereoscopic 3D graphics on the 3DS. This is a Masterpiece. 10/10 Full Review »
  3. Sep 15, 2017
    10
    This is the type of Metroid game we needed for a LONG time. Especially for a game that was once on the OG Gameboy. Metroid 2 was my firstThis is the type of Metroid game we needed for a LONG time. Especially for a game that was once on the OG Gameboy. Metroid 2 was my first game of the franchise that I played back in 1991. So seeing a remake of it is a sight for sore eyes. Better story, graphics and difficulty along with new abilities and mythos. Buy it, people! Full Review »