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  • Summary: 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 hasJoin 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?

    Face off against unrelenting E.M.M.I. robots

    Once DNA-extracting research machines, the imposing E.M.M.I. are now hunting Samus down. Tensions are high as you evade these E.M.M.I. to avoid a cruel death while finding a way to take them down. Find out what turned these robotic wonders into the scourge of ZDR and escape with your life.

    Feel Samus’ power grow as you gain maneuvers and abilities

    Acquire new and familiar abilities as you traverse the many environments of this dangerous world. Parkour over obstacles, slide through tight spaces, counter enemies, and battle your way through the planet. Return to areas and use your new abilities to find upgrades, alternate paths, and a way forward. Explore the sprawling map, evade and destroy E.M.M.I. robots, and overcome the dread plaguing ZDR.
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  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Feb 18, 2022
    100
    Quotation forthcoming.
  2. Oct 6, 2021
    100
    Metroid Dread is a triumphant return for both Samus Aran and developer MercurySteam. This is a super-slick, hugely entertaining and exquisitely designed entry in the Metroid franchise that plays better than anything we've seen from the series so far. With a bunch of fantastic new abilities, super tense and enjoyable stealth sections, plenty of great big boss fights and a story that fans will definitely enjoy, we can't really see how this one could have been any better. Best Metroid game ever? This could be the one.
  3. Oct 6, 2021
    91
    Metroid Dread is the comeback we have been dreaming about for years. There is some room for improvement, but overall it’s an incredibly solid game and a must-buy for any Metroid (or metroidvania) fan.
  4. 90
    A continuation of Samus’ story from Metroid Fusion, Metroid Dread excels as a hybrid of both classic and modern Metroid gameplay. The exploration and combat are top-notch, with satisfying boss fights complete with stunning graphics and mid-action cutscenes. It’s only a few nitpicks that prevent Dread from being a masterpiece, but that still means that it’s a must-have for Metroid fans. The future holds a lot of promise for Samus Aran.
  5. Oct 6, 2021
    90
    Metroid Dread for the Nintendo Switch is a worthy holder of the title "Metroid 5." Its sprawling world begs you to explore every inch of it, and while it keeps Samus Returns' control elements, they feel much better on the Switch. This is a proper Metroid 5, and that's more than enough to make it an Editors’ Choice pick for Switch games.
  6. Oct 6, 2021
    85
    An intoxicating power climb, top-notch level design and a fear-inducing hook make this an incredibly compelling and long overdue side-scrolling Metroid sequel. It struggles with sticking too closely to the roots of its decades-old predecessors and could definitely learn a thing or two from contemporary Metroidvanias, but it's a blast all the same.
  7. 50
    Metroid Dread can't commit to giving players an action-packed power fantasy or a suspenseful adventure against the odds. It's quick, short, and snappy -- all things that can be good when used right, but not at all what Metroid Dread set out to deliver.

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  1. Oct 9, 2021
    10
    Wow, what a hell of a game. Have always loved Metriod since 1989 on the NES. Weather its Prime or side scroller, i love them all. GraphicsWow, what a hell of a game. Have always loved Metriod since 1989 on the NES. Weather its Prime or side scroller, i love them all. Graphics are just top notch. Cut scenes to gameplay its a pretty game. The controls are great and the story is pretty good so far(just beat 4th boss) so i have more to play. But from what i have played i love. Brings in oldskool gamers to modern perfectly. You will die a few times before u get farther but its worth it. Great job NIntendo! Expand
  2. Oct 10, 2021
    10
    Me encanta el juego y su profundidad, la atmósfera está conseguida como los títulos anteriores y los paisajes de fondos son muy animadoMe encanta el juego y su profundidad, la atmósfera está conseguida como los títulos anteriores y los paisajes de fondos son muy animado llegando al punto de creer que se acercan los bichos.

    El brillo de la armadura es excelente y la trama de la historia de sobrevivir me gusta.
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  3. Nov 28, 2021
    10
    If I had to choose a game of the year this is easily it, I am new to the Metroid series and went into this game with low hopes, it blew myIf I had to choose a game of the year this is easily it, I am new to the Metroid series and went into this game with low hopes, it blew my expectations out of the water. Definitely getting the next Metroid game if there is to be one, this game is a masterpiece. 10/10, it executes boss fights so well and I had no idea you could make fights so epic because this game does it REALLY WELL, the boss fights are challenging and badass. It isn’t at all what I thought I was getting into, the trailer in my opinion looked kinda lame other than the EMMI’s but playing as Samus there is so much tension and dread. The hardest part of the game is finding out where to go, the structure is secretly pretty linear but I still got lost at times, don’t get me wrong though, it was super fun figuring out where to go and satisfying. Expand
  4. Oct 12, 2021
    10
    Finally after 19 year from the last 2d metroid fusion we have a sequel.
    Mercury steam make a great work, they take experience with remake
    Finally after 19 year from the last 2d metroid fusion we have a sequel.
    Mercury steam make a great work, they take experience with remake samus return on 3ds and this is the evolution of that game.Initially i was disappointed to see metroid in 2.5d instead of 2d sprite but when i play i think they make a good choise, the visual is very good and the stability and fluidity are fantastic, they put also the directional of the fire on all direction also when move, you feel the control of samus in all her powerfull ability.The map and exploration are very good is more like super metroid than samus return and fusion, Adam here not indicate youe verything like he make in fusion and the eexploration are more free than samus return.
    The Emmi are a good sequence and news, they expande the idea of Sa-X from fusion but make a zone for them instead a sequence.
    The only issue in game some ripetivity of some powerful enemy like chozo warrior or the emmy, For the Emmy i think that was better to make them more different each other than they make.
    For the other i think is one of the best metroid i play is perfect?No but for me the only two metroidvania that are perfect are super metroid and castlevania symphony of the night.
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  5. Nov 3, 2021
    9
    An absolutely brilliant return to form that fully embraces the series use of non-linear progression to craft a truly unique entry into theAn absolutely brilliant return to form that fully embraces the series use of non-linear progression to craft a truly unique entry into the series. This game also features by far my favorite iteration of Samus, fully leaning into her badass charm, while also allowing her to have scenes where we see a much tender side to her character. Expand
  6. Oct 14, 2021
    9
    Between implementing a new and interesting powerset / platforming mechanics lock-and-key, having good navigational conveyance without theBetween implementing a new and interesting powerset / platforming mechanics lock-and-key, having good navigational conveyance without the explicit map direction of Zero Mission or the cattle-chuting of Fusion, and a satisfyingly twisty plot that really fleshes out the existing canon without contradicting it, it's clear that Mercury Steam and Nintendo have really banged out an excellent title.

    There are spots that do feel unfair - but the game autosaves just before you enter them, so there isn't a whole lot of lost progress (though, having to replay cutscenes is annoying, even if you just have to hit [+], [-] to get past 'em.

    There's also very little music and, while that does lend to the atmosphere, I found myself missing it.

    Those two minor issues is the only reason I don't give it a 10. Still, amazing entry in the series, and absolutely worthy of being a Metroid.
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  7. Nov 8, 2021
    0
    E.M.M.I need I say more for giving this a 0? Why Nintendo? Why? what is wrong with you?

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