Round Up: Metroid Dread Reviews Have Arrived
Metroid Dread will finally be in our hands in just two days, and that should be a pretty incredible comeback for the franchise.
Reviews of the game started pouring in today, including ours, so we’ve rounded up a selection of quotes and review scores from different outlets. Below you’ll see how well the title fared with the media ahead of launch, and hopefully you’ll have a clearer idea of ââwhether or not it might be right for you.
Before we dive in, we would naturally encourage you to check out our own review:
Okay, now that you’ve read our final verdict, let’s see what the other reviewers had to say.
We will kick things off with VGC, who joined us in giving the game a perfect score:
“With an almost perfect balance of nods to the past and fresh ideas, Metroid Dread brings cinematic flair, fast-paced action and a surprising story to the side-scrolling classic. It’s the return fans have been waiting for.”
The player opted for a score of 4.5 / 5, qualifying it as a “remarkable achievement”:
âMetroid Dread suffers from a few minor grievances, but overall it’s a remarkable achievement in not only resurrecting a dormant and beloved series, proving its authority in the genre it inhabits, or introducing the type. hermetic design that we would expect from a title of this caliber. This is a remarkable achievement because it’s one of those rare games that sets an atmospheric target and launches it to and through the stratosphere. This is, here, one of the best games of 2021 – we’re still in for a treat when Samus returns. “
VG247 called it a “thrilling experience”, giving the game a score of 4/5:
âMetroid Dread is likely to give those who counted the days to its release exactly what they want: a thrilling online experience with what they loved in previous games. There are original ideas here – but it’s better to think of them as evolutions of what came before rather than anything groundbreaking.There are stumbles here and there with signaling difficulty and progression, but it all feels very Metroid. Dread is not a Super Metroid, but this game is a foolproof timeless one. Putting this game aside, Dread lives up to the series and is worth a look. “
The folks at Eurogamer described it as “a stylish and visually lavish return to Metroid 2D”:
âIt’s a modern Metroid, a 2D adventure delivered with a triple-A panache, but one that retains the grace and poise that have always marked this series’ strengths, and set it apart from its many imitators. We’re lucky to have Samus properly back, and how wonderful to remember how special Metroid can be. The wait, I’m glad to say, was well worth it. “
And finally, IGN gave it a 9/10:
âEven though this is the latest in a decades-old series, Dread has just enough clever innovation to balance its familiarity. The universally recognizable mix of challenging puzzles, tougher boss fights, Ever-changing exploration and complex level design options that recent games like Hollow Knight and Ori are so right they have a point of origin: it’s Metroid. I love these games, but the team Metroid, a mix of old and new developers now, has shown they know how to do it best.
Metroid Dread will launch on October 8 alongside the all-new Nintendo Switch OLED model. It will be available for purchase either digitally on the Switch eShop or physically at retail. Are you looking forward to playing the game this Friday? Let us know in the comments.
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