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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent remake of a lesser-known title.

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    Warrick
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    I am a long-time fan of Nintendo Games, and of Metroid in particular. Metroid has always been a series I've regarded with a great fondness. Super Metroid was one of the first games I was truly enamored with, even before Mario and Zelda. This title is a remake of the second entry in the series, Metroid II: Return of Samus, which appeared on the original Gameboy. I have only played a little of the original myself, and therefore cannot go in-depth into the updates in the Remake, aside from improvements that have become standard since the time of the original release. The gameplay shares the style of side-scrolling Metroid titles like Super Metroid and Fusion. Abilities such as the Spider-ball make their re-debut, and abilities like Wall-jump and Edge grab are present as well. Four new abilities, called Aeion abilites, reveal a portion of the map, offer damage protection, rapid-fire, and slow-down time. They are powered by an Aeion meter, and are unlocked a certain points in the game. The premise of the story, which I'll get to, is that Samus is hunting-down and exterminating the Metroid population. As such there is a certain amount of repetition. The development team did a good job of making the level design varied, and the gradual progression into more challenging Metroids satisfying. Still, most Metroid fights aren't all that unique. Also many of the standard enemies in later levels are upgraded versions of those present in earlier levels. Even so, I personally found there to be enough variety to avoid making the game a slog to the end. Difficulty-wise, this game isn't punishing, but it isn't easy either. Newer players will likely struggle, even with helpful abilities enabled. When the next level of Metroid is introduced, fighting it can be a pretty decent challenge. By the time you're pretty used to that kind of Metroid, a more powerful one is introduced. The Omega Metroid was epic to fight, and a joy to defeat. There are also a few boss fights that are pleasing, if occasionally frustrating, challenges. I also greatly enjoyed the final boss, and found it to be quite difficult. A gaming savant might find it easy or moderately challenging. An unskilled gamer would likely find it impossible. Overall, I found the challenge to be slightly more than what I would find in most other games. Story-wise, there isn't much there explicitly. Lore exists outside the game, such as the origin of Metroids, or the Chozo, but it isn't delved into. Veterans of the series will definitely notice nods to other titles, and easily see where this game falls between the original Metroid, and Super Metroid. Newcomers may be lost entirely to the narrative, or the significance of certain events or enemies. What this game accomplishes is a sense of solitude. A lone huntress charging in headfirst into a danger-filled world. The story, in that sense, is more experienced than told. Much can be, and has been, extrapolated from the series as a whole, for those who are interested. For average gamers, I encourage you to simply play the game, and enjoy it for what it is upfront. Overall, I think this game appeals more to experienced gamers than newcomers. While the difficulty curve isn't extreme for newcomers, this wouldn't be the first game I'd give them to play. As a game, it is mechanically solid, and is a blast to play. It is more centered around an experience than a narrative, which may be a turn-off for some. However, I think most gamers will enjoy it, and especially fans of the Metroid series.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Samus Strikes Again

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    Ribnax
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    Super Metroid is one of my favorite games of all time, and I'm ALWAYS in the mood for more of Samus' adventures, even if some of the games in the franchise left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Exploration, discovery, tense encounters, and atmospheric environments are the bread and butter of Metroid, and although I have high standards when it comes to these things, Metroid: Samus Returns gave me another quality entry in the series. Metroid: Samus Returns is a remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus, and Nintendo really overhauled the entire game. Enemies are updated, new abilities are added, and the game is far more expansive. If you are looking for a full-bodied Metroid game, this is it. Metroid: Samus Returns has over 10 hours of content, even for players who want to mainline the essential encounters, which makes it over three times longer than Super Metroid. Bigger isn't always better, but in this case, cleverly designed puzzles, tons of new abilities, and strange boss encounters create a truly fantastic experience. The new melee ability, in particular, is one worth mentioning, as it makes it easier for Samus to rebuff charging attackers, taking advantage of a momentary stun to do boosted damage. The game requires players to use the ability too often, and it can get tedious when melee countering provides the only opportunity for damaging dangerous enemies. Overall, Metroid: Samus Returns is a fantastic game, and one of the best Metroid games, and one I'd highly recommend for any fans of Metroid, Castlevania, or other platforming adventure games. Now if it would only come to Switch...

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great, but not quite perfect.

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    Nico
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    Metroid 2: Return of Samus is a frustrating timesink that can feel hardly worth the effort you put in. Now Metroid: Samus Returns is a fantastic game that sets the standard for "remastered" games. The first breath of fresh air Samus Returns introduces is the counter-attack mechanic, which lets you manage fights and your speed. Then the first Aeion ability you're given is Scan Pulse, which reveals most secrets within a certain distance, removing the need for guessing which blocks are destructable. Just as with the original, how you go about exploring is mostly up to you. The map helps tremendously with this, as well as the hints from the Chozo seals. You'll *almost* never feel lost. Only once did I really feel lost, and it was during a specific boss fight (which I feel could've been designed better). Now, the downsides. While the counter-attack mechanic is nice, it also gets fairly stale, fast. Although, this is mostly due to the lack of variety in enemies and having to backtrack through them. The controls a great, but they're locked in. That means no adjusting your key configs for the physical buttons or the touchscreen controls. The touchscreen buttons would've been great to rearrange because some of them are in such awkward positions. Whether you have big, small, or the perfect hands for the 3DS, unless you're fine taking your time to select things, you'll find yourself thinking the same thing. Overall, Samus Returns is a great addition to the Metroid series, with very minor issues. The perfect thing to sit on while you wait for Prime 4.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Update of Old School Classic

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    BillB
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    I have been a fan of the Metroid series since the original game on the NES. And, like many a long suffering Metroid fan, I've seriously missed Nintendo's intergalactic bounty hunter. Finally, after 7 years, we have something to rejoice - Samus has returned. It feels great to be running around in her power armor again. This is a remake of Metroid 2 on the original Gameboy. Since the original game was remade with Zero Mission on the GBA, that left Metroid 2 out in the cold as the game that had aged the least gracefully, and the hardest one to get into due to outdated game design. This game does an excellent job of bring Samus' second outing into the modern era. The control is spot on. Combat is challenging, but fair. And the exploration/backtracking never feels tiresome. In terms of combat, there is an addition to Samus' arsenal, and that is a melee counter move. Using this move is essential to your survival, especially early on in the game. Some people may think that it breaks the flow of the game - I disagree. I feel it makes encounters slightly more strategic instead of just jump/dodge/shoot repeat. Fans of the series in particular and "Metroidvania" genre in general will not be disappointed. And if you like your games to have rewarding exploration with challenging combat, you won't be disappointed either. Go get this game!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Incredible game--among the best in the series

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    Believe the hype, because Samus truly is back and boy is it a glorious return to form for the bounty hunter extraordinaire. This is easily one of the best in the series history and, in fact, if I had to rank it among the other 2D entries in the series, I'd say it's right up there along side the legendary Super Metroid. Super is possibly my favorite game of all time, so that's saying something. While playing through this game, it was obvious that MercurySteam and the big N put so much love and care into this title. They really captured the feel of a Metroid game, and it shows in all facets of the experience. From the stellar score, to the fresh and exciting gameplay, it all coalesces to form a game that not only meets, but in my opinion, exceeds the standards set by the "Metroidvania" genre it helped create. There's a good reason why many games seek to emulate this franchises' style and gameplay, and this game is proof that the grandfather of them all still has what it takes to reign supreme. There's a certain something about this series, a certain polish if you will, that lends itself well to it being the epitome of it's namesake genre. I urge anyone who has even an ounce of interest in action-adventure platformers to give this a try--you won't be disappointed.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Couldn't put down - best Metroid yet

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    turbo2600
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    Let me start off by saying that I've always been fond of the "Metroid" series. I own the original on my NES, have all of the entries in the Prime series, downloaded Super Metroid on the Virtual Console years back... and they're some of the best games ever made. But there was always something about them- they seemed like "chore" to accomplish. Not so with Samus Returns! The pacing of the game keeps you engaged as you hunt down Metroids. The puzzles elements of the game are challenging, but not in such a way where you want to walk away from the game. I beat the game in 21 hours with 100% completion - I couldn't put it down! Try to beat it in 20 hours or less for the best ending. Visually, the game is graphically impressive, and the 3D depth effect gives everything a nice pop as you explore the caverns in the game. The soundtrack and sound effects are impressive - listen with decent headphones for the full experience. Another solid 3DS title - scoop it up if you can!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Metroid fun.

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    PeiWeiHerman
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    I love metroid style games and this game is no exception. I never played the original on GameBoy so this was a great chance for me to play it in all of its updated glory. From the very beginning of I could tell that it is one of the best looking games for 3DS. The gameplay is solid and what you'd expect from a Metroid game. As with any Metroidvania game, sometimes you can get lost. There is a feature built into the game to give you a nudge in the right direction by placing an icon in the area you need to go. This helped me a bit when I wasn't sure where to go next and I didn't have to resort to checking online to complete any parts. I'm currently playing through the Fusion mode which is a pretty big step up in difficulty and it's great. I can see myself playing through this at least a few more times before I'm done with it. I can't recommend this title enough.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good excpet for one thing

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    Pete
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    Finally we get a real Metroid game! Metroid Samus Returns is a remake of Metroid 2 which only appeared on the game boy. The remake is awesome and plays fantastic. The remake expands and makes the game better in alot of ways by adding more to explore and making it less linear than the original game. The only thing I wasn't a fan of was the new melee attack. Enemies will often flash signaling that they are going to rush you and you can counter them with a melee. Usually if successful you will kill the enemy (if its not a boss) with one shot of your beam after a counter. I feel this really changes how the game is played and I didn't like it as much. Some of you might like the melee counter alot, but for me it didn't click. However, it isn't enough to bring the game down since the game is still fun.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great game, inferior to what has come before

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    Great game, the only problem is it's part of a series full of all-time classics. Much more combat focused than other Metroids, which works in this game's favor, it's implemented in a way that feels natural for the series and really helps set this game apart. This biggest issue I'm having is that the world is just not as natural, cohesive, and interesting as Super Metroid, Fusion, or any of the Primes. The backgrounds are nice and add some depth and have interesting touches, but overall the foreground environments you will be traversing are all very same-y feeling rocky platforms. The progression is a little too automatic, as well. You will rarely feel the need to backtrack and search every nook of the map. For some that's a plus; for me, however, I want that feeling of being lost and needing to explore in my Metroid games.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Metroid Reruns

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    Jocur
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    To start off, I love the 2.5d art style of this. The 3D backgrounds really breath life into all of the areas, especially when those backgrounds hold life lying in wait for their turn to go after Samus. As for gameplay, it's pretty standard 2D Metroid. I think if you enjoyed the the others like Fusion, Super, or Zero Mission, you will enjoy this. The whole game is essentially a long collect-a-thon. You need to collect the DNA from 40 Metroids on SR-388. The game would be really exciting if all the metroids were different, but unfortunately you will fight a lot of recurring bosses as well as normal enemies in this game. While that gets samey, it is still a joy to explore the different areas, even if it is a bit more linear. Also, there are few elements in games that are more satisfying then the counter attack in this game.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Don't skip this if you've played AM2R

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    Odin
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    I've been waiting for a new 2D Metroid game for years and the wait has been worth it. The series quite literally returns to its roots but with modern design. While it's conceptually a remake of Metroid II - Return of Samus for the original Nintendo Gameboy (before even Color!), the layout of the map is overhauled to the point where it's basically an entirely new game. MercurySteam and Nintendo really refined this game which sets it apart from a certain fanmade remake. Both games are fantastic and I highly recommend you play both to see the unique merits of both, even if you've never played the original. Objectively speaking, the original Gameboy game is actually terrible but the remakes remedy a lot of the issues that game had. You can skip the Gameboy one unless you're interested to see a product of that time.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A return to something we love

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    JeffCross
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    The game feels like Metroid II only in the first few minutes... after that, it feels like a completely different game. If you are looking for a solid Metroid game... this is the one for you. Samus is back it is a beautiful thing. The new melee attack mechanic is fun, it makes the whole game feel more action-packed... but it feels slower when there are fewer enemies on screen. waiting for the attack with just one enemy so you don't get bum rushed. The "bosses" are not as varied as other Metroids mostly just the same Metroid over and over (with a few bosses here and there) but I believe that is because this is a Metroid 2 remake. These are the two problems I see with the game... but it does not stop it from being an awesome game... if you like Metroid type games this is a must play.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A return to form

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    Kyle
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    Metroid: Samus Returns is a throwback to the 2D days of Metroid, long before the great Metroid drought of the late 2000s / early 2010s. This game is based on the older Metroid title Metroid II, but the level designs have been remade to be much more sprawling. While the atmosphere of the redesign is not as thick as the original, the mechanics are greatly improved. Samus moves much more nimbly, can aim 360 degrees around her, and use melee attacks to counter foes. She also gains access to new Aeon abilities, which allow her to scan the surrounding map, temporarily become invincible, or unleash a flurry of bullets, amongst others. While this title doesn't match the greatness of Super Metroid, it is a solid addition to the franchise to hold us over until Metroid Prime 4.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Such a fun experience

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    This is really my first Metroid title that I played myself and it did not disappoint. I knew of Samus from Smash and of course watching Let's Plays of Super Metroid and the Prime series, but I was not ready to experience it myself! There is a learning curve, certainly, but Samus' powerups are somewhat fluid, though that takes some getting used to as well. The boss fights are fun, if not repetitive, and the final battle was an all out brawl! They did a great job with this remake and I can't wait to see what lies in store for Samus Aran in the future!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Samus Returns! but with a remake...

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    Metroid: Samus Returns is a solid remake of the 1991 Gameboy title Metroid II: Return of Samus and corrects nearly all of the shortcomings of the original but loses something in the process. With the shift to 2.5D, a focus on melee combat early in the game and having been co developed with Mercurysteam, the game lacks a certain Metroid design and polish fans have come to expect. This by no means means the game is bad and it's great that the game exists at all but it's something I feel that's important to know before going in. Some long time fans might be over critical and over look the more praise worthy aspects of the game. If you own a 3DS or love Metroid, do yourself a favor and get this game.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great reimagining of a classic

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    Joei
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    This modern take on the Metroid series and classic Gameboy title has been a pleasant surprise. Although I'm not far into the game, the gameplay has been great, albeit it took a little getting used to, the visuals have been great, and the 3D effect is up there with the best of them. Although the game is a sidescroller like the original, the controls are a bit different with the shooting mechanic and the introduction of the counter mechanic is surprising breath of fresh air. Any fan of the 2D Metroid games should without-a-doubt pick this game up, and any fan of sidescroller action games should give this game a look.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Long Overdue Return

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    Phil
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    Samus Returns is a return to the sidescrolling 2D Metroid series and it does not disappoint. There's plenty to enjoy but this entry is particularly brutal; newcomers will have some difficulty at first getting used to the new mechanics. The 3D effects are gorgeous and it's a shame only now is the 3DS finally graced with a Metroid title. A pivotal scene of development is beautifully fleshed out and paints a clear picture of who Samus is without a single word spoken toward the end. This game is the longest and most expansive of the 2D Metroid games but replaying it has been a joy.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Samus Returns, all right!

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    Koko
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    I’ll keep this short and sweet. Metroid: Samus Returns is a return to form for 2D Metroid games and a welcome one as far as this girl is concerned. It’s vibrant, challenging, and it doesn’t waste time on silly plot threads or minutia. It’s got the adventure without making it too difficult (not that you have to take the “shortcuts”). While I will say that it’s not absolutely perfect, namely in how the enemies and environments pretty much stay the same throughout, it’s a lot of fun and well worth the time and money I spent on it. :D P.S.: I like the melee attack.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An older game turned into a modern classic!

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    Ryan
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    This is a game about exploring an ancient, abandoned planet, trekking through dark caverns and avoiding dangerous monsters as you try to wipe out the last of the Metroids to bring peace to the galaxy. The game is pretty hard and the dangers of Planet SR-388 are going to cause more than a few deaths for all but the most seasoned adventurers, but it is never unfair and the game always allows you to overcome them by paying attention and learning from your mistakes. This game is an absolute must play, and if you've never played a Metroid title before, there's nothing else like it!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Remake!

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    This is a remake of the Gameboy Metroid II and aside from the expected graphics upgrade for the Nintendo 3DS, there are also lots of tweaks to the gameplay mechanics. The original was a decent enough game but this one turns out to be the best of the HANDHELD 2D games, and just behind the SNES classic Super Metroid. The game also looks gorgeous and has great sound effects and music. Here's hoping they use this engine to make another original handheld Metroid game.

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