This year has been special for Nintendo due to the return of Samus aran, one of the icons of the video game. The latest original 2D adventure adventure from the bounty hunter, Metroid Fusion, appeared almost 20 years ago on GBA. MercurySteam brings us a fifth installment that is the return of the saga to a desktop console. In this analysis of Metroid Dread we comment pleasantly surprised its main characteristics.
In 1986, NES users found in Metroid a different proposal regarding the progressive advancement of levels in video games. Although with action mechanics and platforms, the concept consisted of the exploration of a labyrinthine map with an apparent freedom to advance. The main objective was to destroy the Metroid and save the galaxy. Thanks to the acquisition of objects that improved Samus's costume, we unlocked new paths to fulfill the objective. This concept was developed in different titles until it became popular in 1997 with Symphony of the Night. Igarashi's Castlevania along with the Metroid saga gave its name to the subgenre known as Metroidvania.
Metroid Dread follows the tradition of this subgenre and focuses on exploration alongside the discovery of key objects. However, the action and platforms are still as present as in previous installments. MercurySteam You've done an excellent job adapting Metroid's features to the changing times.
Analysis of Metroid Dread: Samus on the planet ZDR
The argument connects directly with Metroid Fusion. MercurySteamAware of the time that has passed, he puts us in context with a prologue at the beginning of the adventure. With this brief introduction we begin the new mission of Samus on the planet ZDR. The objective is to discover if the X parasite is still active, which would pose a threat to the galaxy. One of the original elements introduced in this installment is the EMMI Powerful rover robots that were sent to the planet before Samus.
The graphic section meets the expectations for a Switch game without great technical fanfare. The scenes have great definition and the enemies on the screen are large and colorful. In addition, the constant shooting causes the light effects to fill the screen with color. On the other hand, the kinematics are well integrated and surprise for their quality. The EMMI animations also stand out, recalling the movement of big cats and arachnids.
As for the gameplay, the controls are very well implemented and Samus has a great repertoire of movements. In this installment the mechanics of parry, first introduced in Metroid: Samus Returns for 3DS. It may take a while to master all the mechanics of combat, but these are fluid and precise. We recommend playing with it Pro Controller as the button combinations are more agile and comfortable. And the game requires speed in control.
Metroid Dread, anguish in space
The setting, especially due to the EMMIs, conveys a successful sense of anguish. Contributes to the oppressive atmosphere, a soundtrack based on ambient melodies. In addition, when they are discovered by the EMMIs, the rhythm accelerates, managing to raise the voltage levels. Lastly, nostalgia is heightened with recognizable sounds and melodies.
Metroid Dread It is not particularly difficult when we can master its mechanics. According to our ability, it will take us about 10 hours to reach the end. Although if we want to get the 100% the duration will be longer. It should be noted that the confrontations with the final bosses involve an increase in difficulty.
Few are the negative points that we find in this game. Perhaps, the EMMI have less prominence than it seemed at first from the trailer. Or the little use they have given to Amiibo. But nothing really conflicting that could cloud the experience of the game one iota.
Almost 20 years we have waited for a new installment of Metroid in 2D and it has been worth it. MercurySteam did a flawless job with Metroid: Samus Returns and now they have perfected the formula. In fact, it is the best-rated video game developed in Spain in history. It is going back 30 years, but with today's technology. A game that not only old school players will enjoy, it is full of quality in every way. MercurySteam has developed an adventure that fulfills the saga, leaving us wanting more. A totally recommendable video game.