Metroid Dread Review
Metroid Dread is the first, brand new 2D Metroid we’ve seen since the Gameboy Advance. Is Dread any good? What will long time fans think? What will new fans think? Here is our review of Metroid Dread for the Nintendo Switch!
If you’ve never played a Metroid game before, you might be a little confused by Metroid Dread‘s story. While there is a recap at the beginning of the game, newbies still might not know what the heck is going on. Basically, what you need to know is this: Samus gets called to a planet to investigate the return of an old foe and gets a little bit more than she bargained for. That’s the simplest way to explain the story, without spoiling too much! After all, the story in Dread is a key ingredient to the game’s success.
Of course, like most Nintendo games, Metroid Dread is focused on its gameplay above anything else. And that gameplay is fantastic. Long time fans and newbies alike will be able to jump right into it. The controls handle very well. The basic gameplay is a lot like previous games: exploring, back tracking, finding new abilities, and fighting bosses. While it might seem and feel like the old games all over again, there is so much more beneath the surface of this title that makes it unique, despite feeling familiar.
However, if you’re looking for an easy game, look elsewhere. Metroid has never been a easy series but the difficulty of Dread is raised further by the unbeatable killer robot that you have to run away from quickly. You will be seeing that Game Over screen a lot. Some players may find this difficulty is too much, while other players will love it.
Metroid Dread is a pretty impressive game and its graphics will, without a doubt, be the most stunning aspect of the game. And based on recent commentary from around the Internet, it looks phenomenal on the Nintendo Switch OLED model!
Metroid Dread is a beautiful game. Metroid in HD? Yes, please. We want more! Even more impressive is how the game jumps from gameplay to cut scenes and then back to gameplay quickly, without seemingly skipping a beat. Too often games splice apart gameplay and cut scenes, but Metroid Dread does a solid job of molding the two together. Its seamless and so amazing. But that isn’t all. Metroid just seems to top one amazing thing after another, and yes…the seamless transition from cut scenes to gameplay is topped by the gameplay, specifically those epic encounters. More clearly stated: the boss fights are big standout moments.
Dread also has great sound effects and music. When the robot comes after you, the effects are especially intense, and draw you further into the experience. You can tell how much love and dedication went into reviving the Metroid franchise on the Nintendo Switch, and it shows.
Metroid Dread is a fantastic game! Old school Metroid players will love the story, the gameplay, and the graphics. Newbies might not understand the story, but it’s likely the gameplay and graphics that will hook them. Just remember that you are in for a really challenging experience.
Metroid Dread is an absolute treat. If you love action/adventure games with tons of exploration and challenge, then you must pick this game up!
Thanks to Nintendo Canada for providing a review code. Metroid Dread is available now on the Nintendo Switch!