I said it once and I will say it again; The Nintendo Switch is one of my favorite consoles. I’m not sure what kind of nostalgic nuggets those guys up there at Nintendo HQ are eating, but every game I play takes me back to a simpler time when torches prevailed under the covers. Of course, flavored with today’s modernity, each game is just the perfect mix of what I enjoyed from the old games, but what I always hoped the games would be in the future.
Okay, so maybe my statement above suggests that I may not have played Metroid in a couple of years cough cough Metroid merger cough cough, but daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaymn Metroid Dread just brought me back. From my first spin jump, I knew I was expecting another toe-press, splinter-busting, power-suited throwdown.
I’m pretty sure we’ve all played Metroid, if not Metroid; more than likely some metroidvania. So we know what what and who is and Dread doesn’t deviate from the classic Metroidvania formula.
The badass bounty hunter heroin of all, Samus is called up for another job the Galactic Federation has failed to do. Of course, something strange and mysterious happens which causes Samus to lose her memory and most of the power suit upgrades. From now on, your mission is to figure out how to get back to your ship without dying along the way.
Typical of a Metroidvania; You start with the basics and as you explore and grow your luck you can collect upgrades that will get you through the game. Moving forward is usually soft before getting a certain skill or upgrade you need to keep going, with tons of secret little nooks and crannies hiding a couple of HP Up canisters or a larger rocket belt wrapped around your waist , and if you’re a gamer like me, you know you’re going back from level 67 to level 1 to get the extra missile pack now that you’ve finally unlocked the ability to get it.
The boss fights are sweaty and I can honestly say that I couldn’t win a single one on the first try, but the most exciting thing is when you have to fight your way through an EMMI zone …
… cracks his knuckles, takes a deep breath and rolls out his shoulders.
EMMIs are those fast-paced, gym gross robo-hounds that will chase you down like a drunk looking for the boerie roll at 2am, and when you walk into the area they’re patrolling, you’d better be prepared To be boerie-baby because you are most likely … dead meat. That breath of fresh air you get when you make it to the other side is to die for, the heart rate is still high and the adrenaline is still at its peak.
Overall, Metroid: Dread is standout. It’s easy to see how Metroid is the mother of a genre when they keep releasing hits like Dread. Do yourself a favor this Christmas and give yourself a copy. You will fear it if you don’t.
Metroid Dread is a must have for every Metroidvania fan. It’s classic yet fresh. It’s just hard enough to make yourself come back, death after death, and it is perfectly rewarding for you to put up with that extra effort. The mother is back.
A great mix of nostalgia and modern gaming
Just the right amount of challenge
I had to wipe my controller a couple of times * phew
Hand cramps with these extra sweaty bosses