Game News Did you like Metroid Dread ? Here are 5 games with Samus to do absolutely!
Without wanting to hurt Samus Aran, Metroid is now part of the “old” video game series, the first episode of its crazy adventures having been released in 1986. Fortunately, the hunter was able to take advantage of the developments of her time while relying on solid foundations to always stay in tune with the times. The latest installment in his epic, Metroid Dread, has met with both critical and commercial success. If you discovered Samus with Dread and want to learn more about her universe, or simply discover other excellent Metroid games, we have concocted a small selection for you.
- Super Metroid
- Metroid Prime
- Metroid Fusion
- Metroid Zero Mission
- Metroid Samus Returns
In the pantheon of Metroid games, we find Samus Aran in better shape than ever in Super Metroid. Released in July 1994 on Super Nintendo and later on Virtual Console, this action game headed by Gunpei Yokoi, the creator of the Game Boy, is the work of about fifteen people. Written and directed by Yoshio Sakamoto, author of the first Metroid, this new adventure offers gameplay that has evolved in the right direction compared to that of the first installment. We note for example the possibility of shooting in several directions while moving Samus, an improvement that changes everything when we walk through the corridors of the title. In addition, Super Metroid has a superb soundtrack composed by Kenji Yamamoto, which is found in the compositions of the Prime episodes. Considered by many to be the best episode of the saga, Super Metroid was however a commercial failure when it was released in Japan, the fault of a poorly chosen launch window. Indeed, Samus has found nothing better than to land shortly before the release of the PlayStation and the Saturn in the land of the rising sun. However, history will give Super Metroid masterpiece status. Quite simply, one of the best Super Nintendo titles. As a reminder, the game is playable on Switch if you have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.
First part of the Prime trilogy, this episode released on GameCube in 2003 turns the world of Samus upside down. With the mission to free the planet Tallon IV, the hunter finds herself for the first time in a 3D game. Finished the side view encountered so far, players now find themselves in the heroine’s helmet!
Metroid Prime is an FPS sprinkled with adventure game, which is a small revolution for the saga. The Retro Studio team in charge of this project takes the major elements of Super Metroid by adding a first-person and third-person view during Morph Ball passages. There is also a scanning system, as well as infrared vision. This balance between action and exploration within environments as vast as superb makes Metroid Prime an essential of the console cube of Nintendo. We obviously recommend the two other parts that followed. And if you like discovering Samus in different genres, Metroid Other M, a third-person action game close to beat’em up, developed by Team Ninja, might also be of interest to you.
It took no less than 8 years after Super Metroid for Samus to return to center stage with this Metroid Fusion released in November 2002. The reunion between the players and the famous bounty hunter therefore took place through of this episode exclusively released on Game Boy Advance, before landing later on the virtual console. Metroid Fusion is especially loved by fans thanks to a twist-filled adventure featuring a parasite-infected Samus. The heroine is endowed with new physical abilities, such as being able to cling to the edges of the walls or to jump on the ladders. She can also pick up parasites dropped by destroyed opponents. For the rest, the Metroid formula is respected while being energized. Rewarding exploration with its many secret passages, Metroid Fusion is a Game Boy Advance staple. In addition to being one of the best episodes of the saga.
Metroid Zero Mission
Some may be surprised by the absence of the first Metroid in this selection. In reality, it is present, in a way, with its remake released in April 2004 on Game Boy Advance (and later on Virtual Console). Should we shun Metroid: Zero Mission because it is only a new version of the first title in the saga? No way. The game is, above all, a kind of homage to previous installments, especially Metroid Fusion and Super Metroid. Through the clever layout of the areas to explore, the many screens telling the story, the memorable sequences like the countdown and the confrontations against gigantic bosses, Metroid Zero Mission is a little bomb designed for fans as well as for those who have not experienced the founding episode. The difficulty has been revamped, new puzzles are present, and the level design has been refined. All the ingredients are therefore present to ensure an episode of high quality, even if it is “only” a remake.
Metroid Samus Returns
We end this selection with another remake, this time that of Metroid 2, the sequel to Metroid originally released on Game Boy. Metroid: Samus Returns takes the lesser-known installment of the series to make it one of the best 2D action/platformers on the 3DS, just that. Developed by the Spanish studio MercurySteam, the title published by Nintendo is more than a remake, it is a new vision of history. Admittedly, Samus Returns takes up the scenario and the basic frame of the software released on Game Boy with the hunt for the metroids, but this remake brings a lot of novelties. The addition of a point-blank counter, which did not exist in the original, and the arrival of Aeion Abilities are a real plus. In addition, the fluidity of Samus’ movements brings a lot to the gameplay and recalls the good sensations encountered on Super Metroid. Yes, Samus Returns transcends the original with its novelties and multiple surprises. You understood, there is practically nothing to reproach this episode.