Metroid Dread Review – Deserves an E.M.M.I. Award
The Metroid timeline’s final chapter is over. Metroid Dread faithfully immerses gamers in the 2D “Search Action” experience that made the franchise so popular to the gaming industry. What dangers are there for Samus to fight, with a renewed emphasis on terror and isolation?
Metroid – Samus Returns was the very first review I published on this website. Four years later, I am back and reviewing Metroid Dread. This is the first 2D adventure in 2D since 2002, and the first major title in this franchise to reach home consoles since 2010. It’s been a long time coming for many of its hint existence in Metroid Prime3. All signs point to a remarkable return to form by Mercury Steam, who was also responsible for the previous game.
It is what “dread” is, and this game isn’t mislabeled in its title. It features a number of brutal and indestructible enemies and a punishing level of violence. This adventure is full of both punishment and vulnerability. It is a direct sequel of Fusion and follows the horror-Esque path for a new generation of players. It’s a gateway to the past, but it can also be used as a tool for entertainment. It may come down ultimately to your ability to extract the most enjoyment from it.
Story – Power in Solitude
The Galactic Federation receives a strange transmission revealing a disturbing sight: An X Parasite wandering freely in the wild, living. To investigate, seven E.M.M.I. Seven E.M.M.I. are sent to ZDR by drones. However, transmissions with the robots are lost quickly. Samus Aran will then be responsible for monitoring the progress of the mission and, if necessary, taking down any malicious activity on the planet. She doesn’t realize that there is so much more than she expected.
Nintendo isn’t known for having compelling storylines in their games. Mario saves Princess Ariel; Link saves all of the earth; Kirby saves all of it. You can see that there are many world-savings. Metroid is a franchise that doesn’t go too deep, but it has tried to tell a more cinematic and character-oriented storyline in the past. Dread is a compromise of both these aspects.
Surprisingly, there were so many cinematic cutscenes throughout. While most of them are just encounters between bosses and creatures, Samus is preparing herself for battle. Some have some narrative meaning. Although not much is said, there are elements of a larger story that will keep the player captivated in a sense of mystery. These are the threats. Are the X Parasites still alive? What does this all mean? Although it isn’t the game’s strongest point, it’s interesting enough to enhance the atmosphere.
It is true that has been confirmed to be the end of the mainline Metroid timeline. However, Dread seems a little anticlimactic. While there are some surprises in store for those who play through, the overall ending is a bit sloppy. It does tie up loose ends from Samus’s returns and provides a new threat for Samus to conquer. It’s fine as a standard game. Its impact as a final is minimal. It’s a narrative that emphasizes the “it’s the journey, and not the destination”.
Gameplay – A meticulous, gratifying detail
Samus Returns will be familiar to those who have played the game. Mercury Steam was aiming to improve on the work they had done before and build a better console. They had so many possibilities, and I am thrilled to report that they work great.
One of the most striking aspects of Metroid Dread‘s gameplay is its sometimes devastating difficulty. Although exploration is generally easy, enemies can cause significant damage to your health. This is where bosses, sub-bosses, and the E.M.M.I. come into play. zones. It is clear from the beginning that this is not going to be an easy experience. If one wants to get far on the journey, it is essential that one have the ability to learn patterns and practice them. It’s a wonderful journey into despair for veterans; it will be difficult for those who are more inclined to struggle at standard levels.
It is both refreshing and fascinating to see Nintendo’s triple-A title rely on such perseverance from its player base. This title, which is the opposite of what many companies are trying to do with their games, demonstrates how accessibility is becoming more important. It is a challenge for players to see through an experience that’s just as frightening as its title suggests. However, it is not to say that the game doesn’t encourage players to take (nearly) equal measures. There are many save points, plenty of spawn points after death, and boss battles that offer opportunities to pick up / attack. Many people will remember the many attempts they had to defeat a boss. However, there are clever exploits that reward experimentation.
The E.M.M.I. is a more rigid option. It’s found in specific areas of the most explorable regions. These drones are designed to kill you quickly and without reservations. You have two options to save yourself if they catch you. However, the timing is extremely fast. You’re dead if they catch you. No mercy. These are the things that would happen if the SAX from Fusion strategically coordinated to hunt for you in certain regions. To work around them, you will need to be clever and agile if they are spotted. Even to defeat them, you will need quick thinking and strategic placement. Talking of…
Dread is a direct sequel to Fusion and other Metroid titles in the past. The previous comparison of SAX to E.M.M.I. was literal. Literally, they are tied to making each other’s games more foreboding and ominous. The titles in which they reside wouldn’t be as well-known without them. They would still be solid titles but with fewer memorable moments of woe.
This game, however, places much more emphasis on the E.M.M.I. Fusion has an in-game presence. They wander around designated entrances and zones marked with eerie clicks or mechanical means. Their search abilities are almost unavoidable. You will encounter seven of them throughout. They are powerful and strong, so the only thing one can do is run. These zones are always dangerous because they are ever-present and looming. Personally, I find their implementation a little suspect.
The SA-X was so efficient, at least in the first instance, because they are scripted events. You never knew when it would show up, eventually. It was Samus, but it wasn’t. This made it even more frightening. It was a sort of “You’re your worst enemy.” type of situation. The E.M.M.M.I. They are limited to their respective areas and don’t seem fear-inducing or threatening. It’s obvious that it will be in these areas. You can leave as soon as you see confirmation.