Today I beat Metroid: Samus Returns and what a blast that was! It’s not a perfect Metroid game, but it’s still really damn good. And the knowledge that Metroid as a series isn’t dead is a blessing. So, what did I think of Samus’ glorious return?
It was really fun, and oddly nostalgic. Hearing all those familiar tunes and sound effects were enough to give me goosebumps. Even though I played my first Metroid game in 2014, but I loved the series so much. And ever since that I awaited a new entry in the series.
Although the world design was fairly linear, the areas themselves connected in wonderful ways and had a lot of stuff hidden away. And the way how you reach some items is pretty creative. Although the whole power bomb jumping thing was really obscure, I don’t think the game tells you about that. And like in classic Metroid fashion by the end of the game you felt like an unstoppable powerhouse, and very few games actually manage to give you that feeling.
The game had very few bosses, but the few we did have were absolutely fantastic. I can’t praise the boss design enough. None of them felt too easy, and some I had to retry multiple times before I could beat them. Samus Returns certainly isn’t a walk in the park. The Metroids themselves were really neat as well. Zetas and Omegas being the most fun ones to fight. Alphas and Gammas were alright, at least they were fairly different from their AM2R counterparts.
That being said, it’s not a perfect game. Enemy variety in the game is kind lacking, to the point that they start resorting to re-colors and that’s honestly really lazy. You fight the same bat enemies at the start, and the end of the game. And although the Metroids were sort of fun, fighting them got a little repetitive over time. They try to spice things up with some elemental variants, but it still didn’t feel like it added the necessary spark. And the world design is really linear. You explore each area in a big circle while going from area 1 to 2 to 3 and etc… You can’t really explore out of order. Plus each area is connected by an elevator, so you never walk from area 1 to 3 or something. It’s not a huge deal really, but I like interconnected worlds better.
So yeah. Although not perfect, I think Samus Returns is an absolutely fantastic Metroid game worth experiencing. For new people and Metroid fans alike. It’s so damn good to have Metroid back, I can’t stress that enough. Let’s hope that Prime 4 delivers as well! This game gets 8 baby metroids out of 10.