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Published on September 26th, 2017 | by voxx

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Metroid: Samus Returns

The classic 2D side-scrolling action of the Metroid series is back, and it’s stronger than ever. A Metroid game is never the most engaging, emotional journey, but it never fails to be great, addictive fun either. After all, what more could you want than rolling around and shooting down aliens?

A re-imagining of ’90′s hit Metroid 2, Metroid: Samus Returns goes back to basics, with a few new added abilities to keep things fresh and interesting. There’s naturally been a substantial graphical improvement in terms of handheld visuals, which adds more colour and energy to the fray, as you explore hidden chambers fighting off alien creatures and adding to your bank of skills so you can eliminate the threat to the foreign planet you’ve docked on and escape unscathed.

This game can be a little challenging in the beginning, especially for newcomers to the series. The controls are only explained very briefly, and you have to dig into the settings in the menu to find a comprehensive description of everything your suit is capable of, but once you get the hang of the basics and actually manage to unlock a few more new moves, you’re free to run around like a madwoman and have some retro-style fun. Some extra weapons and power-ups are tucked away, requiring a bit of puzzling skill and returning to earlier areas to access them, but this just adds to the wealth of gameplay.

There are plenty of energy chargers and save points along the way, meaning that you never have to worry about it lasting too long if your health is depleting or you need to quit to do something else. You can also use one of your powers to get a little advance warning of if there is something up ahead if you’re concerned about getting jumped or are unsure of where to go.

As a word of warning, if you buy this game, you have to be prepared to die a lot, but with a bit of persistence it should eventually become a truly rewarding experience as blonde beauty Samus Aran shows exactly what a boss she really is, and why she’s the perfect woman for the job of exterminating the metroids.

- By Victoria Hydes


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