Metroid Dread will finally be in our hands in just two days' time, and it looks set to be a pretty incredible return for the franchise.
Reviews for the game have started flooding in today, including our very own, so we've gone ahead and rounded up a selection of quotes and review scores from a number of different outlets. Below, you'll see just how well the title's gone down with the media ahead of its launch, and hopefully get a clearer idea on whether or not it might be for you.
Before we dive in, we'd naturally like to encourage you to check out our very own review:
Right, now you've read through our final verdict, let's see what other critics had to say.
We'll kick things off with VGC, who joined us in giving the game a perfect score:
"With a near-perfect balance of nods to the past and fresh ideas, Metroid Dread brings cinematic flair, fast-paced action and a surprising story to the side-scrolling classic. This is the comeback fans have been waiting for."
TheGamer opted for a score of 4.5/5, calling it a "remarkable achivement":
"Metroid Dread suffers from some minor grievances, but overall it is a remarkable achievement in not just resurrecting a dormant and beloved series, proving its authority in the genre it inhabits, or exhibiting the kind of airtight design we’d expect from a title of this calibre. It is a remarkable achievement because it is one of those few rare games that sets itself an atmospheric goal and launches it towards and through the stratosphere. This, here, is one of 2021’s very best games - we’re always in for a treat when Samus returns."
VG247 called it a "thrilling experience", giving the game a 4/5 score:
"Metroid Dread is likely to give those that have been counting down the days to its release exactly what they want: a thrilling experience in line with what they loved about past games. There are original ideas here - but they’re better considered as evolutions of what came before rather than anything groundbreaking. There’s stumbles here and there with the difficulty and progression signposting, but all of that feels very Metroid. Dread is no Super Metroid, but that game is a stone-cold all-timer. Putting that game aside, Dread is up to the series standard, and is well worth a look."
The folks at Eurogamer described it as "a stylish, visually sumptuous return for 2D Metroid":
"This is a modern Metroid, a 2D adventure delivered with triple-A panache, yet one that retains the grace and poise that's always marked the highlights of this series, and marked it out from its many imitators. How blessed we are to have Samus properly back, and what a marvel it is to be reminded how special Metroid can be. The wait, I'm delighted to say, was somehow worth it."
And finally, IGN gave it a 9/10:
"Even though it’s the latest in a decades old series, Dread has just enough clever innovation to balance its familiarity. The universally recognizable mix of tough puzzles, tougher boss fights, ever-evolving exploration options, and intricate level design that recent games like Hollow Knight and Ori get so right has an origin point: It’s Metroid. I love those games, but the Metroid team, a mix of old and new developers now, have shown that they know how to do it best."
Metroid Dread launches on 8th October alongside the shiny new Nintendo Switch OLED model. It'll be available to buy either digitally from the Switch eShop, or physically at retail. Are you looking forward to playing the game this Friday? Let us know in the comments.
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Good that it is reviewing well. That said, I just want to play it and see for myself at this point.
"...but the Metroid team, a mix of old and new developers now, have shown that they know how to do it best."
This sets the bar pretty high. Now I'm worried the current team at Retro won't be up to snuff with Prime 4. I hope they can deliver a brilliant first-person Metroid game.
Thank god that every review site iis singing the praises to the tune of 9 and 10
Not an 11/10?! Absolutely horrific.
But DigitallyDownloaded gave it a 7/10, so it must be the worst Metroid game ever and worse than Other M! I can tell without having played the game at all!!!
Not sure why people are so apprehensive about Dread. It's always looked great and more refined than Samus Returns, and the game itself is like Nintendo's Half-Life 3, almost - canned several times but highly anticipated, yet it's finally happening. Very excited to dig into the game when I get my hands on it
Where’s the Switch Up review?
Unfortunately my game is arriving in a country I'm not currently in... Have to wait until December to play. I only hope that it lasts more than 5-10 hours like most previous 2D Metroids.
I've been playing Super Metroid for a couple of days now after ignoring it for a bit. I'm more of a Metroid fan then I ever was before, so glad this is getting good reviews. Will pick up soon!
I'm cautious as to whether I should read any reviews. I've seen people say it's good, so I might just leave it and jump in? Or do I read them all and build hype? DECISIONSSSSS!!!!
Nice! Glad they didn't botch it. I'll pick it up later this year. Can't wait to play it on an OLED (TV or Switch OLED).
Ahhh these reviews may have pushed me into a day one play. Great stuff
Already pre-ordered it, gotta support metroid if you want more of it.
Wait.. hang on.. “ Metroid Dread will finally be in our hands in just two days' time”
Well, if it’s not in your hands yet - how did you review it?
is it Friday yet? 🙃
I preordered from Walmart and got an 11 oz mug as well. Now I’m worried I’ll be up all night this Friday drinking coffee and playing Metroid.
According to Famitsu, Metroid Dread is as good as that eFootball game. 🧐
@Clammy many critic sites get early copies of the game, presumably to help the promotion and publicity of a given product.
@Doomhiker : here it says it’s not in their hands yet.
In the review it says they’ve only been able to play on oled.
That to me says less “early review copy”, and more “played a preview at a marketing event where they were forced to play on oled with a marketing person looking over their shoulder”
.. so a preview…
I’m sure it’s great. I just think that sort of thing is a bit dodgy.
This is what Metroid has always deserved. I'm super excited to be able play this game once it comes out on Friday.
Nintendo has hyped this game up so much because they KNOW they have something special here.
@Pokester99 thats interesting. The review states silky smooth and you state frame drops. Id be more inclined to believe you. I will hold out for a switchup review where they go in to these important issues deeper.
@PikaPhantom not Nintendo fault ps5 and series x don't have good games yet
If you're referring to this: "Metroid Dread will finally be in our hands in just two days' time, ...", they clearly meant "in our hands" as in the hands of gamers as a whole and not just the Nintendolife staff.
@MichaelP : well of course I’m referring to that, as that’s what I quoted.
If they mean “in the hands of the public”, then Why was their reviewer only able to test on oled?
Doesn’t add up to me
Where does it say, they where only able to test it on the OLED Switch? 🤨
The only Metroid Dread Reviews that really matters is GameXplain or Nintendo World Community News all the others don't even read or care about
Looks good but will probably wait to see how difficult other gamers find it.
I am a casual gamer and got through games like Will of the Wisps. But others like Ori Blind Forest and Hollow Knight were impossible for me.
Don't want to spend £50 only to end up abandoning it after an hour.
@stinky_t The people they quoted up there aren't spoiling anything. But yes, Metroid is definitely best experienced with every corner you turn being a fresh surprise. ❤
@MrGrim could drink tea or hot chocolate instead perhaps?
@Clammy Are you new to all this? Members of the press, Youtubers and sites like this would have been sent an OLED and Dread to review beforehand so when release date arrives there's already a ton of coverage for it. This isn't new and is standard for nearly anything relating to VG, Films, Music and so on.
Will never understand how certain people have enough time and energy to go on each and every single Metroid Dread and Switch OLED article just to let others know that it's terrible and a waste of money before having even tried either. Oh, and then arguing essays about it with nothing much to say but having loose and vague comparisons of other products.
I pre-ordered both and will be very salty if neither come on release date.
I was expecting nothing less to be honest. However, it's good to read that it is reviewing well.
@WallyWest : thanks tips!
But I don’t think that’s what happened here.. thus my point.
Somehow I suspect most of these reviews were done the same way.
@Varkster I know right? It’s pretty interesting we haven’t seen BloodNinja anywhere after the near-perfect score reviews came in.
(He will come saying he doesn’t have time to be all the time in NL forums, but it’s curious that on all the previous Metroid articles he was bombing us with his graceful “opinions” non-stop about how we were sheep for being hyped about Metroid Dread)
@fafonio Even if he dislikes the game, I don't get why ruin others' excitement. Positivity is always a great thing to enjoy and bringing 'hot takes' to the table only incentivises arguments and nothing else.
This is why I never really bother replying to such comments.
@Varkster exactly. I mean, I’ve posted here about things that I don’t like, but I’ve never called people sheep for liking something I don’t.
Thats how toxicity shows from a user. When one starts feeling superior because his “opinion” is a “hot take”.
But what exactly did happen here?
Pre ordering tomorrow after seeing my local Gamestop running a good trade- in deal. Looking forward to trying it now with all the good reviews coming in.
@stinky_t idk like i read some reviews and they give absolutely no info what so ever on what the game is like and only give vague or just saying how they felt playing the game.
@Clammy so you do not trust the reviews because you have a theory that NOBODY received review copies to play the whole game beforehand, but instead they are reviewing the game based on the preview event which was already covered weeks ago, and the games press are being forced to give the game and oled good reviews based on that? Sorry but that is a totally bizarre reason to be skeptical of a good review
"...we're all in for a treat when Samus returns."
;_; well said!!
I waited over ten years for two games, Metroid Dread being one of them. And even with Dread, it was nothing more than a bitter memory of a lost fantasy. I can't believe it's actually releasing, and to stellar reviews at that.
@Zyph No reason to assume that. Retro knocked it out of the park 3 times before...they will do it again.
@napabar Most of the leads that worked on all three are gone now though. That's what I'm worried about. But I'm not saying the current team is not competent and I'm sure they'll do fine and of course some of the old devs are still there.
Nintendo people, like Tanabe and Sakamoto, are there too.
Didn't former Retro employees make their own dev studio that didn't light the world on fire? I'm not saying they're not talented or aren't good devs, but making games on that scale usually is a team effort, so a few people changing doesn't have to have a negative impact on quality.
Good that it is reviewing well (currently 88 on Metacritic), but personally I'd also take that with a large pinch of salt.
Samus Returns got 85 which to me was massively inflated.
It wasn't "inflated", your opinion is just different from the overall consensus.
I don't know why people have to make such a big deal about their opinion differing from others.
@Rin-go Which part of "to me" didn't you understand?
Hint: Every post here is a personal opinion.
Saying the average score was inflated implies it was wrong. No "to me" changes that. You could've just said "To me it was a 6.54778".
Time will tell if 10/10 is a knee jerk reaction or just a reviewer that was a bit over hyped.
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