Metroid Dread
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We've seen plenty of fan art for the Metroid franchise over the years, including some absolutely stunning cosplay creations just a few weeks back. The latest to grace the internet is courtesy of Luis Nieves, who works as a senior character artist at Xbox studio 'The Initiative', presumably plugging away at the reboot of the Perfect Dark series.

Luis's artwork depicts a hyper-realistic version of Samus Aran, complete with what appears to be both her Chozo Suit and Varia Suit (or the huge shoulder pad things, at least). We're particularly impressed with the attention to detail here along with the more grounded take on the character. Being able to see Samus's face has frequently been a point of discourse with fans of the franchise, but we think its use here is sublime.

It certainly makes us wonder what a franchise like Metroid would look like on high-end consoles like the PS5 and Xbox Series X, or even what a fully fledged Metroid movie would be like! We've seen hints at what the latter might be like in the past, with Jessica Chobot starring as Samus Aran in a fan-made project. More recently, Captain Marvel and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World star Brie Larson expressed interest in playing the role of Samus Aran after dressing up as the character for Halloween.

What do you think of Luis Nieves's realistic depiction of Samus Aran? Have you seen it done better elsewhere? Let us know!

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