I don’t know about you, but I had lost hope. There hasn’t been a great, explorative Metroid game in a little over a decade. When Other M came along, I had honestly thought that Sakamoto had forgotten the elements that made Metroid great and after that game’s icy reception I suspected maybe the franchise was done for good. I’m happy to report that rumours of Metroid’s demise were greatly exaggerated – Metroid: Samus Returns (M:SR) is a stellar return for the series.
Samus Returns is a remake of Metroid 2, a game for the original GameBoy which while being revelatory in its time is difficult to play these days. I’ve tried on more than one occasion to exterminate the Metroids on their home planet of SR388 but given up due to a lack of maps and the claustrophobic feeling from the GameBoy’s tiny screen. Of all the past Metroid games, Metroid 2 was the one most in need of a modern, accessible remake and that’s exactly what MercurySteam have provided.