The Di­vide: En­e­mies Within (1996)

Games Master - - Return Of The Metroidvania -

This PS1-era Metroid trib­ute slipped through the cracks at its time of re­lease, but it bravely brought much of the formula into the third di­men­sion. Travers­ing an at­mo­spheric robot fac­tory gone hay­wire, you had to ex­plore the place to build up an ar­se­nal wor­thy of tak­ing on the ma­chines. De­spite the 3D graph­ics, the cam­era would shift to 2D and iso­met­ric per­spec­tives when re­quired, and the world was rife with se­crets for in­trepid ex­plor­ers. It was lonely, fore­bod­ing, and as close to cap­tur­ing that ‘Sa­mus feel­ing’ as any game be­yond Metroid it­self.

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