Metroid: Sa­mus Re­turns

3DS, Nin­tendo, cert 7

The Observer - The New Review - - RELEASES -

It’s been 13 years since the last 2D Metroid game was re­leased, and fans of the series can fi­nally rest easy: they have the game they wanted in Sa­mus Re­turns . Although tech­ni­cally a re­make of the 1991 Game Boy game Re­turn of Sa­mus , this 3DS re­lease is ef­fec­tively a new game. Only the premise re­mains the same, with hero­ine Sa­mus ex­plor­ing the planet SR388 to wipe out the re­main­ing Metroids. The core game­play is typ­i­cal of the series, with Sa­mus ex­plor­ing labyrinth-style lev­els, ob­tain­ing new abil­i­ties and us­ing them to un­lock new ar­eas. The big­gest up­date comes in com­bat, with Sa­mus able to parry an at­tack and im­me­di­ately de­liver a crit­i­cal kill. It’s a tough game that lives up to the Metroid name and her­itage – well worth the wait. CD

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