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Nintendo Life (Sep 12, 2017)
Don’t be fooled by the connection to Metroid II: this game has been revamped, redesigned and rejuvenated to such an extreme degree that to all intents and purposes it’s a brand new adventure. This is far and away one of the best Metroid games ever made, and one of the best examples of the entire Metroidvania genre as a result. Melee counters and free aiming have made combat feel fresh and exciting again, while the environments are incredible – especially when viewed in auto-stereoscopic 3D. It’s a given that this is a must-buy for Metroid fans, but it’s also essential for those who’ve never played a 2D Metroid and want to see what the fuss is all about. This is what the fuss is all about, and the wait was so, so worth it.
95
Gamer.nl (Sep 12, 2017)
Metroid: Samus Returns bevat alles wat de klassieke Metroid-games zo indrukwekkend maakt en voegt daar een aantal essentiële veranderingen aan toe. De fantastische besturing, uitdagende eindbaasgevechten en het gevoel van ontdekken maken dat de game zich kan meten met de meest geprezen delen uit de franchise.
90
Game Rant (Sep 12, 2017)
Still, as the name of the game implies, Metroid: Samus Returns is a homecoming for one of Nintendo’s most beloved heroes, and it’s a return to form that many had been anticipating for years. To revisit something said at the beginning of this review, it has been 13 years since Samus starred in a side-scrolling shooter and after playing through this latest title it’s odd to think of any rational reason as to why she ever left.
90
Girl Gamers UK (Sep 22, 2017)
While it is the hardcore Metroid fans that will get the most out of Metroid: Samus Returns, the various additions to the game (many of which are optional) make it perhaps the most accessible Metroid game for newcomers, and even grab the interest of the Metroid naysayers. Varying difficulty levels and plenty of secrets will ensure that players old and new will have plenty to do for many hours after their first run through. Despite this being based on an old game, Samus Returns is a fresh, new experience that will undoubtedly bring legions of new fans, which is quite handy considering a new Metroid game is on the way. While we wait, Metroid: Samus Returns will do nicely.
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4Players.de (Sep 14, 2017)
Sie haben nicht einfach ein altes Metroid vom GameBoy modernisiert, sondern eines der technisch und inhaltlich besten Spiele seiner Art entwickelt. Es gibt viele Interpretationen von Abenteuern in der Seitenansicht - von Hollow Knight über Headlander oder Song of the Deep bis Ori and the Blind Forest. Aber das hier hat auch im Kampf sowie der Akrobatik richtig Biss und trifft meinen Nerv mit seinem angenehm hohen Anspruch. Zwar ist die Steuerung etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig, manche Gegner tauchen zu oft auf, das Sammeln von DNS kann müßig sein und die amiibo-Exklusivitäten nerven. Aber das ist sowohl eine kreative Hommage an die Traditionen als auch über den Konter, die Rätsel sowie die Inszenierung ein frischer Impuls für die Reihe. Hier wird man auf allerhöchstem Niveau unterhalten und durchstreift die bisher ansehnlichsten 3D-Kulissen. Einen besseren Sargnagel für den 3DS konnte es gar nicht geben!
85
Jeuxvideo.com (Sep 13, 2017)
Voilà comment doit être fait un remake. Metroid : Samus Returns est meilleur que l’original sur tous les points, effaçant ainsi son prédécesseur sans aucun problème. Non seulement il rend hommage à la série, mais il arrive à surprendre même les plus grands fans grâce à des passages imprévus qui ajoutent du sel à l’aventure. Il est une nouvelle fois la preuve que les jeux d’exploration en 2D sont loin d’être morts et qu’on peut parfaitement retranscrire une ambiance sombre et moite sans passer par la 3D. En matière de level design, de gameplay, de fun, de décors et même de musique, MercurySteam et Nintendo signent une excellente copie, nous offrant un des meilleurs jeux d’action/aventure 2D de ces dernières années. Si vous avez une 3DS, voici un titre à ne surtout pas manquer
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IGN (Sep 12, 2017)
While it’s been marketed as a remake of Metroid II: The Return of Samus for Game Boy, Metroid: Samus Returns is more of a much-needed reboot of the 2D Metroid games we know and love. It’s a safe, modern take on Super Metroid, one of the greatest games of all time. Aside from some repetitive boss fights and hand-cramping controls, it’s nearly everything I could ask for as a fan of old-school Metroids.
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Gamer.no (Sep 26, 2017)
Samus er tilbake og i god form, med nye evner og en spennende verden å utforske.
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Video Chums (Sep 12, 2017)
Complaints aside, there's no denying that Metroid: Samus Returns is an addictive and rewarding remake of a classic game. It's certainly not as good as other 2D entries in the series but what's here is sure to tide fans over until the next Metroid releases.
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Way Too Many Games (Oct 21, 2017)
Samus Returns is a very important title. It may not be the best 2D Metroid out there, nor did the 3DS itself help with its technical limitations, but this is an overall decent game that shows there is still potential to do a lot with the franchise besides making titles for the Prime series. While I still think AM2R was a somewhat more enjoyable experience (even though it was just an unofficial fan game), I won’t deny the fact I’m glad Samus Returns is a thing. I’m glad Nintendo listened to fan demands for once. I didn’t find it anywhere near as enjoyable as the other 2D titles from the last decade like Zero Mission or Fusion, but I really hope it does sell well enough to let Nintendo know people want more Metroid. If only it were released for the Switch.
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The Game Hoard (Jan 11, 2018)
Metroid: Samus Returns was made as a return to form for the Metroid series, and in that department, it certainly succeeded. Samus is back to shooting baddies on a two-dimensional plane and it’s got most of the aspects of that gameplay style that made it enjoyable in previous titles. However, new additions help this game feel fresh even though it is trying to revive the old gameplay style, allowing it to stand as something unique rather than just a rehash. All the additions to exploration, accommodations for difficult challenges, and the more interesting combat mechanics make Samus Returns fun… but it’s hampered by the fact it is a remake of a flawed title. A desire to remain faithful to Metroid II: Return of Samus leads to most of the game’s flaws, and it is held back because of it.
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StopGame (Sep 26, 2017)
Портативная Metroid II: Return of Samus была далеко не лучшей частью серии, и её ремейк тоже не стал шедевром. Пока Nintendo отложила в долгий ящик игры про Самус, жанр «метроидваний» развивался без её участия. И теперь прародительнице нужно постараться, чтобы соответствовать молодым и свежим конкуренткам. Тогда, возможно, следующее возвращение охотницы за метроидами будет куда более удачным.