Metroid Game By Game Reviews: Metroid Fusion

Metroid Game By Game Reviews: Metroid Fusion

Metroid's fourth entry may have painted the saga into a corner, but those brushstrokes present a better picture than many want to admit.

Your mileage may vary when it comes to this Super Metroid follow-up, but time has been kind to the game. Though it breaks from established Metroid design dogma, it does so in a meaningful way. The compromises Fusion inflicts on game mechanics underscore its narrative, and Samus's road to recovery simultaneously becomes a journey to reclaim the "proper" workings of a Metroid game. Although Yoshio Sakamoto would double down on Fusion's most frustrating elements for Other M, that doesn't damage Fusion's own integrity in the least. Uneven, but nevertheless excellent — and by far the single most challenging 2D Metroid game Nintendo has ever made.

4/5

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