Quick Review : Super Metroid (SNES)

There’s not much I can say about Super Metroid, apart from that it’s a goddamn masterpiece. Few games evoke such an atmosphere of isolation, few games offer such a diverse range of areas whilst forming a cohesive whole. Still, to this day, game developers are trying to ape the perfection of Super Metroid’s game design (from Hollow Knight to Guacamelee, the indies seem to thrive on Metroidvanias…to varying degrees of success).

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The baby…

I can’t count the number of times I’ve played this game. I first came across it when a friend gave up laying it and asked me for help. Weeks later, I invited him over, as I’d reached the final boss. When Metroid Prime came along, I just had to buy it for my own collection. Recently, I’ve replayed it on the SNES Classic (naturally, the first game I tried out on that little bundle of joy!). I will never tire of playing it.

Just this playthrough, I noticed a few things I’d never noticed before. I even attempted sequence breaking to limited effect. Oh, and this time, for the first time, I saved the animals. Has a game ever evoked a sense of loneliness and isolation like Super Metroid?Super Metroid is a game that will never age, will never be outdated. It’s the pinnacle of wordless storytelling, where images show you what’s happening, rather than layers of text/dialogue. One of the all-time great video games, and in my Top 10 Video Games of All Time. They don’t make ‘em like they used to…

(One day I’ll write a Full Review…after another playthrough, of course!)

Hammy’s Rating: 5/5

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Click here for my Quick Review of Metroid – Samus Returns (3DS)

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