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Metroid (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Metroid isn't a bad game. Even with its litany of questionable design decisions, you can still see why this game caught on a quarter century ago. The good news is that Super Metroid and the Prime series were able to capitalize on the winning formula. These days you're better off spending your time with one of those games and leaving the original to history. Or better yet, check out the incredible Game Boy Advance remake (Zero Mission). Rating: 57%
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What Is It? It's easy to come up with reasons to love Metroid. It's not just the strong female lead or memorable enemies, but it's the way this science fiction world opens up with each new weapon you find. This series masters the concept of being isolated from rescue, forced to take on and learn an alien world. It's a franchise that has influenced the way modern games are made, which is not something you can say about every classic game. There's just one problem: It's hard to go back to Zebes again.

You play Samus, a lone bounty hunter who is spending her weekend exploring an alien home world. Instead of using the typical linear level structure of most 8-bit NES games, Metroid offered a large open world from of mysteries. But as open as it seems, large chunks of the map are blocked off. It's up to Samus to find all of the weapons, items and keys to search the entire planet and, most importantly, destroy the evil Mother Brain.

Does It Still Hold Up? It turns out that it's near impossible to play a Metroid-style game without a map. Although the visuals get the job done, the backgrounds are constantly repeating. Usually this wouldn't be an issue, but it tends to make the different parts of the world hard to keep track of. It his only made worse by the lack of a map. Throw in some bad check pointing and you have a game that flies in the face of good game design.

Is It Worth The Money? Metroid isn't a bad game. Even with its litany of questionable design decisions, you can still see why this game caught on a quarter century ago. The good news is that Super Metroid and the Prime series were able to capitalize on the winning formula. These days you're better off spending your time with one of those games and leaving the original to history. Or better yet, check out the incredible Game Boy Advance remake (Zero Mission).
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