Metroid Dread Reviews

Metroid Dread is ranked in the 98th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Essential
Oct 6, 2021

A stylish, visually sumptuous return for 2D Metroid, and an adventure that proudly sits alongside the series' best.

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IGN
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2021

A surprise sequel after nearly 20 years, Metroid Dread brings back the legendary exploration and progression and merges it with excellent modern combat and some of the best boss fights ever.

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10 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2021
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Oct 6, 2021

Frustrating boss battles and cumbersome controls distract from an otherwise fun and isolating adventure

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Metro GameCentral
Top Critic
9 / 10
Oct 6, 2021

One of the best Metroid games ever made and a thrilling restatement of everything that makes the series, and the genre it inspired, great.

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9 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2021

Intense combat and a series of challenging boss fights require a high level of play, but the thrill of victory is incredibly sweet

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8 / 10
Oct 6, 2021

More than anything else, Metroid Dread feels like going back to a place of comfort after a long time away. Though the gameplay is refined and new features have been added to the mix, Dread sticks closely to the formula of its predecessors. In the end, for longtime fans like myself, that's probably for the best.

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Unscored
Oct 6, 2021

There I was, many hours into Metroid Dead, completely stumped as to where I should go. And I was loving every minute of it.

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Kotaku
Top Critic
Unscored
Oct 8, 2021

So here we are. Supposedly, the saga is complete, and I’m left with mixed feelings. I’m glad that Dread really goes for it, that it wants to make you feel hunted and disadvantaged and that it’s willing to feel hostile in order to accomplish that. The result is a feeling that survival itself is a reward more meaningful than all the upgrades in the world, a feeling I rarely get from games anymore. But ZDR never captivated me the way previous Metroid settings have, and as a conclusion to the story arc, Dread seems to misunderstand what made the early chapters resonate. Samus is wonderful, a survivor, an icon, and she endures. But when I think back on my time with her over the past several decades, Dread will forever dwell in the shadows of my favorite Metroid memories.

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9 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2021

So far, Metroid Dread is a serious contender for my personal game of the year. It takes all the things that I loved about previous entries and streamlines them into a much more playable game. It’s the most accessible Metroid title to date, and it’s sure to win many new fans for Nintendo.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2021

Metroid Dread doesn’t take a lot of big swings, but it rarely bats a foul ball.

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90 / 100
Oct 6, 2021

‎Metroid Dread exceeds all our expectations and has everything we could dream of: exploration, spectacular action, great atmosphere, tension and the "most Samus" Samus ever seen. If we analyze it as metroidvania it does not reach the excellence of the exponents of the genre... But it stays close.‎

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9 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2021

Metroid Dread seems like the perfect mix to me.

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9 / 10
Oct 6, 2021

Metroid Dread sees the galaxy's best bounty hunter return in fine form. It takes the terror of being hunted from Metroid Fusion, the more modern direction of Samus Returns, and the freedom to add to the series' decades of lore to create something that's nigh on essential for Metroid fans.

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Ollie Barder
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2021

Overall, Metroid Dread brings a narrative close to a decades long story with excellent level design and combat. It also looks great as well. So until Samus Aran is needed once again to save the Galactic Federation, I am happy to just savour the joy of another successfully completed mission.

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9 / 10
Oct 6, 2021

Metroid Dread is a sci-fi blast of brilliance that fans and newcomers alike will more than likely enjoy.

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9.1 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2021

With its slick gameplay and the excellent world design, Metroid Dread stay true to the franchise staples. Even if E.M.M.I.s could have been better integrated in the gameplay, this is still one great, new, entry in the beloved Nintendo saga.

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9 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2021

Metroid Dread is pure love for the franchise. It takes the elements of the classic 2D games and unites them with the evolving essence of Metroid Fusion, introducing many others that work perfectly. It doesn't give off such a magical aura and there are things to improve, but it establishes itself as one of the best games on the console.

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Alex Donaldson
Top Critic
Oct 6, 2021

Metroid Dread is likely to give those that have been counting down the days to its release exactly what they want: a thrilling experience in line with what they loved about past games.

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Unscored
Oct 6, 2021

If "classic 2D adventure on Switch" puts the same tingle in your spine as it does mine, Mercury Steam will not lead you astray with this impressive sequel. Buy.

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