Then I also think back to the Wii and how many copies of Metroid Prime 3 and even Other M later seemed to flood the used games section of Gamestop. Could pick them up for so cheap. Could be the same thing happens here after a bunch of people beat the game. Now it's like I'm talking myself into not even bothering with it for months. Anyone else ever find themselves losing hype for a game they know they'd really like?
I rarely buy games new at full price and Metroid Dread is an outlier launch day purchase for me so I get where you're coming from.
While I've waited nearly two decades and was excited for Metroid 5, I wasn't especially
hyped for it and haven't been hyped for any game in a long time. Maybe I'm just old now.
It's possible Gamestop was flooded with Metroid Prime 3: Corruption because people traded up for Metroid Prime Trilogy. And Metroid: Other M is well, Metroid: Other M. It may behoove you to see how many copies of Metroid: Samus Returns you see in the used games section as it may give you a better idea of what to expect if your intention is to pick up Metroid Dread for less.Anyway, some thoughts on the game so far:
I'm still under the impression (based on the opening "narration") that Yoshio Sakamoto believes fans hate that Samus talked in Other M when the real issue was ALWAYS that the writing and voice direction were both bad. Have Samus talk, just do it well.
Samus immediately zooming over to ZDR with next to no intel seems pretty reckless to me.
I haven't finished the game yet, but I fully expect Samus to blow up yet another planet.
Why is Zordon providing Samus with background info?
Miss me with Zordon-Adam's robot voice. Yikes.
I know MercurySteam redesigned Samus' Whoops-I-Lost-All-My-Things® Power Suit, but it sure did look like that Chozo guy who Top 10 Anime Betrayals'd Samus in the beginning like, changed her clothes while she was unconscious.
The Emmy Rossum sections suck a bag of broken dicks. I got the counter to work and escaped literally once (then got caught again almost immediately anyway and died). Sure, the sections are tense which is what MercurySteam is going for here. I simply don't find them to be particularly fun or engaging, unfortunately. They're the opposite, I imagine, of actual Emmy Rossum.
The first real boss, Corpious
, was so f-ing difficult. I've admitted I'm not good at video games before, but this was next level suckage. The first few deaths against this mofo made me feel like I was the nephew/cousin who was given the unplugged controller while the adults were actually playing.
Metroid Dread plays like a more refined Samus Returns which is to be expected and can be good or bad depending on how you felt about that game. I liked Samus Returns though the controls were not as tight as Super-Fusion-Zero Mission. I like that you can
free aim in this game. However, I don't feel like it controls as well as it should.
The game looks good graphically, not even with a "for a Nintendo Switch game" modifier. I'm mostly in favor of the art design though Samus, again, has a bunch of lights on her normal Power Suit which is simply baffling to me. My issue is that everything is so clean. This is weird because series canon is that the Galactic Federation just swabbed all manner of DNA from Samus' Power Suit and started cloning ****. This also makes finding hidden destructible blocks harder to find which so far, have been necessary to proceed. I don't remember getting this stuck for this long in the pre-Samus Returns 2D games. I gave up twice already and checked YouTube because I can't be bothered.
Semi-related: Getting the Amiibo for Metroid Dread was straight up one of the most infuriating experiences I've had in recent memory. Amazon had a placeholder page for months. It went live for realsies around noon on Friday and was FLOODED with scalpers reselling for double to often over triple MSRP ($29.99). Amazon's own listing was apparently up for like 10 minutes then was broken for the rest of the day.
Normally, I just hop in my car and drive to the nearest Target or Best Buy except Friday was apparently meetings-palooza at work-from-home. I live in Philadelphia. I was able to order one online from Best Buy in Cherry Hill (roughly 15 minute drive). There were two left then I got an email that they were preparing to put it aside. Yeah, well, they got sold so I had the option to hold the only one left within 50 miles. I drove to Princeton this morning. Yes, that
Princeton, 49 miles away. It was a nice drive, but sheesh, buying that toy was much harder than I ever thought it would be.