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Metroid Dread Review
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Posted: 4 months ago.

Author: Ben Kendall and @GeekDadGamer.


Metroid Dread, the latest Metroid game, is a running, jumping, exploring and fighting game where you progress through levels, fight challenging bosses and uncover secrets. It returns the franchise to the 2D side-scrolling style of platforming, and features challenging puzzles that require both skill and perseverance to beat. You have a new stealth ability used to evade strong enemies. With unique and varied locales, difficult, skill-based fights and more, it combines elements of both the older and more modern Metroid games in a novel and interesting way.

You play Samus as you investigate the source of a transmission of unknown origin on the mysterious planet known as ZDR. You encounter various enemies, as well as secrets that can help you fight against them, as you explore cavernous, labyrinthine rooms on your quest.

You run and jump across pits and obstacles, finding the route through the areas you explore. You slowly gain a large arsenal of weapons for fighting enemies, but some are too strong for you to beat on your first encounter, so you need to use the stealth ability, which reduces your noise and visibility, to make it through. Many secrets require outside-the-box thinking where you have to come back once you have unlocked the required ability later in the game.

The Metroid series of games is one of the most popular, long-lasting and influential platforming series out there, and this latest entry adds new abilities and ways to play while also retaining the classic elements that have made the previous games so unique and successful.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/10/2021

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Platform, Puzzle, Shooting and Stealth

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Mercury Steam (@MercurySteam)

Players: 1




Play Time: This game will take between 6 hours and 13 hours to complete. While the main story will only take you about 8 and a half hours to beat, there are countless upgrades, secrets and unlockables to find hidden all over the map, so you can easily spend a lot longer playing.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Violence. Violence during gameplay is non-realistic looking. Impacts result in flashes of light and often exaggerated responses. When fantasy characters are killed, they disappear immediately. When the player's character dies, the screen turns black and the level restarts. Cutscenes feature more realistic looking violence towards fantasy creatures, although there is no blood or gore. Cutscenes also feature instances of implied violence towards the player's character, such as them being held down and having a weapon thrust towards their visor, although the scenes cut away before violence is shown.

Skill Rating

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Younger players who love a challenge will enjoy this. But they have to have the patience and perseverance to be pushed to the edge of what is possible.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.


Our Metroid Dread Accessibility Report documents 19 accessibility features:
There aren't difficulty settings initially, but once you beat the game there is a harder mode.

You can only change the difficulty at the beginning of each save file, of which you can have 3 simultaneously. There are only two difficulty settings, and even on the easier of the two, there are still some challenging moments.

There is a map provided in the game. This marks ares that are blocking your progress with question marks until you have the required ability, whereupon it will mark that area with the tool or weapon you now have and need to use there. You can also click on a door to highlight every door of the same type on the map, it is extremely helpful in knowing where you should go next. There is also a mini-map and markers that direct you to where you need to go.

You need to carefully time counters to attacks from enemies, and some windows for blocking and countering are incredibly small.

In the settings, you can view controls, go to your last checkpoint (if you get stuck), turn off vibration, and adjust brightness.

While the game is played on a 2D plane, it can still be difficult to figure out the path you're meant to take, especially when backtracking for items or secrets.

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