Metroid Dread launched to largely positive reviews earlier this month. The conclusion of Samus’ decades-long battle against the Metroids maintains the classic side-scrolling exploration and the modern additions of developer MercurySteam, such as the melee counter. However, it has one prominent, frightening new feature: E.M.M.I’s, nigh-unstoppable robots that Samus must regularly evade, adding a terrifying wrinkle to the formula. If you’d rather sample the game before committing hard-earned dollars, a demo for Metroid Dread is now available.
You can download the demo on the Switch eShop, or use the browser version to install it remotely. Nintendo hasn’t clarify how big of a slice the trial takes from the main game, but one would imagine it will let players face off with an E.M.M.I. and sample Samus’ new cloaking and/or magnetic grapple abilities.
Metroid Dread netted a 9/10 review score from us at Game Informer. Reviewer Ben Reeves described Dread’s atmosphere as “powerful” writing, “Despite a few hiccups in this timeworn pattern, Metroid Dread is a white knuckle thrill ride that you shouldn’t fear.” The game has had an eventful lifecycle so far, with Nintendo patching out a progress-halting bug and controversial discovery that the game performs better on PC emulators. Regardless, Metroid Dread has become one of the best-selling entries in the series (and the highest-selling entry in the UK).
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