Reviewed by Clint
The third Metroid game of the series and quite easily the best.
Samus Aran first encountered the Metroids at the end of the first
game. The second game revealed the many stages of the Metroid
growth. At the end of the second game, you watch a Metroid hatch
from an egg and follow you. The third game picks up from that
moment. You turn in the Metroid that follows you to a group of
scientists to perform tests on the unknown species. Within minutes
of your departure from that space station, you receive a distress
signal from there. This game is one of the absolute best games for
the Super Nintendo. I don't think it will be too long before we see
Metroid 4 for the N64.
Graphics 6 out of 10
Well, some may say the graphics were fantastic, but I don't feel
that way. The graphics closely resemble those of the first Metroid
game, but with a few more touch-ups. For one of the later Super
Nintendo games, the wall textures and other stuff could of had more
personality. I know that they hoped for people to remember the first
game as they played, but I think they should have just gone all out on
the graphics to cap this near perfect game.
Music and Sound 8 out of 10
Music is all right. It is usually appropriate for area you are in. What I
mainly remember are the ambient noises and sound effects which were
excellent. The charging of your gun, the scream of the creatures, and
the pulsating electrical equipment were especially impressive.
Game Challenge 7 out of 10
Tough enough of a game. If you play the game well and get the supplies
as soon as you can, you won't have much of any trouble completing the
game. The first time I beat this game, I missed several key equipment
peaces which made my trip a pain in the butt to finish.
Game Play-Fun 9 out of 10
This game really rocks in this category. Certain utilities you gain during
the course of the game make it very enjoyable (grapple beam, speed boots,
screw attack, etc.) The play control is also outstanding.
Well, maybe finding certain items or where to go sometime can be annoying.
I find certain points in this game when I have no clue what to do, but if I
just experiment around for about an hour, the solution appears.
Replayability 9 out of 10
Very fun game with a lot of cool moments in it. This game is a classic and
will easily attract you back if you complete it. In fact, I am in the middle
of yet another attempt to beat the game.
Game Value 10 out of 10
No matter what they charge you, go for it.
Memorable moments 10 out of 10
Some games have moments in them where you find yourself thinking,
"WOW!", like the end of Full Throttle where the plane almost goes over,
or the first time you fly into the giant war at the end of Shadows of
The Empire with the Star Destroyer there along with Xizor's ship and
hundreds of X-wings, tie fighters, and other ships all dog fighting.
This game has several moments where you are just impressed by it
(skeleton guy crashing through spikes, or the giant Metroid showing up at end).
Final battle 9 out of 10
This is another thing I consider when I play a game. I always enjoy
games that actually think up a great final fight and not just all of the
bad guys from the game put in one room for you to fight through. The
final fight completely reflects the last fight from the first game, but
they continue it. In the first game, all you had to do was jump of a
series of tiny platforms, but this makes you actually get back to your
ship before the planet explodes. This is also a fantastic moment in
this game. The graphics and detail of the planet's last minutes are cool.
The way the lava begins to flow up from the core, the explosions in the
backgrounds, the constant earthquakes, it was really awesome.
Overall 8 out of 10
Very very very well done masterpiece and if you are skeptical about
trying the game, I hope this will change your mind.