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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.

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