Digital Foundry Tech Review of Metroid Dread on the Nintendo Switch

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" Nintendo and Mercury Steam have managed to craft not only a worthy entry to the series, but perhaps one of the best games of the decades a well. This is a true return to form for side-scrolling Metroid that also breaths new life into the aging Switch hardware with its pristine presentation. "

They call it a visually, aurally, and gameplay wise masterpiece.

  • Booting and loading is super fast.
  • Image quality supremely sharp
  • 1600x900 Docked impressive 60fps
  • 720p Portable mode ( Oled looks amazing )
  • Impressive camera zooming in and out
  • Awesome map system
  • High quality animations
  • One of the best side scrolling 3D games seen to date
  • Visual quality and technical performance are exceptional for the Nintendo Switch
  • Masterful surround sound sound design ( One of the most powerful audible experiences of the year )
  • Soundtrack is god tier

Not at all surprised. This game has been breathtaking. I cant get enough of it and i think its my favorite game ive ever played so far. Do you agree with DF's review? Anything they might have missed? Or whats your favorite thing about Metroid Dread so far.

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#2 JasonOfA36
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900p docked? Jeez, is this 2006?

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@jasonofa36: Welcome to the streaming world mate. 900p is favored by streamers.

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I think I like the new mechanics the most. The slide makes Samus feel a lot quicker and a lot more agile when she doesn't have to stop and roll up into a ball to roll under something. Likewise, you can hold the ZL to slide into a ball form as well making the transition much more fluid. The melee attack is improved from Samus Returns, the dash ability is so much fun to use in boss fights, and the counter during boss fights which transition into some pretty badass cinematics makes the boss fights feel so much more organic.

And every ability uses a different button, with power missiles being an upgrade to regular missiles and power bombs being used by charging the normal bomb, they've gotten rid of the need to ever go into a menu and change abilities.

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#5  Edited By Mesome713
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@hardwenzen: Looks like DF said Metroid Dread maxes out the Switch. Hows that for a cheap $9.99 looking indie game? LOL

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@hardwenzen: Looks like DF said Metroid Dread maxes out the Switch. Hows that for a cheap $9.99 looking indie game? LOL

A 2D side scroller maxing out a system? LOL What kind of self ownage are you trying to claim here🤣

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@hardwenzen: I thought the reviewer was gonna bust one after that orgasm. He said among the best side-scrollers hes ever seen. They might have to cancel the next Ori and Silkroad after this. Gonna be hard to surpass this game.

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@hardwenzen: I thought the reviewer was gonna bust one after that orgasm. He said among the best side-scrollers hes ever seen. They might have to cancel the next Ori and Silkroad after this. Gonna be hard to surpass this game.

Who is even competing in the 2D world? Nobody else but indie devs on a welfare budget.

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#9  Edited By Mesome713
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@hardwenzen: You have Microsofts famous Ori series and you have Sonys famous Little Big Planet series. But Metroid Dread is best. None hold a candle to the Queen of gaming.

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@mesome713 said:

@hardwenzen: You have Microsofts famous Ori series and you have Sonys famous Little Big Planet series.

Both of which scored higher on GS? Yes, yes i have these two games🤭This is ORI 2 running on the Switch🤣

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#11 Juub1990
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>Supremely sharp

>900p

Pick one.

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@Juub1990: Youll have to watch the video, they explain why the 900p and 720p was good selection and provided amazing sharpness. Im not a tech guy, when i was playing the game, i was like wow, is this 4K, this looks amazing.

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@Juub1990: Youll have to watch the video, they explain why the 900p and 720p was good selection and provided amazing sharpness.

Amazing sharpeness for very very very low Switch standards. Because the resolution is from 20 years ago, they didn't use TAA because it'll make the picture blurry af, so they don't even have any AA in this game. Since the screen is small and you can't see the environment at long distances (2d side scroller lul), shimmering is less of an issue, but lets not pretend that it looks amazingly sharp lmao.

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@hardwenzen: They didnt use AA cause it wouldnt have mattered much. The game being zoomed out makes it so you cant tell. DF was impressed. They praised the sharpness. They called it genius visual design and performance. Whatever that means.

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@hardwenzen: They didnt use AA cause it wouldnt have mattered much. The game being zoomed out makes it so you cant tell. DF was impressed. They praised the sharpness.

In what world do you live in where AA doesn't matter? AA matters all the time, but the system can't handle anything else but the blurry af TAA and FXAA, and in 900p that would destroy the image, like it has destroyed the image of many titles on the Switch and ps360 titles.

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#16  Edited By Mesome713
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@hardwenzen: I live in the gameplay world. I thought game looks amazing. Tech review states the same. Masterpiece.

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@mesome713 said:

@hardwenzen: I live in the gameplay world. I thought game looks amazing. Tech review states the same. Masterpiece.

Looks amazing for Switch standards, which is a generation and a half behind competition🤷‍♂️

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#18  Edited By Mesome713
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@hardwenzen: Guess that doesnt matter much. Will be the best selling Metroid game ever. RIP Returnals GOTY.

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It's a pretty glowing review. They game does look great - I can't wait to play it at some point!

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@mesome713: So 900p looks like 4k to you 😂, this is like 3rd grader level trolling. I've said it before if you're gonna troll 100% of the time at least put some effort into it.

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So you’re saying a game can look good AND be below 1080p?

Crazy talk

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@vfighter: Ive seen some ugly 4K games mate. They talk the talk, but they dont watch the walk. This game said, 900P dont look impressive...hold my beer!

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#23 JasonOfA36
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Might as well homebrew my game when I get it, because 900p in 2021 is just bad.

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@jasonofa36: Send us the comparable. Game is already a masterpiece, maybe 4k puts it into god mode.

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Why cows are so harsh with Nintendo games?

Nintendo games haven't had competitive games graphically since the Gamecube. At least they're still making good games.

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@mesome713: There's already videos on youtube if you wanna look it up.

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@jasonofa36: Ill check them out.

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So, Ori is still better both in visuals and gameplay. Thanks for the confirmation. 😎

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#29 Mesome713
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@Pedro: No, Metroid Dread blows Ori out the water visually, aurally, and gameplay wise. Ori is dead now. One hit wonder.

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#30  Edited By HalcyonScarlet
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@mesome713 said:

@Pedro: No, Metroid Dread blows Ori out the water visually, aurally, and gameplay wise. Ori is dead now. One hit wonder.

But there was two of them. :-S

Why does any game series have to be dead?

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@HalcyonScarlet: Its not, Ori is great. I think theyll make a great game next. Will be hard, but they can do it.

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Watched that yesterday and they indeed talked very highly about it. Have only played about an hour so far myself and pretty much agree. The game does look and sound very nice. Gameplay is definitely very smooth. Having a great time with it myself.

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@mesome713: I am sorry that your game not only is sub par to Ori visually, is also being outscored. Must be rough.😂

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@hardwenzen: Guess that doesnt matter much. Will be the best selling Metroid game ever. RIP Returnals GOTY.

You sheep keep on saying that the reason why Nintendo has abandoned the series is because of poor sales, and now you're bragging about Mobile Dread selling more than the others, when the others didn't sell? What an achievement.

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@Pedro said:

@mesome713: I am sorry that your game not only is sub par to Ori visually, is also being outscored. Must be rough.😂

Don't even know why they're being compared.

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@HalcyonScarlet said:

Why cows are so harsh with Nintendo games?

Nintendo games haven't had competitive games graphically since the Gamecube. At least they're still making good games.

Because sheep are the most delusional bunch of any gaming related fanboys.

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@Pedro: Whatever, its scored good after Ori set the bar. Now lets see if Ori can compete with what Metroid set. My guess. It will fail.

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@hardwenzen said:
@HalcyonScarlet said:

Why cows are so harsh with Nintendo games?

Nintendo games haven't had competitive games graphically since the Gamecube. At least they're still making good games.

Because sheep are the most delusional bunch of any gaming related fanboys.

Delusional why? They like their games, they want their games to do well and they do.

I think the war of words between Playstation and Nintendo fans are a bit silly, they aren't competing.

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Sorry Mesomeme, but you got clapped yet again 🤭

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@HalcyonScarlet said:
@hardwenzen said:
@HalcyonScarlet said:

Why cows are so harsh with Nintendo games?

Nintendo games haven't had competitive games graphically since the Gamecube. At least they're still making good games.

Because sheep are the most delusional bunch of any gaming related fanboys.

Delusional why? They like their games, they want their games to do well and they do.

I think the war of words between Playstation and Nintendo fans are a bit silly, they aren't competing.

oh my god did you asked me why sheep are delusional?

and you're wrong about them not competing. They compete in system sales, game sales and scores. Its MS that is so far behind that its not competing with Sony.

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#41  Edited By Mesome713
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@hardwenzen: You failed mate. Metroid Dread is one of the best ever made. It will sell 7 million easy. Nintendo always winning.

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@hardwenzen: You failed mate. Metroid Dread is one of the best ever made. It will sell 7 million easy. Nintendo always winning.

Yea?

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@hardwenzen: Yea.

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@mesome713 said:

@Pedro: Whatever, its scored good after Ori set the bar. Now lets see if Ori can compete with what Metroid set. My guess. It will fail.

Maybe, maybe not. But the fact remains Metroid: Dread has set a standard for 2.5D "metroidvania" games. Devs for games like Ori, and 2D games like Hollow Knight cannot slack. They have to up the ante for their next releases. And who knows, maybe it's success will bring even more titles to the genre, or more 2.5D platformers in general. I wouldn't mind seeing that much effort put into a 2.5D Castlevania game. And with the kind of success Dread has had, developers can see there's a real market for it.

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@hardwenzen said:
@HalcyonScarlet said:

Delusional why? They like their games, they want their games to do well and they do.

I think the war of words between Playstation and Nintendo fans are a bit silly, they aren't competing.

oh my god did you asked me why sheep are delusional?

and you're wrong about them not competing. They compete in system sales, game sales and scores. Its MS that is so far behind that its not competing with Sony.

So you think if someone buys a Switch they aren't going to game on the PC, Xbox or PS?

They only compete in sales and scores on SWs, otherwise no one cares.

I've been buying Nintendo consoles since the SNES, it would never make me stop gaming on other platforms.

They don't compete to the point that MS doesn't mind doing whatever business Nintendo is comfortable with doing with them. They'll re-release Nintendo/RARE games if Nintendo wants. Even offered them Gamepass.

And don't be a fanboy, MS is more than competing with Sony in their own way. Hardware sales low, Gamepass subs growing at a phenomenal rate. And they own the company that just game PS5 a timed 10/10 game.

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@mesome713: It did score good just not better.🙃

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#47  Edited By hardwenzen  Online
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@HalcyonScarlet said:
@hardwenzen said:
@HalcyonScarlet said:

Delusional why? They like their games, they want their games to do well and they do.

I think the war of words between Playstation and Nintendo fans are a bit silly, they aren't competing.

oh my god did you asked me why sheep are delusional?

and you're wrong about them not competing. They compete in system sales, game sales and scores. Its MS that is so far behind that its not competing with Sony.

So you think if someone buys a Switch they aren't going to game on the PC, Xbox or PS?

They only compete in sales and scores on SWs, otherwise no one cares.

I've been buying Nintendo consoles since the SNES, it would never make me stop gaming on other platforms.

They don't compete to the point that MS doesn't mind doing whatever business Nintendo is comfortable with doing with them. They'll re-release Nintendo/RARE games if Nintendo wants. Even offered them Gamepass.

And don't be a fanboy, MS is more than competing with Sony in their own way. Hardware sales low, Gamepass subs growing at a phenomenal rate. And they own the company that just game PS5 a timed 10/10 game.

Seriously? On twitter its SW x100. Same applies to reddit.

And no, nobody said that every Switch owner owns nothing else but a Switch, but many sheep do stay loyal (pretty dumb if you ask me) to their Nintendo systems, and ignore everything else that doesn't have Nintendo written on the box.

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@hardwenzen said:
@HalcyonScarlet said:
@hardwenzen said:
@HalcyonScarlet said:

Delusional why? They like their games, they want their games to do well and they do.

I think the war of words between Playstation and Nintendo fans are a bit silly, they aren't competing.

oh my god did you asked me why sheep are delusional?

and you're wrong about them not competing. They compete in system sales, game sales and scores. Its MS that is so far behind that its not competing with Sony.

So you think if someone buys a Switch they aren't going to game on the PC, Xbox or PS?

They only compete in sales and scores on SWs, otherwise no one cares.

I've been buying Nintendo consoles since the SNES, it would never make me stop gaming on other platforms.

They don't compete to the point that MS doesn't mind doing whatever business Nintendo is comfortable with doing with them. They'll re-release Nintendo/RARE games if Nintendo wants. Even offered them Gamepass.

And don't be a fanboy, MS is more than competing with Sony in their own way. Hardware sales low, Gamepass subs growing at a phenomenal rate. And they own the company that just game PS5 a timed 10/10 game.

Seriously? On twitter its SW x100. Same applies to reddit.

And no, nobody said that every Switch owner owns nothing else but a Switch, but many sheep do stay loyal (pretty dumb if you ask me) to their Nintendo systems, and ignore everything else that doesn't have Nintendo written on the box.

That's their problem. And Twitter and Reddit are pretty toxic places, so are you really surprised?

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The reviews I watched said the game is only about 9 hours in length. It is also a 2D sidescroller. No idea how or why this is priced at $59.99. Only Nintendo can get away with that.

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#50  Edited By Mesome713
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@Pedro: You barley won that one. We won’t be so easy next time.