Metroid Dread: How Nintendo Gets Horror Right

Metroid Dread is a great example of how Nintendo can effectively do horror games. See what makes the Nintendo Switch Metroid game so terrifying.

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Magog38d ago

Horror? That's pushing it. It's a 2D side scroller.

Neonridr38d ago

I didn't know horror games were restricted to 3D only. I guess Little Nightmares isn't a horror game either, using your logic.

Inverno38d ago

Little nightmares is 3D though, and there's nothing horror about Metroid. There's tense, but not scares

Neonridr38d ago (Edited 38d ago )

@Inverno - Metroid is 3D as well, are you serious? Just because the character runs left to right doesn't make it two dimensional. This isn't flat sprites we're talking about.

I agree about it being more tense / thriller-ish than a horror.

Seraphim38d ago (Edited 38d ago )

@ Inverno

definitely tense, not horror. Not once have I been scared or felt like I was playing a horror game. At best tense and perhaps anxious now and again during an EMMI encounter or boss fight. The very last thing Dread is a horror game. There is ZERO HORROR.

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SimpleSlave38d ago

Sure, in a vacuum I'm pretty sure Nintendo is good at doing horror. Metroid Dead's E.M.M.I.s however are not terrifying in any way shape or form.

plmkoh38d ago

The EMMI sections puts Metroid Dread to the bottom of all the Metroid main line games for me. Nothing horror about it except just tedium, quick time events should not be insta-death in a Metroid game and you should never have have enemies that outright cheat.

Such a shame because Mercurysteam made a real genuine Metroid game that hit many notes. They're just stuck in their usual arrogance regarding good game design.

Babadook738d ago

"quick time events should not be insta-death in a Metroid game"

Well to be fair, the insta death is really caused by you getting caught in their grasp by failing to sneak or evade. The escape is just an additional ability.

Army_of_Darkness38d ago

Are we not gonna point out the fact that this "dread" scenario has resident evil 3 written all over it?!

plmkoh38d ago (Edited 38d ago )


Ah the old 'git gud' type condescension.....lame

'git gud' doesn't excuse poor game design. Poor game design is when you have health bars/HP/damage but all of that is ignored because of game rules suddenly don't matter. Play Metroid Fusion to see how it's done right and why it's a masterpiece, this isn't.

But feel free to continue apologizing for this, ensures games never strive for excellence.

Babadook738d ago (Edited 38d ago )

I could tell you you replied to the wrong comment. But that would be condescending. ;)

Dread has incredible elements. I’m not saying the E.M.M.I’s are the best part of the game. On the other hand I don’t find them particularly challenging or unfair.

plmkoh38d ago (Edited 38d ago )


I can tell you don't know how N4G comment system works if you think I replied to the wrong comment.

I am one of the biggest Metroid fans with 3 copies of Metroid Dread. But it's fairly sad to see many people too blinded to engage in real critique. But I am glad at least the majority of reviews agree with me: Metroid Dread is in the lower ranks in realms of a masterpiece series, Metacritic is correct to put this sub 90.

GameZenith38d ago (Edited 38d ago )

$49.99 for expansion pass

Now thats horrific!

Snookies1238d ago

I believe the emotion the game is trying to induce would be in it's namesake. Dread. I don't see it as too much of a horror game. But I sure as heck felt the tension and atmosphere that was always present, especially around E.M.M.I. rooms. Fantastic game though, I just wanted to keep playing after beating it. It feels just a bit too short, but it's so packed with quality that I can easily overlook that. Here's hoping they're already planning out another 2D entry! It would be Dreadful to have to wait another 15-20 years lol.

LucasRuinedChildhood38d ago (Edited 38d ago )

*Mercury Steam

The "Game Info" section on this website even lists Mercury Steam as the primary developer but the article just gives Nintendo all the credit. Give Mercury Steam their due.

Snookies1238d ago

I found it very odd that they're not even listed on the box art... Like, why is that? Unless I'm missing it somewhere. Checked front and back and couldn't find it.

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