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Metroid Dread (2021), the latest Metroid game, is a running, jumping, exploring and fighting game where you progress through levels, fight challenging bosses and uncover secrets. It returns the franchise to the 2D side-scrolling style of platforming, and features challenging puzzles that require both skill and perseverance to beat. You have a new stealth ability used to evade strong enemies. With unique and varied locales, difficult, skill-based fights and more, it combines elements of both the older and more modern Metroid games in a novel and interesting way.

You play Samus as you investigate the source of a transmission of unknown origin on the mysterious planet known as ZDR. You encounter various enemies, as well as secrets that can help you fight against them, as you explore cavernous, labyrinthine rooms on your quest.

You run and jump across pits and obstacles, finding the route through the areas you explore. You slowly gain a large arsenal of weapons for fighting enemies, but some are too strong for you to beat on your first encounter, so you need to use the stealth ability, which reduces your noise and visibility, to make it through. Many secrets require outside-the-box thinking where you have to come back once you have unlocked the required ability later in the game.

The Metroid series of games is one of the most popular, long-lasting and influential platforming series out there, and this latest entry adds new abilities and ways to play while also retaining the classic elements that have made the previous games so unique and successful.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Metroid Dread 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 19 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Platform game with Puzzle, Shooting, Stealth and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 6 hours and 13 hours to complete. While the main story will only take you about 8 and a half hours to beat, there are countless upgrades, secrets and unlockables to find hidden all over the map, so you can easily spend a lot longer playing.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Violence. Violence during gameplay is non-realistic looking. Impacts result in flashes of light and often exaggerated responses. When fantasy characters are killed, they disappear immediately. When the player's character dies, the screen turns black and the level restarts. Cutscenes feature more realistic looking violence towards fantasy creatures, although there is no blood or gore. Cutscenes also feature instances of implied violence towards the player's character, such as them being held down and having a weapon thrust towards their visor, although the scenes cut away before violence is shown.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Younger players who love a challenge will enjoy this. But they have to have the patience and perseverance to be pushed to the edge of what is possible.


Metroid Dread

Switch Store Switch -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 08/10/2021

Out Now: Switch

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Platform (Puzzle, Shooting, Stealth and Traversal)

Accessibility: 19 features

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Mercury Steam (@MercurySteam)

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