Metroid Fusion is an action-adventure video game published by Nintendo for the Game Boy Advance handheld game console. The fourth installment in the Metroid series, it was developed by the company's Research & Development 1 (R&D1) division.
The game's story follows bounty hunter Samus Aran, who is sent by the Galactic Federation to investigate the Biologic Space Laboratories space station, where it is swarming with organisms infected with virions known as the X Parasites.
Why It Rocks
- Metroid Fusion unfolds in a more linear manner than the previous Metroid games due to its focus on storyline.
- Navigation Rooms are introduced in Metroid Fusion, which tell the player where to go.
- The player is constantly stalked and chased by a murderous creature known as the SA-X.
- Samus can absorb X Parasites that restore health, missiles, and bombs.
- Owners of both Metroid Prime and Metroid Fusion can unlock new features in Metroid Prime using the Nintendo GameCube – Game Boy Advance link cable.
- Players can also link Metroid Fusion to Metroid: Zero Mission to unlock a Metroid Fusion picture gallery, which includes additional concept art and extra images from the Japanese version of Metroid Fusion which chronicle Samus's early years.
- Lots of power-ups and other secrets, which are very well hidden.
- Metroid Fusion includes gameplay mechanics new to the series such as the ability to grab ledges and climb ladders.
- Intense action and slightly high difficulty that offers a good challenge.
- Creepy and tense environments and soundtrack.
- Amazing boss battles.
- Up to 10 to 12 hours of gameplay.
The Only Bad Quality
- While the SA-X is a formidable threat, its potential is misused. All the encounters with the SA-X are strictly scripted, and its AI was been critized even by Metroid fans. The SA-X, on the game storyline, is very intelligent, but on the gameplay, is very cheap.
Metroid Fusion received critical acclaim from critics, who praised the game for its action-oriented gameplay. The game was considered fun and satisfying by several reviewers, which claimed that it was a "pleasure to play", and praised its "beautiful" graphics and audio.