The original Metroid is one of my favorite games of all time, and an oldschool classic masterpiece that everyone should play, even in the year 2012.
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Since I am a huge fan of the Metroid series overall, my first reviews on epinions were of the Metroid series. Below is an excerpt from my Metroid 1 NES epinions review, be sure to check it out and give it a read!
“What really makes Metroid special though and sets it apart is the aesthetics and the extraordinary mood of the game. The entirety of Metroid is set to a pitch-black background, which, along with the eerie music, gives the game an otherworldy feel that is almost oppressing. Claustrophobia, and a deep sense of loneliness, pervades and oozes out of every pixelated pore throughout Metroid. Additionally, the music, and even the visuals themselves, only get creepier and creepier as you battle your way deeper and deeper into the world of the planet Zebes.
All of this combines to create an incredibly eerie mood that almost gives Metroid the feeling of a horror game. This unsettling nature is made worse later on when you encounter crazy looking demon statues and insanely weird levels with walls made of faces, new unknown creatures with which to battle, and the creepiest 8-bit music you’ve ever heard.”