Format reviewed: Game Boy Advance
Submitted by: John Myers
Metroid Fusion is a action adventure platform shooter, in which players control Samus Aran. Like previous games in the series, it takes place in a large, open-ended world with different regions connected by elevators. Each region has an entire set of rooms separated by doors that can be opened with a shot. Some doors have special locks that are opened as gameplay progresses. Fusion is more linear than other Metroid games due to its storyline focus, with "Navigation Rooms" where Samus' commanding officer computer tells players where to go.
The gameplay revolves around solving puzzles to uncover secrets, platform jumping and shooting foes while searching for power-ups that allow Samus to reach new areas. Because of the Metroid vaccine, Samus can absorb X-Parasites, which can restore health, missiles and power bombs. Power-ups can be obtained either through downloading in special places called Data Rooms, or absorbing a special kind of X called the Core-X, which appears after defeating bosses and is encased by a thick thorny membrane.
The Graphics are very close to the Super Nintendo 16 bit graphics and the music is very atmospheric.Its a very enjoyable game to play and is one of the finest Metroid games ever to be released.