With Metroid Dread being released on October 8, many fans are eager to learn how long it takes to complete the game. It is the latest addition to the Metroid series following Metroid: Samus Returns alongside the Nintendo Switch releases of the original Metroid and Super Metroid. With the Metroid series being around since 1986, the lengths of each game have differed over the years. By the end of this article, you will learn how long it takes to beat Metroid Dread.
How Long Does it Take to Beat Metroid Dread?
Previous games such as Metroid Fusion and Metroid: Zero Mission take around 5-6 hours to finish, while others such as Metroid: Samus Returns can take anywhere from 11-13 hours. Metroid Dread falls right in the middle at around 7-10 hours. If you are aiming to 100% the game, you are looking at anywhere from 12-16 hours of gameplay. However, this also depends on your comfort with sidescrollers.
If you are a veteran Metroid games player, you are likely familiar with the mechanics and may be able to complete the game quickly. For those that are new to Metroid games or are new to sidescrollers, it may take much longer to get used to how to move and navigate the maps. Combat may also be much more challenging, especially if you are more familiar with top-down or first-person perspectives.
Other factors will also impact your completion time. Fighting through various bosses may pose a challenge for some, especially if you have a difficult time finding upgrades. If you play through the game multiple times, your newfound familiarity with gameplay mechanics and item locations will help reduce your playtime significantly.
Overall, despite Metroid Dread being shorter than Samus Returns, its quality and length exceed that of several previous entries in the Metroid series. It offers replayability especially with the inclusion of Hard Mode that ramps up the difficulty after you complete your first playthrough.
Metroid Dread will release exclusively for the Nintendo Switch on October 8.