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[Popularity Contest] Best Metroidvania of All Time - Discussion

Discussion in 'Arcade' started by Charlotte D. Kurisu, Nov 16, 2019.

  1. Charlotte D. Kurisu Moderator

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    :metroid

    Hey folks. Welcome to the first of hopefully many Popularity Contests hosted in the Arcade. It is our little personal hall of fame if you will. Where we pick out the best and perhaps even the worst of what our glorious hobby has to offer.​

    First off, we're doing a popularity contest of a sub-genre that is very dear to me. More technically and broadly defined to be known as 2D Sidescrolling Action Adventure games, Metroidvanias add a little spark to the usual linear design of 2D Action Adventures. Such as a wild emphasis on exploring and back tracking, and also an unhealthy obsession with secret passages/rooms and Easter eggs.

    So how will this work? In order to spark discussion and controversy, I have decided it would be best if the contest would work as a knock out brackets style contest. Where games, depending on the randomized draw, will have to face each other and our Arcade residents will get to decide which is the better game in each round. It's true that this might lead to early eliminations of huge titles, but it might also give some lesser known games some exposure.

    I'll be sure to explain further once I've penned down all nominations. As of now, you can nominate a maximum of three titles. This is to give a chance to your fellow nerds to nominate their favorites as well. There's no current limit to how many nominations can enter the contest. But it's probably better to keep it at an even number for better balancing. Also, note that nominations will officially end at the 21st of November, 2019. So be sure to nominate before that.

    If you're not sure as to what constitutes as a Metroidvania game, mind the integral key features of every Metroidvania game to date:

    -Action-Adventure style gameplay/combat
    -Huge Emphasis on Exploration
    -Huge Emphasis on Backtracking
    -Huge Emphasis on gaining new abilities to progress through previously inaccessible areas

    Please note the visuals can really be any type. We've had pixels, 2D, and even 2.5D style graphics for these games. So graphics are not really any part of criteria.

    With that, our first Popularity Contest can begin. I heavily encourage discussion, and most of all having fun with this whole thing. And also please, any feedback is very much welcomed.

    BUT ENOUGH TALK... HAVE AT YOU!

    Important Notice

    Only nominate games that weren't nominated before.

    Nominated Games:
    • Super Metroid
    • Casltevania Symphony of the Night
    • Metroid : Zero Mission
    • Hollow Knight
    • Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
    • Metroid Fusion
    • Castlevania: Circle of the Moon
    • La Mulana
    • La Mulana 2
    • AM2R: Another Metroid 2 Remake
    • Shantae & The Pirate's Curse
    • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
    • Blasphemous
    • Control
    • Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
    • Ori and the Blind Forest
    • Batman: Arkham City
    • Salt and Sanctuary
    • Casltevania: Aria of Sorrow
    • Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
    • Dead Cells
    • Touhou Luna Nights
    • Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order
    • Axiom Verge
    • Darksiders
    • Shadow Complex
    • Guacamelee
    • Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance
    • Metroid: Samus Returns
    • Metroid II: Return of Samus
    • Casltevania: Portrait of Ruin
    • Dust: An Elysian Tail

    And with that nominations are officially closed! Keep a look out for a couple of first round threads later today.
     
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  2. Charlotte D. Kurisu Moderator

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    * Castlevania : Symphony of the night
    * Metroid : Zero Mission
    * Super Metroid

    Period.
     
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    • Super Metroid
    • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
    • Hollow Knight
     
  6. Charlotte D. Kurisu Moderator

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    I think I should've been clearer. :hm

    Yagami already nominated the bolded so they're already in. Try nominating games that weren't nominated before. :skysun
     
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    This sounds like it's worth a few laughs and shitposts. You voting too, Khris?

    Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
    Metroid Fusion
    Castlevania: Circle of the Moon
     
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    In that case let me add these two beasts:

    • AM2R: Another Metroid 2 Remake
    • Shantae & The Pirate's Curse
    It's hard for me to pick between Zero Mission and Fusion, and I'm pretty sure someone else will nominate those two anyway so for now I'd like to add Shantae to the mix. Pirate's Curse was really fun.
     
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    La Mulana
    La Mulana 2
     
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    Bloodstained and Control

    Everyone else can fuck off, bye. :catsun
     
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    Not sure if it constitutes as a Metroidvania. @Deathbringerpt or anyone that played it, thoughts?
     
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    is dark souls's interconnected world considered?
     
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    Am taking this seriously. :pek

    Sure. I'm holding out till deadline to fill out the missing brackets. And then I'll vote later for sure.
     
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    I'd like to think Soulsborne is the evolution for Metroidvanias that developed into its own subgenre. So I'd like to keep those kind of games for another Popularity Contest. :skysun
     
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    then I go with Blasphemous
     
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    :drake

    Jesus Christ, this place got significantly dumber since I left.
     
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    I didn't play it, so I'll need to know why it's considered a Metroidvania.

    Also, chill.
     
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    it has an interconnected world and you have to backtrack to areas in order to progress and find new stuff.

    what'd i do? :monkaS
     
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    Alright. I guess the Arkham games can be considered now as well. :hm
     
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    yeah, like i said, bloodborne also has an interconnected world but its still a new genre by now. :hm
     
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    Arkham Asylum is arguably a metroidvania, souls definitely isn't.

    The former is a maze which requires gadgets to traverse. Things like the zipline or the hookshot or the explosive gel are movement or general problem solving tools which also happen to open up paths. Your traversal in souls is not blocked by your inability to, say, double jump.

    I haven't played Control.
     
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    Metroid Prime
    Metroid Prime 2
    Metroid Prime 3

    :duck



    ...Naw, just kidding. here are my real ones:

    • Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
    • Ori and the Blind Forest
     
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    100% this
    It's not just backtracking/interconnected world, you need to unlock new abilities to traverse said world, not just keys
     
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    Batman: Arkham Asylum
     
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    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

    That's the only one I played tho
     
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    salt and sanctuary :pepesmoke
     
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    Since nobody mentioned it yet I’ll throw in Aria of Sorrow.
     
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    notthin personnel kid *shoots twice*

     
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    blasphemous is hard based

    quirce is best boss

    @El Hit assuming you havent already, play this my ^ (use bro), you'll appreciate it :pepesmoke

    :monkaS

    worst boss for me tho was definitely the witch of the lake

    literally died 30+ times to her and many of those deaths came from that one spell where she shoots a big ball forward that then proceeds to turn into a barrage of tracking bullshit :blobcry

    needless to say, i was quite happy when i eventually beat her
     
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    bitch of the lake was quite easy for me cause i had a huge space where i can just dodge and hit her when the time comes, sure died a few times but the husk was hella annoying cause it was a tight corridor and enemies from the map (skeletons and witches) could help the boss :tiredpepe
     
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