It was some time ago that I claimed Axiom Verge to be Metroid 5. It wasn’t until this weekend that my brain finally accepted it as a new ‘home’. It’s something that happened before with Super Metroid and Zero Mission especially. I played these games so many times, that they became cosy and friendly places to dwell in.
Axiom Verge has been released for PS4 and with it, Metroidvania is suddenly one of the most talked about genres. Still, it’s not just praise that Axiom verge is harvesting. Having put in a delightful 10 hours so far, I kind of get where everybody is coming from and wrote that down at rllmukforum. Here’s a copy of the text in question explaining how I feel about Axiom Verge within the Metroid legacy.