Multiple variables — such as experience with the Metroidvania genre and how many times you die in boss fights — can impact runtime. For example, Andy Robinson at Video Games Chronicle didn’t include an overall runtime in his review, but he did mention that the final boss took at least 6 hours of repeated tries before it could be beaten. That means one reviewer took a full 6 hours to defeat one boss, while another (from GameSpot) apparently finished the entire game in the same amount of time.
Nintendo Life, which reported a longer runtime of 12 hours, also cited tough bosses as one of the more difficult (yet exciting) parts of the game. It’s unclear how many of those hours were spent on challenging bosses, though the reviewer noted “we never really got annoyed with dying.”
Basically, “Metroid Dread” seems to land in the middle of the spectrum when it comes to the length of other games in the series. Ultimately, your mileage may very, but it’s still meaty by “Metroid” standards. As Digital Trends put it, the game seems about as long as 2016’s “Metroid: Samus Returns.”
“Metroid Dread” launches on Oct. 8, 2021 for the Nintendo Switch. Give it a spin to see if you can beat these reviewers’ playtimes.