6. Metroid Fusion – GameBoy Advance 2002
As my first ever Metroid experience, this game absolutely blew me away. There were few things in video games that ever gave me chills at 12 years old as much as sitting in a dark corridor aboard the Biological Space Laboratories and hearing Samus’ parasite clone, the S-AX, marching just inches away accompanied by ominous music, and knowing even the slightest movement could doom me. Some veterans of the franchise will fault Fusion for being the first of the franchise to force linearity onto a player’s experience, but as my first Metroid experience those kinds of criticisms didn’t keep me from admiring the bizarre creature design, the spine chilling music and an actually well built story that allows Samus to express emotion without seeming overly clingy to a dead superior, and expressing a moral standing on the use of the galaxy’s biology as weaponry.