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Metroid March - Imperfect Fusion by BLARGEN69 Metroid March - Imperfect Fusion by BLARGEN69
Second piece for

Metroid March!!


:iconsa-xplz:~And another Fusion piece!~:iconsa-xplz:
Metroid March - New Nightmare by BLARGEN69
Metroid Fusion Tribute by BLARGEN69
It's no secret that Fusion is my favorite game in the series... Which makes it one of my favorite games of all time!!! I know Fusion has always gotten flak for it's linear structure and more narrative-based approach, but to me it somehow goes beyond that seemingly limiting structure and transcends into something amazing. Fusion may seem dialogue-heavy thanks to the other iterations in the series but even with the Nav Rooms, Fusion is a pinnacle in environmental storytelling. The state of the BSL facility throughout the game and the sequences Samus goes through say more than words could and it drives a sense of hopelessness of the Mission the more you get into the game. Typically Metroid games you feel like a powerhouse and unstoppable the further you get, but even progression in Fusion does not feel as it should. Regardless of Samus' upgrades she still seems no match for the SA-X, your low health pool and damage threshold adds to that, and the ship falls more and more into disarray. It's like a race against time that you never had a chance of catching up with. Fusion fills you with a sense of fear and dread, and I always considered it a horror game first and fore-most. The Metroid series always seemed to want to dip it's toes into the genre given their origin and inspiration but Fusion really took it one step beyond. When the series embraces the macabre more I seem much more satiated. I don't think it's coincidence that my second favorite after fusion is Echoes.

Nothing adds to that element more than the SA-X though. Every sequence is a memorable one, and thanks to amazingly well structured level layout and gameplay mechanics, even to a veteran player later encounters with them still can have you screaming and paranoid you won't make it. Having the Hunter become the Hunted was such a great idea and it was handled excellently! The first time you discover there's multiple of them that's when you seriously wonder how you even have a chance of fixing the situation. The SA-X feels like Nemesis from Resident Evil, I seem to have a deep love for bosses and creatures like that. Unstoppable killing machines that seemingly can strike from anywhere at any time!!! It's a sense of immersion that I feel is unparalleled even by the likes of games that specifically aim to be solely horror ones. I haven't even gone into the amazing thematic direction merging Samus with the Metroids and becoming her own worst enemy, while facing a reflection of her former self. Or the incredibly neat twist the first time you find the Restricted Lab. There are just so many memories and amazing moments and elements of Fusion I could fill a book. It's a classic I still play annually, and a game I will never tire of. I love Metroid Fusion to death, not just my favorite of the Metroid series but one of my most beloved games of all time.

I don't think I'll ever forgive Nintendo for the cancellation of Dread. And yet, I've not given up hope on it's return. Good things come to those who wait, the entirety of Metroid as a franchise is the perfect embodiment of that statement. The wait for a new game after the release of Super was monumental, but it's payoff... Even more-so. The release of Fusion and Prime simultaneously is one of the greatest days in game history, and even ushered in a renaissance for the franchise. It happened once and I know for darn sure it's gonna happen again. In time.

Watch the

SPEEDPAINT!

here!!

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levgaex156 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this!
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Darkking55 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017
It's a shame we haven't seen any games set after Metroid Fusion.
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MotoNeko Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017
This looks really neat! Very nice work! :D
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skysoul25 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Student General Artist
whats dread? but this is amazing!!
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LudedWolf Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017
Nice!!!!!!
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cutelovelygirl Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Very good
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017   General Artist
Thank you very much!! ^U^
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cutelovelygirl Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
You welcome
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thelonelotl Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not really a big fan of the Metroid series but I've enjoyed playing the games (I only played Super Metroid, Prime, and Prime Hunters so far).

Great artwork though!
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017   General Artist
I'm glad you've had a taste of both gameplay types at least, both 2D and 3D!! I dunno where I'd be without Metroid, they've been such a massive influence throughout my entire life basically as long as I can remember!

Thank you so much man I'm glad you can appreciate it even as a non-fan!! That type of response really means a lot honestly.
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chiggenboi Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fusion is indeed a masterpiece! It may be more linear, but it used that to its full advantage. I loved being on edge the whole game. Both it and Echoes are my favorite for that reason too! :highfive: 

Nice colors too! They're quite bold but not overwhelming to the eye, adding to the vibrance of the piece. 
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RavagedEidolon Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah Fusion!! Nothing beats the moment when you first encounter and get chased by the SA-X!!
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017   General Artist
It's not one but multiple encounter memories that have haunted me to this day! XD I don't know how you make a gameboy advance game this scary but they sure did it!
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RavagedEidolon Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess it's the skills of great game developers!!
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Varia31 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice! Love the fun style.
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017   General Artist
Thank you so much!! There's a lot more where this came from, the rest of the month will have lots of Metroid art from me, so I hope you enjoy them as well if you see em!~
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Varia31 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will keep an eye out!
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Ruyc Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
Great tribute, the coloring, the many details true to the game, perfect job
I consider that game to be the greatest in the Game Boy Advance
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017   General Artist
Thanks a lot for such a great comment, friend!
If it weren't for my undying love for the Pokemon series I'd have to say the same. With Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga coming in at close second.
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Ruyc Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
You're welcome
Now that you mention it, I'm currently playing Pokemon Moon, should I play the gba releases (I kind of stopped following since the second generation)
Me too, Though I also like Metroid Zero Mission (Best Video Game Remake ever)
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derfs51 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
Cool work, Blarg!
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KidKaiserX Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fusion is pretty good, but my favorite series by far is the Prime Trilogy, I love how its Metroid in a First Person Perspective, and I loved its music and its crazy enemies, especially the ing
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hooksnfangs Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sweet piece as a tribute to Fusion!
Fusion is awesome! SA-X still haunts me to his day! lol
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BonbonBox Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really super cool!! I love the vibrant colours so much, and your lines are so neat and strong. I can't wait to see the rest of your art for the month! 
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BLARGEN69 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017   General Artist
Thank you again!!!! I am having lots of fun, and I'm glad you are too looking at them! Seriously the non-clouded opinions and judgement from a non-fan of the series with you really helps me know when I'm doing well with these!!! I can't wait to see if you like the rest, cause I wanna try a bit of experimentation with some! *o*
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BonbonBox Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh I'm glad I can help out in that sense!! It's super exciting seeing all this new artwork! 
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