Metaquarius's Ratings and Reviews
Super Zero Mission by SBniconico [SM Exploration], rated by Metaquarius on Apr 04, 2015 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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SZM was ahead of its time when it came out and is still pretty impressive by today standards. It has raised the bar in almost every way possible. It's a large and complex world but doesn't lack of content and variety which is the pitfall most large hacks fall into. It has also a lot of replayability value with alternate paths, optional challenges and the hard version (if you have the skill of course). Howewer, 100% is basically not possible unless you have TAS reflexes. The only weak point I can think of is Chozodia, very uninspired place, bland and hard to navigate through.
SZM doesn't want to be Zero Mission, it combines elements and locations from various Metroid games to make its own unique adventure.
Hyper Metroid by RealRed [SM Exploration], rated by Metaquarius on May 17, 2015 (Star Star Star Star Star )
92% in 5:57
Hyper Metroid is one of those extremely well polished hacks. The graphics are the strongest point, places in Maridia, Wrecked Ship and Tourian have a really unique feel. The hack has a good difficulty balance and exploration is never frustrating. Despite taking place on Zebes again, the map layout has little to do with the original so that's a complete new world with tons of secrets and rooms to explore. The physics changes makes Samus super fast (hyper fast I should say ;) which is really convenient to navigate through those large rooms. The hack provides a decent amount of free exploration akin to Ice Metal.

Now what does this hack have to offer aside from exploring a brand new Zebes with stellar graphics ? Well, don't expect anything more than that. There's no really memorable moment I can think of. The hack also suffers from a lack of direction due to his open-endness nature. Let me clarify, you never get lost but you have no idea where to go and if you are actually in the right place. Phantoon is the first major boss I encountered, he destroyed me so hard, so I had to turn back to find what I was missing... but in the end, I learned this was the intended way. The same could be said about Gold Torizo, Ridley, Maridia before Gravity and a couple of tricky speedbooster sequences (mandatory unfortunately)

These downsides shouldn't detract you from playing this well-done ROM hack really.