Free Aim or Free Aim Mode is a new feature in Metroid: Samus Returns. Previously, in 2-D Metroid games it was only possible to aim diagonally, horizontally and vertically. Free Aim now allows Samus to aim at 360° to more precisely target enemies. To further assist with shooting, a laser sight has been added to Samus' Arm Cannon; it will glow red when it intersects with an enemy.
"Classic Metroid II: Return of Samus gameplay is joined by a wealth of new content, including a set of brand new abilities that utilizes a mysterious energy resource called “Aeion,” a powerful melee counterattack, and 360-degree Free Aim Mode."
Yoshio Sakamoto commentsEdit
|“||We wanted to create a new 2D Metroid with elements no one has seen before, so we were very ken for the series' traditions to evolve, while scratching that Metroid itch the fans have. Take the basic controls for example. Just like in the rest of the series, it'll be possible to make some very precise movements as shown here. Like usual, you can fire shots in the direction you're facing, but by standing still and holding the L Button you can aim and fire in a 360° arc. Until now you could only fire in eight directions, but with Free Aim you can attack in any direction you please. I hope you have fun with this feature during boss fights.||„|
- "Press and hold [L] to lock your position and enter Free Aim mode."
- "Use [Circle Pad] to aim in the direction you wish to fire beams and missiles."