The original Metro 2033 was released in 2010, it was based on a book of the same name by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky, released 5 years earlier. The game (and book) are set in a post-apocalyptic future where Moscow residents have been living in the underground Metro since a nuclear war ten years earlier scorched the surface of the planet into a radioactive wasteland. It’s an almost plausible storyline, that see’s mutant monsters beginning to invade the Moscow tunnels, putting the last remnants of humanity at risk of extinction.
The game was essentially a very atmospheric story, with plenty of little details, delivered in the accessible format of a first person shooter. Whilst it may not have been the biggest gaming hit of 2010, it certainly was one of the most memorable, giving players plenty of options for the FPS, as well as drawing players into a narrative that could feel very real.
In 2013 a sequel, Metro: Last Light was released, and this built upon they story weaved in Metro 2033, but went on a separate path to that of the book’s sequel Metro 2034. It was an anticipated title that didn’t disappoint, rather left gamers aching for more.
And more was delivered this year with Metro Redux on the Xbox One and PS4. Whilst technically not more, as this was one of many games being ported over to the new platforms, Redux did offer both games and addons as a single package, along with some new gameplay modes and vastly improved graphics.
Whilst the graphics still have a feel of a ported game, especially when you compare them to games coming out now specifically created for the new generation of consoles, they do breath new life into two awesome games, giving a more immersive experience and new ways to play.
Fans of the original will be delighted to have an excuse to head back into the dark and scarey tunnels of the Metro, and gamers who missed out the first time round will have a bargain on their hands with two games for the price of one.
Dark, post-apocalyptic storytelling in games doesn’t get any better than this.
Reviewed on: XBox One
Rating: R16 Violence, horror, offensive language & sexual themes.
Reviewed by: Jonathan