Reviews for Metro 2033

88

Great spiritual successor to S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

Gmen | Aug. 14, 2014 | See all Gmen's reviews »

After the last S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game, Call of Pripyat, was released, many fans were left wanting for more, and this game supplied it. It isn’t a sequel, but it was made by people who worked on the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games, and that was good enough to give us the fix we needed.

You are Artyom, a young man who has lived all of his life underneath the ground in one of Russia’s metros. But Artyom is about to go on a journey where he will encounter unspeakable horrors on his journey to get to Polis station, which involves trudging through haunted metros and even the irradiated wasteland that is post-apocalyptic Moscow.

This was one of the very first games to embrace Direct X 11 technology, and it is a looker to this day. In fact I'm still puzzled as to why they saw fit to release a redux version. From extremely detailed character models down to the mask that you wear which fogs up from heavy breathing, the game is graphically excellent and holds up well even years after its release.

Sound is used to good effect in this game. You will be made aware of the ever present breathing noise that goes on inside your mask for one, which quickens in combat situations, and you will often be able to tell when a filter needs replacing when Artyom starts sucking air and wheezing. You'll need to rely on these audio cues seeing as the HUD is minimal in this game. And there's plenty of creepy noises that lend to the game's atmosphere. There's a genuine sense of dread that follows the moments when you hear one of the game's mutants in the distance.

Friendly AI is a bit stupid in this game. Sometimes they even get stuck and prevent you from advancing in certain areas. So they probably aren’t much real use in a fire fight. They are just there to help the story forward. The enemy AI on the other hand is rather tough and unrelenting, and monsters you encounter in the game do sometimes come at you endlessly until you achieve an objective.

What makes the enemies so tough to take on in this game is that the combat is poor. Your weapons are often ineffective, and enemies are seemingly too tough to take down most of the time. This becomes even more of a challenge when you progress from mutants to bandits and even Nazis, who actually carry firearms -- yeah, they're here too. But it’s not like you are given much choice but to confront them seeing as you often run into situations where you are forced to fight them off.

When you do manage to take down an enemy though, it feels rewarding, and you can scavenge their remains to find weapons, ammunition, and filters for your gas mask, among other items.

Where the game does shine is in its atmosphere, and exploration. You are often rewarded for looking beyond where you are supposed to go, by finding bullets, which can be used for trading if they are military grade bullets, or they can be used in your guns to increase their effectiveness.

I have to say that while it is more linear overall than S.T.A.L.K.E.R., and definitely more FPS orientated, I certainly enjoyed this game and its references to not only S.T.A.L.K.E.R., but the film that inspired even that series of games.

The game isn't perfect by any means, and is buggy and the combat is frustratingly bad, but I would say more than worth your time regardless.

87

In Post-Apocalyptic Mother Russia, Mutants Eat You!

khawaja07 | Aug. 4, 2014 | See all khawaja07's reviews »

Metro 2033 is a game set in Post-Apocalyptic Russia which after the Nuclear war has been nearly decimated along with the rest of the world so due to it, people started living in the Metro underground but little did they know that the mutated creatures from the ground above have broken into their place of living and now they gotta kill them if they want the survival of the human species. The most important aspect of Metro 2033 is the Narrative and that how fluently it is told. You play as Artyom, a Metro settler who enrolls himself into the Metro military in order to fight mutants, however The Dark Ones have returned and endanger the whole Human settlement underground in the Metro, so if Artyom and the military don't do anything soon, No Human will be left to save.

Gameplay Mechanics are somewhat solidly built, gunplay feels quite less glitchy, ammo is kinda less available during gunfights, so its better to conserve it rather than wasting it on unnecessary & small stuff. There are different types of enemy that you encounter in both underground and on the ground above. Normal mutants live underground while flying mutant demons live above the ground so we always have to be aware of our surroundings. We also have to keep a look at how much radiation a place is giving off, after a certain time you start to get hurt from it. Metro 2033 is based on a strictly Narrative-linear level design which suits it pretty well!

Metro 2033 looks beautiful when all the graphic settings are turned to max. The Mutant art design is brilliant and above the ground, Post apocalyptic Russia looks really well made. However to see Metro 2033 in all of its glory, you need to have a really beefy PC. It supports all of the latest graphic technologies at the time of its release and was considered the most beautiful looking title of that year.

The Soundtrack is great and suits the dreaded feel we get while being hunted by horrible mutants underground with no place to run to.

Overall, this game is a great starting point for the Metro series as they're many more plot points that it leaves for a sequel. 4A games took a long time in developing it and it was certainly worth it in the end. Its greatly optimized for PC as it was the lead platform. It has quite a few difficulty levels which does increase its replayability somewhat but its certainly worth for its price as these days its pretty cheap. Totally recommended by me. Its one of the few Horror shooters done right.

89

One of the best post-apocalyptic games ever made.

PootisMcPoot | Aug. 2, 2014 | See all PootisMcPoot's reviews »

Fantastic visuals, attention to detail, and a dark and brooding atmosphere make this game a gripping one. Howls and shrieks echo down foggy tunnels and fill you with a very real sense of dread as your weapon jams and you spend valuable seconds cursing and hitting it. The smoke from your companions' barrels reflect the flashes of gunfire back at you, making it impossible to see more than a few feet. This game is all about its atmosphere, its gripping realism. Mistakes, such as shooting a lantern or falling off a moving vehicle will not mean a game over, they will mean that you have to sprint behind the truck while demons from the wasteland howl at your heels. Gameplay is rock solid and the environments manage to be imaginitive while still giving you the feeling that you're stuck miles below ground in the old Russian subway lines. Give it a try and you won't be disappointed.

100

Look out for the Metro

lajvjjajajaaaa | Aug. 1, 2014 | See all lajvjjajajaaaa's reviews »

Metro 2003 is amazing survival horror game. Maybe because it's first-person is what makes it so awesome. The monsters are made really good and terrifying, the atmosphere is big and heavy, with the feeling that something will kill you the moment you sneeze. It all begins in the subway where there are the world survivors. In 2033 there was apocalyptic event, it annihilated most of the humanity. You're the mankind last hope, travel through the subways to the wastelands above and save the world! The game is one of the best I've ever played, I recommend it, if you still haven't tried it go ahead.

96

One of the best survival horror games out there.

MafuMafu | Aug. 1, 2014 | See all MafuMafu's reviews »

When I saw the first trailer of this game, I automatically fell in love. It's graphics were stunning. The way that 4A Games represented the post-apocalyptic Moscow and it's metro created by Dmitry Glukhovski was perfect. You couldn't ask a better environment. After the nuclear bombs, Moscow fell and the nuclear winter striked. The people of Moscow that survived, hid in the huge metro stations and tried to stay alive and start a new life. You're Artyom, a young man trying to reach Polis station and bring the help of Sparta to save his home station from the "Dark Ones". Fight your way through the metro involved in a constant fight between communists and fascists, and manage to stay alive as mutants try to eat you. It's a story hard to forget and easy to get hooked on. And, remember: "If it's hostile, you kill it". If you want a true challenge and want to enjoy the full Metro 2033 experience, I suggest you to try Ranger mode. I bought the retail version of this game and it was one of the best decisions I've made. It's worth every single penny.

85

An awesome survival horror game

eduardXD | Aug. 1, 2014 | See all eduardXD's reviews »

Metro 2033 is a game of post-apocalyptic environment in which survivors of a nuclear disaster Must to survive against mutant animals, other humans and a race of beings who try to extinguish them The game has good graphics, although not as good optimization. Environments and effects in the game are very well made. There are variety of enemies, including mutated beings, dark energies, soldiers (communist and fascist) and the next evolutionary step of human being. The story is quite interesting because it is based on a book. The game has a long duration, it is very realistic and original. I recommend it to those who want an experience of survival horror fresh and well made

87

I love it!

Whoritiquisha | July 19, 2014 | See all Whoritiquisha's reviews »

This game was fun start to finish. It comes in many different languages and so much jokes within the dialog. They have a whole story line to this game which makes is so much better! Also the map they have is cool, it lets you choose the outcome of your story! So every game is different and still amazing to play!