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I bought Metro when it first came out to the Xbox 360 and I gotta honestly say I never finished it. I bought the Redux pack (mastered versions of 2033 and Last Light, Metro 2033’s sequel) for the Xbox One and I’m really disappointed in myself for denying myself the experience this game brought.
The story is based on the novel Metro 2033 by the Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. You play as a young man named Artyom. The game spans across his journey to rid his home station of a nest of powerful beings. These beings, or Dark Ones as they are called, are huminoid and downright terrifying. Dark Ones can cloak and can use their psionic power to make whole tunnels of soldiers go mad. Artyom is special though, Dark Ones can knock him out but cannot drive him insane. The wild ride Artyom goes on as he crosses the radioative surface and post nuclear Metro spiderweb of tunnels is emotinal, fun, terrifying and totally worth the effort to see start to finish.
Enough of the background, lets get to the meat of this game, atmosphere, from the time Artyom awakes in the beginning to his climatic final scene I really felt like it was a scratching and clutching fight for survival. Metro 2033 does an amazing job making it feel like the last of humanity is really in these tunnels and its fading quickly. I always felt a sense of dread as I slowly made my way through the newest station and could see children happy as can be making up their own games and imagining life above ground. The grown ups on the other hand was a contrast that’s a sharp slap to the face. Adults knew that they are fighting to stay alive and just barely scraping by. Every fight against wave after wave of mutated monsters could be their last but they fought, either for their children or just the human stubbornness to survive. I cared about Artyom’s mission to help these people. It’s what drove me to keep playing. If you enjoy stories that suck you in and make you part of the world, Metro is your game.
On the technical side of things, Metro looks great. Obviously there is a difference between the original and remastered versions but the original doesn’t look to bad and I think can still hold up if you don’t have a PC capable of running it or a next gen console. Also, if you got the two games on Steam, then you can by them individually and even get a discount if you have the non remastered versions. I constantly found myself standing around just looking at stuff and thinking that its crisp and detailed. From the station campfires, where groups of people are bullshitting and playing acoustic guitar, to the uniforms on the soldiers, to the taverns that dot the stations, to the eerie glow of radioactive mushrooms in the dank and wet tunnels, it was a visual feast.
Gun play in Metro is full of “holy shit i’m gonna die” moments. Its horrifying when you have to turn your back to sprint away to reload your double barrel shotgun because the last barrage failed to put down the creature running after you with claws and teeth nipping at your back. Factor in that its dark as hell and your flashlight is dying makes it all the more scary. The guns to fight back though are thought out and they all have a use. Standard fare like revolvers, shotguns and Ak47s are there. The most interesting weapons comes from the janky ass guns built after the collapse of civilization. For example, You can kill with a BB gun that you can over pressurize to make sure you kill that guy silently or a machine gun that looks like it was made with bicycle parts and overheats but is highly customize-able. All guns can take a variety of attachments that tailor to your play style. I found it refreshing that the guns were interesting throughout the game and I used weapons in the end game that i’ve used since the beginning.
Going through the chapters of Metro you fight Nazis, Communists, Bandits, Flying demon-esque creatures and a handful of dog like monsters. I didn’t say Dark Ones though for the only reason that you never fire on them physically but battle with them mentally. Those scenes are the mind fucks of the game and it was a welcome break from reality. It was also kinda depressing to realize that even after nuclear warfare has wiped out almost all the human race, we are still fighting for “land” and ideals. As the quote goes “War never changes”
I loved this game and fully recommend it to anyone that is ready to run a supernatural journey rooted to the real world. I want to talk more about it but I really don’t want to give anything away because the story is good and worth experiencing. Don’t deny yourself like I did for so long.
My next review will be on Metro Last Light and you can expect it soon.
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I have been thinking about my blog and what I want to do with it. It started as a alternative art showcase. It then kinda just became weird shit I liked no matter what it was. Well I’m itching to write again and I want to write gaming journalism. I think it’ll be fun. I want to write reviews, first impressions, opinion pieces and personal stories around games. I will also be throwing in art from time to time.
I know I don’t have a huge following with the 70 or so of you all but if you read this far, thank you. I’ll be posting my first piece soon. It’s the first impression of Forza Horizon 2 demo on X box One.