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This game will have you at the edge of your seat. The game play is great with a few minor bugs. The story is amazing and the story telling is even better. This has to be one of the most under rated games ever. The game captures the feeling of being underground in the Moscow metro system, where it's dark and closed in. Where stations that act like nations are at war or allied with each other. Where the threat of a mutant invasion could happen at anytime. The game captures all of those. One moment you are in the middle of a station war, the next you are helping a station fight off a mutant attack. The game's atmosphere is amazing. With random metal squeaks and mutant grunts you don't know what's around the corner or if something is right behind you. The economy system is amazing, and genius. The bullets that you fire are also your money. So if you want to spend some ammo to buy that new shotgun, or do you need them to keep on going is up to you. There are two endings. This game is based off the book, and is pretty close to the book. Can't wait for the sequel.
I brought this game a little while ago now with great expectations but sadly it didn't deliver what I was hoping for. Metro 2033 is based novel of a post apocalyptic moscow where underground first person shooting is the way you survive and travel around due to not being able to travel above ground for to long due to the monsters that roam and the need to protect your gas mask from breaking which insures near instant death. The player roams around using the underground tunnels to travel from station to station essentially progressing through the story of you and others you meet survival in the dreary life you all dwell in now. There is a variety of weapons in the game from real to made up that you and your human enemies will use whereas swarms of mutated creatures attack you with direct hits and no special weapons. There is also the moral aspect to the game as do you save the people from the nazi's or watch them get executed while you hide away. There is no real map to look at just you trying to find your way about a intricate level avoiding those that lurk to harm you in the darkness while hoping they don't see your flash light before you are alerted to them being there to give you the chance to sneak by. There is no health meter and the screen and heart rate are how you judge your health which restores over time so hiding away to recover for a few seconds is the preferred way although there are a few medikits laying around in the tunnels to find and use. The ammunition in the game acts as a currency for you to use as the pre war ammo is the most valuable and can be traded at outposts for a weaker and cheaper type that does less damage but stops you essentially shooting money each time as it can be scarce. The game had the chance to be epic as parts of the graphics in the underground look the part as if you were there and if it was a bit more free roam like in the fallout genre this could of been a blockbuster rather than just trying to progress through one area at a time although its not a total downfall of a game telling a story I just find free roam aspects really make games especially of this type better as the urgency to roam and scavenge is what normally you would expect to be the main point of your survival Even though the game failed to deliver due to the age of this game nowadays it can be picked up for around £10 which seeing as it still lasts a few hours is always worth the punt in my opinion but sadly you will see how close this game could of become a marvel than a good but not great game.
The premise of Metro 2033, set in Moscow, is that a nuclear war has made the surface of the earth uninhabitable as well as giving birth to a new breed of ferocious mutants. Human life has continued inside the metro system, where new societies have formed including the warring factions of Nazis and Communists. You are Artyom, a man who has lived his entire life confined in the metro, attempting to save his home station from the unknown forces that seek to destroy it. All sounds pretty awesome to me. In fact, my main attraction to Metro was the story, and I convinced myself that even if everything else sucked I'd still like it based on the premise alone. At least, so I optimistically thought. It turns out, despite the awesome set up, the poor game play completely lets it down. The graphics are well polished, on par with those of Bioshock and COD:MW2. However, somehow they have managed to completely fudge the character faces. Try being immersed in a game when your fellow comrades look like skin grafts from a PS2 game. This is a little irritating but nonetheless Metro still manages to create a convincing and detailed atmosphere. No, what really lets Metro down is the abysmal gameplay. For example, there is one not atypical level where you have to repeatedly kill the inappropriately named "librarians". Which are a sort of giant sloth walking on it's hind legs. The routine is as follows: one appears, you shoot it for a couple of minutes while running around in a circle (they're just slow enough not to catch up with you) then eventually it dies. It requires no real skill unless you're stupid enough to stand still and be joylessly mauled to death. Once is acceptable but after that it gets boring very fast. It doesn't help that any movement feels clunky and mechanical. Even the actual act of shooting is unsatisfying, as enemies don't seem to react. It's like you're shooting them with water pistols. The gas mask idea is a good one. The idea being when above ground, you must replace your air filter couple of minutes to prevent imminent death. However, the gas masks get damaged when you're attacked causing massive static cracks to appear on the screen and remain there until you find a new one to replace it. Although clearly intended to be a realistic perk, it's just an annoying inconvenience. What's the point in designing detailed and elaborate landscapes when you can barely see it through invasive cracks in the screen? The ammo-currency idea is original and leads to more tactical play as you have more choice in which type of ammunition to use, rather than simply using whatever the games gives you. The AI is also horrendous. More than a few times enemies have completely ignored me, been frozen to the floor or after being shot, run off in the completely wrong direction. Although this can be funny, it is also quite annoying, and an amateur mistake for a game that tries so hard to be realistic.
The game stylistically is gorgeous; the settings, idea of living conditions, etc, etc. but this game is meant to be played, not wander around looking at what it would look like after an apocalypse. The game is quite a struggle to work out effective gameplay as the controls are quite unusual and away from the norm. There are issues with the aiming system, the ammo situation is completely a joke as when you need it, there's none, when you don't need it there's none. by the time you get round to being able to afford a better gun and upgrading your weapons the games over. the economy behind it is not sufficient. Theres also too much to keep track of such as your ammo, your air filter levels, your gas mask condition, your health which, in the event you get mauled by any of the weirdly placed packs of lurkers, all of these run out/ break very quickly as head shot does not always mean kill shot. A brilliant game in theory but poorly executed, a shame really.
For once, the Russians are the good guys! The game is set in 2033 in a post-apocalyptic Moscow which sets you fighting against mutants as well as humans. The only way the humanity can survive is by living in the metro system. Relating to the Fallout series, you use a form of currency other from money itself: Shiny, Military-grade bullets. The main character is called "Artyom", who was born before the war and was raised in the metro system. Ammo is scarce in the Metro, which you can purchase with the above mentioned shiny bullets. Though mostly set in the metro and at random stations (homes to survivors), there are a few times that you embark in the outside world to scavenge for ammo, valuables, etc... When fighting the mutants, head shots are ideal. Any type of shotgun will do the trick. Machine guns can also kill them in a flash, while handguns require patience to take them out. Stealth has a good role, as well. You can blow out candles (hitting X when the hand icon pops up), which creates the dark, silent moments which you can sneak past pesky guards w/out trouble. Nothing the post-apocalyptic war, there are certain areas that require you to wear a gas mask. Don't worry about having to find one, because you are given one at the start. Even with this fancy feature, you have to change your mask if there is a crack or broke part of the mask. Metro 2033 lacks a health meter. You will have to listen out for heartbeats (and when the screen flashes red on the outside like it does on COD), and hitting Y for a medical kit. An interesting game. A must buy for those who like the FPS genre!