By Eric Grachev ’19
Experience a post-apocalyptic world with Metro 2033 Redux, a first-person shooter released in 2014 for the PS4, Xbox One, Windows, OSX, and Linux, developed by the Ukrainian developer 4A Games and published by the German publisher Deep Silver. It takes place in post-apocalyptic Moscow, where nuclear war devastated the Earth and left the surface completely uninhabitable, and where survivors of the war live and survive in the stations and monster-filled tunnels of the Moscow Metro.
In this game, rated mature, you play as Artyom, a man who eventually becomes involved in a serious conflict that could affect the whole Metro. The story gives you some memorable sequences such as passing through a station heavily guarded by bandits to encountering certain scary beasts to even reaching the surface. The endings of the game are also influenced by what you do during the game – you could either get a good or a bad ending. The plot is fairly interesting and decently paced – it’s neither too short or too long. However, some characters you encounter in the game are not very memorable or interesting, and the story can sometimes get in the way of the immersion.
The gameplay is rather interesting. Weapons (which handle similarly to other first-person shooters like Call of Duty), their upgrades and ammo, knives, and grenades can all be bought with military grade ammo – which is the currency in this game and can also be used as ammo for more damage. Some weapons and items in the game (such as a flashlight) require you to charge them so you can use them. In addition, you keep track of how many minutes of filters you have for your gas mask (if you go into an irradiated area). You can also access a journal with objectives on it, and a lighter if you need extra light. In addition, the game has many difficulty modes, varying from fairly challenging to extremely challenging – where certain parts of the game interface can be shut off entirely to ammo being extremely rare to enemies doing higher damage. The enemies in Metro 2033 Redux are fairly smart – they use cover and attempt to dodge your shots. They are also fairly accurate with their weapons.
Graphics and sound is where Metro 2033 Redux is at its best. The game has beautiful visuals as a result of an advanced graphics engine that powers the game. Metro 2033 Redux has great sound design as well. The distant or even the nearby sounds of monsters on the surface and in the tunnels of the Metro can make you incredibly tense, and the sounds of civilization you hear in certain stations you visit make you feel at ease. Weapons sound powerful, especially shotguns and sniper rifles. The soundtrack is well done, with many songs creating different moods you experience throughout the game.
As a side note, Metro 2033 Redux is not a very popular game. Although it sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide (but in combination with another game called Metro Last Light Redux), according to the GameSpot article “Metro Redux Sells 1.5 Million Copies”, written by Eddie Makuch and last updated on April 15, 2015. By comparison, Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, a first-person shooter released in the same year as Metro 2033 Redux, sold a total of over 22 million copies worldwide, according to the Statista statistic “Global all time unit sales of Call of Duty franchise games as of June 2017.”