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  • Summary: Set in the shattered subway of a post apocalyptic Moscow, Metro 2033 is a story of intensive underground survival where the fate of mankind rests in your hands. In 2013 the world was devastated by an apocalyptic event, annihilating almost all mankind and turning the earth’s surface into a poisonous wasteland. A handful of survivors took refuge in the depths of the Moscow underground, and human civilization entered a new Dark Age. The year is 2033. An entire generation has been born and raised underground, and their besieged Metro Station-Cities struggle for survival, with each other, and the mutant horrors that await outside. You are Artyom, born in the last days before the fire, but raised Underground. Having never ventured beyond your Metro Station-City limits, one fateful event sparks a desperate mission to the heart of the Metro system, to warn the remnants of mankind of a terrible impending threat. Your journey takes you from the forgotten catacombs beneath the subway to the desolate wastelands above, where your actions will determine the fate of mankind. [THQ] Expand
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  1. Positive: 34 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Regardless of how the story ends the experience itself is worth the price of admission.
  2. Despite those nitpicks and a couple frustrating late-game sections, Metro 2033's greatest success is the consistency of its pacing. You're constantly encountering new factions, discovering interesting new locations, or being tasked to do something you haven't done before.
  3. 86
    But if you're looking for a narrative driven experience that is going to shock, scare, perplex and amaze you, then Metro 2033 might just be your next stop on the line.
  4. Metro 2033 is a collection of unforgettable images, a shining example of a great book-to-game conversion, and last but not least, amazingly gruesome post-apocalyptic world.
  5. Metro 2033 is game that lets players traverse a wonderful post-apocalyptic world in an interesting way. The small changes of pacing ensure that the game never bores. Even though the game is relatively linear and the story slightly disappoints on some levels, Metro 2033 is probably one of the best games ever to come out of Eastern Europe.
  6. Metro 2033 is a dark journey saturated with an enthralling atmosphere that will reward intrepid adventurers.
  7. 58
    Metro 2033's A.I. is terribly stupid and there's not enough variety in the weapons; yet despite all that it's still a compelling game to play.

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  1. Negative: 21 out of 291
  1. PabloN
    Mar 24, 2010
    Easily one of the best games of the year. HORRIBLY under-rated! A 58 from 1UP? Because of some minor issues..... This game is the most atmospheric and immersive shooter I have ever played. Maybe the most atmospheric game, period. This is like another Bioshock or actually more like Half-Life 2 to me, I could see myself playing through this game multiple times. It is a masterpiece really, it is a game about atmosphere and story and I personally found no issues with the ballistics. Shooting was fun, the game is challenging, and has a very, very good story (based of the book of the same name.) Best graphics of any game released. Yes, better than Crysis, in it's full glory with DX11 it looks spectacular. The game just has this authentic, realistic feeling and the graphics just add a whole nother layer onto the game. I REALLY felt like I was there in this world, extremely compelling. Must play! 10/10 Will be a cult-hit, possible the most under-rated game of the year. Expand
  2. LeeW
    Mar 21, 2010
    Expertly combines story and gameplay with all scripted events having reason instead of things exploding, something I haven't seen in a long time. The gameplay is comprised of tense firefights with stellar combat and stealth AI, exploration that is always rewarded, resource management, vehicle combat (fortunately you don't have to control railcars), and frantic monster survival. When not in the full gameplay experience, characters are realistic and entertaining, complete with dialogue that isn't always the boring exposition you get in brainless first person shooters, atmosphere so thick you can cut it with a bayonet, and stuff that's REALLY pretty. A bonus is that you can also use the original Russian dialog for more immersion, and it's also acted better than what you find in English. Expand
  3. stefanD
    Apr 5, 2010
    A very solid, fast pacing, dark game, all of you who cant work with a weapon thats got smears on its scope, dont play, all of you who love to work with what you are given in a world in ashes, go buy this. On the same level as S.T.A.L.K.E.R. for me. Expand
  4. Jul 23, 2013
    A solid game set in an intersting apocaliptic world. Gameplay is stealthy and offers creative, awesome modifiable weapons. The atmosphere is pretty fantastic. For my taste the game is a little to linear, though, but that is often the case with games that are released for consoles, too. Graphicwise everything looks pretty amazing and the monsters are designed well. The environment is rugged and dark, being in the underground of the Metro and sometimes in the devastated ruins of post-apocalyptic Moscow. Definitley a journey to remember! Expand
  5. Oct 8, 2012
    the graphics are amazing for the year, and the back round? cant be better, the gameplay is indeed not the very good, its hard to save ammo and money, not many weapons avilable, and the whore at riga station stole all my money before i learned how to save and load. but... the voice acting was wonderful, the story is amazing and the graphics combined with all those things make you feel like a part of the story and of the post apocaliptic world of the underground metro of moscow, even the minor details like basic talk between NPC'S and even the way the enemy soldiers talk to one another. it feels so real i played the game from start to finish without stopping , it felt like a couple of hours but i've played it for 18 hours without stop. i just cant wait for the next game, just cant! Expand
  6. Jul 18, 2014
    I played this game some years after its release so lot of technical issues reported soon after launch were solved. Never had any problems. The game is cool, has a good story and really builds up an unique atmosphere. It mantains tension up! Shooter aspects of the game are not so developed so the experience will not be as smooth as other FPS. The campain ended to soon, i would have liked the experience to go on a little longer. Expand
  7. Nov 8, 2014
    Now i could make a long review on how great or poor this game is, however in order to do that the game has to work.
    However this game does
    not work so the score of 0 should fit this awful product.

    Now i will end this review, since i have already spend more time on this review then these eastern european lessers on testing this product.

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