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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 aSet 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
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  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. Metro 2033 is like the eastern European Half-Life – a must for fans of post-apocalyptic settings, narrative shooters, survival horror, or any combination thereof.
  4. In reality, this a good game, with a good storyline, excellent graphics, great moments in the artistic level, and an excellent environment.
  5. Metro 2033 is a dark journey saturated with an enthralling atmosphere that will reward intrepid adventurers.
  6. Metro 2033 has a lot going for it, but it has a cruel streak that I both dread and admire. It kept me playing to find out what happened next, but it was always a tug-of-war between my curiosity about the plot and my desire to keep getting brutalized by unforgiving game design.
  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: 24 out of 344
  1. PabloN
    Mar 24, 2010
    10
    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 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. Jan 21, 2012
    10
    I LOVED THIS GAME! The story, setting, environment, etc. are all amazing! I cannot stress how amazing I found the game. I loved it so much II LOVED THIS GAME! The story, setting, environment, etc. are all amazing! I cannot stress how amazing I found the game. I loved it so much I recommended it and even bought it and sent it as a gift to some of my friends. They all said the same thing, that they loved it. I really wish that they had made it into more of a sandbox, but it's still awesome as it is. I also liked the realism and how they used military grade ammo as currency, so you had to choose between a gun with good ammo or to spend it on gear and have crappy ammo. I also loved how above ground that you had to wear a gas mask and had to use filters that slowly ran out, and that it's not like some games where your gear deteriorates, but instead when you get shot, it slowly cracks and your filters aren't as effective. The only thing I did not like about it was that when I was above ground, I was low on filters and my game auto-saved just a few seconds before I died, but eventually I got out of my problem by using a few tricks so I didn't have to go back like an hour or so to when my last save was. I also thought that it should have a multiplayer. But other than that, it was awesome! I even bought the books and preordered Last Light because it was amazing. So if you want a new and exciting experience, buy it! Expand
  3. RoryC
    Mar 20, 2010
    9
    Having just recieved this game today I can say, it's one of the best games I have ever played. Mixing the strange stylish first person Having just recieved this game today I can say, it's one of the best games I have ever played. Mixing the strange stylish first person cutscene action from Bioshock, with the creepy post-apocalyptic atmosphere of stalker, this is simply a must buy for anyone into Bioshock, S.T.A.L.K.E.R or Fallout 3. It won't win any game of year awards, but it's a damn good game. Expand
  4. Jun 23, 2014
    8
    One of the first Single player games I found super enjoyable, the "upkeep" sort of mechanics were not too obtrusive and created an edge ofOne of the first Single player games I found super enjoyable, the "upkeep" sort of mechanics were not too obtrusive and created an edge of urgency. This compounded with the lack of ammunition really made this game standout to me. Sad to say the new one just did not feel the same. Expand
  5. Aug 20, 2012
    8
    A very underrated shooter, this apocalyptic FPS focuses more on story and environment than just running and gunning found in other games likeA very underrated shooter, this apocalyptic FPS focuses more on story and environment than just running and gunning found in other games like CoD. Admittedly, this game is very linear and the voice actors' Russian accents are laughably bad in pretty much all cases. However, the story is very engrossing, even with the terrible voice actors. The weapons are kinda tricky in the fact that there are tons of random upgrades you can get for a particular weapon at any point. However you can find the best guns in stores across the cities you come too. I think the main thing with this game is the fact that it's fairly slow. Your not given much more than a quest to leave your home and family by a total stranger to start your journey and it takes a bit to ramp up. Furthermore, this game got zero publicity, making it a relative unknown on the FPS market. I bought this game for 5 bucks on Steam and I would have easily paid 20-30 dollars knowing what I know now. And with the sequel coming out later this year, it gives FPS games a different feel from all your CoD and Battlefield games. This is a thinking person's FPS game and I really enjoyed it in the end. If you let the game engross you in it's story and atmosphere, you won't regret a second of playing it and you'll easily want more from this series. While it's not perfect, there are very few FPS games out there like this and, for the tons of sales this games has on the various sites like Amazon and on Steam, it should be a no-brainer for anyone who likes FPS games but aren't into the guns-a-blazing style that most FPS games turn into. Expand
  6. May 12, 2020
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. metro 2033 and the series as a whole shares a lot of similarities with the witcher franchise , both are novels written in a non english language, both received video game adaptations by passionate studios and with each new game they improved with a consistent increase in quality having the 3rd game being considered the best in each respective series but where the witcher is a rpg metro is a first person shooter.

    Story: the story may have originated from a novel but the story was revised for the game by the actual author himself meaning that its has consistency , Artyom is a man who just turned 20 growing up in the metro tunnels of post apocalyptic russia about to venture out of his small dank deep underground metro station. beyond threats of war between the reds and the nazis that have taken up arms to take over the metro , the mutant animals that think you are food there is one major threat to humanity , the dark ones mutated humans that gained telekinesis thanks to the radiation. the dark ones are humanity's greatest threat as even being in a dark ones presence can cause hallucinations , death or even worst , i don't think i can talk about the story without the ending because my experience felt more like the end of the book , artyom manages to fight his way to the top of a tower setting up a laser missile guidance system blowing up the main dark one city , and as the missiles flew i thought about how every dark one i personally encountered tried to help me , but every other person seems to die from them , destroying them all was the only option for humanity but after a nuclear war can humanity be trusted ? are the dark ones a metaphor for aliens ?
    Story: 10/10

    World building: that moral dilemma is baked into the game , at first i would shoot mutants on sight this always got me in sticky situations until i learned the creatures behaviours , when they attack , who attacks when they see me , what can i walk on past ect ect i had to learn about the world to survive on my own witch is something only the witcher 3 has done for me (surprise surprise) and this survival puts an extra layer on the games morality , as we all do amoral things in the name of survival . the world it self is dank and creepy and disgusting but when you make it to pollis station it feels huge and like a big city to artyom as everything and place he has seen is cobweb infested tunnels littered with rotting corpses , vent systems again with cobwebs, the highly irradiated surface where every creature is trying to kill you. nazis and communists exist with their own ideologies and motivations and actions , artyom's world is a violent nasty world that asks you to do the worst things you could do just to live.
    World building: 8.5/10

    Graphics: this is a decent looking game , sure its not perfect and games have looked better before but the atmosphere and world design really make up for any graphical infidelity. character designs are a little wonky but most wear cool looking armor so it's barely noticeable outside of cut scenes. my biggest problem with the graphics is how muted the colour palette is but given the games setting again it can be overlooked . my point is the graphics are just ok technically but the art is on full display and that saves this game from looking like crap
    Graphics : 6/10

    Gameplay: here is where i am going to unload all my gripes as 90% of them are gameplay related , the checkpoint system is wack , i played on hardcore mode which itself was tough and i did like but when you get to the turret section with its awful controls where you need pinpoint accuracy only for me to make it out by the skin of my teeth to run into a tank that because i was low health kills me i tried shooting the tank round that didn't work , i tried shooting the tank itself but it always killed me , i looked up a walk through and found out that you are actually supposed to survive the tank shooting at you but because i was stuck on a bad checkpoint i had to restart the level i already died on no less than 40 times , on normal difficulty it was a joke and way to easy . again at the end i ran out of filters but i couldn't find any more even though i looked , there was none in my vicinity , so again i had to restart the level because every time i loaded my save artyom immediately started suffocating. the shooting is so off i would swear id killed something only for it to kill me as i turn to kill something else and yeah it's frustrating to play. and the stealth sucks and it is way to linear plays more like a horror game witch given the setting is ok
    Gameplay: 3/10

    Sound design: its good , voice acting feels authentic , music is intense and changes to what is happening (mostly) having cricendos when you are about to be spotted during stealth , not much i can say as im running out of characters for this review
    Sound design:7/10

    10+8.5+6+3+7=34.5
    345= 6.9/10
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  7. Feb 15, 2020
    0
    Trash visuals, last gen level of graphics, horrible character models and textures. Heck, MGS4 from 2008 on PS3 looks and plays better thanTrash visuals, last gen level of graphics, horrible character models and textures. Heck, MGS4 from 2008 on PS3 looks and plays better than this game. Combat is clunky as hell. This game isn't tough. It's just frustrating due to the deliberately horrible checkpointing which pushes you back to the start of the level after each death, long load times and congested environments which makes each encounter unfair for the player.

    If this game had proper frequent checkpointing and no stamina system then it would be not difficult at all. These games only have artificial difficulty. Actual challenging games have smart enemy A.I.
    Those games are challenging but still fair not like this.

    There is no story either and no "lore" does not count as story. Remove all the cutscenes and dialogue from Mass Effect and just leave the lore there and then tell me what the story actually is and not just your "interpretation" of it. It's a game with a bunch of levels, where you kill monsters with no explanation for anything even after the ending. It's the most archaic type of mainstream game I have seen this generation.
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