• Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Mar 16, 2010
  • Also On: PC

Generally favorable reviews - based on 83 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 83
  2. Negative: 2 out of 83
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  1. The ideal Metro 2033 player is someone looking for something new, something immersive and something really, really hard. If you fit that description, we cannot recommend Metro 2033 highly enough.
  2. Regardless of how the story ends the experience itself is worth the price of admission.
  3. 92
    Novel and videogame join to compose a very interesting proposal in the saturated first person action genre.
  4. A brilliantly atmospheric shooter with forgivably imperfect gunplay. Stick with it.
  5. 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.
  6. Metro 2033 is a well-scripted shooter in a highly atmospheric post apocalyptic world. Well done, THQ!
  7. Pelit (Finland)
    Metro 2033 is Stalker done right. Gone are the half-working sandbox elements and infuriatingly underpowered weapons. Instead Metro delivers an expertly paced train ride though the spooky post-apocalyptic underbelly of Moscow. The English voiceovers are horrible, but in the end that doesn't really matter. Great game. [May 2010]
  8. 88
    On a very basic level it's little more than a conventional corridor shooter, however, it's draped in such atmospheric finery you'll hardly notice.
  9. At the end of the day, I thoroughly enjoyed Metro 2033 which was quite a unique first person shooter and proves that this genre can have a very good storyline, just like BioShock.
  10. An incredible FPS experience, mixed with survival horror elements. Great graphics and a good plot (by the Russian author Dimitry Glukovsky) make this the shooter to have these days; don't miss it!
  11. 4A Games leaves you no choice but to engage with the gameplay of Metro 2033 because of its dark tone and great story. Hardcore gamers looking for a unique experience in Xbox 360 ultimately will be rewarded by this atmospheric and fast-paced shooter.
  12. Hats off to 4A Games on a job well done.
  13. 85
    If post-nuclear apocalyptic thrillers are your thing, then Metro 2033 should be on your “must buy” list.
  14. For those looking for a game with an immersive and riveting storyline, many gripping intense moments, a slick array of original weaponry, and some terrific nightmarish shooter sequences, then Metro 2033 is right up your alley.
  15. Metro 2033 lacks some of the polish we're used to seeing in AAA FPS efforts such as Modern Warfare 2. However, considering it pretty much came out of nowhere, it stands as a decent first effort in what I hope will be a continuing franchise.
  16. In my opinion all the games shortcomings are well and truly made up for by what the game does right. The world of Metro 2033 is painstakingly constructed with design elements skilfully integrated with the gameplay.
  17. In spite of its linearity and scarce longevity, METRO 2033 captures the player thanks to its strong, dark atmosphere and a gameplay that wisely mixes FPS and Action elements. Graphically surprising (especially the PC version), it’ll keep you playing for hours on end… like a good book.
  18. 4A Games created a top-quality game that stands up to the massive competition coming from Western developers and publishers. We are looking forward to anything new these guys come up with in future.
  19. The idea behind the game was brilliant, the implementation could've been better.
  20. Despite the amazing storytelling experience that easily feeds the craving for postapocalyptic adventures, whether or not the sci-fi story is worth the full sticker price largely depends on how long you'll want to stay in Metro 2033's world.
  21. It’s creative, relentless, and low fantasy – and you should play it.
  22. The atmosphere is perfect for anyone who loved Fallout 3 and although the combat takes some getting used to and could be frustrating for some, Metro 2033 is an exciting adventure that will keep you hooked until the end.
  23. AceGamez
    Obviously it’s not for the faint hearted, but anybody who wants an intense shooter with a twist should really consider taking a trip down to the Metro.
  24. 80
    If you love the idea of post-apocalyptic worlds with a new spin on the traditional idea I recommend picking this up. If you have the patience to get past the annoying parts this is definitely a diamond in the rough.
  25. Combat is sometimes a little too loose, but the atmosphere, sense of realism, and highly creative game design makes this FPS highly enjoyable and quite the pleasant surprise.
  26. Better than its PC-counterpart, with a lot less bugs. Despite still sporting an aging engine and lacking decent AI, Metro 2033 has so much detail and such atmospheric settings that it comes highly recommended.
  27. Overall Metro 2033 is a game that should be played. It is atmospheric, gripping and arguably one of the better stories told in a game.
  28. 80
    As fans of S.T.A.L.K.E.R will testify, Ukrainian games offer a distinctly unique flavour. From the obvious, such as the mere act of witnessing a range Russians behind the crosshair as opposed to always underneath it, to that less definable ambience created by different cultural input, Metro 2033 is a fascinating take on a well-explored theme.
  29. If you’re looking for something different from the usual Halo, Gears of War and Call of Duty titles, then Metro 2033 is definitely one to consider.
  30. 80
    Metro 2033 is a different experience; it's one fans of the FPS genre might've never indulged in before.
  31. Metro 2033 is enthralling enough to get you over some of the rough patches. The atmosphere is truly unique and for fans of great stories. It’s this story and vibe that makes Metro 2033 worth your time.
  32. Despite some game mechanic hiccups, Metro 2033 is a game worth trying. The inclusion of an alternate ending only adds to the appeal.
  33. 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.
  34. Such frustrations aside, Metro 2033 is still a pleasant addition to an otherwise played-out genre and setting.
  35. This is essentially a mixed bag of experiences. The presentation goes from great to flawed, and there are numerous bugs of various degrees of severity. Most of the weaponry in the game are underwhelming, enemies demonstrate the antithesis of intelligence and the stealth mechanics are flawed to say the lest. Despite these issues we can't deny being engulfed by the thrill and atmosphere of fighting for survival in the subway tunnels below post apocalyptic Moscow.
  36. A post-apocalyptic fight for survival in the shape of FPS, with an incredibly immersive atmosphere that shines in its audiovisual presentation. The nearly 12 hours of tense journey is totally worthy of play. However, despite its visual highlights, the game fails in trying to escape its linear structure and scripted events. Ultimately it does not offer enough incentives to be replayed.
  37. Metro 2033 is far busier and far more accomplished than I expected it to be, and it's also one of the best-looking games - at least in a few very special scenes - on the Xbox 360.
  38. Providing an alternate ending for those players who dedicate their time to helping those in need within the underground world, Metro 2033 has replay value in droves.
  39. But it’s that feeling of stumbling into gunfights — ones that aren’t meticulously designed with shoulder-high slabs of concrete to hide behind — that makes Metro so organic…and unlike anything else on Xbox 360.
  40. Metro 2033 has the best atmosphere we've seen in a videogame in months. Its combat system might be flawed, but it's an excellent experience anyway.
  41. Fans of Dead Space or F.E.A.R. will find plenty to enjoy in Metro 2033 and while it doesn't quite tick every box it's a very strong blend of survival horror and shooter.
  42. The highs in Metro 2033 are high; with some gripping moments and set pieces that pull you in and leave you wanting more, but throughout the course of Artyom’s quest you can’t help but feel that the game could have been so much more.
  43. Diehard fans of futuristic survival war games laced with mutants and rogue bands of mercenaries and a cool twist on the economy will certainly find something to like, but only the most dedicated gamers will likely ever make their way to the end of the story let alone finish the game in its entirety.
  44. Games Master UK
    Lacks the polish of big budget titles, but compensates with outstanding atmosphere. [May 2010, p.78]
  45. 'Metro 2033' will spark the interest of the gamers who are looking for a post-apocalyptic alternative to the blasting agility of 'Borderlands', or the open-endedness of 'Fallout'. 'Metro 2033' might be billed as a FPS; but , it has more in common with survival horror games-- or hybrid horror shooters like 'F.E.A.R.' or 'Condemned.'
  46. A game of extreme highs and lows. The fragile atmosphere of fright and wonder that starts the game strong is nearly crushed by idiotic human AI and design choices that don't quite work in practice. Like its roller-coaster chase sequences, it's worth the experience, but it will at times make you want to hurl.
  47. While the story is fantastic the gameplay leaves me frustrated at the best of times. If THQ had given the developers an advance and allowed them to do a couple more months of fine tuning and beta testing I’m certain we would have seen a different score.
  48. Metro 2033 provides an immersive and bleak universe to explore, with excellent pacing and varied environments that keep the action fresh from beginning to end. We loved the HUD-free gameplay, but a bland narrative full of unmemorable characters, an inconsistent stealth system, and multiple smaller issues kept Metro from realizing its full potential.
  49. 75
    Metro 2033 has become a nice game and will complement your collection. Take the metro to your nearest game shop and buy Metro 2033, just enjoy the Russian atmosphere.
  50. Metro 2033 features an intriguing and exciting journey with a few bumps along the way. Though frustrating in some areas, fans of FPS and those fascinated by a post-apocalyptic world will find Metro 2033 a rewarding experience.
  51. If you're after a story-driven action horror title, grab Metro 2033. The AI quirks don't detract from the outstanding graphics and the overlapping voice-acting only slightly degrades the overall atmosphere.
  52. Metro 2033 has something for nearly everyone, held back mainly by the A.I. I feel largely that if the enemy behaviors had been further tended to, that the game could have really soared in the same way that Halo did in its time.
  53. If you are looking for the 30 seconds of perfected and repetitive combat found in major North American developed shooters, then Metro 2033 is probably not for you.
  54. Suffice it to say that if you are a first-person shooter fan who is not sold that multiplayer is the best part of the genre, Metro 2033 was designed for you.
  55. 75
    Despite delivering malevolent intensity in spades, its eccentric blend of stealth, survival horror and flawed gunplay is simply lacking the all-important polish required to challenge the genre's A-list.
  56. Though it can seem dilapidated at times, Metro 2033 is a dark journey saturated with an enthralling atmosphere that will reward intrepid adventurers.
  57. If you are looking for a game with a great story, Metro 2033 delivers. On the other hand, if you are hoping for a great experience from top to bottom, then it fails to deliver on all of its potential.
  58. Both the stealth and shooting elements of this game are largely broken, leaving only the story elements and features I mentioned above to hold it all together. Perplexed, I’ll have to say that if I’m only left with the excellent story and ambiance, I think I’ll just buy the book instead.
  59. If you're a first-person shooter fanatic that's not into micromanagement and just wants to kill things, this is definitely not your game. However, if you're looking for something in the genre that digs a little deeper, this one demands exploration.
  60. Metro 2033 is a title that fans of the genre should definitely give a try. It does have some issues but I enjoyed my experience overall.
  61. Metro 2033 has a lot going for it. The game may not tread any new ground in its narrative, but there are a lot of interesting concepts to play around with. Unfortunately, the mechanics behind those concepts often lead to more frustration than they do elation. A strong story and world will only go so far.
  62. In spite of the variable AI quality and weapons feeling weak, this is a good first person shooter. The atmosphere is great and the game delivers an evocative and varied experience.
  63. Despite many glaring flaws, this title provides a sense of impending doom that is thoroughly engrossing from start to finish.
  64. It’s certainly an impressive debut title and one of the best games to come out of the Eastern Bloc, but its basic mechanics could have done with some extra polish.
  65. Frustrating, taxing – Metro 2033 is also a curiously compelling refuge from the mundane.
  66. Metro 2033 may not be the most innovative survival shooter to ever have graced the genre, but that doesn’t mean it should be dismissed in the blink of an eye. The game serves up an unforgiving world with gameplay that at times matches it perfectly.
  67. Metro 2033 looks like a missed chance: it had all the premises to be a great game, but several flaws heavily undermine it, making it a sometimes frustrating experience.
  68. games(TM)
    A hugely impressive game overall. [Issue#95, p.108]
  69. X-ONE Magazine UK
    In terms of gameplay, this is verging on the depressingly average. [Issue#58, p.88]
  70. 70
    The custom built 4A-engine does a terrific job of bringing this desolate and sad world to life, and the developers made an admirable attempt to build the gameplay around the narrative. But Metro 2033's strength lies in the ideas which underpin its action -- without them, it's just another gritty first-person shooter with some interesting tweaks built in -- and it's unfortunate that the rich source material didn't mesh with the actual gameplay to form a cohesive whole.
  71. Despite many rough edges and a fumbled narrative few shooters feel as tense and unpredictable as this.
  72. When Metro's credits rolled, and as I looked across a vast landscape to see the results of my actions, I couldn't help but feel a tinge of disappointment, partly because it was over, but mainly because there is such obvious room for improvement. Metro 2033 comes recommended, but falls a little short of claiming a place among the genre's elite.
  73. In the final analysis, the cons outweigh the pros. For every moment there is a successful piece of atmosphere development, a nice touch to make you feel involved, there are three things which don’t sit right.
  74. 69
    The game's atmosphere and unique design choices will make it a worthwhile experience for some, but Metro 2033 suffers from a number of issues (poor implementation of stealth, recurring glitches, etc.)
  75. If Metro 2033's post-apocalyptic world intrigues you, then just read the book while taking breaks from some other shooter that's actually fun to play
  76. Metro 2033 is a smart and gritty game that relies more on its atmosphere and story than it does its gameplay.
  77. Of course, all of these problems are present in other games where I have not minded them so much, but Metro 2033 is such a short, focused experience that the cumulative impact of its flaws is significant.
  78. Metro 2033 is best for experienced gamers already familiar with the trappings of the modern shooter who are OK with playing a roughly made game that still manages to deliver a unique experience.
  79. Edge Magazine
    Metro is at its best deep underground, away from the demands of a modern action game and engrossed in the cultures that cling to its tunnels, the atmosphere boosted by subtitled Russian and the writing and voice-acting creating fascinating windows into a struggling world. [May 2010, p.99]
  80. 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.
  81. Here’s the problem: the shooting, the only real game in Metro 2033, is broken.
  82. Metro 2033 has a ton of really great ideas, but not only do they not fit together well, they actually compete with each other, sucking all the enjoyment out of the experience.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 444 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 53 out of 444
  1. Jul 20, 2011
    I was actually really surprised with this one. It's pretty rare to see a shooter rely on story to keep the player going instead of theI was actually really surprised with this one. It's pretty rare to see a shooter rely on story to keep the player going instead of the mindless action we see in the Call of Duty series. There are some but very few parts that are annoying, but they aren't very big things. Numerous times I forgot to take off my gas mask because the breathing audio is barely audible. I'm not sure why they put the air powered weapons in the game since finding them is next to impossible except for the rare one or two times. The scoped weapons scopes don't work very well in darker environments even with night vision goggles on. I like the stealth elements of the game as well. It's not like other games with stealth in them where you only have to keep track of a few things. You have to keep track of the light exposure, how much noise your making, and how far you are from others that you might wanna kill. While this may sound unnecessarily complicated, it's actually all very simple.

    I did find it annoying that there's no obvious way to get the "good" ending of the game. I actually had to find a guide only to find that you would have to pretty much talk to everybody and interact with pretty much everything to get to it. I'm also disappointed that they didn't use the "good" ending for the sequel but instead went with the "bad/normal" ending. But then again it's understandable since, the book, Metro 2034 doesn't have much fighting in it like Metro 2033 has.

    The guns are also extremely fun to use. I was really surprised that using the AK-47, or the Kalash as the in game residence call it, didn't feel like just firing yet another AK-47. Using the silenced weapons to get rid of enemies quietly and destroying lights are also fun to do.

    Overall, the game is extremely good. It may not be for the one who is looking for nothing but action but it's still good. I recommend setting your own challenges in the game since it makes it even more fun. For example, playing the entire game using only pistols or rifles.
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  2. APearson
    Mar 24, 2010
    This game is tough to recommend. I enjoyed the heck out of it, but it isn't for everyone. Pros: Graphics are amazing. Atmosphere is This game is tough to recommend. I enjoyed the heck out of it, but it isn't for everyone. Pros: Graphics are amazing. Atmosphere is immersive, and the story and the game itself is compelling. The world is gritty, the metro stations are incredibly detailed, and you feel like you are a part of the game world. Sometimes, even dying is fun. When I got killed by a spiked, swinging log that I caused by hitting a tripwire, I couldn't help but smile. Plenty more traps where that came from. Cons: The shooting is a bit off. The human enemies are a bit too hard to kill, and sometimes when they recoil from getting shot they get invulnerable until they get out of a particular animation. I had no problem with hit boxes. Headshots are headshots. Animation of the characters is lackluster. Facial expressions are worse. So there you go! That's Metro 2033 in a nutshell. You'll either love it or hate it, but at least give it a try! 9/10 Full Review »
  3. Nov 20, 2011
    OVERALL: Easily one of the most underrated game of its time. This game delivers on some very key components that you would look for in a FPS.OVERALL: Easily one of the most underrated game of its time. This game delivers on some very key components that you would look for in a FPS.

    PROS: As said earlier, the big things you are looking for in a game, Metro 2033 succeeds in. The storyline is great, containing two possible endings that both are exciting and leave you suspicious until the end. "Ranger" difficulty can make it a very challenging game making every bullet important, killing every enemy an accomplishment, and making every "Cartridge" spent carefully. The gameplay is very intuitive and offers a wide range of styles of playing. The graphics are amazing, from the people in each station, the post-apocalyptic Moscow, and every monster you encounter in the frozen wasteland.

    CONS: There are two big problems that this game has. First, Metro 2033 is very bug-filled, making some points in the game impossible to proceed which makes the game very frustrating at some points. It can also get confusing and sometimes too difficult, for some players, as this is a very hardcore game. Another problem is the stealth system. Stealth is an option in this game but is very difficult to control and master. This is partly due to bugs, how a guy will automatically know where you are at when you silent killed another guy in the dark. The cons are an issue but doesn't stop it from being a great game or should it stop you from buying it.

    GRAPHICS: 9 out of 10 Very nice, makes you feel like you are surviver living in the Moscow Metro
    STORYLINE: 8 out of 10 A bit confusing at first, gets better as it goes along.
    GAMEPLAY: 8 out of 10 Tons of new features and styles makes it unique, some bugs to work out.
    LASTING APPEAL: 6 out of 10 No multiplayer or anything, but "Ranger Mode" will keep plenty of people busy for a while.
    OVERALL: 8 out of 10

    THE CONCLUSION: For a new game developer (4A Games) and a new franchise, there is always going to be some kinks to work out. But this is definitely something great they created and I cannot wait for the refined Metro: Last Light.
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