Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Metro 2033 Video Game Review

Metro 2033 is a post-apocalyptic first person shooter by 4A Games and was released on PC, Xbox 360 and One, and the Playstation 4. It is based upon the book Metro 2033 by author Dmitry Glukhovsky which I've never read.

The best way to describe how the game plays is Call Of Duty within a Fallout setting. Game play is very much like Call Of Duty where you play one mission after another and with a specific beginning and end to each mission. There is no open world like there is in Fallout.

The basics of the plot is you play as a man named Artyom and you live in the subway (Metro) in Russia after a nuclear war. You do occasionally travel above ground with a mask on but most of the game is in the subway. The enemies are split between different kinds of mutant creatures and humans including commies and everyone favorite villains, the Nazis.

Game play is very similar to Call Of Duty. You collect better guns from fallen enemies as well as ammo. The game does have the option of purchasing guns and ammo at certain places and you use military grade ammo as money. Occasionally you are paid in the game with military grade ammo but most of it you find in the game. It's primary function is as cash but you can also use it to shoot with and it's has more stopping power than the stuff you normally use so it so it's up to you on how to use it.

You can tell the source material for this game is a book because there are a couple of levels that have use just walking around while things happen. I'm not going to give away what it is but there is very little for you to do, in fact you are just following one guy around so really it could have been a cut scene instead. I'm guessing they wanted to tell the story with more interaction than a cut scene but you won't find any level like this in a Call Of Duty game.

Another strange bit about the game was the book placement. I understand that the game was based upon a book but every single book in the game is a copy of Metro 2033. I liked it the first time but it became too much like seeing a Pepsi machine around every corner.

Metro 2033, the only book to survive the nukes!!

I enjoyed this game very much and if you're a fan of first person shooters or post-apocalyptic games I would give the game a try. While not as in depth as Fallout it was still a fun game. My biggest grip was that it was a fairly quick game to play, I wasn't paying attention but I would say around 10 hours. Overall I would give Metro an 8 out of 10.

To read my review of the sequel, Metro : Last Light, please click here.

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