Excerpt: 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.
Summary: The game may have an unfortunate knack for killing its own buzz, but even that’s not quite enough to ruin the overall experience. That’s what Metro is, really: an experience. And a damn good one at that. Its shooting—while admittedly lacking—is only a part of that whole, and Metro 2033 is greater than the sum of its parts.
Pros: Breathtaking atmosphere and world design; unique setting.
Cons: Mediocre-to-awful enemy AI; sometimes stifling linearity.
Conclusion: Definitely something for fans of either slow-burn FPS titles or the Survival Horror genre but the linear nature and some bugs might put some players off wanting to see the game out to its conclusion until a patch or two are released.
Excerpt: There is something about Russian games that strikes a real chord with me. My Polish heritage has given me an understanding of the stoic pessimism that characterizes much of what we see of Russian culture. Metro 2033 embodies heavily, everything that we in the West expect from the great bear of Eastern Europe. With a dark brooding solemnity it weaves a story, every so familiar thanks to Fallout 3, but it does so in a quintessentially Russian manner.
Pros: Not like a traditional FPS in any sense. Comes with a free copy of Red Faction Guerrilla.
Cons: Can’t decide whether it wants you to use keyboard and mouse or 360 control pad.
Conclusion: While Metro 2033 isn't without its faults, if you embrace its strong suits and allow yourself to become immersed in this impressive post-apocalyptic environment, you will surely enjoy yourself.
Excerpt: From the moment you put Metro 2033 into your drive, prepare to be wowed. From the initial start screen to the final credits, THQ and 4A games Russian apocalypse themed first person shooter drips with pitch-perfect ambiance, stunning HD graphics and astounding pacing.
Conclusion: 4A Games set the bar so high on Metro 2033 that when the game adheres to conventional gaming mechanics and doesn’t find new, more immersive ways to engage you, you are left slightly disappointed. But that is not a denouncement; it is a testament to the superb quality of this game. Metro 2033 provides a phenomenal atmosphere through crafted experiences, alarming sound effects, and engaging visuals.