Wednesday, 8 May 2013

A Review of Metro 2033: A weekend in

Metro 2033 was developed by 4A Games using a custom in-house engine called 4A Engine and was released in 2010 by the now defunct THQ and is based off the book with the same name by Dmitry Glukhovsky,

The game plays out from the perspective of Artyom in a post-apocalyptic Moscow set in 2033 in the underground Metro system which when constructed was to serve as shelters in case of nuclear attack.

Since a nuclear attack in 2013 each station has become like its own country in its own right when a mutant problems threatens them all and to destroy the last remaining outposts of humanity.

Quote from in game also helps explain some of the unusually activities that you see along the way.

"It appears that the devastation we brought upon ourselves was complete; Heaven, Hell and Purgatory were atomized as well. So when a soul leaves the body it has nowhere to go, and must remain here, in the Metro. A harsh, but not undeserved atonement for our sins, wouldn't you agree?"

The game is a first person survival shooter with a health regeneration system which is the main stream of most fps games these days but it also includes breakable gas masks which you need to wear in hazardous areas with filters that you have to find replacements for, while wearing the mask you have to be careful when taking damage as if you take too much the screen will crack until it is unusable and you have to find a replacement mask, while wearing the mask as well you can hear your breathing and as the filter runs out your breathing gets heavier and the screen fogs up.  

I never got the game when it first came out as I never saw it advertised and a game based in a metro system did not sound that engaging but Steam has it for £9.99 so its worth getting to catch up with with the story before Metro: Last Light comes out and I was not disappointed at all.

The game has its issues, the engine overreaches its abilities in places and I have to play the game in 1080p resolution for all the volume effects to work correctly the fog effects do not mix well with the lighting sometimes and the AI is not the greatest but through all the down sides the game manages to build a great atmosphere with the sounds and the lighting.

The sparse amount of ammunition makes you feel vulnerable and you have to chose your battles and count your ammo. For me this is one of those games that got it right and if you have not played it, I would recommend you take a look at it.

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