Thursday, September 4, 2014

Metro Redux | Review

If you're like me, you may have a backlogged list of games you always intend to go back and play.  If you're also like me, you may eventually forget, or get too busy and just focus on looking forward.  Luckily, 4A, the developers behind the highly underrated Metro 2033/Metro: Last Light Series, have found it in the goodness of their hearts to take the time to re-package these two titles in an entirely new package.

Metro Redux aims to take a shot at the recent trend of "last-gen" games being re-mastered, and re-launched for the new/current systems.  Like Tomb Raider, and The Last of US before it, Metro: Redux is more of a revisioning, and less a money-grab.  This isn't just a slight polish on the last gen, re-packaged as a two-for-one special, no.  Although, even if that's all they did, it would still be a great deal (at $50 retail, two solid games, you cannot go wrong).

However, 4A has gone back to the source, and re-built the title using the latest game engine enhancements, increasing the visual fidelity, improving the gameplay, (giving options to choose your play-style), and even including all DLC released, this is truly the only version of the Metro series you need to own, and is a great time killer before the onslaught of this holiday's upcoming gaming season.

So, say you're one who hasn't played these games when they were on Xbox/PS3.  Say you don't know much about them...well, I'm glad you're here.  In Metro 2033, the year is (obviously) 2033, the bulk of the game takes place in the Metro system of Moscow.  There was a cataclysmic event that has driven the surviving humans into the city's metro system (following so far?).  You play our hero Artyom as you fight along side a small resistance against both humans, and mutated creatures.  The original version of Metro 2033 focused on the "survival horror" aspect, in that healing and ammunition was scarce, so you had to strategically conserve to survive...and even the easiest setting was highly unforgiving.  The Redux version gives you the ability to play the more "action-like" Spartan mode featured as a differentiator of the Metro Last Light title.  Bullets, skills, healing items are more readily available so you can focus more on the action, instead of worrying about merely surviving.

Play it the original way, play it the new way - the choice is yours just play it!

Metro 2033 starts off as a pretty traditional shooter, but soon you'll be encountering more frightening elements that will make you want to play with the lights on.  It's not a true horror game per se, but it does have some "scare" moments.

When it comes to the second half of this Metro sandwich, we actually had a chance to review Last Light back in May of 2013 (see here) and even though we praised the title for it's visuals back then, the new version looks even better!  Controls are about the same (in the sense that they aren't quite as fluid as your AAA titles, but it just takes a little getting used to.  We didn't experience the same glitches we remember from the last-gen version here, so it looks like they've been able to squash a lot of the bugs that were a minor grievance last time.

All in all, you have two very solid games that should tide you over till the onslaught of the holiday gaming season begins, and for a great price, you cannot go wrong to finally go underneath the surface to the Metro.

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