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Metro 2033

83% Positive Reviews
Rated #10 in PC Games


Pros: Great atmosphere, great graphics

Cons: Demanding engine in DX11 (but that is to be expected), character animation could be better

Metro 2033 is, simply put, one of the underrated gems of 2010. I bought it and played it late that year and have to say I keep fond memories of playing it. So much so that I have Metro: Last Light on my Steam wishlist ever since it appeared there.

Having said that, I didn't have an easy relationship with the game at first. The game didn't perform that well on my newly acquired GTX 460 1GB, and I soon found out that my Core 2 Duo E8400 was the culprit. But all things have a good reason, and Metro 2033 was the reason I upgraded to a Q9550. Even at stock, the Q9550 let the GPU perform as it should and I could finally play the game on High settings.

And what a game. Sure, it's not easy to get into it because it deviates from the norm in some respects, such as not giving you much ammo throughout much of the game, so you have to be smart about it. The A.I can also be a pain sometimes because the human enemies don't come out of their hideout on a predictable schedule for you to conveniently shoot; instead, they wait, hiding until you make your move, which means you have to study the area, figure out where they are and then be quicker than them when shooting and quick to hide again for the next round of enemies. Don't expect to clear out a subway tunnel in one go, it just won't work unless you're a pro. While this can seem frustrating at first, combined with the lack of ammo, it only makes for a more rewarding experience in the end.

The graphics are excellent, with high resolution textures and glorious DX11 effects. It's one of those games that can max out a GTX 480 / 580's 1536 MB of VRAM at 1080p, which was extraordinary considering only GTA IV before it could actually make use of so much VRAM. But contrary to GTA IV, which is a console port using DX 9, Metro 2033 can render in DX 9, DX 10 or DX 11. It truly is a PC marvel to experience, and one of the few games in the last years to give PC gamers something truly remarkable to experience. There is one aspect that might not please the enthusiast though: you can't tune every graphical aspect to your liking, although the developers made the smart move to tell you in a detailed item list exactly what kind of eye candy each quality preset has. Apart from that, you can define what DX rendering mode you want, AA, AF, advanced PhysX and depth of field in DX 11 mode.

The one point the next game clearly needs to improve is the facial animation, which is very basic. The skin tones are good, but the characters you interact with can't convey their emotions properly. Luckily the general character animations are good and the voice actors do a good job, meaning that the general atmosphere of the game doesn't let this aspect get in the way of the experience.

One thing that is clearly noticeable though is that much of the beauty of the game is hidden behind a gas mask, especially outdoors where you have to wear it all the time (you can take it off for brief seconds to admire the beauty of the game in its full glory, but that doesn't last long because your sight will quickly become fuzzy because of the lack of clean air and you have to put the gas mask back on if you don't want to die), which you also have to manage, including replacing it or replacing the filters, and the capabilities of the engine in general may seem also hidden behind the fact you play a lot of the game indoors, but all that is an integral part of the story and why the game has so much character.

After you have learned the game mechanics you really start to enjoy the story. And unlike perhaps all other shooters, this game is based on a book, and that shows throughout, especially on the level loading screens, which are very well used to put the narrator (you) speaking about the experience you just had and the expectancy of what lies ahead. The general mood of the game is also very well accomplished with sounds and music to match the destruction visible throughout the game and the precarity humans are living in that post apocalytpic world. In a gaming world full of first person shooters, this one stands out not only for it's advanced engine but also for being memorable for the atmosphere it successfully creates.

And for the low price (€ 10,20) I bought it for and the low prices you can currently buy it for (normally around € 9,99 or $9.99) it's more than worth it.


Pros: Insane graphics, incredible immersion, excellent voice acting and atmosphere

Cons: Minor gripe, but I wish there were more outdoor sections and some challenging physics puzzles or similar

I got this game for free when they were giving them out via Facebook a while ago. I'm so glad I decided to finally play it, because this game is what PC gaming is all about!

First and foremost, even if you have a top-end gaming rig this game will still punish your rig. I was able to run it at 2560x1440 with DX11 features enabled, and it really is a sight to behold! The lighting, environmental effects, and attention to detail is astounding. Let me explain the attention to detail a bit further:

- While wearing a gas mask, your character will automatically set his wristwatch to countdown the time left on the air filter
- When you filter is depleted, you must replace it with one on your persons, or scavenge one from a dead body etc.
- Speaking of dead bodies, when you approach a body you can physically see what items they have before taking them. (no stupid screen overlays with a list of items, you see them in game!)
- In combat, if you get hit with your mask on it cracks and smudges, reducing visibility.
- very detailed weapons and reload animations.
- One gun uses compressed air, and you must pump it before firing. to get an easy kill, use the on-gun PSI indicator to pump just the right amount of air in
- I can't stress this enough - all info you need is in the game, not on a huge HUD!!

The list goes on and on, but you get the idea.

Despite the majority of the game taking place in an underground metro system, they did an excellent job of creative diverse environments. Each level has its own feel and mood to it, and the game will truly get your heart racing at times! There is a decent variety of mutants and humans to fight, although the upcoming Last light appears to have even more. Although at some points you have to complete tasks to complete the mission, they don't feel laborious like some of the "fetch quests" in games like Dead space 3 etc. Again, it comes down to variety and execution.

One of the best selling points of this game is definitely the ability to approach enemies in multiple ways. For example, since ammo is rare in this game, I recommend taking the stealth approach when possible. you can equip yourself with throwing knives that are silent, and use those to pass enemies rather than using bullets and alarming all of the guards. This game does "stealth" better than most games whose main selling point is stealth. you can knock out light bulbs and blow out lamps to darken the area before trying to sneak by or kill with a knife from behind. On the harder difficulty levels sneaking by some of the outposts is seriously challenging!

I've praised the game enough, so now time to explain some of my gripes. Puzzles - There aren't really any "puzzles" in the classical sense, although I wish there were. As incredible as this game is, I personally think it could have benefited from some medium difficulty physics type puzzles, such as those found in HL2 or similar. Even one or two every 3 or 4 chapters would have been fine. I could provide specific examples from parts of the game I think could benefit, but I don't want to spoil anything. My last gripe is I wish there were a couple more outdoor sections in the game, perhaps some that take place at night where stealth could also be used. Aside from that, I can't complain much at all.

At the end of the day this is a gem that all PC gaming enthusiast should play. I'm glad I decided to finally play it, because after appreciating this game I pre-order Last Light and am really looking forward to it!



Pros: Great graphics, amazing story, andI love the fact that they include the Russian voice-track

Cons: Poor optimization, often very hard to pass certain levels, and I feel that the world could have been more open ended.


Good buy!


Pros: Riveting story and atmosphere, excellent shooting/survival/stealth mechanics, visually stunning, perfect audio

Cons: Lackluster optimization, but not a problem with a good modern PC

Of the long list of games I've played, Metro 2033 has come closer than most to perfection. It does what it sets out to do with almost no flaws. Metro 2033 tells a compelling story and provides an amazing post-apocalyptic atmosphere, and succeeds in every way. The survival-FPS mechanics are second to none and quite innovative, the stealth mechanics are great contrary to popular belief, and thankfully it isn't too linear.

Very, very few shooters can compare to Metro 2033. It's a very satisfying adventure, lasting 10-12 hours, and is definitely a must-have.


Pros: Graphics, Smooth Gameplay, Great sound

Cons: Poorly hardware optimized.

Metro 2033 is a post apocalyptic FPS horror based in the nuclear ruins of Moscow, Russia. You play as Artyom, a citizen of metro station Exhibition. You awaken to your father speaking to you, concerned of the well being of Exhibition after recent attacks from an unknown horror, leaving the station in a state or terror and despair. You walk with your father, through the crowded corridors of the station, listening to conversations between wives and war torn soldiers. You look at children playing and drawing along the walls, hearing the faint song playing from a guitar in the distance. You feel a sense of peace, just to be shaken back to reality by the alert of another attack.

This is, the reality deep within the Metro of post apocalyptic Moscow. Families trying to survive desperate times and soldiers trying to survive mutants. Around every corner are unknown dangers waiting to strike.
It is the morning when your friend enters your small room to get you ready for the caravan delivery you will be embarking on. It is the first time you've left the safety of your home station, but are assured it will be a safe and a short trip between here and a neighboring station, you have other plans to journey to Polis station however. You ride the caravan with your friends feeling calm when you're told by workers the main tunnel is closed off, and that you will have to use an alternative access tunnel. This is where things take a turn for the worse.

You will have to fight, sneak and survive your way through the metro on your odyssey to Polis station. Every table is turned against you willing for your failure, whether that be bandits, hostile soldiers or horrifying creatures, mutated from living and breathing the nuclear radiation on the surface above, in the dead city of Moscow. Few allies are made but you rely on them with your live and vice versa. In the metro a man is his word so be careful who you trust.

The gameplay graphics are in a word, great. Shadows are strong as is the darkness and the overall atmosphere is intense. As I travel outside in the ruins of the city I appreciate the lighting and the reflections.
Snow and ice have a more traditional life like look about them over being overly bright. The many buildings are fairly detailed and as we go down into the metro tunnels I can see light sources and lighting reflections are top notch. The game uses a wonderful stealth system, though it can be buggy at times.

Hostile soldiers will be alerted to excessive sound and from seeing you crawl around the metro in dimly lit areas. In the game you wear a watch that acts as both a gasmask timer alarming you to replace your gasmask filters, as well as a light indicator telling you how visible you are in lit areas. The less light shining on you the more stealthy you are.

The game controls are relatively easy to use. Among standard shooter game controls we see a few extra controls required for game specific items like your universal charger, that keeps your flash light and night vision goggles charged if you have them, and along with controls for fitting your gasmask and replacing filters. We have controls for swapping out ammunition in assault rifles from regular low quality metro made bullets to premium prewar military ammunition. Be careful using prewar ammo as it also serves as currency within the metro.

The game is honestly poorly optimized, as at highest settings and anything above 1080p you'll need some serious central processing and graphics processing power. Using a 3570k paired with a r9 280x and 8gb of system memory, I can run high settings at 1080p in direct X 10 and achieve more than acceptable frame rates however. Setting to direct X 11 is where things get tough, along with other settings like anti aliasing and PhysX for those of you with Nvidia graphics.

Overall Metro 2033 is an amazingly fresh horror first person shooter. It offers a wonderful atmosphere to experience with some tough challenges, especially at higher difficulty settings.
If you like games similar to whats been described I'd give Metro 2033 a look for sure.

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Pros: "Great" graphics?

Cons: SUCKY game play!!!!!!

I've barely scratched the surface of this game and decided it sucks. For me It's ALL about game play, and this game? YUCK! I don't know WTH to do in this game, how to do anything but follow the prescribed story line. TERRIBLE intuitiveness to this game. I have no idea what to select, what to do, etc. The graphics are SUPER dark so that you can't tell what comes next. It's like fighting with one eye shut. The peripherals are all blurry and if you take damage you have this ANNOYING broken lens like thing obscuring your vision. If I was really fighting in a real situation like that, and my goggles were broken like that, I'D REMOVE THEM!! SUPER annoying! That ALONE made me quit playing the game.
Also, speaking of taking damage, there seems to be no way of telling how much damage you've taken. This game is sort of like a dream where everything is unclear, what to do next, who the enemies are, where they are coming from, etc.... If you die, you just die... Can't really tell what killed you and so forth.
Oh, and if you have nVidia 3D Vision? Don't even ATTEMPT to play this game with it. Well, go ahead and try; you'll see what I mean...
I wish games came with a money back guarantee because I'd use it on this game... AND BF3, but that is another story...


BTW, want to play an awesome game? Buy Mass Effect 2!!!! And then wait with baited breath for ME3.......
Metro 2033

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. An entire generation has been born and raised underground, and their besieged Metro Station-Cities struggle for survival, with each other, and the mutant horrors that await outside. You are Artyom, born in the last days before the fire, but raised Underground. Having never ventured beyond your Metro Station-City limits, one fateful event sparks a desperate mission to the heart of the Metro system, to warn the remnants of mankind of a terrible impending threat. Your journey takes you from the forgotten catacombs beneath the subway to the desolate wastelands above, where your actions will determine the fate of mankind. Metro 2033 is a gripping, atmospheric first person shooter experience powered by cutting edge technology to deliver incredible visuals. Witness the everyday horrors of a broken society living in constant fear. Brave the darkness of the tunnels, where mutants hunt their prey and ghostly spirits lurk. Explore the desolate city-surface, trusting your gas mask and rifle to protect you from a poisoned world and the creatures that roam there. Steel your nerve and prepare to face the terrors that await.

ESRB Age RatingMature
FeatureOr saved to purchase upgrades or buy goods.
Hardware PlatformPc
Is Autographed0
Is Memorabilia0
Weight0.1 pounds
List Price$49.99
Operating SystemWindows Vista
Package Quantity1
PlatformWindows XP
Product GroupVideo Games
Release Date2010-03-16
TitleMetro 2033
Publication Date2010-03-09
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