Why You Need to Play: Metro 2033

A man in a gas mask and military helmet holds a make shift shotgun, from Metro 2033
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Why You Need To Play: Metro 2033

Ranger Survivor Mode.Russian. No subs. Final Destination.

Based on the works of Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky, Metro 2033 (and its sequel, Last Light) is a gloomy, grungy traipse through dark tunnels and monster-infested wastelands. Lots of vodka, bullets and mutants.

Three men wearing gas masks and holding assault rifles patrol the ruins of Moscow in the snow, from Metro 2033
Horrifying mutants chase a cart through the Moscow subway, from Metro 2033 

Incredibly detailed, atmospheric and weighty, Metro 2033 tickles that warm, fuzzy spot in need of a good, tightly paced story about a post-apocalyptic Moscow, the society that spawns beneath in the webwork of underground tunnels and the politics and threats that divide an already broken society.

The Metro series captures a fascinatingly foreign and deep culture.
Its moody tone and claustrophobic environment compliment the stealth/survival/action trifecta of gameplay archetypes, which in the moment-to-moment are easily juggled by the sparse resource management; meaty, heavy feeling weapons and intensely bleak tone. 

Whether you're blasting your way through an encampment of raiders or sneaking through the
A man and a young boy sit together in a settlement deep beneath Moscow, from Metro 2033nuclear ruins of a broken Moscow you will find yourself immersed in the scenarios that the game takes glee in dropping you into.All in support of a well-written and thoughtful story that should hopefully draw you into its rich, alien society.

Rife with interesting side stories, unique concepts and curious questions into the typical tropes of theoft-generic post-apocalyptic sci-fi genre. Each environment is incredibly detailed and tailored to telling the tiniest of stories with just the placement of rooms and NPCs.

Image Credit: 4A Games
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