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Old 05-04-2010, 05:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Metro 2033 Review (360)




Developer: 4A Games
Publisher: THQ
Engine: 4A Engine
Platform(s): Xbox 360, PC
Release Date: March 16, 2010 (NA)
Mode: Single Player
Rating: ESRB "M" For Mature



Once believed to be a dead genre, survival horror makes a much needed comeback in Metro 2033. It's a title that takes place nearly 99% of the time in the dark, rotten, corpse filled sewers and metro tunnels of post-apocalyptic Moscow, Russia. It's a gritty title that will test your "calm, cool, and collective" skills as you enter dark surroundings with only a flashlight on your helmet and about two-dozen rifle rounds. Get ready for the fight of your life.

You are Artyom, the protagonist of our story, you grew up an orphan in the Metro system, everyone you knew died in the nuclear holocaust that took place for unknown reasons. The game treats you like a grown man, which is what you are - - 20 years old, fighting for survival.



The game starts off with Artyom following a band of soldiers called "Rangers" as they proceed to the Moscow surface in search of a building called the "Ostankino Tower." It is here that you may find the answers you've been asking yourself since everyone you knew was killed. However, before reaching this "Tower" you and the Rangers are ambushed by a pack of wildly mutated beasts, and while fending off the attack on the ground with success...mutated creatures with wings swoop down and terrorize your band, leaving you all for dead.

This is where the game officially kicks off, and it's a whiplash ride that seems to go on forever but in reality, it's only a dozen or so gameplay hours. 4A Games, a relatively unknown developer from Russia went balls out with this title. They took nearly everything you want in a Survival Horror game and crammed it into dark, vast tunnels.



There is only one HUGE gripe I had with the game, and it's the only gripe I had...it's the shooting system. The aiming is downright dreadful, the ammo consumption is ludicrous, and reloads are extremely hard to come by. You will be in an intense gun fight with some mutated bear looking creatures and think you're good to go with about five magazines of ammo. You'd be horribly wrong. The aiming/shooting system takes a steep learning curve to getting used to, but once you manage to seal the deal with the controls/sensibility/aiming, you'll be off to the races. This game could have been this year's Batman: Arkham Asylum had the developer's not neglected substance in the controls for scare factor. Not that I'm complaining. I did, however find that using the automatic shotgun at extremely close proximity on the mutated animals...things, will conserve the most ammo.



With that said, this game is a blast to play and be sure to turn off the lights in a dark room while playing it. The voice acting is spot on, the Russian underground feels legit, and the sights and sounds are excellent. I completed this game about two weeks after it was released but neglected this review for reasons unknown. It's a shame too, I have a feeling that this game will undoubtedly be overlooked on the retail shelf. You'll likely find it at your local used game retailer in the 30% discount bin, but don't let that deter you...this game is well worth your money and your time.

It's destined to become a cult classic.

Controls: 9
Replay: 5
Gameplay: 10
Graphics: 9.5

Final Score: 9/10


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Old 05-04-2010, 04:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I might just have to rent this, I'm apprehensive about the shooting though, is it like sniping drunk bad or just annoying?
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I've heard some really mixed reviews on this one. Looks like I'll make my friends rent it and spent the night there heh
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