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Jerome has been writing for UGR Gaming for 2 years now. He is the head writer and is also co-host on the Gamer Chat Weekly Podcast. When not working for UGR, or playing videos games, Jerome most of his down time being a wrestling fanatic.
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Metro Redux (Xbox One, PS4, PC) Review

In what is becoming a trend in this new generation of consoles, Metro Redux is an upscale and re-release of the cult classic of the Metro Series, Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light. How does this re-release fare against it’s previous versions? Or even against other games currently available? Keep Reading to find out.

Story
For an interesting fact, the games are based off of a best selling novel, also called Metro 2033. The plots of Metro 2033 and Last Light take place in a post-apocalyptic Moscow, Russia. In an attempt to escape the nuclear fallout, citizens of Moscow all flee to the underground subway tunnels, also known as the Metro. Metro Redux follows Artyom, a young man with a unique gift that allows him to interact with strange creatures known as the dark ones. Artyom finds himself in a tough predicament, as human factions are on the brink of war, while mutated beasts also try to hunt humans down. All the while, the mysterious Dark Ones are looming in the distance.

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Gameplay

Metro Redux offers some great stealth and action gameplay. The controls are tight and responsive. Different weapons and strategies can be used for different enemies and will cause some serious strategic planning to help make the game easier. The battles are intense, and a pretty good amount of weapons can be chosen to make the game fun to play.

Metro Redux allows a special game mode to increase the challenge and replay ability. This game mode completely gets rid of the HUD (the counters showing ammo, oxygen levels, etc.) and makes ammo more scarce. This mode changes the genre of the game completely. The game goes from action to a survival horror-esque experience, which is a really subtle but cool difference.

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An interesting mechanic that is in the game is it gives players the option of using the in-game currency as more powerful ammo, which can really give players a tough choice to make. One problem with that, selecting it from the menu was frustrating. It would turn itself on and off, while I was trying to do other things in that same menu. It was considerate to try and keep as few menus as possible, but that could lead to confusing moments at times when I was in the middle of tense battles.

Diary collectibles also offer an incentive to replay the game, in order to get them all, to receive trophies and achievements.

Presentation

Metro Redux looks like a high end PC version of Metro 2033 and Last Light. The graphics and sound design are really quite good. The environment is great, which is very fitting due to the fact that at times, the environment, is a character itself.

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Overall

Metro Redux is a great overall collection. At times it feels it is a little rough around the edges, but it was still a joy to play. With two games that have different modes, difficulties, and two different play styles, there is so much to do and replay. It is hard not to argue that the game will give you plenty of hours of entertainment.

The game looks and sounds great, which makes it even better. New comers to the series should definitely consider this. However, returning players could probably skip over this, unless they want revamped graphics.
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GTA 5 for Xbox One and PS4 Will Blow You Away, Take-Two Says

While the holiday season is quickly approaching, bringing many new games with it, it is very hard to overlook the current generation re-release of Grand Theft Auto V. In a recent interview, Take Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said that  “nothing but the very best will satisfy [developer] Rockstar Games.”

“They want to blow consumers away,” Zelnick told MCV. “Whatever the expectation is, they want to exceed it. When you see GTA V on next-gen, I want you to tell me whether it is or isn’t better than your expectation. I can guarantee it will be better.”

GTA V for PC, Xbox One and PS4 promises better visuals, more densely populated worlds, and increased draw distances, among other improvements over the existing Xbox 360 and PS3 versions. Zelnick also stressed that the new versions of GTA V aren’t just quick cash-ins.

“We really are driven by our passion for the business,” he said. “I know it sounds hard to believe from capitalists, which we also are, but what keeps us up at night and gets us here early in the morning and makes us excited, is that we pride ourselves on making the best interactive entertainment in the business.”

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“We are not trying to deliver the minimum acceptable quality and monetize it,” he added. “We are trying to delight consumers and monetize it.”

GTA V launches this fall for Xbox One, PS4, and PC, though a specific release date has not yet been announced. Your existing Xbox 360 or PS3 Grand Theft Auto Online characters will carry forward, regardless of which new platform you play on.

Meta Knight Confirmed for Super Smash Bros.

Today, Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS game director Masahiro Sakurai has announced that Meta Knight, former Smash Bros. fighter and character of the Kirby universe will be returning as a fighter in Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS. Meta Knight’s special move has been tweaked. to help make the character more balanced.

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Meta Knight for Super Smash Bros. brings the game’s total roster to 37 characters, ten of which are new to the series. You can see the full roster below, with fighters new to the franchise in bold.

  1. Pac-Man
  2. Palutena
  3. Ike
  4. Mii Fighters
  5. Greninja
  6. Charizard
  7. Yoshi
  8. Sheik
  9. Zero Suit Samus
  10. Diddy Kong
  11. Little Mac
  12. Lucario
  13. King Dedede
  14. Zelda
  15. Rosalina & Luma
  16. Marth
  17. Sonic
  18. Toon Link
  19. Peach
  20. Luigi
  21. Pikmin & Olimar
  22. Mario
  23. Donkey Kong
  24. Villager
  25. Mega Man
  26. Link
  27. Wii Fit Trainer
  28. Samus
  29. Kirby
  30. Fox
  31. Pikachu
  32. Bowser
  33. Pit
  34. Captain Falcon
  35. Robin
  36. Lucina
  37. Meta Knight
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Respawn Reveals Titanfall: Frontier’s Edge DLC

Respawn Entertainment has revealed the newest DLC for Titanfall. Called Frontier’s Edge, the DLC will feature three maps that players will be able to buy for $9.99 or free if you are a season pass owner. Titanfall Frontier’s Edge introduces three new maps including the isolated mining outpost of Dig Site, the exclusive beach resort of Haven and the mining hub on the side of a mountain known as Export. There isn’t a release date yet, but we will keep you updated.

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Gearbox Reveals Battleborn

Thanks to Borderlands, Gearbox Software has become a very popular developer in the past generation of gaming. Moving forward, it is clear that Gearbox will continue Borderlands. However Gearbox is showing that they do not just want to be known as the studio that makes Borderlands. That is why Gearbox has revealed Battleborn.

According to Game Informer, Battleborn takes the minion smashing and fast leveling often associated with MOBAs and injects it into an intergalactic first-person battle arena. The game’s dramatic story assembles a universe’s worth of disparate heroes, from an immortal samurai to a minigun-wielding giant, all battling over the last star in the cosmos. The absurd premise blows open the doors for creativity, allowing the innovative minds at Gearbox to create a tremendous rogue’s gallery of playable characters.

Battleborn is sure to be an exciting new IP, as it includes a huge cast of characters, rivaling factions, and Gearbox’s signature sense of humor.  Battleborn is yet to be given a release date but it is coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

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