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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.