Rock jumps in to share his love of Metro 2033. It's a shame that a lot of people decided to pass it by when it first came around! Well now that the sequel has been delayed until 2013, there's no better time than now to check out this absolute gem of a shooter!
I know what you're thinking, "Another post apocalyptic game, Rock? And a FPS to boot? Haven't there been like a thousand of these?" I know, trust me, I know. Between the new Fallout games, Rage, and the S.T.A.L.K.E.R series, you'd think that I'd have had enough of this stuff by now. But then you'd be wrong. So very wrong...
|There are some crazy things happening down in the tunnels|
The game has you playing as Artyom, as he treks through the metro in search of a weapon against powerful, unseen beings known as the Dark Ones. On your way you'll travel through haunted subway tunnels, battle across an ages old front line, sneak through enemy bases, and even travel to the surface. All of the game's locales are beautifully broken down, with your brief trips to the surface being the real stand outs. Up there in a world seemingly frozen in time, you get a marvelous look at the destruction wrought upon the world. Here, you're not only watching out for the usual mutant and human threats. You must also protect yourself from poisonous air with your gas mask. Be careful! Because if you're mask is damaged or you run out of air filters, you're finished, Comrade! These amazing segments can also be quite harrowing, making you long for the safety of a friendly human settlement.
|Yes, the world is well and truly fucked|
In those settlements, you'll get a good look at what the new human civilization looks like. Here is a pretty realistic vision of what life might really be like should nuclear war ever occur. People struggle daily for food, and everyone looks depressed but determined. Everything is useful. Even the weapons seem like something that could have realistically been cobbled together by someone with the know how. Bullets are your currency here, allowing you to trade for other ammo, buy new or upgraded weapons, and buy valuable supplies like medkits or those precious gas mask filters.
|Play Free Bird, man!|
Metro 2033 represents what is one of the more realistic post apocalyptic scenarios, where you aren't a superhuman and each of your resources is a precious life-saver. There's absolutely incredible atmosphere just oozing everywhere! With a strong story, excellent shooting action, and a truly compelling world, you should definitely check it out!
*As a side note, I would strongly recommend playing Metro 2033 on Ranger Easy difficulty. This is more of a "realism" mode, where everything only takes a few shots to go down and ammo conservation becomes crucial. Playing on a lower difficulty strangely makes it so that enemies will routinely take half a magazine to kill. Weird.