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A Challenging Game With A Cool Story!,
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Let me start off by saying that I am a fan of the post-apocalyptic genre. I bought this game originally for my Xbox 360 and found it to be a very good yet buggy game. I saw that Metro was on sale so I purchased it for my gaming laptop, mainly to see how high I could get the graphics up.
Steam- I read a lot about the complaints about it being a Steam game. Being a Steam user, I was glad to know that the CD key provided when purchasing this game would work if you were to try to activate it on Steam. In other words, if you had the disc and you used the CD key provided, you can enter that into Steam and it will count as you owning it on Steam. You never have to use the disc again, Steam updates Metro 2033 when an update is available, and Steam keeps track of game achievements and time played.
Graphics- The graphics in this game are quite good! I turned the graphics to its highest possible settings for my laptop and the game ran smoothly and looked fantastic. Most of the time you are running through a dark metro tunnel that doesn't give the graphics the justice it deserves. Once you are on the surface of Moscow, the graphics look really good. I would compare the graphics to Skyrim or even Crysis 2. The one drawback about the graphics is the fact that human faces look somewhat blocky.Faces don't seem to be that well done but everything else does.
Gameplay- Metro 2033 runs like most first person shooter games. The controls are easy to get used to but the game itself seems to be somewhat buggy. Once when I played, I walked up a slope to get to a building, I fell through the slope and fell infinitely down under the city. This was not supposed to happen. I had to go back to the most recent checkpoint but that wasn't that bad. NPCs in the game tend to be a little "stupid" if you will. Enemies will run from one door to the next, backtrack, and repeat. Sometimes an enemy might not take notice that it is being shot at. There is stealth in the game, which seems to be a big part of some of the levels. I like the way that stealth works, however, being sneaky isn't that easy. Once one enemy knows where you are, all of them know. It doesn't matter if the other enemy is a couple hundred feet away and on another floor, he will just know.
Story- I found the story of Metro 2033 quite interesting and engaging. Most of the game is just shoot this and shoot that but that is what all games really are. Towards the end of the game, the game becomes a more story driven and you question your motives in the game and wonder about some of the mysterious things you encounter throughout it. I won't spoil anything but there is a cool but difficult to get to ending of the game. Unfortunately, if you do not read about the requirements for the ending and do not do everything exactly how you are supposed to, you may never even know that such an ending was possible. I am currently reading the Metro 2033 book and it is similar to the game. The game is more action packed while the book is more story. That all makes sense. If you are interested in the book, I recommend playing the game first then reading the book. You will understand the story better.
Difficulty- Metro 2033 has a couple different difficulties but the easiest difficulty can prove to be pretty challenging. It is easy to be overwhelmed by mutants, killed while trying to fight humans, get caught in a trap that wasn't easily spotted, or die from loss of oxygen loss. While fighting on the surface world, you need to wear a gas mask. You must change oxygen filters frequently and if you don't, you breath heavily, your mask becomes filled with condensation, making it hard to see, and you eventually die. If you take enough damage to the face, cracks and holes appear in your mask, making it easier to lose oxygen and eventually die.
Fun and Challenging Gameplay
Glitchy and Buggy
Sometimes A Little Too Challenging
Faces Look Bad
Bottom Line- Metro 2033 is a fun but very challenging game that could have used a little more work. Though the graphics are spectacular, faces look like garbage. Gameplay is solid but too many glitches appear to make it flow perfectly. The story is quite interesting and the gameplay is pretty realistic. I would definitely recommend buying this game, especially if it is on sale like it is now.