This game has a phenominal storyline and actually does stick to the book it is based off. You really get in turn with your character, even though many of the characters you meet along the way die pretty quick. I would not go out and spend $60 on this game, but if you are thinking about buying it used or renting it on here then I would suggest it. The replay value is almost none. Unless you like the storyline that much there is no desire to play it again. I would suggest reading the book in the process. Makes the gameplay that much better.
To me, this game was astonishing. I've been an avid RPG and Shooter fan for some time, My taste ranging from Final Fantasy to Halo. Metro 2033 combines some of the best elements from both these genres. The Environment , the atmosphere is present no matter where you are in the game. Are you a Stealth player ? No problem, nearly all weapons can be silenced, and Throwing Knives make for some very entertaining sneaky kills. How about Run and Gunners ? There's room for you too ! Grab an auto-shotgun with a bayonet and blast enemies to heck. The Game was very fun, almost addicting as it was hard to put the controller down. The story is based off of a book of the same title (Metro 2033) and the game does contain an alternate ending referred to as the (Enlightened) ending.
The lack of multi-player however does make the replayability come up a bit short. But if your looking for an awesome single player experience drenched in a dark story and topped with a bit of paranormal activities, then don't forget to bring a gas mask and rent this game !
Its been awhile since a video game got me to really jump out of my chair (Original Resident Evil). But there are moments in Metro 2033 that harken back to the old school survival horror days.
I write this review shortly after finishing the game and I have to admit my fingers are somewhat sore from clutching my controller so hard.
Anyway here's what I like:
Atmosphere. Not since Bioshock has a game had a truly fleshed out, lived-in setting. Metro 2033 really sells the post-apocalyptic struggle for humanity's survival.
Sound effects. The game does a great job of utilizing surround sound. If you don't have surround sound you're really missing out. Definitely adds to the creep factor.
Realism. Everything from the bullet management/currency to the hand charger for your battery makes this game stand out. I really liked having to pump the pneumatic rifles before firing a shot. Best of all the control scheme never feels complicated or redundant.
Here's what I disliked:
Ending. I'm not going to ruin it but the game has two endings and neither makes sense. I read another gamer's existential summation of the ending and that confused me even more.
Game length. Another 5 hours would have really gone a long way toward making the game feel complete. As it is expect about 10 hours of gameplay.
Physics engine. I try not to complain about programming because I'm technologically illiterate, but this deserves some spite. The graphics are really great as are the character/enemy animations but when enemies die they turn to wood. At first it was comical then it got annoying.
All said Metro 2033 is worth checking out. THQ is really picking up momentum in quality titles. Hopefully they will the next David to do battle with the Goliaths like Activision and EA.