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Metro Redux Review

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Going deeper underground...

★★★★

Based on a series of Russian novels and made by a modest studio based out of Kiev, you’d be forgiven if first-person shooter Metro 2033 and its sequel Last Light passed you by first time around. But if the paucity in exclusively new-gen software has yielded one positive it’s that developers have seemingly been galvanised to return and revamp some of the most underrated games of the past few years. In the case of Metro Redux, developer 4A Games has not only added an admirable polish to its richly bleak world, but also integrates a mass of extensive design enhancements that makes for vast improvements over the original games.

If you’ve played either title before, then you’ll be aware that Metro isn’t a traditional first-person shooter. Instead, it blends hefty gunplay with immersive stealth and horror elements, all set against the backdrop of an apocalypse that has required mankind to retreat inside the metro stations beneath Russia. Redux amplifies the grim reality of this world and then some: remodelled textures, sophisticated lighting and, in the case of the original, tweaks to the gameplay mechanics to create a much greater parity with its technically slicker sequel.

Overall, Metro 2033 receives the most extensive of modifications. The most noticeable and significant arrives in the form of improved character and creature AI and animations (including new models in some cases). Rather than just an aesthetical enhancement, these dispense with the inconsistency found in the original’s stealth gameplay and greatly improves on 2033’s focus on survival.

Yet, 4A Games even pushes itself further to deliver a compelling package. You’ll find all of the previously-released DLC on the disc, not to mention two new modes – Spartan and Survival – that switch between action-orientated and survival-horror play.
If you’ve already played both titles then Metro Redux is a tougher sell. Both games emerge looking better and playing better than ever, containing a few surprises along the way. But beneath the surface of this exceptional remaster is the same creepy and immersive shooter just with the cracks papered over. However, if you’re coming into the franchise fresh, then Metro Redux is essential.

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