I pose a question to you: What is your reaction when a hoard of terrifying mutants resembling a cross between a rat and an ape chases you down a tunnel?
Yeah, I had no idea what mine would be going into Metro 2033.
I picked the game up on a Steam sale about a year after it came out, and was thoroughly surprised at how engrossing it was.
To give a little background, 2033 was the first game developed by Kiev, Ukraine based 4A Games. It is based on Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky’s novel of the same name, and is a horror survival shooter.
To this day, I still cite the moment when I was stuck on a little handcar, trying to race down a subway rail line to escape a hoard of hungry buggers as one of the craziest moments I’ve experienced in gaming.
You get a unique perspective into the lives of these metro dwellers when you have to choose whether or not you trade away your good ammo for better gear, or you keep it to help put down bad guys.
You play as Artyom, one of the first people to be born into the post-nuclear war ravaged world.
You almost immediately get sucked into an expedition to assist a home
station under siege. Little does he know that it will result in everything he knows about the world to be changed.
Oh, did I mention you get to use a modified,
home grown rail gun called the Hellbreath? It’s one of the coolest guns in the
game. It fires small ball bearings utilizing electromagnetism, which is charged
by a built-in chargeable battery.
The game-play varies in scenery, one moment in the metro tunnels, next you’re topside in a nuclear wasteland that might remind you of Fallout 3.
The combat is also enjoyable. You’ll fight different types of monsters, but whether they’re mutants or humans depends on the situation.
While this game isn’t the smoothest sometimes and you might run into some technical glitches, and the stealth moments can be frustrating, it is totally worth the money considering you get to flambé creepers with a flamethrower.