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Metro 2033: Most intriguing new FPS of 2010?

It’s a much more varied game than we thought

Having previously only played through Metro’s first couple of hours, we were expecting a brutal and atmospheric horror game, much like old-school Resident Evil in first-person. But while that side of things is still very much there, we now know that Metro 2033 contains a lot more.

After half an hour or so of slogging through overground monster swarms (a process which eventually became tiresome once we’d been bashed into a corner a few too many times) the game suddenly cranked up several gears and changed into something else entirely. Upon our return to the underground Metro system, we suddenly found ourselves alone in a huge enemy complex containing no less than a small army. Naturally, we immediately ran off and hid in a corner.

But the level layout was very different here. Wider and much less linear than before, the environment let us carefully sneak and flank our way around, hiding in broken-down trains and switching off lamps to create little patches of darkened cover. Depending on our approach and choice of weapons we could turn this section into anything from non-violent stealth to a balls-out FPS bloodbath (guns, ammo and grenades were now plentiful).


There’s massive player freedom

It’s the way in which Metro rapidly shifts emphasis and pace while allowing the player to dictate the specific approach that really impresses so far. In a later section we found ourselves caught on the edge of a frontline battle between rival Communist and Nazi gangs (the political tension between Metro’s surviving human factions is vividly realised).

Hanging back in a railway tunnel while the reds prepared for battle up ahead, we decided upon a pre-emptive strike. One pipe bomb into the centre of the group and three were down, including the commander. But the rest swarmed down the tunnel with our blood on their minds, and got a fair bit of it before we mopped them up.

After reloading our save to try a different approach, we instead waited around for a while to see what the Communists did. After a lengthy but ultimately rather comical propaganda speech from their leader, the squad broke camp and headed over to the battle ground ahead, leaving only two guards on patrol. Sniping them out from the safety of the tunnel, we then stealthed our way along the railway tracks, tripping lights to stay hidden, and slipping unnoticed past the remaining soldiers fighting in an adjacent area. It was possible to spam the skirmish with grenades if we wanted to, taking out Communist and Nazi alike for a big ammo haul, but obviously the risk involved in simultaneously provoking both sides was massive.

And we can only assume that this kind of freedom is going to expand as the game goes on. Tellingly, we’ve already spotted both battle armour and stealth suits on sale in Metro’s underground townships.

It bodes well. It all bodes very well indeed. There are certainly higher profile and more instantly accessible shooters on the way this year, but those wanting something a little way off the beaten track would do very well indeed to keep an eye on Metro 2033. We’re certainly going to.

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19 comments

  • vibovit - March 14, 2010 8:34 p.m.

    @Persona Get your facts straight, Witcher IS NOT based on a Russian novel, it's a Polish game based on novel by Sapkowski, who is of Polish origin.
  • FreekinIdiot - February 17, 2010 2:41 p.m.

    Sounds very similar to Fallout 3 but in my book that's a very good thing indeed. Love the idea of the different pacing.
  • skynetiscoming - February 7, 2010 6:08 a.m.

    I wanted Far Cry 2 to have more freedom, and I think this will deliver with a much more interesting backdrop, :D
  • aion7 - February 6, 2010 10:48 p.m.

    Amazing. This sounds innovative and well done. I like the sound of pretty much everything stated in this preview.
  • DrLovez69 - February 6, 2010 2:28 p.m.

    Cheers Crumb and Maverick, I was going mental. =D
  • Yeager1122 - February 6, 2010 7:32 a.m.

    This game sounds sick and very refreshing from the standard fps.
  • bron1417 - February 6, 2010 4:04 a.m.

    i'll def keep my eye on this game. been checkin it since i first saw it on here.
  • sniperscope - February 5, 2010 9:52 p.m.

    This game looks BAD- ASS!
  • JohnnyMaverik - February 5, 2010 5:31 p.m.

    @ DrLovez69 As was said above you're looking for Singularity, but things aren't sounding so promising on that title, apprently the devs have announced the campaign is likely to only be around 5 hours long. So for this game, sounds incredible, but almost too good, still have my doubts. Hope it's everything it promises to be though, if it is it's potentially mind blowing.
  • crumbdunky - February 5, 2010 6:05 a.m.

    @DrLove-You're talking about a game called Singularity, it's another Russian set and made FPS and will almost definitelyy be out a little before Metro33. As for Metro:sounds incredibly refreshing for those of us bored with the arcadey thrills of L4D and who alwqays lamented Valve's lazy arsed refusal to give it a bloody, terrifying SP campaign. his is in a whhole other league of grit and balls out fear and loks like becoming one of my most looked forward to shooters in years. They could get a decent translation of the books done while they're at it, mind, as I've been waiting for one for eons now!Mother Russia is always fascinating to me and even moreso in a politically charged monster and ghost infested near future post apocalyptic enviroment. It's almost as if they were thinking solely of me when they started this! I'd take one like this over forty CODs and it's bloody clones. Expect it to sell like burgers made entirely of turd, mind, as the imagination of your average gamer seems to reduce in size with every sequel filled moment-were HL to release now I severely doubt we'd ever jhave got to see HL2, put it tht way-still hopng this does well, mind, as it's a brave effort at worst and could be revolutionary at best for the genre it straddles.Good stuff GR.
  • Persona - February 5, 2010 4:49 a.m.

    All the STALKER games were fantastic, Ever since this game was announced I cried a little. You just dont get this kind of FPS since MW2 stormed the front with arcade style gameplay We all know how THE WITCHER turned out, and that was based of another russian novel. Books TO Games seem to fare alot more than Movie Adaptations. HEAR THAT GAY POTTER
  • CH3BURASHKA - February 5, 2010 4:46 a.m.

    I'm what you'd call a wimp: I don't like things to get too hard, seeing as how games are entertainment, and not meant to be labor. I liked STALKER (not loved), but this hardcore aspect of 2033 is slightly off-putting. You know what? Fuck it, I'll try it.
  • TheGiaour - February 5, 2010 12:57 a.m.

    Between this and STALKER CoP I wonder which one will ultimately get the better score. CoP got an 8, here's to hoping this ones gets the better score and review. I'm starved for good survival horror shooters like this one.
  • DrLovez69 - February 4, 2010 9:55 p.m.

    AGGGGH. Don't get me wrong looks amazing, really amazing, but its not the one i heard where you can travel hundreds of years back or forward in time!... CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME THE NAME IM NOT CUH-RAAZAY IT EXISTS. TELL ME PLEASE! I'll give donate my organ's to you when i die.
  • CreeplyTuna - February 4, 2010 7:54 p.m.

    i'm psyched for this!
  • NanoElite666 - February 4, 2010 7:41 p.m.

    Definitely got my eye on this one.
  • Ensoul - February 4, 2010 6:35 p.m.

    I've been very interested in this one since I first stumbled upon it. These impressions haven't changed my mind. There's just something about Russia that grabs my attention, especially in this kind of setting.
  • GamesRadarWannabe - February 4, 2010 5:56 p.m.

    Looks like a more hardcore fallout. May be a bit frustrating all this mid battle farting around pumping up guns n such but worth a go.
  • Frexerik - February 4, 2010 5:12 p.m.

    Hell fucking yes! after this im suprisingly hyped about this game.. love the freedom in these types of games!

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