Metro 2033 was one of those strange mid-tier titles that decided to avoid the PlayStation 3’s complicated architecture, releasing in early 2010 as a console exclusive for the Xbox 360. The post-apocalyptic first-person shooter – based upon the novel of the same name by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky – proved an instant hit, leading to the release of last year’s Metro: Last Light, which, of course, did deploy on Sony’s system.
If you happened to like that title – or are just looking for an excuse to get into the series – publisher Deep Silver is bundling both of the games together as part of a cheap and cheerful compilation named Metro: Redux, which will run at a silky smooth 60 frames-per-second in 1080p on the PlayStation 4. Consequentially, one of our unfortunate reviewers is navigating the abandoned underground as we type – but just in case you’re looking for some more immediate information on the re-release, we’ve compiled a few of the title’s early verdicts for your perusal.
GamesRadar - 4.5/5
Subtlety is what makes Metro 2033 and Last Light such exceptionally immersive games. They nail the core tenets of a shooter, then force you to react to enemies in ways outside of simply taking cover. They plop you in a post-apocalyptic world, then fill it with tons of minor but substantial details, like the shadows of once-living people now permanently nuked into stone walls. They strip you of hope, only to dangle a tiny sliver of it ahead of you like a carrot on a stick. And once the credits roll, long after you've lost track of body counts and the volume of setpiece explosions, it's the subtle things--like the mother explaining to her child that people used to live in houses instead of cement tunnels--that will stick with you the most.
IGN - 8.6/10
Despite their seemingly miserable setting, both Metro games are in fact fun, diverse shooter-adventures, and the remastered 2033 does a good job of smoothing down the original's rougher edges at the expense of some of its brutal personality. Getting both in a single, enhanced package is a great way to discover (or rediscover) the Moscow Metro's unconventional charms.
CVG - 8/10
On the whole, Metro Redux is a convincing refresh that not only rejigs some of the ageing mechanics, but offers an underrated series in an extremely attractive package. We can't wait for the third entry, but this is an excellent return trip to the Metro in the meantime.
GameSpot - 8/10
This compilation is about a place. It's a place where you can hear the laughter of children long since dead, and the screams of aircraft passengers moments before their incineration. It's a place where you must fear both the hideous mutants that prowl as well as humankind--and yet it's only with humankind that you might find safety. It's that ebb and flow, that movement in and out of danger, and the panic you feel when danger finds you even when you think you should be most at peace, that makes Metro Redux such an excellent tour through the best and worst of a society in ruins.
Videogamer - 7/10
Console gamers will see big improvements in Redux compared to the originals, making this one of the best remakes we’ve seen. Despite improvements Metro 2033 can’t shake its slightly clunky roots and Last Light isn’t quite the game it had the potential to be. PC gamers could simply opt for the cheaper originals.
Will you be delving into the dark districts of Russia when Metro: Redux releases on the PS4 next week, or do you have no real desire to return to the dreary first-person franchise? Head deep underground in the comments section below.