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Round Up: Metro: Redux PS4 Reviews Celebrate in an Abandoned Subway

Posted by Sammy Barker

Anything but dark and dreary

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.

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User Comments (26)

DrJoeystein

#2

DrJoeystein said:

As a huge fan of first-person shooters, I'm really interested in the survival aspects of the Metro games, which actually remind me of the old-school Resident Evil games. So, since both games are remastered for the PS4 now (and getting good ratings to boot), I think I'm going to have to check this out on Tuesday. Can't wait!

JaxonH

#4

JaxonH said:

I most certainly will be! Game is shipped already and on the way, should arrive in a couple days.

Still gotta finish The Last of Us though.

keyser_soze

#5

keyser_soze said:

Never played a metro game but from what ive seen online they look great! i will most likely pick it later on in the year when ive played the games on my most wanted list first.

Crimson_Ridley

#7

Crimson_Ridley said:

@odd69 Because there can't be multiple games with a similar setting, right? This is a FPS while Fallout is an RPG, completely different to Metro. This cannot be called a rip-off when the only similarities are that they are both set in a post apocalyptic world.

Remixora

#8

Remixora said:

I'm getting this game, won't be able to play it dough until I get a new tv. xD

get2sammybAdmin

#9

get2sammyb said:

I'm tempted to get this, too. Never played any of the titles before, but it's cheap and right up my alley.

ShogunRokAdmin

#10

ShogunRok said:

This has "I got it cheap 6 months later and I thought it was fantastic" written all over it.

LDXD

#14

LDXD said:

@odd69 this is really nothing like fall out. Game play wise it's not even close to the same thing

odd69

#15

odd69 said:

Okay so gameplay it felt more like dishonored and less like fallout , but reminded me of it a tad so hence the rip off comment, but also i just didnt like it. My roomate also agreed with me. We did play quite a bit of it. I just didnt like the "feel"

CanisWolfred

#17

CanisWolfred said:

This looks one of the few remasters worth shelling out for. Might pick it up early just to know I'll have it when I inevitably have to shell out for a PS4.

CanisWolfred

#18

CanisWolfred said:

@odd69 Did you even play it for more than 5 seconds before you said that? There's hardly any similarities between the two. Disregarding the enormous differences between their gameplay, they take their stories in completely directions. Not to mention Metro's based on a book that was published in 2005.

Scorpio73

#20

Scorpio73 said:

I'm picking up the new Madden on Tuesday, and my budget allows me to pick up one more title that day as well. I'm having a hard time deciding between Metro Redux and Diablo 3. Any suggestions or recommendations folks?

CanisWolfred

#21

CanisWolfred said:

@odd69 "It reminded me of it a bit" does not warrant calling it a rip-off. If you didn't like the feel, just say you didn't like the feel. It's not that hard. No need to make slanderous comments instead.

odd69

#22

odd69 said:

oh my bad i still I like my slanderous comments though couldn't pinpoint exactly how i could describe the game and that was my opinion like it or not i leave that up to you.

CanisWolfred

#23

CanisWolfred said:

@odd69 "It's a ____ Rip-off" is not an opinion you can just hide behind. It's a statement others can refute. If you're not willing to back your statements up, don't cry when others are able to tear them down.

odd69

#24

odd69 said:

Who's crying? It seems like YOU bro. If you dont like my shit you can ignore it just i do yours, and dont think you are not the only one to ever have fucking stupid opinion either,. I did back up my goddamn statement too if you bothered to actually fucking read it
point is i didnt like the game since when is it a crime to post that here? its not! you sir are just a prick, get a life

WARDIE

#25

WARDIE said:

@Scorpio73 I picked up Diablo and my only complaint is that its too damn addictive lol. I've already put over 30 hours into it and im just under half way through. It has a tonne of replay value too. Its one of those games that you seriously get your moneys worth from.

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