With Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light, developer 4A Games delivered a pair of post-apocalyptic shooters that bucked the current trends of bombastic action sequences and dudebro protagonists. Instead, 4A constructed the Metro series to be both a haunting and thought-provoking adaptation of Dmitry Glukhovsky’s novel that put atmosphere and storytelling above all else. Unfortunately, those decidedly unique aims relegated Metro 2033 and its successor to little more than cult status.
However, 4A Games is hoping that gamers might show more interest in the Metro games when they hit current-gen systems as part of the Metro Redux collection. As the name implies, Metro Redux is an HD upgrade for 4A’s cult favorite shooters that will include visual and gameplay improvements across the board.
For those who might not be familiar, the Metro 2033 franchise is set in post-apocalyptic Russia and focuses on the character of Artyom. While it might seem, at first, like Artyom is just one of many who are trying to survive, Metro 2033 and then Last Light reveal there is more to Artyom’s tale. If nothing else, Metro tries to deliver a unique and complex story, even if it isn’t always successful in that endeavor.
From a gameplay and a visuals perspective, however, Metro 2033 and to a greater extent Last Light are showpieces. It’s with that in mind, that we are eager to see what Metro Redux, which reportedly boasts even more visual improvements (dynamic lighting, weather, improved animation, dynamic destruction, and better fire/particle effects), delivers. Last Light was plenty impressive in its own right, but for Metro 2033 that means an even bigger leap in the visual department for the 2010 release.
4A is also added new gameplay improvements to both games — adding features from Last Light (like the awesome gas mask swipe) into 2033 and tweaking features in Last Light based on fan requests. Read more about those improvements below:
Metro 2033: advanced enemy AI, improved combat and stealth mechanics, superior weapon handling and more responsive, intuitive controls plus signature features from Last Light such as the atmospheric ‘mask wipe’ mechanic, weapon customization, and silent kills and takedowns.
Metro Last Light: new melee animations, and the fan-requested ‘Check Watch’ and ‘Check Inventory’ features.
Metro Redux will also include the 10+ hours worth of Season Pass add-on content for Metro: Last Light, which spun-off from the main storyline and allowed gamers to inhabit different characters living in this world.
Players will be able to pick up Metro Redux either as a complete retail package on PC, PS4, or Xbox One for $49.99 or they can pay $24.99 for the upgraded versions of either Metro 2033 or Metro: Last Light in digital form. There’s no release date for Metro Redux yet unfortunately, but if you happened to miss out on either Metro games the first time around we highly recommend checking them out.
Both are unique entries in the FPS genre, bursting at the seams with cool atmosphere, and they are gorgeous to look at. And chances are if these upgraded re-releases find success, Deep Silver will get moving on their teased Metro follow-ups.
Will you be picking up Metro Redux? What do you think of the Metro games?
Metro Redux currently has no release date but will be available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
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