COLUMN: Aaron's Backstage Pass: 'Metro Redux PS4' Review

Created: 08/30/2014 1:18 PM
By: Aaron Chalich

I am a huge fan of first person shooters and I am an even bigger fan of survival horror games, so if you mix them together you have the perfect formula for an awesome game.

This past week I got a review code for Deep Silver’s “Metro Redux” for the PS4 and it is amazing.

“Metro Redux” contains both “Metro 2033” and “Metro: Last Light.”

“Metro 2033” was released in 2010 and was available on PC and XBOX and “Metro: Last Light” was released in 2013 on PC, PS3 and XBOX 360.”

Both games are now available on the PS4 and XBOX One and they have been completely re-mastered to include enhanced graphics, new animations, voice overs, and many other new features. The games look and play better than ever. The AI is even more intelligent which makes defeating enemies even more challenging.

I really thought that both games were very intense and extremely creepy. You never knew when or where a creature was going to jump out and start attacking. I really enjoyed that experience and I know other players who like survival horror games will also.

I thought that the stories were great and very well written. Both games are based on one of the internationally best-selling novels “Metro 2033” written by Dmitry Glukhovsky.

“Metro 2033” takes place in a post-apocalyptic Moscow which was bombed with nuclear weapons and all of the radiation has transformed animals into dangerous mutants called “The Dark Ones.” The citizens of Moscow moved underground in the Metro system because of all of the radiation. The Dark Ones have been threatening and attacking humans and they all must work together to survive.
You play as a character named, “Artyom” who is a soldier and he starts to have hallucinations about the Dark Ones. The Dark Ones start to attack Artyom’s base and he must go on a mission to find weapons that can defeat the Dark Ones.

Spoiler Alert!

“Metro: Last Light” takes place one year after “Metro 2033”and you learn that Artyom found a missile base and launched a missile strike against The Dark Ones,” which destroyed all of the Dark Ones.

A mystic shows up at the D6 bunker, where Artyom is now living and he tells Artyom and the other soldiers that the missile strike didn’t destroy all of the Dark Ones. One survived and now Artyom and his group feel that they should try and find it and kill it.

Artyom goes searching for it and when he finds the last Dark One, it is very young. Both the Dark One and Artyom are captured by another group of soldiers and now Artyom must try and escape. 

While Artyom is captured he has a hallucination about the Dark One and realizes that he should try and make peace with it and must also try and save it from the other group of soldiers.

I really liked the story of both games. I thought that they were very well written and very creative. I also felt that the games were very creepy and thrilling to play.  

As I mentioned earlier the graphics have been enhanced and they look awesome. A new 4A engine was used to re-create the graphics for “Metro Redux” and you will not believe how great the graphics are.

The characters look so life-like and you can really see all of their facial expressions when you are talking or interacting with them. The Dark Ones look fabulous and horrifying. You can tell that a lot of time was spent on creating the backgrounds. They are extremely detailed and look great. A lot of dark and dull colors were used to give you the feeling that you really are in a post-apocalyptic Moscow.

The controls are very easy to learn and are the same for both “Metro 2033” and “Metro: Last Light,” which I thought was very nice. There is an in game tutorial that explains what each button does and how to select items to use like your gas mask and how to fire your weapons. People, who have never played a first-person shooter before, will not have any problems playing “Metro Redux.”

There are many items you can get that will help you survive. You have a gas mask that you must wear when you are traveling in certain areas and you have filters that will run out. You can get new filters by buying them or finding them. You also have a flashlight that will help you see in dark areas. There are tons of areas where you will need to use this.

In order to buy new weapons and items you will have to get bullets, which is the currency used in the game.  You can find the bullets on dead soldiers and many areas in the game.

You will be given many different objectives to do in the game. If you forget what you have to do or need to find out where to go, you can pull up a clipboard with a compass. The clipboard tells you what you need to do and the compass will show you where you need to go. I thought that this was very helpful.

“Metro Redux” is very challenging. Before you start playing, you are asked to choose either “Spartan” or “Survival” mode. Spartan mode which is played like a traditional first person shoot and survival mode is very challenging, because enemies are more aggressive and you have to use your resources wisely.

You can also choose your game play difficulty from normal, hardcore, ranger and ranger hardcore modes.

“Metro Redux” contains all of the “Metro: Last Light” DLC such as seven new single player missions, a tower challenge, AI Arena, shooting gallery and extra weapons.

I really enjoyed Deep Silvers “Metro Redux” a lot. The games are extremely fun and challenging to play. I liked the story for both “Metro 2033” and “Metro: Last Light” and thought that it was very entertaining and interesting. The graphics are awesome. The players, creatures, and backgrounds look fabulous.    

Play “Metro Redux” is one of the best first person shooter experiences I have had.

If you are a fan of horror survival games and first-person shooters, then I would highly recommend that you check out “Metro Redux.”

“Metro Redux” is rated “M”

Aaron Chalich is an entertainment columnist for

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