Metro Redux - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

August 26, 2014

Also on:

PS4 Xbox One

Viewing USA:

Also on UK.
8.1

Summary:

Metro Redux is a compilation from Deep Silver offering gamers updated and enhanced versions of the post-apocalyptic first person shooters Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light. Players can now experience advanced lighting, dynamic weather, and improved enemy AI as they guide Artyom through claustrophobic subway tunnels and across expanses of the toxic surface. Gamers can also enjoy new melee animations, all previously released DLC for Last Light, and the ability to play both campaigns in the fast-paced Spartan style, or the more stealthy Survival style.

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Details

  • Developer(s):
    • 4A Games
  • Publisher(s):
    • Deep Silver
  • Release Date(s):
    • August 26, 2014
  • Official Site(s):
  • ESRB Rating:
  • Player(s):
  • Online Player(s):
    • N/A
  • Series:
    • Metro
  • Remote Play:
    • Supported

Technical Information

  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Required Disc Space:
    • 14GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Sound Engine:
    • DTS Digital Surround
    • Dolby Digital
  • Game Format:
    • Blu-ray Disc
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 28 Hours
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2015-03-23

Steven_Shaw

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PS4

8.2

Metro Redux on the PlayStation 4 is officially two remastered games, Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light, the game was developed by 4A Games and published by Deep Silver.

'Metro Redux' launched for personal computers and all next generation consoles this past August as an attempt to lure in a whole new generation of fans to the 'Metro' franchise. 'Redux' is a re-imagining of 'Metro 2033' and 'Metro: Last Night'. Combining the different elements and visual cues of the prior entries, 'Redux' offers a renewed yet unique experience that fans of the series will fall in love with right off of the bat. We dove into the game to see if it offered all of the things that the developers at 4A Games promised. As it turns out, they were not being lenient with their promises. We fell in love with the game and we think you will too.

Based off of a series of novels, 'Metro Redux' was destined to become a cult hit in our opinions. The backbone of a post apocalyptic Russia filled to the brim with mutants, survivors, and nuclear fall out was just far too interesting to pass up in our day and age. The world is absolutely in love with 'doom and gloom' and the publishers at Deep Silver must have realized this. Before we go further into the review lets take a moment to look at what this game offers players.

You take on the role of Artyom, a survivor in post nuclear Russia. Following the chronological events of both 'Metro: Last Light' and 'Metro 2033', we drop into a world in which Artyom chose to send a missile strike out against the Dark Ones. Artyom is now officially one of the Rangers but that hasn't done anything to get rid of the trauma he accumulated during the prior games. We see that Artyom is completely haunted from sending out those missiles that killed all of the Dark Ones.

One day a wandering mystic by the name of Khan arrives at the bunk where the Rangers are holed up. Khan tells the Rangers that a single Dark One survived the missile strike. Khan firmly believes that the Dark One must be saved and that the Rangers should come to some sort of peaceful resolution with the creature. Colonel Miller, leader of the Rangers, emphatically chooses to destroy the creature. He sends Artyom out to find and kill it. And that's where the story begins and where the insanity of this wonderfully developed world begins to rise and pull us in once more.

What we always loved about the 'Metro' series was how deeply the game pulled us in through its narrative. Now, with the power of the PS4 behind it, the game pulls us in on a graphical level as well. As you drop into Russia the first thing you will feel, through the visuals, is the cold. The snow falling, the limited light, and the smattering of stars in the sky all seem to present a world that is vastly different than the one we know, but somehow still familiar. You will always be looking to the corner of your vision to see if some creature is sneaking up on you in the cold.

The textures to the game are wonderfully realized and brought to life with the capable hardware that the PS4 possesses. The title looks dramatically better than it did on the PS3 and Xbox 360 and only the XB1 rivals what you are going to get out of it. With each 'Metro' entry things have gotten darker and darker and now the looks replicate this. Dark textures, sparse light, and destroyed buildings set the backbone of your post apocalyptic experience. Much like your morally ambiguous mission, the game sets out to lay a path before you that mirrors the mood you have inside of you.

One of the things that we didn't realize would change was the difficulty of the title. Fundamentally the game is still the same as in prior entries, yet it is different with the new graphics. Having higher quality textures and lighting techniques has made it easier to spot the movement of creatures in the shadows or in the background. The fact that they aren't as difficult to spot doesn't make them any less dangerous but it does make them easier to handle. Surprise is one of the biggest strengths that your enemies can hold over you in 'Metro Redux'.

While the games have been improved upon they haven't been reinvented. Some of the bigger issues that we had with the original 'Last Light' entry still persist here. We often found ourselves facing a tireless amount of open area enemies swarming us. While we love action as much as anyone, these segments lasted way too long and sort of killed the balance of the stealth sections that preceded them. This is not a 'Halo' game and it shouldn't try to emulate that crazy over the top style.

When 'Metro Redux' sticks to what it does best the game is nearly flawless. There is something chill inducing about sneaking through the ruins of this destroyed world, keeping an eye out for creatures and human enemies alike. All while on a mission to potentially end a race whose death will haunt you forever. The stealth segments are wonderfully balanced against the tone of the mission and when you run into something that goes 'bump' in the night you will quickly see the hairs on your arms go up.

While 'Metro Redux' is not an open world game it definitely gives its players the ability to feel as if they can go their own way. The game emphasizes exploration and there are plenty of great little spots to find. With all of the DLC from the prior entries downloaded, you can make sure that you don't miss anything on your first thorough run through.

'Metro Redux' on the PlayStation 4 is a wonderfully grim game with complicated characters, an ambiguous central mission, and the sort of tensity that most games don't come near anymore. We loved the setting and we loved seeing how the title would bring new scares to us while exploring the depth of the world.

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