Based on the novel of the same name by Dmitry Glukhovsky, we will examine Metro 2033, released by Ukraine-based 4A Games.
It is true that Ukraine has a specific weight in the software and games industry. The same can be said for the Russians. I like this situation. So it’s good to know that the entire software and gaming industry isn’t in America or a select few countries. This is a situation that increases the richness of the emerging works. Otherwise, being stuck between stories and perspectives that only appeal to a part of the world will be negative for both the artistic value of the games and the quality of the software.
As access to technology becomes easier, we witness good works coming from other countries as well. For example, we recently saw an original work from Brazil called 171 that promises an open world gaming experience. Therefore, I like to see works from different countries.
The Story of Metro 2033
Metro 2033 is based on the novel of the same name by Dmitry Glukhovsky. After a nuclear war, people take shelter in the subways. But things go wrong and radiation makes life on earth impossible. Thereupon, the subway entrances are closed with airlocks and all humanity has to live in the subway. As a post-apocalyptic story junkie, I have to say that this idea really hit me and it’s one of the darkest post-apocalyptic stories I’ve ever seen.
The story begins to progress on the themes of horror, suspense and survival.
Our main character, Artyom, lost his mother in the war and took refuge in the subway at the age of eight. He has been living in the subway for twenty years. During this twenty-year period, people have found a way to survive in the subway and have called these underground cities their home, just like in Cappadocia for a while. However, things are not as rosy as it seems. Living things on earth undergo changes due to radiation, and new mutants appear. People begin to experience anomalies, hallucinations. Finally, as a new mutant emerges that threatens humanity, we embark on a journey in the subway in order to eliminate this threat and ensure that humanity continues its hope.
Subway tunnels are dangerous. Metro stops are managed by different political authorities, just like city-states. There is a possibility that you will encounter a hostile state, bandits or mutants. The game manages to make you feel this tension at every moment during the 7 – 8 hours it promises.
Metro 2033 General Evaluation
The beginning of the game seems too American despite all this Ukrainian production and it’s a bit inadequate to include the player in the story. In an instant, we find the fate of humanity in our hands. Although it is a cliché, we cannot establish a deep identification with Artyom at the beginning because it does not open slowly.
In some parts of the game, we play alone, in some parts with a companion, and in some parts with a team that supports our quest. This progression logic is very nice. It offers an experience that stretches and relaxes you.
The atmosphere is beyond amazing. Despite the linear structure of the story, which is woven by coincidences from time to time, it does not grin at those magnificent metro cities and branching roads. Even the guns are filled with both familiar products in accordance with the post-apocalyptic universe and new products that have been introduced to the extent that the conditions in the subway allow. You can also use your bullets as money to buy and modify these weapons.
The only thing that interrupts the flow of the game is the duration of the filters of our gas mask, which we have to wear when we go to the ground or in an area with no ventilation. You have to constantly monitor how much gas mask filter you have left and for this you have to check every cabinet and drawer. This makes you feel like Metro 2033 is a survival game, but at some point your filter expires and if autosave is activated ten seconds ago, you fall into a bug.
Some have solved this by removing the gas mask and putting it on, but if you don’t have that much time, you have to play the episode from the beginning. This interrupts the flow of the game a bit.
Towards the end of the game, I couldn’t pass the levels a few times, so I had to watch the videos of people who played and finished it before, but it’s not a big problem. I really liked the game in general – especially the atmosphere – dear reader. I can’t wait to play the sequels. In the meantime, let’s mention that a game engine called 4A Engine produced by the company is used in the game, and the same engine was later used in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
I played Metro 2033 with the critically acclaimed remake of Redux that came out in 2014. Playing a game released in 2010 has become a more fluid and enjoyable experience thanks to this version.
Metro 2033 Review
Briefly My Opinion
A post-apocalyptic struggle for survival based on the novel by Dmitry Glukhovsky. It must be played.