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We will examine Sam’s Story, one of the expansion packs of Metro Exodus, the last game of the Metro series adapted from Dmitry Glukhovsky‘s novels.
Since childhood, I have loved novels, movies and games that tell post-apocalyptic stories. In fact, such works are not very suitable for semantic expansion as they create a new world whose borders are drawn by the author. Because, as readers, viewers or actors, we know the details and features of the world we live in as much as the author tells us.
However, such works also have an important advantage. A post-apocalyptic world gives narrators the opportunity to create brand new structures as atmosphere. Therefore, their impressiveness increases in proportion to the success of the atmosphere they create.
Why am I telling these? Because the origin of all narratives – whether it is a movie or a play – is based on literary culture. It arises from a scenario. This is how the Metro series appeared years ago. 4A Games, a small Ukrainian game company, decided to turn Dmitry Glukhovsky’s Metro novel series into a game. Because the success of the atmosphere was sometimes more important in the game world than the story itself, and the Metro series was like a treasure waiting to be transferred to the game with its magnificent atmosphere.
Working together with writer Dmitry Glukhovsky, Metro 2033 was released in two thousand ten, which deals with the lifestyle of a society that had to take shelter in the metro after a nuclear war. The series, which received great acclaim, continued with Metro Last Light in two thousand thirteen, and this time we encountered a larger narrative, including the political order established by humanity living in the subways for twenty years and the conflicts between stations.
When the games were so popular, a facelifted version of both games was released under the name Redux. 4A Games, which has gained a respectable place in the eyes of the players because they listened to the demands of the players and produced a successful product, especially in this version, also proved how they turned into a big game company in a short time when they do a job with passion and value people’s comments.
There was silence for a long time. In two thousand nineteen, Metro Exodus, which we can call a masterpiece, was released. In this game, which also has open world elements, our character emerged from the subway tunnels to the surface for the first time and witnessed life continuing on the surface in some parts of the world.
The series, which I found incredibly successful in terms of atmosphere and narrative, also had an expansion pack released in the summer of two thousand nineteen. The expansion pack, named The Two Colonels, took us deeper into a story that we witnessed a part of in the main story. The fact that this expansion pack came six months after the game’s release showed us that 4A Games had previously planned this story, that is, it was an expansion pack that they did not release because of commercial concerns. They released another expansion pack right at the beginning of two thousand twenty: Sam’s Story.
Metro Exodus – The Story of Sam’s Story DLC
Sam’s Story had a story that started after the sad ending of the main game Metro Exodus on the shores of Lake Baikal. Unlike most characters in the team, Sam, an American soldier, left the team and began his journey to return to his homeland, America, and to reunite with his father, whom he knew was seventy years old, if not dead.
On this journey, we were experiencing a story in which we were dragged to different endings depending on the decisions made by Sam, who met an American businessman and a former Russian commander.
General Evaluation of Metro Exodus – Sam’s Story DLC
I think good video games that focus on storytelling should release as many expansion packs as possible. Because in this century, where the whole world is turning to online competitive games based on killing each other as if it has lost its mind, it is becoming increasingly difficult to experience a good story told in a successful atmosphere.
However, as I said at the beginning, all successful businesses are based on a good narrative. Although this is not today’s popular trend and does not seem financially profitable because the story is played and finished in one go, I believe that game companies will understand this fact and return to games that focus on narrative.
In fact, releasing expansion packs of story-telling games poses less risk for companies. First of all, a fluent game mechanic is achieved in line with criticism and updates, developers and designers can now focus only on the story instead of dealing with technical details, and if the game sells well, it is not difficult to predict that the expansion pack will also reach a good sales figure.
Sam’s Story was an expansion pack that I liked in many aspects. Although it did not cover a narrative as big as The Two Colonels, it was quite successful as an expansion pack that never faltered in its narrative and where our choices affected the outcome. I think that the balance between conflicts with mutants and humans has been established better, especially in this expansion pack, than in the main game and The Two Colonels. All that matters is the sequel to the Metro Exodus series, which is rumored to be announced in two thousand twenty four.
By the way, let us tell you that Dmitry Glukhovsky, the author who inspired the series, is on the wanted list in Russia due to his opposing statements against the Russian government regarding the Ukrainian war and an arrest warrant has been issued for him.
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Metro Exodus Sam's Story DLC Review
Briefly My Opinion
Sam’s Story was an expansion pack that I liked in many aspects. Although it did not cover a narrative as big as The Two Colonels, it was quite successful as an expansion pack that never faltered in its narrative and where our choices affected the outcome. I think that the balance between conflicts with mutants and humans has been established better, especially in this expansion pack, than in the main game and The Two Colonels.