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A Return To Post Apocalyptic Moscow With Metro Redux

Step into the light.

The world as we knew it ended in 2013, with the outbreak of a nuclear war that destroyed much of civilisation. In Moscow, it forced the populace that could into the underground network, to scrabble in the darkness and struggle through the day-to-day of simply staying alive, with the various outposts of humanity that survived the next 20 years besieged by mutated beasts called Dark Ones.

Upon its release in 2010, Metro 2033 became something of a cult hit, based off the novel by Dmitry Glukhovsky and with this suitably dark setting. The first person survival horror genre suited the game to a tee, with a blend of action and stealth, and that constant hunt for scarce resources on Ayrtom’s post-apocalyptic journey.

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However, Metro 2033 was only released on Xbox 360 and PC, meaning that PlayStation 3 owners were left out in the dark until the sequel arrived on their platform a year ago, in Metro: Last Light. The Metro Redux releases – coming both as a bundle or individually this summer – will bring both games to the new generation of consoles. Amidst the current rush to bring popular games from the last generation to the new, Metro Redux actually makes a lot of sense.

For 4A themselves, it keeps otherwise idle hands at work while pre-production is underway on their next title, but then it also allows them to bring the excellent quality of graphics from the PC releases to consoles, using that version as the basis for the port before striving to actually improve the graphics further. These improvements also mean the Redux releases will come to PC, though with a discount for existing owners.

For Metro Last Light, the upgrades are quite minimal, but for 2033, all of the improvements made during the development of Last Light have been rolled back to the earlier game. The newer models and animations for the mutated enemies, for example, have been brought to the first game, and there have been tweaks to lighting and skybox for when you head above ground, which has a much greater contrast to the darkness which you will find underground, the shafts of light in buildings are more prominent and the outdoors in general much more striking.

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Considering that these were very CPU dependent titles on PC, it’s quite a positive sign for both consoles that their many smaller lightweight CPU cores seem to be adept enough to feed the GPU and get 1080p60 out of the PS4, with no real hiccups that I could see while playing briefly, and 900p60 on the Xbox One.

The changes and improvements, however, have not been limited to the graphics and, in an uncommon move for these kinds of re-releases, extend over to the gameplay and level design as well. Again, Metro 2033 sees the most work on this front, with the much larger pools of RAM allowing 4A to stitch levels together with some new sections of game and avoid some of the loading screens.

Perhaps the most interesting additions are the new Survival and Spartan game modes, added to 2033 and Last Light respectively. As 4A came to develop their sequel, they made efforts to clean up some of the gameplay elements, from the first and make it ever-so-slightly more inviting to newcomers, however, what these two modes essentially boil down to is transposing ideas from one game to the other.

Last Light’s Spartan mode pulls the gameplay closer in line with the more survival horror oriented style of 2033, then, while Survival seen in 2033 adds Last Light’s more overt watch and stealth indicator, the ability to wipe blood splatter from Ayrtom’s visor and a slightly increased difficulty with slower reload times and increased AI perception.

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All in all, these are far from being essential purchases for existing owners of the two games – though the refreshingly budget pricing will certainly be tempting – but they do offer genuine improvements and changes over the original releases. The graphical boost is a big selling point between the console generations, but the decision to also go back and tweak gameplay, alter levels and add new game modes make these feel like more than a quick cash grab.

9 Comments
  1. CrawFail
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    Just started Last Light and am enjoying it.
    I’d definitely be interested in a PS4 sequel.

    Comment posted on 30/05/2014 at 08:18.
  2. Ro6afc11
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    This series of games completely passed me by on any format. I read about this Redux edition for PS4 last week (on TSA of course) and then discovered in my PS3 download list the PS+ version of Last Light. I proceeded to DL and played the first hour. I have to say I was pretty impressed with what I saw and played so now very tempted by these new editions.

    Comment posted on 30/05/2014 at 08:32.
  3. wonkey-willy
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    At the right price( bearing in mind you can pick up the PC versions for pennies) this is the sort if thing I am wiling to give a go the second time round.they were cracking games.even on ps3.I know that its just beefy gfx but that’s how these games are meant to be seen.with gfx cards ramped up!!
    These redux games can open the doors to people who missed out on super PC game ie half life.doom and ,far cry because a they are not PC gamers and b their PC’s couldn’t run ( that’s mine)

    Comment posted on 30/05/2014 at 10:01.
    • Stefan L
      Community Team
      Since: May 2009

      They’re £15.99 each digitally or £34.99 for the pair on disc, which it’s safe to say compares quite favourably to other re-releases on PS4/XBO.

      Comment posted on 30/05/2014 at 17:55.
      • wonkey-willy
        Member
        Since: Jan 2010

        SOLD! thanks for the heads up matey!

        Comment posted on 30/05/2014 at 19:19.
  4. RudeAwakening
    Member
    Since: Jan 2011

    Ha! I actually thought Redux was another sequel to the previous two before i read this article.

    I downloaded Last Light through PS+ and was enjoying untill i got to the part when your outside and have to meet up with a group of people in some church but before you step in church a big mutated thing attacks, but i had frell all ammo and there was no ammo around so i couldn’t get past it, tried for a couple of days and said frell this, don’t have the time. Maybe i was missing something, couldn’t figure it out though. Never went back to it.

    Comment posted on 30/05/2014 at 10:22.
    • vjmwilliams
      Member
      Since: Jan 2014

      Sounds like the part i couldn’t get past, about half way through the game. I was very impressed with game until that point.

      Comment posted on 30/05/2014 at 12:06.
      • RudeAwakening
        Member
        Since: Jan 2011

        Yeah from a gameplay pov that section was a bit of disaster imo, not even an ammo box!

        Comment posted on 30/05/2014 at 12:53.
  5. coruscant
    Member
    Since: Oct 2010

    I thought about getting Last Light on PS3 but never got around to it, I’ve heard great things about Metro and so will probably pick this up, especially as the pre-order prices are £30 – £35 (depending on where you look).

    Comment posted on 31/05/2014 at 00:51.

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