Metro 2033: The Last Refuge


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20 out of 20 people found this review helpful:
"I know this tunnel. And this tunnel knows me."
4 stars"

Review by Alex on 29th March, 2010

Very good game, 90% of what I expected. Having a lot of trouble finding something to compare it to. Its certainly nothing at all like STALKER, except for some textures and models. Lots of people seem to be comparing it to Bioshock, and I can see why, but no Bioshock was more open (believe it or not) and more action-oriented.

Lots of mild horror (I hate horror films but liked this game). Lots of mood scenes – for the love of God read up about “Metro 2” before playing this game. Lots of areas that you navigate with at least one companion, which makes for fantastic situations, as the advanced graphics allow for gunfire smoke buildup, sonic concussions, wet blood impacts etc, so when 4–5 people are all going full auto on their AKs the atmosphere after the battle is, well, quite something.

A minor drawback is the length – this game is real short. I haven't counted hours, but it took me only 3 days to complete, and being totally 100% linear there are no “extra” areas to explore to warrant a second going-through.

In all, I would be shouting from the rooftops for you to buy this game except for one thing: the English translation is bad. And I mean real bad, like “Are they talking about the same events?” bad, and really 70% of the atmosphere is lost with English voiceovers/subs (I'm Russian so can judge). Not since the days of Nightwatch have I seen a worse translation effort. So I guess the final, and I suppose somewhat useless recommendation, is run out and buy this right now as long as you can understand Russian >_<.

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful:
"How did this one slip by without any hype! Great Game!"
5 stars"

Review by Kieran on 6th July, 2010

The graphics are first rate (under DX11 it looks fantastic), the audio is good (very atmospheric) and the story is actually quite good (if not terribly original, to be fair – Apocalyptic war followed by mutant outbreak. Really? I'm sure I've played a game like that somewhere. Something about a lone wanderer……..). As for the translation, well, I could follow it easily enough. I'm not sure how true to earlier lore it is so can't comment there. All I know is that I had a cracking good time playing it, and can't wait for the sequel (just announced). A+ on this one and recommended buy.

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful:
"Worth it!"
5 stars"

Review by Bronwen on 22nd August, 2010

Some of the only criticisms I've heard for this game have been about the english translation. Personally, I played through the game the first time with english voiceovers, and found them to be great. Then I tried with the Russian voiceovers and english subtitles. I didn't have a problem with them either, but as I don't know a word of Russian, I can't say how accurate the translation was – just that the English seemed, for me, to fit the event well.

In any case, the game itself is incredible – the storyline is a lot more thought out than most shooters, having been originally a book. The graphics are amazing, and there's a good variety of weapons to keep anyone happy. From throwing knives and stealth suits, to pipe bombs and the VSV – a silenced, automatic combat rifle – there's something for every player.

If you're a fan of post-apocalyptic games, or shooters with a great story-line and plenty of enemies, this is the game for you.

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful:
"Surprisingly Awesome"

Review by Gary on 13th September, 2010

I bought this game cheap in the MightyApe “end of winter” sale. I wasn't expecting much, as I had heard from others that the game wasn't what they had hoped for. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this game. I literally couldn't put it down, and managed to complete it in just one weekend. Ok, it's short (6hrs or so), but I hardly ever play games for such long continuous periods. So this one really had me hooked.

I'd never read the book, so I honestly didn't know what I was letting myself in for. I assumed it would just be some linear shooter with cheap scare tactics. Well, yes it is linear, but it doesn't use cheap scare tactics. In fact, I didn't find it scary much at all (and as my friends will tell you, I CANNOT play scary games – they freak me out). It is creepy though, which is cool.

I like how the outside world feels scarier and more unsafe than the dark tunnels. It's amazing how they pulled that off. The Metro really does feel like “home”.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought the English translation wasn't that bad. Not the best, but it never really put me off. The atmosphere was superb, and the story engaging.

Be aware you'll need a fairly decent rig to run it, but I highly recommend this game to anyone. However, those who are expecting some sort of STALKER or Fallout 3 alternative, should be warned. This is none of those by a long shot.


5 out of 5 people found this review helpful:
"Short, but satisfying."
5 stars"

Review by Nicholas on 10th September, 2010

While playing Metro 2033, the only other experience I can compare it to in terms of aesthetic, feel, and visual quality at the time of release is Half Life 2. While it doesn't depart too far from other shooters, it does include a unique currency which adds an interesting risk/reward system for combat. Choosing to use your hard-won military grade ammo to dispatch a tough enemy is a difficult decision but can prove life saving.

The stealth system is simple but adds depth which other stealth games miss out on, such as being able to lose your pursuers if you keep moving and find a better place to hide. For example, being discovered, but then circling round behind your enemies to find them still in cover, occasionally popping their heads out looking for you where you were moments before.

While it was a short game, I feel that it told as much of the story that needed to be told, and lengthening it would have felt artificial. Replay value can be had in using new weapons, and new tactics against your enemies as the game almost always lets you approach your encounters with human enemies in multiple different ways, whether you kill them all in a blazing gunfight, kill them silently with thrown knives and silenced weapons, or sneak right past them all, live and let live.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful:
"Stunningly Brilliant"
5 stars"

Review by Philip on 20th July, 2010

Graphics are beautiful, Dark and well detailed. Graphics = 9/10

Game has some scary parts that make you jump and gameplay is really well done, you never get bored, and just when you think it is getting boring soemthing will happen :D.

Gameplay 8/10

Overall Metro 2033 is a wicked game and i would rate it against the greats ( Crysis, Battlefield Bad Company 2 and MW2 )

I definitely recommend to all PC gamers out there.



The whole world lies in ruins. Humanity is almost annihilated. Due to the high-level of radiation cities became unsuitable for living. Outside cities, as rumours say, there are endless burned out deserts and wilds of mutated forests. The survived still remember about the past greatness of human. But the remnants of the civilization gradually become just memories, spin with stories and turn into legends.

Since the last plane took off the land more than twenty year has passed. The corroded railroads lead to nowhere. The air is silent, and the radiomen hear only the cheerless howls while million times tuning in frequencies on which broadcasted New-York, Paris, Tokyo and Buenos Aires before. Only twenty years has passed since IT happened. But human yielded the supremacy on Earth to new species. The mutated by radiation and other consequences of the happened creatures are more adapted to the changed world.

The human epoch elapsed. But they do not want to believe in that. There are only some tens of thousand of them, and they do not know whether somebody else survived, or they are the last people in this world. They live in Moscow metro - the largest anti-nuclear shelter whenever constructed by a human and the last shelter of humanity.

Almost all of them were in metro THIS day, and this fact helped them to survive. The hermetic locks protect them from radiation and monstrous creatures on surface, the worn out filters purify water and air. The assembled by skilled craftsmen dynamos produce electricity, in underground farms champignons are cultivated and pigs are raised, but the poorer people do not bother eating rats.

The central control system collapsed long age, and the stations turned into diminutive states, where people are grouped by ideas, religion and water filter or by the basic necessity to defence from enemies.

The VDNH is the extreme northern populated metro station in its line. It is the northern outpost of humanity and civilization. Here live some hundred of strong, friendly people, who treat the station as their sweet home. It was one of the best in metro while it was safe. But now the station is attacked by hordes of mysterious animals, descending from the top and named “Darkness” by the citizens of VDNH. The citizens, for the moment, succeed in countering the offence, but it becomes more and more difficult If the station is seized, the avalanche may overflow the whole metro.

Artem, a young guy, who lives in VDNH, is given a task - to reach the heart of the metro, the legendary Polis, in order to warn all people about the terrible danger and to ask for help. In hands of one man appears the destiny of VDNH, the destiny of the whole metro, and may be, the destiny of the whole humanity…

In this world an extremely dynamic gameplay awaits players. They will have to face different political regimes (democracy with market economy, totalitarian sects, military communism, primitive society with proper culture and beliefs); to fight with dangerous enemies and new intelligent life forms, born by catastrophe and mutations; to explore the enigmatic and at the same time quite known world and its laws (groupings and their interrelations, fractions animosity and trade, anomalies and enemies with extraordinary abilities); to handle various types of weapons, as common, as assembled from variety of well-know to modern people types, which posses some properties of their prototypes; to drive unique peoples’ machines in the new world: hand cars assembled in armoured personnel carrier manner etc..

  • Location - post-apocalyptic Moscow, the life of humanity gleams in metro (subway) tunnels, and the stations turned into small states with different political regimes.
  • Variety of gameplay styles - possibility to play as a heavy strike fighter, as an inconspicuous killer.
  • A player, who attentively follows the events in the game world, will find out ways to influence the advance of the plot and may reach the non-standard end. Besides the basic plot, there is a variety of non-obligatory tasks.
  • In station-cities it is possible to meet as fighters, as peaceful citizens and the station lives its own life independent from player. Children run and play among dwellings, adults are busy with different businesses - women cook meals, sew; men have discussions, clean weapons, drink tea or home-brew, read books; old people seat near tents.
  • The high-level AI empowered to model the NPC behaviour in close combat similar to real people actions. The enemies may conduct simple and aimed fire, avoid line of fire, hide in covers, ambush and attack suddenly, call for help, and mention a character hidden in shadow.
  • A number of various anomalies: gravitation distortion, energy clot (looking at some of which the character may perish), intelligent immaterial images, which punish with death for any aggression at their presence and many other, the role of which will be discovered only before the game release.
  • Ammo-money. Fire off money or be economic, use tactics.
  • Variety of mini games.

System Requirements:


* Dual core CPU (any Core 2 Duo or better will do)
* DirectX 9, Shader Model 3 compliant graphics cards (GeForce 8800, GeForce GT220 and above)


* Any Quad Core or 3.0+ GHz Dual Core CPU
* DirectX 10 compliant graphics card (GeForce GTX 260 and above)


* Core i7 CPU
* NVIDIA DirectX 11 compliant graphics card (GeForce GTX 480 and 470)
* As much RAM as possible (8GB+)
* Fast HDD or SSD

Enabling 3D Vision
Metro 2033 utilizes NVIDIA 3D Vision with compatible cards and hardware. To play in 3D you will require:

* NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 and above recommended
* A 120Hz (or above) monitor
* NVIDIA 3D Vision kit
* Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows 7
Release date Australia
March 19th, 2010
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