"For those new to the dreary and dark world of Metro, know this…Redux may be the best sixty bucks you’ll spend all year."
As far as HD remakes go, 4A Games and Deep Silver are the new kings on the block. Metro Redux is not only one of the best new-gen titles on PS4 and Xbox ONE at the moment, it’s a wonderful reminder that some developers and publishers still genuinely care about their fan base. If there’s one HD remake that truly deserves the “ultimate” or “definitive” subtitle, it’s Metro. Metro Redux brings not only a fresh coat of paint to an already graphically impressive series; it improves major gameplay elements to make the journey through both titles a more cohesive and immersive experience. Even if you’re a franchise veteran, there are enough improvements and changes here that warrant another purchase. And for those new to the dreary and dark world of Metro, know this…Redux may be the best sixty bucks you’ll spend all year.
I’ve always been a big Metro fan, but one of my main complaints was the fact that both games felt like pieces of something bigger. Metro 2033 had superb atmosphere and horror elements but suffered in the gameplay department whereas Last Light improved shooting and stealth mechanics yet lacked the original’s tension. With Metro Redux, 4A Games has managed to merge the best elements of both titles into one seamless experience that ultimately changes both pacing and perception of Metro’s narrative. Everything feels more unified now. While the two titles are still divided on the main menu, playing through both upgraded versions sequentially feels like one massive haunted house ride through hell.
"Graphically, both titles look absolutely stunning. Metro 2033 now uses Last Light’s engine and looks as sharp as the PC version on high settings."
Metro 2033 has seen the biggest improvements. The enhanced UI, shooting mechanics and more realistic stealth segments have all been brought over from Last Light, making 2033 an entirely different experience from its original release in 2010. While the enemy AI is still buggy at times (enemies can spot you from miles away or ignore you when you’re standing right next to them), being able to stealthily make your way through entire sections without triggering the alarm is indescribably satisfying. Both “Spartan” and “Survival” modes are now selectable when starting each title. Survival offers a slower, stealthier approach with limited ammo and health packs (more akin to the original Metro 2033) while Spartan emphases a run-n-gun approach similar to the more action-heavy Last Light. Both modes provide completely different experiences…and those looking for a real challenge can now select “Ranger Mode” which strips the UI and makes each and every encounter absurdly challenging.
"Metro Redux is hands down one of the best HD remakes to date. It will be difficult for anyone to top this package both in terms of value and quality."
Graphically, both titles look absolutely stunning. Metro 2033 now uses Last Light’s engine and looks as sharp as the PC version on high settings. The lighting has received a drastic overhaul with more realistic reflections illuminating the dark corridors and the character animations are more fluid and lifelike. Textures are noticeably crisper and the framerate remains locked at 60fps no matter how hectic the action gets. The beginning and ending movies are still compressed low-res clips, but luckily it doesn’t happen throughout the actual game. If there’s one thing I still have a problem with, it’s the English voice acting. It is still as horrible and distracting as before. There are times when it completely ruins the immersion, especially when the little kids are talking, which is very unfortunate considering how polished the rest of the game is. Switching to the original Russian dialogue helps tremendously, but makes reading subtitles somewhat difficult when you’re in the heat of a battle. But none of these little shortcomings really matter. As a whole, Metro Redux is a technical masterpiece and I cannot wait to see what the developers have in store for us with their upcoming new IP.
Metro Redux is hands down one of the best HD remakes to date. It will be difficult for anyone to top this package both in terms of value and quality. 4A Games and Deep Silver have once again proven that they take their fan feedback very seriously and I applaud them for going the extra mile. If you really want to see what your new shiny Playstation 4 and Xbox ONE systems are capable of, look no further. Metro Redux is a gorgeous, terrifying and incredibly immersive survival-horror action hybrid that every serious gamer needs in their collection.
Review by: Tin Salamunic | Reviewed on: Playstation 4