Metro Redux is a remastered collection of Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light for the Playstation 4, PC & Xbox One. The Metro games are based in post-apocalyptic Moscow and have a solid fan following. This is the first time both of these titles have made their way to new generation consoles and they come complete with many upgrades.

You play through both 2033 and Last Light as a character named Artyom, however, there are many differences between both games and how Artyom behaves within them. Last Light is an action-focused experience, whereas the earlier 2033 is a more reserved, deep affair. Artyom’s personality develops greatly between the two games also, which makes playing the games back-to-back a very interesting experience.

One of the massive improvements in the Redux edition of the games is how they appear. The visuals and lighting engine have been given a massive overhaul, with the city appearing more vivid and bright than it did in the original game. The dark tunnels of the metro is where the majority of the game will take place, however, the few moments of reprieve above ground now look far more spectacular than they did before. Character models, environments and weather systems have all been given major upgrades. Generally, all aspects of both games look more clear & smooth and the tweaks make substantial improvements to the experience.

As with any survival horror, the form which 2033 takes, sound plays a vital role in creating the atmosphere. Well, the Redux edition certainly does not disappoint, including incredible sound effects which create a truly frightening experience for players. The small amount of music present does a good job of setting the scene for the intense, resource-limit fights with the various deadly creatures of the metro you are yet to encounter. Voice acting is another area which succeeds in providing an immersive experience for the player.

The difficulty settings available in both titles creates vast differences in the events of the game you will play. In the most difficult settings available, you will be extremely short on ammo during your entire playthrough of the game and you will be required to adopt a tactical approach to battles, deciding whether it is worth using your ammo on the enemies ahead, or if you would be better trying to run past them, escaping from battle. In the lower difficulty levels, you will not experience this to the same extent, however, resources certainly will not be plentiful. You will also need to consider things like the filters on Artyom’s mask, and whether they will manage to keep you alive for long enough to pass the next wave of enemies. The Metro games, particularly 2033, certainly task you with thinking tactically in order to stay alive and conserve supplies.

Metro is one a handful of games which makes you genuinely worried about dying. Even when not playing on the highest difficulty level, it can still be difficult to gather enough ammo and air filters to survive a wave of enemies, meaning you will have to attempt to run through the horde of attacking foes. In a constricted, underground environment, this creates very tense, impressive gameplay and a sense of immersion in the events of the game.

Last Light shows a far more experienced Artyom who has knowledge of the creatures lurking in the Metro. When playing both games back to back, it is easy to notice that 4A Games created a sequel completely different to the original which tones down the survival horror atmosphere. Last Light is a post-apocalyptic first-person shooter which takes inspiration from the survival and stealth game genres. You will face far more human enemies in Last Light, as you take on other groups of surviving humans in an attempt to remain alive. Ammo and supplies are not as much of a concern in Last Light and you will not spend as much time thinking about how you can make optimal use of your bullets. However, in my opinion, it is best to use a mixture of both offensive combat and stealth in both 2033 and Last Light for the optimal experience.

Metro Redux, along with allowing you access to upgraded versions of both 2033 and Last Light, gives you access to the DLC release for both games. This entire package offers a decent amount of single player gameplay, meaning you will get plenty of bang for your buck, especially if you have never played these titles before. If you have already played them and enjoyed them, I would definitely recommend returning for another playthrough in the enhanced Redux edition. This package offers an excellent mix of survival horror, action and stealth in one package and is certainly worth playing. A brilliant story, greatly enhanced graphics, intriguing characters, an immersive experience and plenty of gameplay are all offered in one well-priced package. Metro Redux is available now on PS4, Xbox One and PC!

Version Tested: PS4