Reviewed on Xbox One by KSI FadeZ 7
Hello fellow dwellers, survivors and lost souls in the metro. Let’s dive into the gritty world of Metro Exodus. Slight spoiler warning from this point on.
Metro Exodus is the third installment in the Metro Series, which is based off of the book series by the same name. It was released on February 15th, 2019 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows.
Metro Exodus is a First Person Survival Stealth Shooter with some horror elements. It is set in a post apocalyptic Russia after a nuclear war has presumably decimated the planet. The survivors of the war have been surviving in the underground Metro tunnels of Moscow for years, fighting each other for scraps and building the best possible way to live. You play as Artyom, who is the main protagonist of the series. At this point in the story, he is the best scout of the spartan Order, a Special Forces unit of the Hanza Military, the ruling faction in the Metro.
After taking trips to the surface for supplies and scouting, it is discovered that your not alone. After some conflict forces your group to flee the Metro, you set off to find other survivors across the country and to eventually find a new home. Along the way you meet a colorful cast of survivors and experience what other survivors have been going through after the war.
While Metro Exodus is a linear game and your choices do impact the ending, there are definite changes that have been made. Until this point you have largely been in dark underground tunnels and structures with your only experience topside being from the view of a gas mask constantly watching your oxygen counter as you make your way through a destroyed city.
Now, you begin traveling across the country, through large sandbox levels with multiple objectives in many different types of locations from Sandy deserts to lush Forests. This change is drastic and gives a change between the claustrophobic environments that the series has been known for in the past. The crafting has changed as well, while still having the work benches around the game for major crafting you now carry a backpack which works as a mobile crafting station. You can change weapon parts on the fly now to adapt to your situation instead of being stuck with what your carrying. You can craft gas mask filters, explosives, ammunition and more. This really encourages you to explore to find crafting materials.
I have always been a fan of post apocalyptic games and they often fall into my favorite kind of games. This series full of this constant dread of keeping track of your inventory and what you’re carrying. This builds tension that mixes that with an amazing story and level design. I just can’t help but highly recommend it. Its combat is not perfect as it really pushes stealth play. When you get into loud firefights, you notice the controls are slightly clunky which, while not ruining the game, can make it slightly problematic.
That’s really my only gripe with it and beyond that I enjoy it tremendously. Overall I’d give the game a 8/10 rating and recommend that you take a trek through the wasteland. But at the end of the day, these are my opinions and experiences. Take them as you will and thank you for checking this review out!