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|Engine||4A Engine (Modified X-Ray Engine)|
|Platform(s)||Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360|
|Release date(s)||NA March 16, 2010
EU March 19, 2010
|Genre(s)||Survival horror, first-person shooter|
Metro 2033 is an action-oriented video game with a combination of survival horror, RPG, and first-person shooter elements. The game is based on the novel Metro 2033 by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. It was developed by 4A Games in Ukraine and released in March 2010 for the Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. In March 2009, 4A Games announced a partnership with Glukhovsky to collaborate on the game. The game was announced a few months later at the 2009 Games Convention in Leipzig; a first trailer came along with the announcement. When the game was announced, it had the subtitle The Last Refuge but this subtitle is no longer being used by THQ.
The game takes place in post-apocalyptic Moscow, mostly inside the metro system, but occasionally the player will go aboveground to scavenge for supplies and valuables. The enemies that the player will encounter range from human renegades to giant mutated rats. Players frequently have to defend themselves with makeshift combinations of two weapons put together. Ammunition is scarce and is also used as currency, forcing the player to use their weapons very carefully.
The game is essentially HUD-less, relying on blood spatters to show how much damage was done to the player, and a gas mask must be worn when exploring the surface. There is no on-screen indicator to tell how long the player has until the gas mask's filters begin to fail, so players must set a wrist watch, and continue to check it every time they wish to know how long they have. Due to the HUD-less screen players must use a map whenever they need to check their heading, leaving them vulnerable to attack. Dakota Grabowski was also able to sit down with Luis Giglotti who describes the game and how it relates to the book, and also gives descriptions of the "Dark Ones" who are one of the key enemies in the game who attack you psychically. He also talks about the players character being "unique" by being immune to the Dark Ones. The player also has visions that will give some back story and some of them will be playable.
4A Games was founded by people who split off from GSC Game World a year before the release of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, in particular Oles' Shiskovtsov and Oleksandr Maksimchuk, the programmers who worked on the development of X-Ray engine used in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. The game will utilize multi-platform 4A Engine; there is some contention regarding whether the engine is an original development (as claimed by 4A Games) or whether it is an adapted and improved branch of pre-release X-Ray engine (as claimed by Sergiy Grygorovych, the founder of GSC Game World, as well as users who have seen the 4A Engine SDK screenshots). Among the improvements compared to X-Ray, 4A Engine will feature Nvidia PhysX support, enhanced AI, and a console SDK for Xbox 360. The PC version will include exclusive features such as DirectX 11 support and has been described as "a love letter to PC gamers" because of the developers' choice "to make the PC version [especially] phenomenal".
GameZone's Dakota Grabowski gave the game an 8 out of 10, saying "The single-player affair is worthy of every FPS fanatics’ time since the 4A Games and THQ were able to put forth a wonderful tale that deserved telling. The world is engrossing as it invites players for multiple trips with the sheer amount of detail 4A Games spent implementing into the environments. Metro 2033 is as pure as they come in the genre and I gladly welcome any sequel that may reach fruition."
Enabling 3D Vision Metro 2033 utilizes NVIDIA 3D Vision with compatible cards and hardware. To play in 3D you will require:
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|Genre(s)||Survival horror, First-person shooter|
|System(s)||Xbox 360, Windows|
Metro 2033 is an upcoming action-oriented video game with a combination of survival horror, RPG, and shooting. The game is based on the popular Eastern European cult novel Metro 2033 from Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. It is developed by 4A Games and will be released in 2010 on the Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows.
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