Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light Graphical Comparison Shows Big Improvements Over Last-Gen Versions

Check out this graphical comparison video between Metro Redux for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and the last-gen versions of Metro 2033 and Last Light.

Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light were both noted for pushing PC hardware to the max and producing incredible visuals. But their console counterparts weren't so lucky. The Metro games on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 were restricted by the systems, and so developer 4A Games decided to remake both of the titles for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and release them in a bundle entitled Metro Redux.

In a new trailer published today, you can see the changes made to the game. The five-minute video compares the two versions, showcasing the improvements to particle effects, illumination, and AI. Immediately apparent is that Metro Redux's world has far better lighting. The last-gen version appears dark and blurry, filled in by fog. Redux looks much more vivid, with brighter whites and better sunlight.

The video also demonstrates how Redux does away with many loading screens between areas, transitioning into new levels seamlessly. Further, enemy AI has improved, as well. The game's levels have been retooled to include more geometry, more dynamic events, better weather effects, and graphical changes depending on the time of day.

Metro Redux launches on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on August 26. For PC owners, 4A Games has also implemented a host of improvements, including support for 4K resolution and texture enhancements. 4A promises that the improvements in Redux aren't just graphical, however: new difficulty modes have been added, and 2033 has been redone using Last Light's mechanics.

You can buy the bundle for $50, which includes Metro 2033, Metro: Last Light, and all of Last Light's DLC, or you can buy the games separately for $25 each.

If you played 2033 or Last Light, is Redux enough of an improvement to interest you? Let us know in the comments.

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bandaraboras
bandaraboras

So these games look awesome, haven't played the originals though... And I have time to play one of them now... WHICH ONE SHOULD I GET?!!!!!!!! 2033 or LAST LIGHT.... Are they linked?

bandaraboras
bandaraboras

So these games look awesome... I've never played the original...and i have time to play only one of them now..... WHICH ONE SHOULD I BUY?!!!!!!!!! 2033 or LAST LIGHT

CptnDady
CptnDady

Love the series but i had to laugh when he said all serious like "With tens of hours of gameplay" Im still going to buy these.

Jew1
Jew1

$50 for 2 games with all dlc and big improved graphics and adding newer mechanics to the first game, now that's a fair price unlike last of us "remastered" wanting another $60 for the same exact game

DeusGladiorum
DeusGladiorum

Hmm.... I played Last Light, but I did so without playing Metro 2033. I then got 2033 a while back as a part of a humble bundle, but I only played a couple levels in it. Now I'm wondering if I should play 2033 and then play redux later on if, after all, the experiences they bring are different. Thoughts?

Dessicator
Dessicator

I don't like the way the redux version of 2033 looks, at least on the outdoor levels. The surface areas look too bright and shiny. It takes away the feeling of desolation and loneliness. Those dark, grey exteriors were bleak and oppressive and beautiful. The contrast between being in the metro, with all the people and the action and the different textures and colors, and walking around and experiencing the stillness of the surface under those grey skies in those muted colors was a major, MAJOR factor in conveying the correct tone and themes for the game. I think they're making a big mistake by changing the skies to being all bright and sunny.


Also, I absolutely DESPISE what they did to Khan for the sequel. In the first game, he was calm, quiet and mysterious and when you combine that with his obvious competence and knowledge it made him seem very powerful, like a faction of his own. It was like he was the g-man from Half-Life, except more of a guide and less of a jerk. He was just following the rangers around to oversee them because they were a part of whatever his plan was. Then in the sequel they made him look like a fucking hobo hippie and made him eccentric and loud, and his ability to interact with the ghost people was pretty much abandoned. It sucked, and I wish they would rework him in Last Light to be more like he was in 2033.

I'm glad to hear they're bringing the AI and mechanics from Last Light to 2033, though. That part will be nice.

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

I'll get the redux version as I didn't buy the original ones when they came out.

Jasbro
Jasbro

Im totally dreading the Librarians in this version, they scared the crap out of me in the original and i cant even imagine how terrifying they'll be now with improved visuals.....

theKSMM
theKSMM

This is a pretty good case for the updated versions.  Almost feels like the excitement musicians and producers had for remastering their old albums when CDs became available.

Bazongaman502
Bazongaman502

I'm just asking about the games themselves. Are they worth buying? Are they worth $60? Should I wait for a sale? 

FretsOfDeath
FretsOfDeath

played both, and I can't frickin wait to play both again with all the improvements and add ons. such awesome games

HaloinventedFPS
HaloinventedFPS

Forgot to mention if you own the original's on Steam you can get it for $25 or $13 each

Of course i don't expect Gamespot to mention nice things about PC anymore, very console biased site now

crazy-roman
crazy-roman

I never played this but heard good things. Now I got one of them free on PSN plus, or both... I can't remember. But the improvements look vast and it's cheap. So I think by that it should be worth it. Good week or so before Destiny comes out. Good times ahead.

isshiah
isshiah

I only played the first in the yea of it's release and I've been avoiding the second so that I can start fresh with this version. I'm very impressed with what they've managed to do and I expect to enjoy my time back in Mother Russia.


Oh and trollish comments about console disparity etc.

illage2
illage2

Have to say I'm really looking forward to this, played and completed both 2033 and last light, but these new updates make it worth playing again.  Happy that the visuals aren't just a resolution upgrade too, this is how you do a remake.  Other developers could learn from this./

c4000
c4000

The original Metro 2033 was one of the best campaigns I ever played. I flipped it in 2 days on hard mode couldnt leave my couch as its story was so intriguing though I never picked up Last Night Im really looking forward to this Redux Edition.

tavyhome
tavyhome

I own both games on the PC (As long as I remember I have been a PC gamer...Tried PS2 back in the days....sold it after 2 weeks.....just wasn't my thing ...being unable to tinker with the game's settings).


Bought both original games (+DLC for Last Light) on release date. I just pre-ordered the full Metro:Redux bundle (both games). Why? Because I really want to support developers THAT LISTEN to PC gamers.... Both Games were released with Surround/Eyefinity Support and 3D Vision Support. As a matter of fact I played both games in 3D Surround. I plan to do the same with the REDUX versions since I can't wait for Metro 2033 in Ranger Mode... pure awesomeness!!!


eat_game_poop
eat_game_poop

Really enjoyed Last Light on my PS3, but I never played the original or any of the DLC for Last Light. I am really looking forward to this Redux release, the updates look and sound good.

openglplz
openglplz

What is it with all the pissers and moaners about paying $60 for games? We used to pay that for 8 bit games in 1987. All anyone does is complain and cry about every stupid little thing now days. Spoiled whiny brats. Now I'm complaining. $hit. Be happy we can afford games these days. They cost a TON to develop.

Marky360
Marky360

Glad to hear this comes out this month finally something to play on PS4 never played either of these last gen so it will be fun. So far this month I got this and the Infamous DLC finally some new stuff this drought has been killing no good new games since Watchdogs.

razor_rj
razor_rj

response from hit reactions, lol, is hit by a knife in the arm, reacts like was shot in the back

razor_rj
razor_rj

well from what i saw the original game was bleaker and darker, the neew engine while great made everything with more light, kinda killed the atmosphere no ?

Tsuchikage
Tsuchikage

This is like night and day visually.

DrKill09
DrKill09

I just want to know will the PC redux have anything over the stock version?  I mean, it looked amazing already.  If so, I may buy 2033 again (which I got in a Humble Bundle anyway), and I haven't bought Last Light yet.

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

All the PC haters.. jesus. Haha. Don't you have some 4k games to play? Or at least 2% of you should.

brunod_f
brunod_f

Metro Last Light actually made me invest a lot in a gaming PC to play it all maxed out. It was that good for me.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I wasn't a big fan of Metro 2033 personally. I thought the dialogue and general flow of the game were pretty stale but this looks really great.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

I'm interested in seeing how well Metro 2033 plays with the improved mechanics.  That alone may be enough for me to buy it on PC,  I've played it before but never owned it,  great game, as is the second, which I already have.

Cryio
Cryio

Can't wait to get these beauties on PC.

tonybologna_
tonybologna_

The game was released throughout the US at 49.99 soooooo.....

Gankstar_VX84
Gankstar_VX84

@Jew1 i got the last of us for £33.50 altho dunno what all the fuss is about. it's just a mock up of every end of the world thing there is nothing new. Good gameplay really bad ai and the enviroments remind me i'm gaming and not exploring. 

pateuvasiliu
pateuvasiliu

@Dessicator Khan didn't have the ability to interact with the ghost people. The prayer he chants pushes them back because Khan knew those people. In the Last Light DLC you see that Khan had to abandon them, no?


That's why he says he doesn't want to talk about it. Khan's power comes from knowledge and experience. He isn't supernatural, he simply is familiar with it.

ESB
ESB

@Dessicator  My thoughts exactly, too clear and bright it hurts the immersion.


I prefer the grittier and darker aesthetics of the original games but that was just a video, let's wait and see these games running once they are out. Maybe there will be a way to tune the graphics/aesthetic to my liking.

Jasbro
Jasbro

@Bazongaman502 Yes they are worth paying full price for, you get 2 amazing games in 1 package, if you like story driven FPS games then you'll love these games.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@crazy-roman Metro 2033 was never on PS3.

Good games they are,$40 for both of them is really good.

NTM23
NTM23

@eat_game_poop I think you'll enjoy 2033, but the DLC for Last Light isn't that great for the most part, but it's cool that it's in there nonetheless.

NTM23
NTM23

@razor_rj 


Both had great atmosphere's. It was consistent to me, where Last Light and 2033 almost felt identical aside from a few gameplay aspects.

roler42
roler42

@razor_rj there's atmosphere and there's stumbling in the darkness, i'll take the atmosphere where I can actually see where i'm going without being in pitch darkness, lol

analogjunkie24
analogjunkie24

@TheExxorcist I'm a PC gamer and I just have to say this: What PC haters? I have yet to come across a single offensive or inflammatory comment on this page. As a matter of fact, it seems you're trying to start a flame war yourself...

tonybologna_
tonybologna_

Also with better graphics/fps and all dlc.

Dessicator
Dessicator

@pateuvasiliu I haven't played any of the DLC so I wasn't aware of the full story, I realize Khan couldn't speak to the ghosts or directly manipulate them, but him being able to protect himself and Artyom from them with his chanting is an interaction of sorts. Whatever the case, the fact that Khan traveled to places nobody else would and could do things that nobody else seemed to be aware was even possible made him a very unique character in the metro. I never mistook him to be a supernatural being, just a real badass. I didn't feel that way about him in Last Light.

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Start with all the comments about people trash talking the consoles for and saying "The definitive version of Tomb Raider is on PC...

Kinda comes off as a console hater

RabbiSchmuley
RabbiSchmuley

@Dessicator I actually felt somewhat similar too about Khan and in general the sort of silly push for mass-translation LL exhibited. I played both games with Russian dialogue, and it gave me a sense of bewilderment and steeped me into the environments.