Metro Redux Review Roundup

With the enhanced versions of Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light nearly here, what are the critics saying?

Metro Redux, the enhanced re-release of Metro 2033 and sequel Metro: Last Light are now just a week away, and the first reviews have been published online. We've rounded up a sampling of these to help you decide whether these versions are the best ones to play.

Both Metro games are first-person shooters, with Metro 2033 having been released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in 2010. Last Light, on the other hand, was first released just last year, causing some fans to wonder why these updated versions weren't being released for free. Developer 4A Games explained earlier this month that a great of development effort had gone into these re-releases, adding that it hopes fans "understand that our goal was to reward, not exploit, existing owners while still making a viable business model that allowed this Redux project to go ahead on PC as well as console."

Redux improves 2033 and Last Light's visuals, as you can see in this graphics comparison. The gameplay in both games has also been refined, with 2033's stealth system now working more like that of Last Light, which players of the original version can tell you is good news.

A selection of reviews follows below. For more, check out GameSpot sister site Metacritic.

  • Game: Metro Redux (Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light)
  • Developer: 4A Games
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
  • Release Date: August 26
  • Price: $49.99 ($24.99 each on PC)

GameSpot -- 8/10

"[T]his compilation is about a place. It's a place where you can hear the laughter of children long since dead, and the screams of aircraft passengers moments before their incineration. It's a place where you must fear both the hideous mutants that prowl as well as humankind--and yet it's only with humankind that you might find safety. It's that ebb and flow, that movement in and out of danger, and the panic you feel when danger finds you even when you think you should be most at peace, that makes Metro Redux such an excellent tour through the best and worst of a society in ruins." [Full review]

GamesRadar -- 4.5/5

"Indeed, subtlety is what makes Metro 2033 and Last Light such exceptionally immersive games. They nail the core tenets of a shooter, then force you to react to enemies in ways outside of simply taking cover. They plop you in a post-apocalyptic world, then fill it with tons of minor but substantial details, like the shadows of once-living people now permanently nuked into stone walls. They strip you of hope, only to dangle a tiny sliver of it ahead of you like a carrot on a stick. And once the credits roll, long after you've lost track of body counts and the volume of set-piece explosions, it's the subtle things--like the mother explaining to her child that people used to live in houses instead of cement tunnels--that will stick with you the most." [Full review]

Official Xbox Magazine -- 9/10

"A comprehensive rebuttal of the notion that next-gen remakes are only created for publishers to make a quick buck, this is a superbly polished update to two great games. Smart design tweaks and excellent visual advancements mean that life in the metro has seemed more attractive." [Full review]

CVG -- 8/10

"Redux doesn't stop at visual improvements. The people and creatures that inhabit Metro 2033's dark tunnels and stations now benefit from improved AI routines and better animations (though, it has to be said, Last Light's animations remain superior). This means the on/off stealth that plagued the first game--where everyone would instantly know where you were the second someone noticed you--has been replaced with Last Light's more granular system wherein you can find cover again should you be spotted, and even silence the person who saw you if you're quick enough. It's a much better fit for 2033's stealth-heavy, survival-focused campaign and improves the game immeasurably." [Full review]

Gaming Nexus -- 9.5/10

"Metro Redux is the perfect entry point for series newcomers as it combines two of the best shooters in recent times in a remastered collection. In addition, series fans are in for a huge treat with the remastered Metro 2033 and Last Light games for replaying their favorite moments with improved gameplay and visuals. Metro Redux is far more than a high definition update, it's a truly remastered and definitive experience." [Full review]

Hardcore Gamer -- 4/5

"If you already own Metro 2033 and Last Light, Metro Redux is a hard sell. The improvements, while admirable, don't make enough of a difference to be worth another $50 purchase. These are still the same creepy, atmospheric games from the past, just with some polish on the scratches. But if you haven't played either of the Metro games, Metro Redux is the version to get." [Full review]

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53 comments
guitarpete462
guitarpete462

I will be purchasing this. I never played Metro 2033, and I loved Last Light so much after playing it when it was a PS Plus freebie (but stopped playing it because I got into The Last of Us) that I want to add it to my permanent collection. The bump to current-gen power is definitely a bonus!

steaminpotatoes
steaminpotatoes

Says PS4 version , "Quickly Tap E" appears in game xD

justerthought
justerthought

I believe Metro 2033 was not on PS3 and I had passed on Metro Last Light because I somehow mistakenly had the notion its was linked to Metroid Prime. It was not even on my radar. But after playing Metro Last Light when it was free on PSN Plus I was hooked and realised I had missed something really special, so Metro Redux is on Pre-order for me on PS4. The game is an FPS sci fi adventure like Half Life in the style of Dead Space 3 mixed with The Last Of Us.

I can't wait to play both games in order in full HD smooth as silk. I remember thinking while playing the free Metro Last Light on PS3 that it was a shame it was not on PS4 because the game was pushing the PS3 to the max with some noticeable screen tear and lag in the latter parts of the game. My wish has now come true.

lilflipp
lilflipp

4A games and CD Projekt Red are the only ones who get my pre purchase money.

believe_truth
believe_truth

I haven't played either of these games. I don't even remember why I skipped them on 360. I'm kind of glad I did now... because it sounds like I'm in for a great time! I did the same with Diablo 3, and although I only got to play for a short time last night, it looks like I'm getting the definitive versions of these games. :)

megablast16
megablast16

They were both very decent games, but not enough for me to double dip.

evil_m3nace
evil_m3nace

If you want to buy this on PC but dont own Last Light or 2033, Its cheaper to buy the originals, then buy the redux as the the originals are selling at 75% off (on steam)and upgrading it is 50% off(on steam). The price for Last Light in total that way was 15 euro instead of 20 for just buying the redux straight up.

couly
couly

2033 had terrible shooting mechanics and AI, Last Light was amazing, so I have high hopes for the 2033 Redux.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Sticking with the originals.  The new ones lack the kickass art direction the originals had.  They look like sterile, generic, dudebro games now.

punisher70
punisher70

for people with a PC you can get this game half off if you own the current version through steam. an the current version is bundled for 5$. so if you don't already own it buy it before aug 22 for 5$ then preorder the Redux version for 24.99$.....just saying

TristanPR77
TristanPR77

I want this game but Destiny is going to release very soon and most of my PSN friends will be playing it too.

Maybe I will get it later with a discount.

eat_game_poop
eat_game_poop

Damn I can't wait to pick this up next week, really looking forward to playing Metro 2033 for the first time. Really loved Last Light so I'm hoping 2033 is just as good.

Jew1
Jew1

I don't understand. Two games are combined into one with major gameplay and graphic improvements for pc xboxone and ps4 for the price of $50 and gamespot gives it an 8. Last of us remastered is the same price for one game with a little bit better graphics over its predecessor and gamespot gives it a 10/10. I feel like the scores should be swapped but this is what happen when you buy your reviews.

Gadeos
Gadeos

great game, although I wouldn't pay again just to play it with improved graphics. Same that happened with last of us, already have it for PS3 so getting it for PS4 would only make sense if I get a great discount for owning the PS3 version

NTM23
NTM23

So everyone that's getting this, what system are you getting it on? I'll probably go with the PS4 version.

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

If you haven't played the Metro games now is the time..best FPS's since Stalker.

dribblesbarbax
dribblesbarbax

I bought and played both games so I'm not buying and playing them again.

zerooo0
zerooo0

Day one buy 4A Games. I didn't see ya vision of what ya wanted the Metro's to be last time, but now I certainly do. So again TAKE MY MONEY!!!


Glorious 912p Master Race HERE I COME!!!!

vader501st
vader501st

Great games, both of them. Not sure if it's worth the purchase all over again, though.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

I expected this positive acceptance and will be playing the redux games at 29th of August.

Artyom,here i come :-)

pound-u
pound-u

@punisher70  What an absolutely stupid thing to say. Here's an idea, how about buying ONE version, instead of wasting money buying multiple version of the same game?

lilflipp
lilflipp

@TristanPR77 That would be a mistake. These games are master pieces. This is not an hyperbole. They are both excellent games.

believe_truth
believe_truth

Plenty of time between releases to buy this, play both, and then trade in towards Destiny.

digishah
digishah

@TristanPR77 You're putting this game off for the hype train that is Destiny? As a wise rabbit one said: You'll be SORRY!!

NTM23
NTM23

@eat_game_poop It is, well at least to me it is, but now they'll play even more similarly.

NTM23
NTM23

@Jew1 


Yeah, wrong site. GameSpot also gave The Last of Us Remastered an eight. Furthermore, people should get banned for making the stupid conspiracy theory comments... Okay, not really, but come on.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@Gadeos GameStop was offering a 50% discount on Remastered if you traded in your PS3 copy

slyman19
slyman19

@NTM23 PC. I already get the Redux for $25 since I bought the normal games for $5 each.

zerooo0
zerooo0

@NTM23 X1 considering that is the only current gen console I own.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@vader501st It is if you already own them with the 50% discount, assuming it's still on.

Forcecaster
Forcecaster

@pound-u @punisher70  Because buying the original version, which is on sale now, and buying the new version with the 50% off is cheaper overall than just buying Redux?

guitarpete462
guitarpete462

Destiny is more than a hype train, geez. It had great mechanics and while I'll admit it did seem a bit unremarkable at first, it quickly grabs a hold of you with its many addictive qualities.

I still wouldn't skip this, though. The great thing about single player experiences is that you can always go back and experience them again and again as the years go on.

hollywood1
hollywood1

Did you play the Destiny Beta. I agree the hype is ridiculous. But I loved the BETA. I played it for the first hour and was like "meh" same old same old but then after unlocking stuff it became super addictive. I loved it. But each to their own I guess.

eat_game_poop
eat_game_poop

@NTM23 Honestly, I'm very eager to get this release, can't wait to play 2033.

lilflipp
lilflipp

@NTM23 The illuminati gave The Last of US Remastered an 11/10

digitm64
digitm64

@slyman19 @NTM23  PC.  Got it for 50% off since I owned previous games.  $25 was a great deal.  And I can have it maxed out nicely.

NTM23
NTM23

@zerooo0 I thought about getting it on the One, but I think I'll just get it on PS4.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@sladakrobot @grenadehh Gotta get a new apartment and deposit and all that bullshit. $520 in my pocket begging to be spent on games but I can't. And the Humble bundle actually has more than 1 game I don't own in it right now, too.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@grenadehh This month was kinda  tough for me too...car insurance,technical inspection for the car,housekeeping money etc lol

Got money left for Diablo 3 and this game

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@grenadehh @sladakrobot  I never played a Diablo before so i am kinda excited to play Diablo 3.If there was Torchlight 2 or Path of Exile on the X1,i guess i would prefer those but Diablo 3 just has no competition in that genre on consoles...for now.

Spartan-1657
Spartan-1657

Trash game? Have you been ignoring all the recent news with D3 over the last, like, year?

The PC version is FAR superior than what it was like when released. Whatever beef anyone had with that game in the beginning is pretty much moot. Solid game, whether you like it or not. And the console versions are building off of that.

lilflipp
lilflipp

@sladakrobot @grenadehh Path of Exile is broken. I donated 120$ hoping it would help fix the desync issues. Still there, they're game mechanics at this point, you have to play according to that and a sync macro is pretty much a must.


Diablo 3 changed A LOT since release date, it's gotten better than PoE. D3 was complete trash back then, now it's a very decent game.


This is off topic but, house keeping money? Seriously lol