(For all you lazy Steam shoppers, look at the last paragraph for a summary)
This game deserves credit, for the following reasons:
*It is scary. But not Outlast scary, it´s sort of less horror than jump-scares and simply the sounds and visuals. Especially the sounds. They´re mostly the same all the time, but sh*t they are scary, every time.
*It has (fairly) good shooter mechanics. The weapons shoot realistically and the damage models are solid. What makes it interesting is that there are no specific damage points. You don´t know how much damage a weapon does, you just have to try it out. Makes the weapons choice just that much harder, and trust me weapons choice does matter in this game, depending on if you want to have a fun and entirely possible expirience or a difficult and far-less fun experience.
*It has puzzles. Well, not many and they aren´t really that difficult, but it make the game more challenging and makes this not just an ego-shooter, but also sort of a thinking game.
*The story is amazing. It is filled with plot-twists, creative levels and, most importantly, russian.
There are of course a fair share of bugs, or things the game does not tell you which makes it a lot harder. I experienced this myself. the game does not tell you that if you press (M) to hide your weapon Librarians (Monsters later in the game) will not attack you. This doesn´t spoil much as you can of course try to kill them, but it´s extremely difficult and takes up too much ammo. I wasted hours on that level and had to rely on outside help, even with normal mode on. I also had some other places where I required outside help, where the game was not explicit enough, but the main thing is that you acctually have to listen to dialogue, otherwise you are clueless.
Overall, I´d say that Metro 2033 is definitely a good buy, especially if it´s on sale as it is now, and it appeals to many genres. If you like FPS, puzzle and horror games, this is definitely the game for you. And let me also add that the fact that I even bothered to write this review, and make it so positive, just goes to show that this game is definitey worth a buy, just like its sequel, Metro: Last Light, which I am yet to play but will soon review too, if it impresses me as much as this game does.