I played through the original Metro 2033 back in August of 2014 and I absolutely loved it. However, I personally purchased Metro 2033 Redux for some easy achievements and (as of now) an extremely rare badge. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy what I experienced, but I feel there's a lot to praise and criticize 4A Games on with this product.Let's start off the major additions to Metro 2033 Redux mentioned in trailers, shall we?
● The ability to wipe your mask. Just as in Metro: Last Light, you can now wipe your mask as many times as you like! Don't forget to wipe it 20 times when you first start the game for an easy achievement!
● Plenty of new locations to discover in each chapter. These locations consist of military grade ammunition, dirary pages, and keys to safes that contain a considerable amount of resources.
● Arytom's Diary pages to find and collect. You're probably thinking "Oh great, more things to collect!" but if you're anything like me, you like to learn everything you can about the products you purchase.
● Enhanced weather, lighting and ecosystem. This time around Metro 2033 Redux is much brighter, has creatures as in Metro: Last Light and throughout the game has changes in weather. The creatures consist of spiders, baby shrimp and what I believe to be mutated birds.Features of Metro 2033 Redux worth praising
● The ability to approach a combat situation in multiple ways. Sneaking, knock out kills, use of silencers, and using the darkness to sneak up on enemies. It may seem silly and common knowledge but many games in the current gaming industry fail to deliver anything more than just a watered down run and gun experience.
● The A.I. combat subroutines are irritating yet innovative. If you're approaching a combat situation guns blazing be prepard for some jumpy, trigger happy enemies.
● The kills saving system. In the original Metro 2033 kills were only saved in a consecutive playthrough. This time around, you can reload checkpoints to accumulate kills for revolvers, shotguns, assault rifles, pneumatic weapons, etc.
● No unsynced voice and facial animations. Although a little wonky, the facial animations and voice are never unsynced from start to finish. That's certainly saying something considering the majority of the games created today have the issue with unsynced facial animations.
● No 'in-game' store. The majority of developers feel the need to put a direct link to their game's downloadable content within the game itself. This angers some consumers while ruining the immersion they're trying to create.Aspects of Metro 2033 Redux worth criticizing
● The so called "seamless" transition between chapters always isn't as smooth as they've lead you to believe. As I played through 2033 Redux I recall 4A Games tying at least 3 chapters together. In the chapter Driving to Sparta the screen goes black at one point and you're teleported to the above ground ranger base.
● The retexturing of the majority of NPCs within the game. While they may have retextured many of the non-player characters within the game, that certianly does not mean they did it for the better. In some cases, the animations look signifigantly worse than the original Metro 2033. Personally, I would rather have a higher resolution, more detailed NPC than a completely different version of one.
● Non-existant NPC eye tracking. I never realized how important eye tracking was before I played the Metro series. All of the NPCs in Metro 2033 Redux feel as if they're staring off into space, unaware of their surroundings or the player.
● Copy and paste menus and user interface. The menu and user interface of Metro 2033 Redux is the exact menu and user interface that Metro: Last Light used back in 2013. Poor digital rights management decision!Unfortunately, this product can only be used while connected to a network. These type of business decisions only affect the users who have legally purchased this product. If people have interest in pirating this product, they're going to find a way around this restriction.
Overall, I enjoyed this game and would recommend it if the price is right.