"The Stalin Subway" is a First Person Shooter-style game where the events take place in post-war Moscow. The game allows to plunge into the depressing atmosphere of the Stalin's period and to play as a Soviet officer.
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Mixed (231 reviews) - 51% of the 231 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 5, 2006

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Immerse yourself in the dark atmosphere of Moscow during the 1950s. A covert plot against Stalin - the general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party - threatens to take the lives of innocent people. Against his will, KGB officer Gleb Suvorov must prevent the attack and rescue the lives of innocent people. You'll lead Gleb through a tempest of events where you'll visit prominent sights in Moscow, control the trains of a secret underground tunnel, and use authentic weaponry--including the anti-tank rifle PTRS-41, RKG-3 grenades, Molotov cocktails, and flamethrowers.

• The photorealistic representation of the most prominent Moscow sights: subway stations, the Kremlin, Moscow State University etc.
• The top-secret objects: a military transport underground dug-outs, Stalin’s bunker.
• Authentic weaponry, including such weapons as anti-tank rifle PTRS-41.
• The NPC-s are able to show the emotional reaction to the environment and the player’s actions.
• Control the trains of the secret underground line.
• Over 300 types of destructible objects.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 98/XP/7/8
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible 128 MB
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 98/XP/7/8
    • Processor: Pentium 4/Athlon XP 3.2 MHz or more
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible 256 MB
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
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95 of 125 people (76%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
Make sure to read the whole review, I've changed/will be changing some things.

Well, first I/everyone had issues witht he game not even appearing in their library. That's fixed, great? No. Trying to skip the splash screens will crash the game, and upon (kindof) loading into the first level, it's just a black screen, and alt tabbing doesn't work so you have to go to task manager, only to see "game" is not responding.
Also alt tabbing out of the game and back in breaks it, as in there's a blank window on your screen, and closing said window will still leave a Metro 2 process open which continues playing the menu music until you close it too.
Steam, if you want to be like GOG and sell older games, make sure they freaking work.

Ok, now that I've finally got it working (by not running the highest resolution, and turning music OFF), it's not that bad of a game. The guns feel ok, despite lack of iron sights. Movement is meh but it works, though there's annoying head bob you can't change. The body physic when people die are ok, everything else is, well... I don't call it Nvidia Physux for nothing...
Guns have some kind of ballistics simulation to them. Depending on the surface you shoot at, and the angle, your rounds will richochet, possibly injuring you as well as enemies, which is quite fun and even though I don't see myself using it for anything, it's nice to see.
Level design seems kinda meh, I go through the whole level and it's empty, only to go back and find enemies in an area they weren't in before. It seems that you have to go through the semi-open levels in a specific order, so enemies will spawn and other areas will open up.
My favorite weapons to use right now are actually the Makarov and the APS, the pistols feel really good to me ingame, though I wish they would shoot faster (yes, APS has automatic mode, but it's burst). And with my limited time on the PTRS41, I like that as well, rounded a corner and turned someone into little chunklets of meat.
Overall I'd recommend the game, despite the issue I had, I did get it working, and for a 4 dollar game, it's not bad.
I'm still keeping this as not recommended though, simply because of all the issues I had with it. Steam does need to have some quality control, and stop trying to be GOG.com, selling older games that are barely/not even supported, and/or not telling people workarounds to get it working.

New additions: After some more time with the game, and replacing the outdated audiere.dll with the newest one, I'm having fun with this game actually. It's definitely worth the 4 dollars, though the trouble I had at the start still deserves a Not-Recommended status.
I was spraying at some enemies with the PPSH and the richochets came into play, I killed 3 civvies around a corner with them, oops. Nice to see it effects gameplay somehow.
Also be sure to save manually all the time, the autosave didn't save when I went to the next level so I had to redo the last one again. (also because it doesn't restore your health between levels, keep multiple saves so you don't screw yourself over in a bad spot)
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80 of 116 people (69%) found this review helpful
50 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
i spent 3.99 for an intro menu and loading screen
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35 of 46 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2015
- not optimized;
- can crash or freeze at any random point;
- so many bugs I gave up counting;
- no widescreen support;

Barely playable at all because of severe bugs and glitches. This game shouldn't been released to Steam. Let it rest as another low (or zero) budged FPS from the 00's. I gave it a try, I did not enjoy it at all. :)
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61 of 91 people (67%) found this review helpful
52 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
An excellent punishment for anyone who has wronged you. Hideous graphics, awful gameplay, a soundtrack that will haunt them long after playing. Best of all, if they try to quit it's likely to lock up and keep them staring at the game over screen for hours. Just them and a greyscale image of a soldier staring blankly into the distance. Chilling.
I might have banished it from my hard drive, but I can't shake the fear that it's still somewhere nearby. Possibly the cheapest way to feel haunted by something that hates you and wishes you ill.

7.5/10 as a torture implement or budget gateway to existential horror.
Not a video game.
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101 of 160 people (63%) found this review helpful
103 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
Stalin killed my PC.
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55 of 82 people (67%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
Why does steam let this developer put their games on here? I've bought 2 from them now and neither work.
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92 of 147 people (63%) found this review helpful
232 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
The Gulags called; they want their torture device back.
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96 of 155 people (62%) found this review helpful
203 people found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
This game turned me into a communist... what kind of evil person would sale a game like this for money? Evil capitalists, that's who.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Warning: install the patch here or the game will not work.
Extract the files into the main game folder and overwrite when asked.

There also exists an improvement mod to tweak the firing sounds of the weapons and improve the translation but it's fairly obscure and I have not personally tried it. Notably it also changes some of the music used in game.

The Stalin Subway is a slightly wonky mid-2000s shooter that still manages to be reasonably entertaining due to an under-represented setting and a fair bit of heart. The stereotype of the under-polished slavic game holds true with this one and the voice acting/translation is so bad it starts to get good.

The soundtrack is mostly generic but occasionally somewhat catchy when it actually ♥♥♥♥ing plays. The menu theme and the first level theme (actually a modern version of a fairly well known Cold War era song) particularly stand out.

There was a degree of thought put into the weapons used in the game. They both fit the time period and those of the same calibre actually share the same ammo pool which is a nice touch. The rifles did feel a little underpowered but the rest were fine. Additional features absent from modern AAA shooters like destructible objects and ricochets from missed shots (which can actually hit NPCs or even youself on occasion) were unexpected in such a budget title but also welcome.

Probably worth the price asked and certainly worth picking up on sale it gives 6 hours or so of mildly confusing entertainment. Some degree of challenge can be had if you put it on hard though this will depend on player skill. Bunny-hopping is recommended due to the slow walking speed.

Avoid the sequel (Red Veil) like the plague. You have been warned.
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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 28, 2015
After solving the KGB case, i am having mixed feelings about this. First off, there are a lots of technical problems about the game, but i am not sure what is causing this, perhaps my system is different, or not fully supported, i had black and too bright textures too, also there was long loading times if i wanted to go main menu, game has been stopped for 20-30 seconds, also had some adventures under the graphics, and for this, sys components are not an excuse.
There was some atmosphere in a few maps, but usually they were repetitive and poor looking, game lacks of open areas, there is about 2 of them, one is near the story's start, one is at the Kreml, as far as i remember thats all. Character models also looks the same, there is about 5 total.
The menu is so oldschool, no extra useless options, however, naturally the multi player is dead, but this isn't a problem.
The menu's music is f*cking awesome, big cheers goes to Julia Lytkina for that, instant fav for me. Some maps have good tracks too, there are also cheap boring tracks, nevertheless the music is a big advantage in my scoring.
I'd gladly recommend almost all the games that focusing for Singe player story, because we are lacking them these days. TSS's game time is around 7-8 hours in single player, which makes the game worth for a buy on a highly depressed price.
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14.7 hrs
Posted: October 6
Good game.
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7.1 hrs
Posted: September 13
A cheap and short "press that, shoot these" game like Half-Life is, but with commies.
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Posted: September 12
stalins is good
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Comrade Louise
7.2 hrs
Posted: September 4
Comrade Stalin gives this game five out of five gulags.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: August 22
really poorly animated game, opening the menu would take years, poorly optimized, just don't buy it
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0.2 hrs
Posted: August 19
sadly can't get past the loading screen was looking forward to immerse myself into the dark atmosphere of Moscow doe : (

Music is dope tho
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0.9 hrs
Posted: August 18
This game made me into the cunning communist cabbage I am today.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: August 17
I was hoping this would be a 'so bad it's good' type of deal. It has the right ingredients - silly concept, bad voice acting, dated graphics, a weird Europop song as the menu track and so on.
It's not even ironically enjoyable. Gameplay feels like wank, with very slow firing rate for an older shooter, and movement that barely exceeds walking pace. The player character handles like he's wearing sticks of butter instead of shoes.
On top of that, the game crashes every minute or so, or whenever you pause. There are fixes, but I get the feeling that the rest of the game isn't worth going through the effort to install them.
Immensely disappointed. For better shooters set in Russia, with trains relating to the concept, buy Metro 2033.
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Чилавек Молекуль
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 16
Игра просто ахуительная!!!
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27.9 hrs
Posted: August 6
Product received for free
Good Game
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