Set in the shattered subway of a post apocalyptic Moscow, Metro 2033 is a story of intensive underground survival where the fate of mankind rests in your hands. In 2013 the world was devastated by an apocalyptic event, annihilating almost all mankind and turning the earth’s surface into a poisonous wasteland.
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Release Date: Mar 15, 2010

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Set in the shattered subway of a post apocalyptic Moscow, Metro 2033 is a story of intensive underground survival where the fate of mankind rests in your hands.

In 2013 the world was devastated by an apocalyptic event, annihilating almost all mankind and turning the earth’s surface into a poisonous wasteland. A handful of survivors took refuge in the depths of the Moscow underground, and human civilization entered a new Dark Age.

The year is 2033. An entire generation has been born and raised underground, and their besieged Metro Station-Cities struggle for survival, with each other, and the mutant horrors that await outside.

You are Artyom, born in the last days before the fire, but raised Underground. Having never ventured beyond your Metro Station-City limits, one fateful event sparks a desperate mission to the heart of the Metro system, to warn the remnants of mankind of a terrible impending threat. Your journey takes you from the forgotten catacombs beneath the subway to the desolate wastelands above, where your actions will determine the fate of mankind.

Key Features

  • Metro 2033 is a gripping, atmospheric first person shooter experience powered by cutting edge technology, featuring full DX10 and NVIDIA PhysX support for high-end gaming PCs, to deliver incredible visuals
  • Witness the everyday horrors of a broken society living in constant fear
  • Brave the darkness of the tunnels, where mutants hunt their prey and ghostly spirits lurk
  • Explore the desolate city-surface, trusting your gas mask and rifle to protect you from a poisoned world and the creatures that roam there
  • Steel your nerve and prepare to face the terrors that await

Based on the internationally bestselling novel series by Dmitry Glukhovsky

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, or 7
    • Processor: Dual core CPU (any Core 2 Duo or better)
    • Memory: 1GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9, Shader Model 3 compliant graphics cards (GeForce 8800, GeForce GT220 and above)
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
    Enabling 3D Vision:
    Metro 2033 utilizes NVIDIA 3D Vision with compatible cards and hardware. To play Metro 2033 in 3D you will require:
    • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 and above recommended
    • A 120Hz (or above) monitor
    • NVIDIA 3D Vision kit Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows 7
    • Processor: Any Quad Core or 3.0+ GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 2GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 10 compliant graphics card (GeForce GTX 260 and above)
    • DirectX®: DirectX 10 or higher
    Optimum Requirements:
    • Processor: Core i7 CPU
    • Memory: 8GB RAM or higher
    • Graphics: NVIDIA DirectX 11 compliant graphics card (GeForce GTX 480 and 470)
    • DirectX®: DirectX 11
Helpful customer reviews
162 of 201 people (81%) found this review helpful
206 people found this review funny
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2015
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49 of 50 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
The idea of being forced to live in the metro of post apocalyptic Moscow was what got me hooked into the game. Once I started to play it the my experience just got better and better. I enjoyed the different weapons and gear your character could have. You also had to be careful with ammo, or else you'll find yourself in a tight situation. The game does a great job in making you have to work hard and think smart in surviving. I didn't really pay attention to graphics because it should be the story that counts, and the story was amazing. This game is perfect for anyone who enjoys a FPS with horror and adventure aspects. I hope that you have as much fun as I did when I played this game.
#9/10 :D
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63 of 86 people (73%) found this review helpful
71 people found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2015
I stopped playing cause I was scared
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30 of 32 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
I usually don't write reviews and stuff, but after playing this game I definitely had to.
At the beginning I had my doubts, because I'm not a fan of (mindless) action shooter and I feared this might be another one. But this game surprised me with an amazing storyline and love for details which kept me going for hours. I loved the dark, violent and depressive post-apocalyptic atmosphere this game offered and I could literally feel the constant menace everyone in the metro was talking about.
This game is a masterpiece and I highly recommend playing it if you haven't already.

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26 of 26 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Highly immersive first-person action game with a moral message

When playing and enjoying Metro 2033 during spring 2016, it was hard to believe that this game is already six years old. Although a redux-version appeared more recently, I preferred to play the original game, curious about the developer's (4A Games) original intentions and achievement.
And some achievement it is: set in a post-nuclear Moscou, where life is mostly confined to the relative subterrean safety of the metro stations and tunnels, this game got under my skin from the start in a way that only few games have managed to do so.

The game is based on the internationally bestselling novel series by the Russian writer Dmitry Glukhovsky, and as such takes its place among other games based on important books, most noticeably The Witcher series. The narrative element of the game is extremely important: playing as a young Russian, Artyom, you are going on a mission which at first involves saving your home station, but which gradually evolves into something much bigger. The game does an excellent job at immersing the player in the claustrophobic but somehow still functioning society that is surviving in the Moscou metro: passages of peace and tranquillity offer more than enough possibilities to get acquainted with the circumstances in which people manage to survive. While walking around in a station, you often overhear people talking to each other and it pays off to listen to these conversations – they often give important extra information to the next part of the game, or just offer an immersive background. Voices can be set to either Russian or English – I played with English voices the first time, since the subtitles don't translate every conversation, but wnet with Russian the second time around, and though I don't understand the language, it surely made the illusion of being there much more real.

While the game mostly uses fairly standard first-person shooter game mechanics, the gameplay stays fresh and interesting all the time. This is mainly due to the fact that the game encourages and rewards a stealthy approach more than going in guns blazing, especially on the higer difficulty levels. And speaking of difficulty, Metro 2033 got a special, very interesting "Ranger" mode added as a free dlc, which not only takes away the heads-up display but also dramatically reduces the amount of medkits, gasmask filters and especially bullets available throughout the game. The "Ranger Hardcore" mode effectively turns the game from a very good first-person shooter into a truely remarkable first-person post-apocalyptic survival game, where every bullet counts and running out of the very sparse filters for your gasmask turns into certain death. I definitely recommend playing it on this setting - when playing carefully, it offers a very rewarding experience indeed.

Metro 2033 also uses its amazing graphics engine to create a dark and very scary atmosphere, both in the subterrenean portions and in the parts of the game that take place outside in the bombed-out ruins of Moscou. Playing it in complete darkness with my headphones on, it turned into a frightening experience more than once. The story developes from a personal quest for help into a much more universal theme, with the fight against the so-called "Dark Ones" posing very interesting and not so straightforward moral questions about war & peace, good and bad. It is especially this extra dimension, which is woven very sparsely into the game, which lifts it up to a higher, quite unexpected level. Combined with the excellent gameplay, the simply amazing graphics and the truly stunning soundscape, this adds up to a classic action game, which should be in any serious gamer's library.

Playing on my mid-range Skylake i3 dual-core@3.7 Ghz, GTX 760 & 8GB of ram, the game ran very smoothly on the highest settings, although enabling the superb nVidia PhysX did tax the graphics card a bit, dropping slightly below 60fps now and then. The game comes with a very interesting bunch of Steam achievements, which invite the player to try out different approaches and to explore every inch of the world.

Essential gaming experience, which not only offers top-notch action and stealth gameplay, but poses some questions to seriously think about too.
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