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.
User reviews: Very Positive (8,399 reviews)
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

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
65 of 73 people (89%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Definitely the most accurate russian subway simulator this year.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Metro 2033 was based on a Russian novel which of course I’ve never read (like the Witcher) so I can’t tell you how closely it follows the source material. Despite being several years old, the game is technically demanding so you’re probably not going to be able to run it with integrated video hardware.

In the near future a nuclear apocalypse has occurred with the vast majority of Russia’s population wiped out and the surface world covered in radioactive fallout. The survivors live underground in the Metro, a vast subway system that now houses maybe 1000 people. People in the game speak heavily accented English with some Russian cursing thrown in (which you may recognize if you play Dota2). It’s a harsh life underground scrounging for food and fighting for limited resources, made even worse by giant mutant rats and bandits running around killing people for their possessions. You play Artyom, a young man who is sent through the Metro to pass along an urgent message. Metro stations (mini-cities) and guard outposts are being attacked by “Dark Ones.” The Dark Ones are the bogeymen of the Metro, like stories told to frighten children. Too bad they’re real and coming to get you.

Metro 2033 is a first person shooter with very good graphics and lighting effects, and a focus on post-apocalyptic underground atmosphere. Years ago when I was considering getting the game, someone told me Metro was like the STALKER games (another post-apocalyptic Russian series). This is NOT correct. STALKER is about collecting loot, wandering an open world kicking ♥♥♥ (like Fallout but you die easier). Metro 2033 is very linear and you don’t really have an inventory system. You just have weapon slots and ammo like Doom or Quake. The only real similarities are the depressing environments and atmosphere. Metro has a sort of semi stealth system where you can see how revealed you are (you want to stay in shadow) and you have a few throwing knives that can score instant silent kills. Metro also has a regenerating health system though it’s pretty slow and you don’t actually have that much health. Med kits are used to heal you to full almost instantly. If you try to blast your way through a bandit camp you’ll get squashed pretty quick.

Money in the Metro is ‘military grade rounds.’ These are regular bullets, but shinier, made before the war. You can use them as ammunition in some of your weapons to do more damage, but you’d be wasting them since they’re also your currency. Your money is spent on buying and upgrading your guns, buying consumables (grenades, knives, health packs) and just saving up for the money achievement. You probably won’t spend too much of your money if you play stealthy anyways since you can pick your throwing knives out of dead bodies.

The game also has a kind of morality system where you score morality points by exploring the Metro and making “good” choices. It’s actually really subtle and you probably won’t even realize it’s happening unless you read about it online. The screen briefly flashes like someone took a picture when you find a “morality point.” The points add up and at the end of the game you see a different ending if you scored enough (you need A LOT, so you probably won’t get the good ending your first playthrough).

Another key element of the game is your gas mask. There are times when you must leave the Metro and go up to the surface world, where the air is toxic. When this happens you put the gas mask on, which kind of obstructs your view and hear your own heavy breathing. Every few minutes you’ll have to change the air filter or the vision starts to get clouded up. Filters are found or bought just like other consumables, and this limits the amount of time you can stay on the surface. Another thing to note about your mask is that it can be damaged in battle. If you get shot or clawed, there’s a chance your mask will fracture or break, and you’ll need to get to safety or die (you’ll probably die). Metro is not an RPG, so don’t feel bad about running or sneaking past enemies. You don’t get any experience for kills and enemies don’t really drop money.

+Excellent atmosphere and graphics. Sometimes scary not in a BOOGA BOOGA way, but more of an OOOoooOOOOOOooo way.
+There is a heavy “supernatural” element to the game (the Dark Ones are psychic) to add variety to your surroundings. You can also play stealth or shoot em up, but you should start each fight picking off people if you can.
+The game has been given away free a few times and appeared in a few bundles. Not bad for an AAA game.

-For an older game the hardware requirements are intense and your computer will probably heat up while you’re playing.
-The game is deceptively straightforward. There really isn’t much exploring or alternate paths you can take. I don’t mind this but some people might think it takes away from the experience, especially if you thought the game was going to be like Fallout or STALKER.

Overall Metro 2033 is a great game and you should give it a try if you have it in your library. I haven’t tried the Redux version but I’m told it’s basically the same game with better graphics. Like I said earlier, the graphics are already really good, so don’t feel pressured to shell out money for the new and improved version, at least until the price drops.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Metro 2033 is a FPS Survival and Action mix game set in a post-apocalyptic world where Russia is devastated by nukes and stuff which makes people live in the metro (Hence the name Metro 2033) but they are not the only one's there...
The game is really good as the survival part is crucial as u need to keep track of your gas filters... There is also some parts where u can either go guns blazing or use stealth to get past.. The latter option is recommended as ammo is not that common to find which adds some realism to the game.
If u liked the S.T.A.L.K.E.R series or the F.E.A.R series then u will love this but Metro 2033 is more story-driven and has less open world elements but it adds some realism as there is nothing else to do in a nuked city...
I might add more to this as I am a lazy writer

I can easily recommend this game as it is just too good to try it out.It was bundled in the past and even given away for free.. Its not available on the store as the redux version is out which is just like a graphics update and maybe abit of tweaks and stuff..
The game is almost 4 years old now but the graphics is still good and there is rarely any bug that I encountered.. The game can keep u busy for around 50 hours or so even though the story is not that long but if u want to finish the game on Ranger Hardcore and get all the achievements it can easily take 3 complete playthroughs to get them.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
One of the best Post-Apocolypse game ever !!!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
A first person shooter, with a element of horror and a well written story which keeps you interested till the end. Even as I was playing the game for the story on Normal difficulty it gave enough challenge to not get bored to the gameplay. Very different challenges during the Campaign to not get repetitive.

If you like to play a game for the story, I recommend it.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
do you like eternal darkness?
do you like exploring abandon subway tunnels not knowing what's there?
do you want that feel of jump scares and close quarters combat?

Metro 2033 is the game for you!

play the game on the highest level of difficulty, that's where the game shines the most
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Worth 3 dollars. Hard to enjoy what this game could offer with bugs and glitches like a cracked gas mask stuck on your face permantly. Overall good. If only they could take the time to fix a few small things.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
To be honest this game is great! Although i should have waited till the Redux came out it is still a classic and to fully appreciate and understand Metro you have to play both.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
The best post-apocalyptic Fps game and it's still better than Last Light in the Metro series.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
45.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Metro 2033 is a beautiful example of what a First Person Shooter can achieve when the development team isn’t required to tack on some half baked, crappy multiplayer.
The story of Metro and the world built around it is wonderful and unbelievably engaging. The guns are believable but also desperate feeling, the sound design is top notch, and when playing with all Russian language on Ranger Hardcore mode the immersion level surpasses anything I had experienced before in a video game.
Generally I recommend playing sequels when the original is beginning to age, but Metro 2033 is by no means out of date. Visually and mechanically it still holds up to this day and in many respects it surpasses most of the “Triple A” titles being released present day.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
40.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
A Game that Deserves a Proper Playthrough... Underrated storyline
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Tense and gripping shooter with a lot of thriller elements. Another one of those games which is steeped in story and setting, which means you must watch every cut scene, have no subtitles and play on at least medium difficulty or you will kill the game and get no real value from it. A demanding game in terms of hardware, but if there is a more intense and engulfing game that puts you right in the boots of your character, I'm yet to play it. The STALKER fan will appreciate the Russian influence and some elements in this which will feel familiar.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Oh, hello there STALK---whoops, sorry, wrong game. What is it with Russian developers that can make post-nuclear-apocalyptic games so compelling? In any case, here’s my review of Metro 2033. I love to hate to love this game. It was a difficulty journey to survive in the horror-filled Metro. So, let's talk about Metro 2033 (Original).

Metro 2033 has taken me over two years to complete it. I originally started it back in 2012 but after running into a majorly frustrating section (read: I died a lot), I put the game back on the shelf, to be played at a later date. Well, with the release of Metro 2033 Redux, I took a new interest in the series and tried tackling the Redux edition. See this review: for my very unhappy thoughts towards it. But I couldn’t let my journey in the Metro come to an end a second time like that. I refused to be stopped by some game breaking bug. So, I reinstalled Metro 2033 and picked up where I had left off in the redux edition.

Compared to the redux edition, this game is filled with in-game cutscenes which often take the control out of your hands to a jarring degree. Compared to Redux, I feel like this stealth system is a lot better. Maybe its because the game was designed from the ground up with it in mind rather than slapped together. I much prefer having a gradient of whether you’ll be spotted rather than YES/NO stealth system of the later entries in the Metro series. That said, 2033’s stealth sections biggest annoyances is how spread out the save spots are. A death at an inopportune time right before the next save section can set you back a long way. Other thing I feel is superior in the original is the combat. In ranger mode, bullets feel sufficiently lethal. One shot to the head will take pretty much everything out. Hitboxes feel realistic as well. You hit armor and the bullet won't be lethal. It avoids having bullet-spongy enemies in the Ranger mode, moreso than the redux edition's ranger mode. I find that this game strikes the right balance with its combat. Except with the enemies near the end. Whoever designed those anemones is…..well, let’s just say they are an unexpected difficulty spike.

The survival aspect is rather challenging. You can easily get to a chapter of the game where you're up in the surface of the world and run completely out of air filters. Or bullets. Or everything. This could be game-ending as the pace of the scripted sequences doesn't let you rush through everything as you desperately try to find new air filters. I'm not really sure what to think of it because it does feel cheap at times with how quickly you can go through air filters. I'm conflicted on this part of the game mechanics...

The graphics settings menu is reasonable but more fine-tuned control would have been appreciated. You can tweak resolution, AA, AF and which version of DirectX you use. It comes with a quality slider to change the rest of the settings. (Grrr, death to quality sliders). This game is a monster on older cards, so unless you have something within the last couple of years, set it to DX9 and lower the quality. Additionally, if you want to change the FOV (because its set to a small 60ish FOV), you’ll need to get into the config files. The maximum you’ll be able to do is 90-100 without breaking the game. It’s a pretty game but I found optimization to be lacking in many places, especially when there’s a lot of enemies on the screen coming to rip a new hole in your head. You’ll want to take a look at the PCGamingWiki article to be sure you’re ok with the options given to you.

Metro 2033 is a railroaded FPS game that doesn’t give you a lot of room to experiment or change your journey. A lot of the time, it feels like an incredibly fancy rollercoaster ride with guns. There are some sections I feel were specifically designed to show off to the player. What I find most odd about the story is that you’ll get loading screens with Artyom, the main character, talking to the player but he’ll be silent with any interactions with NPCs. I don’t know why they don’t just have him talk to the NPCs, it’s a weird choice by the developers.

Be warned that the game is filled with optimization problems and bugs that can ruin the experience entirely. Being a Russian post-apocalyptic FPS survival game, I really enjoyed it, despite all the frustrating problems I encountered. It says something about a game that I am willing to hazard the game issues to enjoy the content of the game because I do not tolerate bad games bugs or no bugs. It’s why I quit the Metro 2033 Redux edition because of how far backwards it went mechanically. I definitely recommend this version over the Redux edition because the stealth system, combat and lighting system in the original is much better. With that said: good luck in the Metro, you’re going to need it.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Russian Subway Simulator 2010
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Great game, I love it. Highly recommended.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
35.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
It's okay
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
♥♥♥♥ her right in the ♥♥♥♥♥
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
this has potenshal 2 be gr8 game BUT IT TAKE MANY GUD GRAFIX AN MY CUMPUTR CAN NET RUN IN IT! wish it wud b eezr 2 run butt gud game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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