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 (9,573 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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
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367 of 398 people (92%) found this review helpful
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Best $0.00 I ever spent.
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175 of 194 people (90%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
>Playing on Ranger difficulty
>Ten bullets left.
>Over 10 monsters appear
>Miss all ten shots. Freaked out
>Started melee with the knife, screaming in terror
>Killed them all with the last grasp of health
>Started to relax as I walk to the next room
>Forgot to put on the mask and died of radiation

And I thought Far Cry 3 was intense and inmersive...

10/10

Now I know how life in my homeland is like. (My family was russian)
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69 of 79 people (87%) 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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252 of 364 people (69%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Its like politics, they keep talking and you dont understand anything.

11/10 Because government told me to do it.
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51 of 61 people (84%) 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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46 of 54 people (85%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Oh, hello there STALK---whoops, sorry, wrong game. What is it with Ukrainian 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: http://steamcommunity.com/id/KingIsaacLinksr/recommended/286690/ 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. http://pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Metro_2033

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.

Read my review of the Metro 2033 Redux edition here: http://steamcommunity.com/id/KingIsaacLinksr/recommended/286690/
Read the full blog review of Metro: Last Light Redux here: http://wp.me/p4fZDz-1T6
Read the excerpts of Metro Last Light Redux on Steam here: http://steamcommunity.com/id/KingIsaacLinksr/recommended/287390
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72 of 106 people (68%) found this review helpful
1,307.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
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.
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29 of 39 people (74%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Buy lots of Grenades

Turns into a Michael Bay Movie Simulator

Get a SMG

420 Blaze everyone

Best game Ever

Better then TF2

420%
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Russian Metro Simulator 2033..

But besides the cheesy jokes, it's a good game. It has a really good tense athmosphere.
-The mutants are surely creepy and dangerous, but there aren't any jumpscares whatsoever.
-For a 2010 game, it has good, cinematicy graphics. (more resource intensive than you'd think)
-Sound effects are decent in my opinion, but the footsteps are pretty awkward at some times (they always sound like you are walking on a metal floor)
-Gameplay feels nice, and the guns feel solid. It seems that the mutants have hit-detection, so go for headshots :) The game has some immersive things in it, like having to put on gasmasks in very smoky areas and scarce recourses.

Overall, very enjoyable game, worth the money :D 8,2/10
Would recommend, thank you for reading this long review :)
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Dude was jacking his gun for 7 minutes straight
10/10
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Got it for free, worth it.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Metro 2033 is a survival horror first-person shooter game set in a post-apocalyptic Moscow, with meticulous focus on authentic eerie atmosphere and good, albeit linear, narrative -- backed up by solid gameplay. It is also, without an argument, a spiritual successor to the highly admired cult franchise, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

The story, based on the book by the same name, follows a young survivor by the name of Artyom who is being sent on a quest to find a way to stop a group of mysterious creatures named The Dark Ones from threatening his home metro station. Although Artyom is a silent protagonist, he does narrate the story’s progress from his point of view at loading screens. Throughout his journey, he faces many detours and ends up meeting various characters – some cool like Khan, but others rather generic and forgettable Russian stereotypes -- trying to help him and vice-versa. While the story is intriguing and appealing on the surface, it is more or less kind of straightforward. By the time the ending credits roll, you would have predicted one (the canon) of the two endings, possibly an hour prior to it. While the story experience is there, Metro’s story can feel unambitious at times, maybe because of the lack of unexpected twists and fully fleshed out characters. On the other hand, Metro’s narration is rock solid for an unashamedly linear shooter which it represents, and does not disappoint. Not a bit.

The gameplay literally plays like any other first-person shooter out there, however Metro 2033 does throw in a few stealth levels, which can still be approached in a Rambo fashioned style - although it is vastly unadvisable in these situations. Surprisingly, the stealth mechanic is functional and rather an enjoyable approach to taking down hostile human enemies in particular. The pace between shooting and stealth does help after all, and it is good to see a consistency in this aspect. It is a relief knowing the stealth was not something tacked on the last minute. Unlike other shooters, the game uses your bullets as currency, meaning that you have to be very cautious in how you “spend” them – whether that is wasting them on hostile enemies or buying new weapons or upgrades. This mechanic increases the challenge of the game, making it more tactical at times but nothing too substantial. And Metro 2033, even on normal difficulty, has a handful of challenging segments. For a true survival experience, it is recommended playing on Ranger difficulty only after completing the game once on an easier difficulty. Lastly, the oxygen mask is vital for survival and requires taking great care of it since it is damageable. Mask filters are also required to be scavenged and replaced from time to time. This creates another layer of tactic in the gameplay, and encourages exploration to a degree.

The greatest asset Metro 2033 can offer to the player is its mesmerizing artistic and technical prowess to atmosphere, level and sound designs. The underground metro, as well as the outside world, provide enough varied locations without ever feeling a sense of déjà vu. The metro itself is quite a unique environment in its own right. While from a technical point of view is not on par with Crysis’s standards pushed at maximum, it is nonetheless quite a remarkable benchmark. It is visually impressive from start to finish and satisfying to witness the amount of attention put into details. Audibly, it also never fails to create the sensation of anxiety (what could be lurking around the corner?) and creepiness. At one point, even your heavy breathing inside the oxygen mask will start scaring you; and that’s another example of a detail well executed. Owning a good headset will undoubtedly enhance this experience drastically. Taking inspiration from S.T.A.L.K.E.R., the metro stations are places where you wish you could just spend the entire day in them: walk around, chat, join your fellow survivors next to warm campfires and play the acoustic guitar. The atmosphere created here is a good contrast to the metro’s dark tunnels. It is believable and well executed. Where is my sausage and vodka, comrade?

Such a splendid game is however not without its fair share of problems. Firstly, Metro 2033’s main problems do arise from the poor engine optimization which can clog even some high-end computers, especially set on high video settings. Such issues can range from instable frame rate drops to a few minor visual glitches now and then. Could this be the price to pay for impressive visuals? No, and that is because other equally impressive games have done a better job delivering a similar visual experience (not identical) without compromising on optimization. At the end of the day, Metro 2033 is very much playable. However, the Redux Edition which came out four years later not only improved the visuals even further, but it finally optimized the game. Thus, pick that version.

As mentioned previously, the game can be challenging even at normal difficulty. This is good news for people looking for a challenge, however some of it can be a bit cheap especially in the station occupied by the Nazi faction. There you feel like the enemies never seem to stop showing up. The is AI competent, but there will be times where the enemies show up behind you and kill you cheaply without much time to counteract, especially when you are low in ammunition. So expect to reload a lot. The enemy variation is also acceptable, but the first few hours do feel like you are fighting against the same creatures/humans over and over again.

While this remains a personal preference, the game could have had more freedom when exploring the environment. Not because this has to be a standard nowadays (even back when it was released), but because it feels like a missed opportunity considering the great, albeit linear, level design; especially the opportunities provided in the outside world. Right from the start to the end, Metro 2033 forces you to follow this linear path with only moments of exploration being the close surroundings of these paths looking for supplies. And in general you cannot backtrack. It is obvious by design that the game was made in such a way where it focuses in telling a story rather than role-playing. It is story-drivern after all. So is it a railway shooter by these standards? Well, in many aspects, yes. Funnily enough, you do spend some time on rail carts when travelling from one station to another. But is this detrimental to the experience? Absolutely not. While it may be linear and lacking exploration, it is a fulfilling experience; boasting solid gameplay and authentic atmosphere, narratively well written.

In conclusion, Metro 2033 is essentially a linear S.T.AL.K.E.R. game with more emphasis in telling a story, and by level design it is similar to the Half-Life franchise. While the story might not be that ambitious, its top-notch atmosphere with enough scary moments, unique environments, solid gameplay and a well written narrative are sufficient to make it a great game in many people’s eyes. No Hollywood CGI cutscenes and flashy cinematography. And that is what Metro 2033 is all about after all: the game experience. A game which everyone must give it a shot at least once, if they own a performing computer and can accept some of its rough edges around the corners.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Finished Both Metro 2033 And Metro Last Light On Hardcore Ranger Mode!
One of the Best FPS / Story based Games Ever Played!!
Amazing Atmosphere,Stunning Graphics,Cinematic Sound, Drawing you in The Dark Tunnels Of Metro!!
Totaly Worth To Play!!! Also You Must Read The Metro Book Too!!!

Beware in The Tunnels Boys...Its Cold And Scary!
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
23.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
First game, where I got achievement for being selfish and greedy.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
This is one game that exceeded my expectations in all aspects.

The good:
• Amazing atmosphere, this is the first thing that should be mentioned
• Great graphics
• Great story with multiple possible endings
• Characters with interesting personalities

The bad (not that bad though):
• The weapon upgrade system could have been a bit better
• Stealth does not really work as it should

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
So i've taken the time out to play the game and for what it's worth (It's ♥♥♥♥ING WORTH IT) If you're a fan of doom 3 and u like that horrific thrill and suspense yet mysterious adrenaline pumping moments, then this game is for you
I rate this game at a 9-10/10 For me its a perfect single player story line lol .-. had moments where you just can't seem to get pass, sections where you jump out of your seat and serious moments where you wish the damn demons wouldn't know you're there >.>

Graphics wise its great, hmm challenging yeah.. easy/normal are already hassling right off the bat. If you're a try hard wanna be go ranger lol i can tell you it aint easy .-. but just make sure conserve ammo o.O ur gonna need it..actually search each chapter/map setting for mili grade ammo to get decent gun upgrades other wise well ur stuck lol

Oh well BUY IT or be a lazy cheapy and wait for a free promotion haha :p Definitely get it
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Metro 2033 clearly takes some inspiration from the likes of half-life and and other pc classics, and much like the excellent half -life series this game has steller atmosphere that can really mess with your emotions. In terms of presentation the graphics on high settings still look fantastic though some of the textures upclose are a bit ugly. The story is very gripping with a strong plot, though most of the characters suffer from a lack of development, (small spoilers) many of the npc's you meet along the 10-15 hour journey are largely forgettable and the ones that do have a unqiue personality are often killed after 10 minutes of screen time.

The gameplay side of Metro 2033 has a lot of strong points but suffers from a couple large problems regarding to the human vs human confrontations. IMO Metro 2033 has probobly the worst stealth system I've ever played with no visual or audio prompts alerting you to wether you are about to be seen or not, also there is no silent melee takedown which makes the mandatory stealth sections just that more agrovating. And deciding to take on the humans face to face is never a good idea as they pretty much instantly kill you on higher difficulties. (Thankfully nearly all of these problems are fixed in the metro 2033 redux) However aside from the overall very weak stealth gameplay the combat with the monsters is where the game is excellent, blending pulse pounding action with scary moments creates the perfect blend of immersive gameplay.

In the end Metro 2033 is a title with amazing atmosphere that is bound to keep you captivated with an intriguiging story line, and if one can put up with the annoying stealth sections Metro 2033 is a must play for all survival horror fans. (The majority of the problems mentioned in this review are fixed in the metro 2033 redux version, I strongly recommend picking up that version instead.)

Presentation 8/10
Story 8/10
Human vs human combat 3/10
Monstears vs human combat 9/10

OVERALL SCORE 7.5/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
A very good game. Scary at moments but with exellent graphics and atmosphere. Solid story for my taste, Recomend playing it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Amazing game. Superb in fact. 10/10 If you want a single player game that has great atmosphere then this is the game for you. Also this game is based off a book. The books name is well Metro 2033. Also it has alot of russian aspects to it. Another thing is that it actually looks like people are trying to make a home out of the subways not just sitting there waiting in other games with a setting some what like this.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Probably among the best games I've ever played. A true survival-horror game if I've seen one.
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