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 (12,087 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

Based on the internationally bestselling novel series by Dmitry Glukhovsky

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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707 of 776 people (91%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
>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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1,037 of 1,172 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
48.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
Best 0.00$ I ever spent. (No longer free.)
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129 of 141 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
45.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
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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394 of 565 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
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 53 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Atmospheric, captivating, exciting and thought provoking all at the same time. One of the best single player FPS games I have played in years.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world where the people of Russia only survive in the underground Metro stations and tunnels, you play Artyom, a young rookie training to be a Ranger. Your world is a harsh one where warring factions clash against each other, deadly mutants and a mysterious race known as the Dark Ones, a foe so deadly they turn men mad just by being near them. Your mission is to get help, and save your home station, but events on the way will have you doubting that mission, and perhaps your own sanity.

I played this game on the most brutal difficulty on my first play through: Ranger hardcore. Many people will tell you not to do that but I disagree. It made the game exciting, almost terrifying, and a truly on edge experience. Combat will come down to whoever gets shot first dies. And with ammo so very rare you better not just shoot fast, you better not miss. Played like this, you feel like you really are a survivor.

But brutal combat aside, this game is not actually about the fire fights, it is about the story. And what a story it is. From the very start it dragged me in both heart and mind. This story has a powerful message and forces you to face the harsh reality of life and death and ask yourself what you would do to survive.

My only advice to you if you decide to play this game is if you play Ranger Hardcore, know this: Military Grade Ammunition is the currency in this game. DO NOT SHOOT IT :)

If you want to hear my thoughts on the game at the end of my let's play, you can find it here (CONTAINS SPOILERS): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxJJoSdOeHA

NOTE: If you are thinking of buying this game you may want to look at Metro 2033 Redux. I have not played it but it is what I would buy if I were to replay the game.
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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
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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89 of 139 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,316.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
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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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
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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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
This game made me question the face of mankind. It's going to be hard to find such realistic game as Metro 2033.
Turned off lights, set the difficulty on Ranger Hardcore, turned volume up.... ---> possibly one of the hardest video games I have ever played, but definitely one of the best.
The realism level on this game is jaw-dropping. People act naturally, atmosphere is amazing, you start to care about the protagonist and the events that happen.
It may look like the first part of the game is already challenging and the main character gets into every possible kind of trouble. You will get stuck in dark tunnels where mutants are roaming, you will run out of oxygen on the surface, assisst to the ugly shade of war between russian powers, at a time when they should help each other survive and many more.. But after the first half of the game you will realize all those things were just a preparation for what's coming.
I recommend you to play with Russian voice acting (and English subtitles), this is how the game was intended and it adds a new level of immersion. Also, if you have the guts, try playing on the hardest (and by far the most realistic) difficulty, like I did. It will turn out as a very rewarding experience.
Pros: +The most realistic FPS I have ever played, speaking of the accuracy with which the mankind was represented in a video game;
+ The attachment with the main protagonist;
+ The Ranger Hardcore difficulty;
+ Excellent atmosphere and voice acting;
+ Incredible graphics;
+ Replayability, for the other ending;
Cons: - Some bugs can be game-breaking and require restart of the level;
- Few Metro stations, in which you take a break from the harsh tunnels and surface;
- The AI is sometimes pathetic;

Overall, this game is a MUST for those who enjoy a FPS with a different approach than most others; a FPS where you are not a heavily-equipped soldier, but a normal living man in the stations whose destiny is about to be accomplished.

Personal rating: 93/100

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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Pretty good idea and storyline, but in fact I wasn't so exited by playing it, some parts are really slow and made me feel bored, (it might be because I haven't read the book yet), but it is one of the scariest games I've ever played and made me want more of it ! I'm looking forward to Last Light ! I would say this game has it's moments. Sometimes it was for me hard to keep playing I wanted to be over it as soon as possible. Still there is one thing I didn't get - everywhere are mutants killing humans, and people just care about war within fascist and reds - so my question is why they weren't busy defending against mutants and had time and energy to spare on killing each other. I'm shocked they didn't wiped out themselves before mutants striked.

7/10
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53 of 87 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
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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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
This is not a review, but I highly recommend this first person shooter for the following reasons.

1.The story is based on the book by Dmitry A. Glukhovsky, it's free to read on his website.
2. The human race has been driven underground from the radioactive and toxic environment caused by war on the surface.
3. The atmosphere is surreal, from tunnels of flickering light, music and life to dead and entropic industrial landscapes.
4. The voice acting and sound effects are good and really add to the experience.
5. Weapons, ammo, gas masks and supplies have to be treated with respect and resourcefulness.
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42 of 68 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
Got it for free, worth it.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
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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21 of 31 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
Dude was jacking his gun for 7 minutes straight
10/10
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22 of 33 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
35.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
First game, where I got achievement for being selfish and greedy.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
This is a "revamped" review for this game.

Metro 2033 takes place in post apocalyptic Russia. The biggest fear isn't what is going on above the surface, but what is happening down below. The majority of this game takes place in the large, and vast subway abandoned system. Filled with jump scares, and creepy ambeince noise. plus whatever creatures lurk down below, you also encounter human enemies but that is just the beginning.

It's a fun game to enjoy. The controls are very easy to get use to on mouse and keyboard, but with a gamepad, it shouldn't be too diffcult. Also, this game highly suggest in indirect moments of the game, that you use your mind over your gun. Which in most cases it's true. But it's the usually "clear area, search, loot, go to next area" rinse and repeat. It can get boring for most of the time, other times, it's a life or death situation.

The visuals and artistic take on post apocalyptic Russia, is extremely beautiful, you feel just how bad the situation is for the survivors down below, making your quest much more invested in.

Always be prepared before going onto the next chapter of the game. The game will get harder if you refuse to take your ammo and supply cache seriously.

Other than that I recommend this game.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
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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