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.