If THQ’s post-apocalyptic, survival horror-ish first-person shooter Metro 2033 sounds familiar, it’s not because it kind of looks like Fallout 3 inside the Russian subway system. It’s because THQ announced the game way back in 2006 as Metro 2033: The Last Refuge. The game has obviously developed quite a bit since then (and gone from being a PlayStation 3 and PC game to being an Xbox 360 and PC game), however the basic story and structure seems to be intact: a catastrophic event has decimated the world, leaving the surface virtually uninhabitable, and forcing humanity to take refuge in underground metro stations.
Metro 2033 takes place in Moscow ten years after the world-ending event, and players assume the role of Artyom, who must venture beyond the walls of the metro station he has called home his whole life in an attempt to inform the remaining survivors of an imminent danger that threatens to destroy humanity. You know, light-hearted fare. Judging from the trailer, the game looks to feature a healthy amount of atmospheric and terror-filled combat and exploration, with some Bioshock-type horror elements thrown in for good measure.
Maybe it’s because I’m re-reading Cormac McCarthy’s The Road at the moment, or because I’m still thoroughly invested in Fallout 3, but I’m really pulling for this game to deliver the kind of engrossing and arresting experience it has the potential to provide.
Any preliminary thoughts on the game? Are you intrigued by the story, or are you over having to fight for humanity's survival in post-apocalyptic wastelands?