Metro Exodus review
Metro Exodus is a journey through a nuclear hellscape that lures you in
Metro Exodus is a terrific post-apocalyptic shooter that expands on the series without ignoring its roots.”
- Brilliant environments and atmosphere
- Balanced blend of survival and action
- Emotional and satisfying story
- Deep customization options
- Bugs can get in the way
- Occasionally obtuse objectives
The post-apocalyptic Metro game series nearly collapsed after the bankruptcy of publisher THQ, with developer 4A Games finding a new home for it at Deep Silver. Much like the story of the Spartan Order and protagonist Artyom himself, the story of Metro is one of survival. With Metro Exodus, however, 4A’s sights were set on something bigger, taking much of the adventure out of the titular subway lines and into the decimated world above. Metro Exodus still carries some of the series’ classic problems, but it also pushes it forward in a way that proves it can compete with – and even surpass – bigger post-apocalyptic franchises.
A world to explore
Set after the “good” ending in Buy Now Cheap Here, Metro Exodus finds protagonist Artyom and his wife Anna working to protect what remains of Moscow’s citizens, but the dead-end prospect this means for his future leaves him unfulfilled. In search of hope, Artyom returns several times to the irradiated surface and attempts to locate other surviving regions via radio, much to the dismay of Anna, but signs of life soon convince the rest of the Order that Moscow should not be their home.