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Metro Redux Review

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Deep Silver has released two completely spruced up last-gen titles as one fantastic package for the Xbox One with Metro Redux. Having been enhanced both visually and packed with extra content, this is a fully remastered collection all in fast fluid 60FPS! Metro Redux as one complete disc features Metro 2033 Redux and its sequel Metro Last Light Redux; where Metro 2033 has been rebuilt from scratch in the new updated 4A engine, Metro Last Light has its own visual enhancements and also contains all previous Season Pass content released on Xbox 360. Not only is this the best looking Metro to date, but in terms of gameplay it is certainly the best value considering it’s a budget price at retail. Two separate games, but together they form the show-piece for one colossal adventure.

Primarily both Metro titles are survival first person shooter game’s based on fear that focuses on comradeship and determination amongst the darkest days Russia could face in the midst of a post-apocalyptic Moscow following a nuclear war. Survivors and military factions live deep down in the Metro tunnels where they are safe from toxic fumes and the demons that have formed and lurk above ground. Inspired by the events of Dmitry Glukhovsky’s best-selling novel Metro 2033, Metro Redux is a heart-pounding thriller set against the toxic ruins where law and order still forms the governing army that allows survivors to coexist in a city devastated and infested with mutants. It is advisable to play Metro 2033 first before Last Light to understand how Last Light continues the story in an even darker way as thought-provoking tale of survival against all odds following the events of 2033.

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Your adventure begins to save yourself and the world around you as you brave a deadly evil known as the Dark One; and battle through the threat of civil war with the survivors from the catastrophic events that could lead to the end of humanity itself in the aftermath! There is quite a lot resting on your shoulders as the main protagonist with the future of life itself at stake, full action-packed missions and a remarkable tale that will reel you in with every chapter. The intensity of the happenings within the ruins of Moscow will have you gripped on the edge of your seat. An immersive, wonderfully paced story with many surprise twists and elements of suspense conjoined with the atmospherics of despair and desperation to live. As well as the battle against mutants affected by the radiation, you encounter political issues with factions, communists and eventually the deadly fascist Fourth Reich who believe in the destruction of all minority factions, everyone has an enemy!

In the past year only Metro has made me shudder at the thought of turning another corner whilst taking a slow dreaded walk down a long dark alley, for that alone I can only give praise for the haunting portrayal of its atmosphere and in not knowing what to expect. Metro Redux as a combined outing contains some scenes that are really quite horrific, but in an environment with power struggles, limited means, torture and a deadly threat – expect a dark, unsettling take on how one city can destroy itself with very little hope left. Everything about Metro Redux gives the impression of an underground take on a World War III in a way that will leave you hooked and at the same time captivated.

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Some of the noticeable areas of improvement in making its debut on Xbox One have definitely been with the enemy A.I as they were previously very lazy in their efforts to hunt you out. On Xbox 360 they did try to look for you if you remained stealthily hidden, but they just pondered about slowly around dead bodies. However, as soon as you was visible they and many others from nowhere are all over you like a rash. The A.I didn’t seem previously very responsive between when you were visible or in stealth – some being able to accurately spot you from quite a distance in a small lit room, yet unable to see or hear you whilst looking directly at you from behind a very small box when in a little darkness. I am pleased that A.I issues seem to have mostly been corrected because in Metro Redux as a whole, I didn’t notice any of the past issues I encountered on Xbox 360.

Gameplay is all about choice as you can choose your play style (more below) but Metro centres on either going in all guns blazing or hiding in the shadows waiting to creep past further into the darkness. As a first person shooter there are plenty of weapons to choose from an arsenal of modified guns to aid your survival techniques with ammo required to be looted from dead bodies or from cases lying around the environments. Scattered and placed are modified Shotguns, Handguns, Assault Rifles that includes a Bolt-Action Rifle, homemade Grenade Launchers and a handheld minigun with a host of different attachments and modifications that can be added and bought from underground markets. It’s difficult to compare their realism as I am no gun-expert and the weapons are classed as modified and home-made, but the favourable choice for me was the range of Assault Rifles because they felt familiar and very accurate with the shots. The heavier weapons felt less accurate and harder to aim as you would expect. Additionally some modifications allowed for enemies to be shot and burn in flames, but you can double up and add suppressors, sights, a bayonet and an extended barrel depending upon your chosen weapon.

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If you really do enjoy a hard slower paced challenge, you can now also have even deadlier enemy A.I in both Metro games with new play styles available from the main menu. Experience a more survival horror oriented gameplay with ‘Survival’ – described as a fraught slow-burn fight for survival with limited resources, deadlier enemy AI, and slower reload speeds. If you want more action you can try the ‘Spartan’ mode with a powerful set of combat skills and more plentiful resources on offer throughout the game. For the ultimate hardcore gamer within you, you can choose to play legendary Ranger Mode with the most dangerous, immersive and challenging experience all without the HUD!

Visually Metro Redux looks astounding, highly detailed environments, noticeable enhancements to lighting and a tone maintaining a heavy military theme (as before) now in the most graphically beautiful way possible. This miserable tone of detail neither changes the more you play and it’s a depressed looking underground in serious distress – exactly as it should represent the effects of post-apocalyptic state only now with crisp clearer detail. Metro Redux is entertaining, gripping, addictive and very hard to put down. A truly enjoyable experience all over again for Xbox One, even if you’ve played both previously on Xbox 360, its new shiny coat of paint and extra content deserves your attention.

Metro Redux as a two-game collection is available in retail stores, or both Metro 2033 Redux and Metro Last Light Redux can be purchased separately from the Xbox One marketplace.

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Deep Silver To Showcase Dead Island 2 and More at EGX 2014

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Deep Silver has a cracking line up of titles for the annual EGX (Eurogamer Expo) in London this year with Dead Island 2, Escape Dead Island, Metro Redux, Sacred 3 and Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments all playable at Earls Court from 25th to 28th September 2014. Gamers will get an early chance to play the hotly anticipated Dead Island 2 – sequel to the 2011 smash hit zombie action game – well ahead of its 2015 release date.

Also playable at the show will be Escape Dead Island, a thrilling survival mystery that fills in the events between Dead Island and Dead Island 2.

Showgoers will be wowed by Metro Redux, which brings the visual splendour of 4A Games’ acclaimed sci-fi shooters Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for the first time – in freshly remastered versions.

Also on the show floor will be Sacred 3, latest in the cult action role-playing game series, and the new Sherlock Holmes Crimes & Punishments, an investigation game that challenges players to reveal the correct perpetrator through 6 unique cases with a host of new mechanics for the series, as well as a new engine.

Tickets for EGX London 2014 are now available at www.egxlondon.net and are selling out fast!

Metro Redux Launch Trailer – Just Outstanding

To celebrate the release of Metro Redux this week, the Launch trailer has gone live detailing the extraordinary work and attention to detail in the Xbox One Metro compilation. The entire team at 4A Games have worked under some extraordinary circumstances as anyone following the news from Ukraine will know.

Metro 2033 Redux and Metro: Last Light Redux are each available to download from Xbox Live for an SRP of just $24.99 / €19.99 / £15.99 each. A boxed compilation including both games titles ‘Metro Redux’ is also available at retail now in the US, and releases on Friday 29th in the UK and Europe.

Metro 2033 Redux has been completely re-built in the latest 4A Engine, and benefits from all the gameplay and technical improvements introduced with Metro: Last Light. Both games can be played in ‘Spartan’ or Survival’ play styles, and Ranger mode is included for the ultimate, hardcore immersive challenge. Metro: Last Light Redux includes all previously released DLC.

Metro Redux runs at a rock solid 60fs on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, offering tens of hours of gameplay, for an incredible price!

Look out for our review soon!

Metro Redux – Uncovered Trailer

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Metro Redux, due for release on the 26th August in the US, and the 29th August in Europe, has a new trailer.

Discover how 4A Games have made Metro Redux one of the most complete and ambitious ‘remasters’ of modern times. Improved graphics, new game modes and additional content and features make Metro Redux a compelling package for newcomers and Metro fans alike.

The boxed copy of Metro Redux contains remastered versions of both Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light, with all previously released add-on content. Both campaigns can be tackled in ‘Spartan’ or ‘Survival’ play styles, and the legendary Ranger Mode is also included in both games.

Metro Redux Coming to Xbox One

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4A Games and Deep Silver are bringing the iconic Metro series to the next generation. METRO REDUX features fully re-mastered and improved versions of both METRO 2033 and METRO: LAST LIGHT, creating the most compelling Metro experience ever.

With re-worked next-gen visuals, smooth 60FPS gameplay on console, as well as new and improved content and features, METRO REDUX is much more than a simple HD upgrade.

For the REDUX edition, Metro 2033 has been completely overhauled:

· The original game has been rebuilt in the latest and greatest iteration of the 4A Engine, bringing all the graphical and gameplay improvements from Last Light to Metro 2033 Redux
· Enjoy completely re-mastered visuals: advanced lighting, dynamic weather, more detailed characters with improved animation, more dynamic destruction and improved smoke, fire and particle effects

· Experience radically improved gameplay: advanced enemy AI, improved combat and stealth mechanics, superior weapon handling and more responsive, intuitive controls plus signature features from Last Light such as the atmospheric ‘mask wipe’ mechanic, weapon customisation, and silent kills and take-downs

Metro: Last Light Redux has also received a graphical face-lift and gameplay improvements that carry across both titles, including new melee animations, and the fan requested ‘Check Watch’ and ‘Check Inventory’ features. It also includes all previously released Season Pass add-on content – a further 10 hours of single-player gameplay.
With METRO REDUX, players now have the choice to experience both Metro games the way they want with the introduction of two unique ‘Play Styles.’

Those who favoured the more survival horror oriented gameplay of Metro 2033 can play both campaigns in the ‘Survival’ Play Style, a fraught slow-burn fight for survival with limited resources, deadlier enemy AI, and slower reload speeds. Those who enjoyed the more action oriented gameplay of Metro: Last Light can try the ‘Spartan’ Play Style, providing Artyom with a powerful set of combat skills and more plentiful resources.

In addition, the legendary Ranger Mode returns to both games, providing the most immersive and challenging experience as the HUD is stripped away and hardcore rules apply.

Upon release, Metro 2033 Redux and Metro: Last Light Redux will each be available separately as a digital download for Xbox One as a suggested $24.99 / €19.99 / £15.99.

Alongside the digital release, a boxed compilation containing both games, titled METRO REDUX will be available at retail for a suggested $49.99 / €39.99 / £34.99.

Metro 2033 Redux, Metro: Last Light Redux and the compilation Metro Redux are scheduled for release this Summer for Xbox One and Windows PC

Metro Redux Confirmed for Xbox One

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Just as I was about to write about a rumour that Metro Redux, an enhanced collection of Metro titles is said to be heading for Xbox One from 4A Games; I spotted that the developers’ have now confirmed its existence.

“Metro Redux. You may have heard of it… even though you probably shouldn’t have!” is quoted on the games official blog, “We could issue a ‘We do not comment on rumour and speculation’ statement and pretend this never happened. They’re pretty boring to read. They’re also pretty boring to write.”

So the developers continued with a confirmation that Metro Redux is real and will be properly announced around E3 2014. The original leak which you can find just by a quick search shows some outdated material and some quickly thrown together logo’s for the cover to confirm it contains Metro 2033, Metro Last Light and extra DLC content.

When more information comes to light, we’ll be sure to share it – for now though, try to think of Metro Last Light in all its glory on Xbox One, the new home for PC ports!

Via EntertheMetro