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On the whole Metro:Redux is well worth it if you've jumped to the new-gen, or you have new-gen and you missed out on the Metro games in the past. 2033's Ghosts level remains one of the most chilling and atmospheric treatments of a haunted underground you'll play outside of Shalebridge Cradle from Thief: Deadly Shadows and it's brought to life even more impressively under the new engine. I can recommend this treatment, with all the DLC and everything as the definitive Metro experience and it's as tasty on new-gen as it was on a high-end PC. It runs at a silky-smooth frame-rate and there's no issues with stuttering. Load times are much faster and the whole experience is superlative on the new-gen with better shooting and gun control overall.
Redux is the complete Metro experience in a totally difference sense. Both titles have been reworked to various degrees providing an even deeper level of immersion. The marketing for a previous game mode once stated that "this was the way that Metro was meant to be played". They were wrong; regardless of any game mode, Redux is the way Metro was meant to be. Whether entering for the first time or heading back on a return ticket, this is the Metro ride that you simply have to take.
Despite their seemingly miserable setting, both Metro games are in fact fun, diverse shooter-adventures, and the remastered 2033 does a good job of smoothing down the original's rougher edges at the expense of some of its brutal personality. Getting both in a single, enhanced package is a great way to discover (or rediscover) the Moscow Metro's unconventional charms.
Metro Redux may not offer much to entice players who have already played and enjoyed these games, but this remastered bundle is the best way for newcomers to experience the thrills and scares of this under-appreciated series.
As I mentioned just now, Metro Redux is a game made for someone like me. I knew about the series and had been putting off playing the games again and again, but with the remastered graphics and improved gameplay, this was my time to jump in. And jumped in I did. As much as I loved my time in the metro, this game is not a must have for everyone, but for those that missed the Metro series or the hardcore fans, sit down and enjoy the ride.
That is really what is most impressive about Metro: Redux. In an era where every title feels like it is trying to play catch up to Call of Duty in the FPS genre, Metro still stands out as being willing to take a few more chances. It wants you to spend time in its darkly atmospheric world. While Last Light was compromised to an extent to appeal to the broader FPS audience, as an overall pack Metro is as brilliant as it always was and Last Light is a nice bonus. Further, brought together these games represent one of the better "next gen re-releases" in terms of raw quantity.
Then again, Metro Redux isn't really about any one of these people--not Artyom, not any so-called Dark One, not Bourbon, and certainly not any of the game's few women, most of whom exist as entertainment for men, whether as can-can dancers or as naked silhouettes. No, this compilation is about a place. It's a place where you can hear the laughter of children long since dead, and the screams of aircraft passengers moments before their incineration. It's a place where you must fear both the hideous mutants that prowl as well as humankind--and yet it's only with humankind that you might find safety. It's that ebb and flow, that movement in and out of danger, and the panic you feel when danger finds you even when you think you should be most at peace, that makes Metro Redux such an excellent tour through the best and worst of a society in ruins.