Metro Exodus – PC Review

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Genre: Action
Developer: 4A Games
Publisher: Deep Silver
Franchise: Metro
Release Date: Feb 14, 2019
Edited by Thorstag

Metro Exodus is one of the most anticipated games to be released early this year. The game is the third installment of the Metro series based on Dmitry Glukhovsky’s novels. It follows the events of Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light. When asked to review this game I was really excited about it. This game takes place in the post-apocalyptic era in Russia.

Loading up this game for the very first time there are multiple difficulties you can choose from. It is awesome that you have a Story mode which makes it easier to play and to enjoy the story aspect of the game. The difficulties can go up to the point for more experienced players to test their skill; as you increase the difficulty of the game, the scarcity of materials that you will need to craft certain items such as bullets, ammo, weapons, and bandages increases as well.

The story takes place in Moscow Russia set after the events of Metro: Last light. The graphics are done well, especially on the opening scene where you are on the metro heading towards the city of Moscow itself. This transition was a fantastic transition especially with the voice-over work, and it really sucked you in! Running this game on Ultimate settings, you can see how much work the developers put in this game. I noticed no frame drop issues or jittering what so ever. Nowadays I’m usually wary of games, due to them not being optimized well on release day. This game, however, was optimized exceptionally well with no issues that I have seen.

An amazing feature of this game is how it has full Mouse and Keyboard (MKB) and Full Controller support. The ability to have both options to play this game on the computer is something, I love. Both of the options are done well so no matter your playstyle, this game has got you covered. I enjoy the MKB better, that’s just my personal opinion though because I’m used to the MKB controls more being a PC Gamer.

Let’s talk about the soundtrack and background ambiance of this game. When the opening title sequence started, while watching the aftermath and hearing the music it really gave me goosebumps. I was sucked in at that point, and I knew this game was going to be great, and I have a long day/night of gaming ahead of me. The monsters in the game were terrifying itself. The background and sound effects of them, hearing them howl and creep behind you, really gave me the jitters. As a big horror fan buff, I was stoked. The jump scares in the game got me a bunch of times which again made for a great game.

So with any review, we have to break down the scoring. Especially since this being a AAA title, so for this game, we’re going to break it down in subcategories. These categories are music/sound effects, story, graphics, fun factor, and mechanics/controls. Doing the scoring this way will give it a Drastik Measure Score.

Let’s talk about the music and sound effects; I believe that the music I heard, in the beginning, and throughout the game was made really well. It gave me goosebumps, and it did help in setting the mood for the game we are about to play. Some of the ambiance and sound effects worked well with the overall game. Especially hearing the monsters rustling through the grass as well as hearing the bad guys move around the game. So that being said, I’m going to grade this a 10!

StoryLine, even though I did not play any of the other games and did not know the full story, I did not feel lost at all. I think jumping into this game and not playing the others I had a fair sense of what was going on. If anything this makes me want to go back and play the other series as well to take in the full effect and have it seep in. For that and the direction the story was going, I would have to give this a 10!

Graphics holy cow, I do say this game on its release day I did not spot any glitches or any problems with this game. The only issue I had as far as the graphics went was I felt the motion blur was a little over the top for me. It is easily corrected by going into the options menu and fixing it. Even though I lowered it a bit more, I still felt that the motion blur was a little too extreme. I think the game was really optimized well, so I’m giving this a 9.0 Score.

Fun factor, I really did enjoy this game! This game had me at my computer for hours. I enjoyed the graphics, the story, the way the game was played! This game isn’t just a run and gun style; you had to be stealthy in some parts which took this game to another direction as well. I enjoyed how they merged the different styles in this gameplay. Some parts, however, did get frustrating as some of the weapons I did not like, but that’s just a personal preference. The frustrating factor is when you are in a mission, and you run out of bullets or when you’re trying to find items to craft things the scarcity even in normal mode I felt was really scarce. With that in mind, someone may take that as a total bummer. Taking all that into consideration and even in normal mode, I felt that it was a to difficult to call it normal mode. I am giving this a score of an 8.5!

The last category is mechanics/controls; I feel the mechanics and controls of the game were implemented well. I love the fact that it has full Mouse and Keyboard controls as well as full controller support which was a huge bonus. A lot of the game mechanics as far as crafting collecting materials to make different things made this into an all in one package. There were only two issues I faced; one was with the mouse sensitivity it seemed like no matter what I did with the options in the game, as well as changing my mouse settings they did not match up. It appeared it lagged behind a bit, which in some of the game really gave me issues as far as trying to line up shots and whatnot. The last issue I had was with the Sight and Aiming. No matter what I did with this even lined up the crosshairs perfect for a headshot it was never accurate. No matter how I tried to aim, it seemed like the crosshairs were off on where I was targeting. I don’t know if this is part of the game mechanic or not, but it led to frustrating gameplay, and I wasted a lot of bullets. With those factors in mind, I will have to give this category an 8.0

Now for pricing and the final score and my final thoughts. Let’s start by saying this game sparked my interest from the very beginning. It had me at my computer for hours on end, and it still does. I would love to try out the different games in the series as well. I feel this game was extremely well developed, and I do recommend picking it up and checking it out. You can find this game for the standard edition on Epic Games Store for $49.99 for the standard addition or if you want to go all in for the gold edition that’s going to be $74.99. I feel this is a fair price point for the game for the standard edition. However, unless you’re a collector, I don’t see the value at the Gold edition. Now for the Final score with everything being said!

Wagz(wolfpack) Gives Metro Exodus a Drastik Measure 9.1 out of 10 (91)