Post-apocalyptic Russia in 2036/Mad Maxim: Cyka Railroad
From what is seen, and what I’ve experienced till now, Metro Exodus is graphically a masterpiece. The sound and VFX are beautiful, while also echoing a lonely voice from a broken world. Just by watching the trailer it immerses you in a melancholic and crumbled land, in a good way of course, unlike Fallout 76.
The game’s premise focuses on Earth, in total ruin, with your mission as Artyom to find what safety there is among the drastic nuclear devastation. You start off aboard a goliath train, which is known as The Aurora. The protagonist of this story embarks on a trip across Russia in search of a place to call home.
This game spans across all four seasons, and is by far the most ambitious project 4A Games has produced, and with what is being shown at the moment to the populous it looks it for sure! Unlike the series’ predecessors, which was known for its scripted pieces, linear story, and limited exploration, Metro Exodus’s base formula of it all is more of an open-world design. I mean, it’s good for y’all trying to get into the action of most of these open-world games nowadays, but will it be any different? And also, will it keep the current Metro fans happy? Luckily enough, it retains most of everything loyal fans of the series love while changing a few things for, let’s hope, the better. Here at Monsoon we believe in this game, so much so, we included it in the best upcoming games of 2019.
What is the Metro Series?
4A Games debuted a new trailer for Metro Exodus at E3 2018, sadly though, many gamers weren’t familiar with the series. Now that’s a bummer, especially since previous titles like; Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light were killer games. Nevertheless, if you genuinely don’t have the time to buy these games and give them a whirl, here at Monsoon we’ve prepared a refresher for you to catch up on the story till now.
Metro games take place in post-apocalyptic Russia. Humanity has gone underground since there was a nuclear war that turned the surface world in a barren and poisonous environment overrun with creatures of all sorts. The world had become so f**ked up that bullets ended up becoming a form of money.
The player takes on the role of the protagonist in the story; Artyom, a young man born from the Russian Metro itself. While there, some mysterious gangs known as; The Dark Ones attack his home; Exhibition. Due to this circumstance, Artyom leaves to enlist help from the other survivors. He is joined by Khan, a talented warrior/soldier who knows a real lot about the strange stuff happening in the Metro. Apart from this mysterious gang, and the mutants that dwell in these lands there are also the communists of the Red Line and the Neo Nazis of the Fourth Reich. These two have been at war for years, and Artyom ends up getting caught in the crossfire.
After some time, Artyom finally finds the Dark Ones, and as people with revenge on their mind do, blows them up into oblivion. Sadly, this was a stupid and reckless move because you then find out the Dark Ones were actually just humans who mutated from the nukes and were acting in self-defense the whole time. Artyom is an a**hole. But, who knows what’s going through people’s minds in that s**it-hole. Anyway, to the next game!
Metro Last Light
In Metro Last Light Artyom gets a shot at redeeming himself. A year after the sadness and the mistake of Metro 2033, Artyom now ends up being a member of the Rangers. The Rangers are a group of highly skilled and talented soldiers who roam the most dangerous parts of the wasteland on the surface, and the underground for that matter. You eventually meet your friend Khan who tells Artyom that there is another Dark One, a child who is being held captive by the Red Line.
Story goes that Artyom goes the Red Line, saves the kid from General Korbut (Red Line’s Big Boss-man) and ends up finding a group of Dark Ones hibernating in a secret metro. He then calls this child; “the last light of hope.” Lol. That’s where the title of the game comes from, get it?
And with that you’re pretty much caught up. Metro Exodus is shaking things up on the surface now, and hopefully we get to see a bit of Khan on the way!
When is Metro Exodus coming out?
Metro Exodus was announced on 11 June 2017 at Microsoft’s press conference during E3 2017. The game is scheduled to be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on 15 February 2019. Sadly for you PC gamers, up until today, the game will not be available on Steam but on Epic Store. Why not Steam though? Why?!
What is the Story and the World like?
Metro Exodus takes place in 2036, two years after the events of Metro: Last Light, specifically after the game’s ‘enlightened’ ending. Players will once again step into the shoes of Artyom, a Ranger living in the ruins of Moscow’s underground Metro system after a devastating nuclear war. His goal is to leave Moscow and find a better life to the east.
I recently got some time to check out the game at a preview event and boy oh boy, what a pretty game this is going to be. At the preview, the player was given the chance to explore the world within three seasons: Summer, Winter & Autumn. Each of these seasons ended up being very diverse with regard to their landscapes and game mechanics. It feels even better when coupled with the outstanding narrative while travelling across the country from season to season.
Since it was pretty much free reign, why not spend a couple of hours playing during the best season of all: Summer – obviously since it’s a Metro game, I meant a nuclear Summer. Sadly though, instead of drinking Mojitos, chillin’ on the beach and catching those rays while checking out the fruitful surroundings you find something entirely different.
The Summer season begins with your mode of transportation stopping suddenly with endless screeching in the middle of the desert. Afar you see a big-a** vehicle with a ton of bandits in it coming your way. To make matters worse, due to the climate it makes it difficult for you to progress. All the while, trying to keep the seriously dwindling survivors hydrated. Yeah, no Mojitos to enjoy in Metro darling.
Just as an example; following a brief (usual) intro, you’re given your equipment and the player is set free upon the land of ‘opportunity’. Well, Exodus isn’t really that much of a land of opportunity, and neither is it that much of an adventure really. It instead gives players ‘quartets’ or environments to explore with objectives and missions contained within these quartets stated. Don’t think these are some puny places, they’re massive and really encourage you not to take the beaten path (that sounds funny) so you can find supplies to keep alive!
The map takes you to an outpost along the shimmering desert horizon (probably full of bad guys waiting to find a lovely human to set ablaze). The player takes the stealthy approach and takes down a couple of guards but the rest of the Metro world doesn’t really care about the plans you set. Out of nowhere you hear a flood of screams followed by tens of mutants swarming the place and killing everything in sight. To be honest, it saved the player some time on the stealth approach but then he was left with a bunch of radioactive creatures screaming and running to brutally kill you.
You probably think this game is some sort of first-person shooter, but if you think your firearms will lead to you glory you got another thing coming. In Metro Exodus relying on just your weapons will easily be detrimental for you and your hopes and dreams. This is a game of patience. It is best you play as a stealthy assassin, avoiding the misuse of medkits, bullets and other valuable resources.
It’s a game inspired by Half-Life, a homage that becomes immediately obvious when checking the game out. While objectives are set for you and are marked, and life off the beaten track is hard it is a necessity for you to explore the environment around you.
I don’t know if my crappy PC can take this game, what are the system requirements?
Metro Exodus, as stated before is going to be a top of the range game, and for you to play a top of the range game you kind of need top of the range hardware to process that. You’re probably asking what kind of apocalypse-beating rig do you need, luckily we have the system requirements needed to play this beefy game the proper way. Check them out here:
- Performance: 1080p/30fps
- Graphics Settings: Low
- CPU: Intel Core i5-4440
- Ram: 8 GB
- GPU: GTX 670, GTX 1050, Radeon HD 7870
- VRAM: 2GB
- DirectX: 11/12
- Performance: 1080p/60fps
- Graphics Settings: High
- CPU: Intel Core i7-4770k
- Ram: 8 GB
- GPU: GTX 1070, RTX 2060, AMD RX Vega 56
- VRAM: 8GB
- DirectX: 12
- Performance: 1440p/60fps
- Graphics Settings: Ultra
- CPU: Intel Core i7-8700k
- Ram: 16 GB
- GPU: GTX 1080 Ti, RTX 2070, AMD RX Vega 64
- VRAM: 8GB
- DirectX: 12
- Performance: 4K/60fps
- Graphics Settings: Extreme
- CPU: Intel Core i9-9900k
- Ram: 16 GB
- GPU: RTX 2080 Ti
- VRAM: 11GB
- DirectX: 12
4A Games’ ambition shows a lot from the clips we’ve seen up until now, including the gameplay. Utilizing the best game engines and mechanics, the people behind Exodus built something very special, or at least looks very special until now. Exploring broken and destroyed Russia seems absolutely delightful. Trailing around dark and disgusting subways with just brief instances of seeing the light outside gets pretty old quick, as seen in previous games.
In Metro Exodus you’re given autonomy to do as you like, well you’re almost free. You’re still sadly stuck with the impossible task to make the world around you ‘work’. I genuinely can’t wait to try this game out properly and experience what its really like to get down and dirty with a bunch of communists, Nazis, mutants and cults. Come on!