Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Going Underground: Take a Trip on the Metro

More than five months after its release, Metro 2033 has got itself a demo. It seems to be funded/sponsored by hardware manufacturer MSI but no-one's interested in The Money, right?

Metro 2033, as you might remember, is a Russian-made FPS based upon Dmitry Glukhovsky's novel of existential horror in post-apocalyptic Moscow underground. To save the remnants of humanity from mutant hordes you must travel from your home station to the centre of the metro system, fighting neo-nazis and communists and venturing above ground into the nuclear winter.

The stations are as packed with atmosphere and incidental detail as they are packed with people, in stark contrast with the empty loneliness of the tunnels themselves. Combat is tough and mostly enthralling though in the end it is a linear shooter with the requisite stealth sections and over-powered bullet soaks that start appearing 2/3 of the way through. I don't imagine you'll see those in the demo though: can't tell you exactly as I've not downloaded it.

The demo is only being distributed on FilePlanet so far so you'll need to be registered with them to download it. Hopefully it will spread to other sites and Steam. Download here.

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