Metro Exodus – Review

Metro Exodus is the third entry in the Metro series of games based on the books of Dimitri Glukhovsky. While the first two games are mostly linear shooters, set mostly underground inside Metro tunnels, Metro Exodus makes use of more open spaces outside of the tunnels. It’s not an open world game, but is has open areas with multiple missions and objectives.

Set shortly after the event of Metro: Last Light, Metro Exodus follows Artyom and a ragtag group of soldiers as they venture out of the Metro and Moscow to find out what’s been really going on all these years after the nuclear war. It’s a well told narrative with strong characters and really memorable moments. The story focuses on the group itself and how they manage to survive in some really harsh conditions.

Sights outside of the dark metro tunnels are not only refreshing, but also absolutely stunning. Metro Exodus of one of the best looking games on PC right now, and among the few to support Ray Tracing and DLSS. The amount of detail, both technical and artistic is really impressive, with excellent lighting, volumetric effects, and high-resolution textures really making he game shine.

The combat also sees some significant improvements. Both head on combat and stealth are valid options, and you now have a wider arsenal with deeper customization that ever before. You can modify a simple pistol to be a powerful SMG or even a sniper with the right components, and the upgrade system feels really meaningful. The shooting feels great, with strong recoil on automatic weapons, powerful impact of high caliber weapons, and the unique special weapons. Combat and stealth are both viable options, and accessing the encounter ahead, prepping for it, and executing on the play-style you desire is immensely satisfying.

With a strong narrative, enjoyable gameplay, and fantastic visuals, Metro Exodus is a really impressive package overall. This is easily among the best AAA game I have played in recent memory, and I would love to see what 4A Games does next.

Score – 9/10

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Metro Exodus: RTX and DLSS Analysis

Metro Exodus is out now and all the platform exclusivity debacle aside, the game itself is great and looks visually stunning. The game also comes with RTX and DLSS and we’ve been waiting to see more of this so let’s discuss how it affects performance and visuals in this title.

Let’s discuss the implementation of RTX in this title. RTX is only used for Global Illumination which means only the light from the sun is ray traced and not reflections or any other light sources like in Battlefield V. This was done mainly because changing how local light sources worked would change the stealth mechanics for those who were not using RTX so they decided to only go for Global Illumination.

This means that while outdoor scenes will look much more realistic, you won’t see much of a difference in indoor scenes because of the reasons mentioned above ,however, that doesn’t mean you’ll see non-RTX like performance.

On an RTX 2080 Ti, you’ll see the average frame per second drop from around 87 fps to 53 fps when using the High RTX preset(which is the lowest setting) and the game preset on Ultra at 4K resolution.

That’s a drop of around 35 fps for something that will only be visible outdoors. While it does look more realistic and cinematic, having that drop even in areas with no visible change isn’t great. Plus, the cards like the RTX 2060 and RTX 2070 are good for 1080p Ultra with RTX on High.

Moving up to 1440p on the RTX 2060 and the RTX 2070 will see you get a framerate between 35-54fps and 42-60fps respectively at Ultra. Dropping down the settings from Ultra to High could net you more frames but unless you drop to Medium on the RTX 2060, it will be pretty hard to get a consistent 60 fps experience with RTX on.

There’s another way to gain more frames though and that’s with DLSS. Deep Learning Super Sampling or DLSS uses AI to upscale an image to a targeted resolution without losing image quality. Sadly, we feel DLSS needs a bit more time before it can be used in place of using a Native Resolution.

DLSS in Metro Exodus makes the image less sharp and lacks detail. There’s also visible artifacting and the image doesn’t look too clean. It seems to lose a lot of detail and actually feels like a little more blurry as if you were using an AA like FXAA which would make the screen a little blurry but get rid of Aliasing.

DLSS is being constantly improved as Nvidia’s supercomputer is continually learning and will improve over time.

So, is Ray tracing and DLSS worth using in Metro Exodus if you have an RTX card? Well, it really depends on your personal preference. You could easily play the game on Ultra at 1440p with RTX on High using an RTX 2060 and 2070 but with the framerate capped at 30fps.

However, since Metro Exodus is a shooter, I personally wouldn’t do that. You could also try out DLSS and if you think it looks good then, by all means, use it and enjoy the extra frames to bump up the graphical settings.

Personally, the game is visually breathtaking even without Ray Tracing and I’d prefer a Higher Resolution like 1440p with a solid 60fps framerate rather than dropping resolution for a bit of eye candy.

If you really do want to play with RTX on at 1440p with an RTX 2060 then you should drop down the graphical quality preset from Ultra to maybe High or even Medium and try out DLSS and see if that looks good to you.

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Metro Exodus ‘Artyom’s Nightmare’ Trailer

Watch the Incredible Metro Exodus Animated Short: Artyom’s Nightmare

Deep Silver and 4A Games are proud to unveil the spectacular CGI Animated Short, Artyom’s Nightmare. In this dream-like prologue to the events of Metro Exodus, we explore Artyom’s hopes and fears of a life beyond the ruins of the Moscow Metro.

A quarter century after nuclear war devastated the Earth, a few thousand survivors took refuge in the Moscow Metro. They believed they were the last remnants of humanity – but they were wrong. Only Artyom dared to dream of a life on the surface. But dreams can quickly turn to nightmares…

It’s time to leave the ruins of Moscow, and journey beyond.

Created by the master animators of Platige Image in collaboration with 4A Games, Artyom’s Nightmare brings the haunting world of Metro to life as never seen before. “Watching 4A Games take my characters off the page and onto the screen has been a privilege,” said Dmitry Glukhovsky, author of the original Metro novels. “I hope fans will enjoy this new glimpse into Artyom’s world.”

Metro Exodus releases on February 15 for Xbox One, the all-in one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, and PC.

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Epic Games Store to Get Optional Review System

Epic Games Store will finally get a review system but with a catch. It is going to be optional and developers will get to choose whether to opt in or not.

After Epic Games was called out for being anti-consumer they seem to be listening to the criticism and feedback they’ve been getting. They’re adding a Review System that’s based on the one from the Unreal Engine marketplace.

They’ve made it optional by giving the developers the choice to opt-in if they choose to but is it really a good move? Tim Sweeney’s reasoning is that they don’t want review bombing and to prevent gaming-the-system. I mean if the game is bad or the developers do something to screw over the owners of a game, they can just muzzle the back lash by disabling Reviews.

Most of the time review bombs occur because either the developers or publisher do something to screw over the owners of the game. The Metro games are getting review bombed on Steam right now because of the sudden exclusivity deal that publisher Deep Silver struck with Epic Games.

Epic Games are getting bashed constantly now for being anti-consumer, more-so for being against the principle element of PC Gaming which is the ability to choose. Poaching developers to make games exclusively available on their lack-lustre store has more than just irked the community.

Steam’s review system helps fix the issue with review bombings by showing a recent review aggregate and also an overall one. Plus, you need to own the product to leave a review and there’s an option to mark the fact that you received the product you’re reviewing for free.

It’s not easy to make a new and robust review system but this attempt at having one just to tick the box isn’t what the people want from this platform. There’s a lot of angry folks screaming at Epic right now which makes it hard to read actual feedback and constructive criticism but good luck to Epic because even if they provide the developers with a better deal, if the people using the platform aren’t happy, they wont use it.

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Was the Metro Exodus and Epic Games Store Deal Pre-Planned by Deep Silver?

After the news of Metro Exodus being an Epic Games Store exclusive for a year hit the internet, there was backlash from people and that backlash might seem to be growing even bigger.

After the exclusivity deal between Metro Exodus and Epic Games was published, the folks who pre-ordered the game on Steam and those who bought the physical copies of the game were worried since they were also going to a receive a Steam code.

Those who pre-ordered on Steam were told that their product would still work on Steam and nothing would change for them. Physical Copies were also going to follow the same thing until we saw this tweet thanks to Reddit user /u/Nicolas873.

This is where this whole deal gets shady. Physical Copies of a game ship with the code already printed in them. And these copies are made in advance, usually when they go Gold. The game went Gold in December and when they go Gold, they’re packaged and prepared for release

Taken From the Rifle Class Youtube video that released on 23rd January.

With only 2 weeks until the release of the game, this means that the codes printed on these copies were already an Epic Store key and not a Steam key. Chances are high that the physical copy will have the Epic Games Store installer on it with no mention of Steam, thus making it evident that this deal was made well in advance of the announcement.

The publishers, Deep Silver, already had the deal in place because recalling so many units and then changing the code on them would be quite tedious and not cost-efficient. So even though they knew about the deal, they decided to wait until the last minute to make it public.

Taken on the Collector’s Edition Page of the game on 30th January.

But why wait until the last moment to do so? It’s pretty simple. Steam is still the biggest market out there and Metro Exodus has been featured on the Store Page which is free marketing for the game. So while the game units were packaged with Epic Store codes in them, they were still being advertised as being on Steam everywhere else. And, still is being advertised as such on the game’s website.

This whole deal seems really fishy and doesn’t make the Epic Games Store look good at all. Not to mention, the folks at Steam will surely not be happy with this and might take Deep Silver and/or Epic to court over this. Especially since they marketed the game as being on Steam.

As we get more information, we’ll update this post but until then, having a conversation about this deal and the way Epic seem to be taking on Steam would really help us consumers as this exclusivity of games on PC will just keep getting worse. Especially if it is exclusive to a platform that doesn’t benefit the consumer.

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Metro Exodus Devs Were not Aware of the Exclusivity Deal

The sudden news of Metro Exodus being an Epic Games Store exclusive was also a surprise to THQ Nordic as they tweeted out explaining the situation.

About 24 hours ago, a notice popped up on the steam page of Metro Exodus which stated that the game would be removed from the Steam Store within 24 hours as the publisher decided to make the game exclusive to another store. The good news though was that folks who pre-ordered it will still have the games in their library and will be able to play it on Steam.

THQ Nordic were also taken by surprise and decided to let their thoughts be known about the situation and how they had no part in this deal. The game has also been taken off the Windows Store.

Epic Games Store aims to take on Steam and are doing so by offering developers a better cut and by giving users free games that are good. However, I feel that by making a game exclusive to their store isn’t really a good move because you’re forced to use their platform then instead of having a choice to choose from.

GOG has DRM free games, Steam has good sales and a pre-existing community so why am I being forced to use a platform that I might not want to use. Not to mention, Steam has regional pricing in Rupees and accepts domestic ways to make purchases which makes it easier for Indian gamers to buy games. Plus, as THQ Nordic have put it themselves, they want their games to available on as many platforms as possible and this certainly isn’t helping with that.

So instead of making games exclusive and forcing me to play on your platform, why not make a platform that actually makes me want to buy games from there? Not to mention, Steam’s review system has gotten a lot better over time while Epic Games doesn’t even have one. This might just help soften the blow if the reviews aren’t good.

Metro Exodus will be available on other stores after a year when the timed exclusivity runs out. For now, it’s available only on the Epic Games Store for $19.99 in India. What are your thoughts about this? Let us know in the comments below.

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Metro Exodus ‘Weapons’ Trailer

The new Metro Exodus ‘Weapons’ Trailer elucidates on all the weapons in your arsenal. Be it a silent crossbow for assassination missions or a close range heavy hitter, you’ve got it all.

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Metro Exodus ‘Master Artyom Edition’ Announced

Deep Silver, 4A Games and Metro author Dmitry Glukhovsky today unveiled the Metro Exodus Artyom Custom Edition. This extraordinary bespoke edition is so rare only ten have been made, and they are not available to purchase in any store – instead, Metro fans around the world will have the opportunity to win them via a number of planned promotions in the coming weeks.

Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity personally signed by Dmitry Glukhovsky and Andrew ‘Prof’ Prokhorov, Creative Director and co-founder at 4A Games, these hand-crafted editions feature a selection of Artyom’s iconic equipment, including a fully functional Nixie watch.

“We worked with the renowned craftsmen at DB Props, based in the world famous Shepperton Studios to source and manufacture the ultimate collection for Metro fans,” said Huw Beynon, Head of Global Brand Management at Deep Silver. “Each item is either an authentic real-world object or has been hand-made to re-create 4A’s original designs. We knew we could never do Artyom’s signature Nixie watch justice with a replica; so we decided to make them for real.”


Packaged in a steel ammo crate, the Artyom Custom Edition contains:

• A fully-functional, hand-made Nixie Watch
• A Gas Mask and Filter
• A working Bullet Lighter made from a decommissioned shell
• A hand-made steel Spartan dog tag to be engraved with the recipient’s name
• A leather map case and map of the Aurora’s journey
• A personalised Certificate of Authenticity, signed by Dmitry Glukhovsky and Andrew ‘Prof’ Prokhorov

The first of these priceless editions has been given to 4A Games – the remaining nine will be available to win via a series of upcoming promotions. Be the first to hear how you can stand a chance of winning by registering at MetroTheGame.com, following us on Twitter and Instagram @MetroVideoGame or on Facebook at Facebook.com/MetroVideoGame.

 

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Metro Exodus Goes Gold, Release Date Moved Up To February 15, 2019

Metro Exodus has gone Gold and will now release a week early on 15 February 2019

Deep Silver and 4A Games are proud to announce that, after five years of development, Metro Exodus has gone Gold and will release a week earlier than anticipated. The spectacular third entry in the critically acclaimed Metro saga will now release on February 15th 2019, on Xbox One, the all-in one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and PC.

“Our fans have been waiting patiently for Metro Exodus ever since we announced the title at E3 2017,” said Klemens Kundratitz, CEO at Deep Silver. “We had previously delayed the release date to ensure 4A Games had the time to deliver their ambitious vision for the game, but now we’re delighted to confirm that Metro Exodus has ‘gone gold’ and we are able to bring the release date forward to the 15th February 2019.”

To celebrate this news, Deep Silver are proud to reveal the spectacular Title Sequence for Metro Exodus.

Created by Santa Monica based studio, Elastic, the award winning makers of some of the most iconic title sequences of recent years including Game of Thrones and Westworld, this beautiful introduction to the game is set to an original score by Metro series composer Alexey Omelchuk.

“We were absolutely thrilled to be contacted by the team at Deep Silver and 4A Games to create this Main Title Sequence,” said Andy Hall, Creative Director at Elastic. “It’s the type of project we love. Once we had been immersed in the game, we essentially lived in this frozen and terrifying landscape for many, many weeks…we are delighted with the final film.”

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Metro Exodus ‘Spartan Collector’s Edition’ Announced

Deep Silver and 4A Games today revealed the Metro Exodus Spartan Collector’s Edition. Crafted from the highest quality materials, this custom package is now available to pre-order exclusively from metrothegame.com.

The Spartan Collector’s Edition includes:

• A Premium Quality Artyom Statue: This highly detailed, hand-painted resin statue stands at 10.5 inches high and captures the iconic scene from the Metro Exodus announcement trailer of Artyom fighting off a deadly Watchman. Each statue is individually numbered.

• Authentic Spartan Order Dog Tag: A finely crafted replica of Artyom’s Spartan Order tag.

• “Artyom’s Memories” Collectible Postcards: Arytom’s most treasured items are postcards from the world before it was devastated by nuclear war. Fans of the Metro series will recognise Artyom’s collection, given to him by those he encounters on his journey. Each postcard carries a message from his closest friends and companions.

• Spartan Order Patches: Two authentic Spartan Order patches.


The Spartan Collector’s Edition comes in gigantic, barrel shaped packaging, based on an in-game design.

The Spartan Collector’s Edition can be purchased as a stand-alone item or complete with a copy of The Aurora Limited Edition, giving fans the choice of where and how they buy Metro Exodus.

The Aurora Limited Edition contains a copy of the game in an exclusive Steelbook®, a beautiful “World of Metro” Art Book, and the Metro Exodus Expansion Pass, all contained within a bespoke metal outer case inspired by The Aurora).

The Spartan Collector’s Edition is priced at £129.99 / $149.99 / €149.99 stand-alone, or £214.99 / $234.99 / €244.99 when bundled with an Aurora Edition. It will be available in selected countries, and additional delivery charges may vary.

Fans should also note that The Spartan Collector’s Edition will be in strictly limited supply!

Metro Exodus will be released on 22 February 2019 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC

 

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