For me, this game has possibly the best atmosphere and presentation of any game. It feels more like an immersive film than a game. I've never been so impressed at how a game presents itself. Every section is so well crafted, the sound, the visuals, the atmosphere, it all really starts to get in your head after a while of playing.
As you probably know, its another post apocolyptic thing, so expect the same kind of feeling - mutants etc. However, this ones different to the rest, mainly down to the atmosphere, its incredibly original - and a commendable effort from these developers.
Being Russian helps a lot - no cheesy "USA all the way" voice acting - helps the whole thing feel a lot more gritty and real.
The graphics are mindblowing, some of the lighting effects are really cool, and seeing most of the game is set in small spaces, you get the impression tonnes of effort has gone into each space.
Metro 2033 is really what it is because of the feeling it creates. Its about as immersive as your going to get with todays games - even checking your objectives (usually press esc to a seperate menu or something similar), is lighting up a lighter and holding it against the clipboard your carrying!
Admittedly the guns arent all that fun - theres a few really cool weapons, but the sounds for the regular weapons (AK47 etc) could be a little stronger. The AI is also a little weak in places - the enemy shooting at you before your even round the corner (again, dont let this put you off, its a minor problem!) Another sound related issue - voices often drown each other out, if your somewhere busy, you often have to strain to hear plot sensetive stuff, but its a minor problem.
Metro 2033 feels entirely claustraphobic, even going up onto the surface, you need to keep an eye on your gas mask - filters only last a certain time up there, and without a mask, your lungs are fried within a minute or so.
Beware: You may already be expecting this, but theres some damn scary moments from the begginning onwards, so brace yourself for it!
Overall, fantastic game, beautifully put together, stunning presentation with exciting cutscenes, and HUGELY original. Would definitely recommend.
Voice Acting: 10/10
Overall: 8/10 MUST BUY!!!!!!!!!!!
A note on video and graphics performance:
Metro is demanding, and you'll need a top, top end PC to max out. Here's how i managed:
Dx10 - 4xAF - 4xAA - High Settings - 1920x1080 - Av: 40fps
Dx10 - 4xAF - 4xAA - Highest Settings - 1920x1080 - Av: 30fps
Dx11 - 4xAF - 4xAA - Highest Settings - 1920x1080 - Av: 25fps
AMD Phenom II x4 @3.2Ghz
DDR3 4GB RAM
Hope that helps.
Thanks for reading!