Metro Games In Order – Complete Guide

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When it comes to open-world survival games, the first and foremost option in our mind is the Metro series. These games were based on the Metro Novel written by Dmitry Glukhovsky, and three games follow the sequel. This game is not a gigantic or open world like Grand Theft Auto or has multiplayer like Battlefield but still became a major success. 

The novel was released back in 2005 while the first game of this series launched in 2010, and it’s not an old franchise. The game’s name is based on the novel, where it is plotted in the Russian Federation, where NATO did some nuclear attacks, and the savior of the attack was forced to live in underground metro tunnels. 

The player has to fight against some other humans and monsters to progress the game, and some missions need to be done to complete the game story. Initially, the game contains a few weapons, but the latest entry in this series includes some real and fictional weapons you can also customize. 

In all Metro games, there is an in-game currency used to buy ammunition or be used to upgrade the player’s weapons. There is no way to buy that currency with real money, or the game doesn’t have any microtransactions. 

This game doesn’t have a multiplayer mode, but it was rumored that the company is also working on multiplayer mode of the Metro Last Light, but later it was announced that the company’s main focus is on single player and they dropped the plan. There are three titles in this series, namely Metro 2033, Metro Last Light, and Metro Exodus. 

In this article, we will review each title and know about their gameplay and their plot and check out the Metro games in order and system requirements. So, without wasting time on the game mechanics and plotting, let’s check out the games’ order in this series. 

Metro Games In Order

This is the list of metro games, and if you are interested in playing them, I would recommend you to play them to get the complete background of their story. I am so giving our list a start with the first entry in this series. 

Metro 2033

Metro 2033

Release Date: 16 March 2010

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Linux, OS X, Stadia

As I’ve already mentioned in the intro that Metro 2033 was released back in 2010 and was based on the novel with the same name. This game’s central theme is a first-person shooting, but it has some horror and survival elements. The game’s story is set in Moscow after a nuclear war where all of the remainings are forced to live in underground tunnels. 

The game can be played from the first-person perspective, and the player has to kill the enemies and other humans with different weapons. There are a couple of ways to kill the enemies, but the most preferred one is stealth. You can buy it from the vendors or get it from enemies’ dead bodies for the ammunition.  

Some areas of the metro station are covered with nuclear radiation, and the player must need to wear a suitable mask in those areas to avoid damage. Once you are in the radiation zone, and your gas mask gets damaged while in combat, you have to replace it as soon as possible otherwise, the health of the player starts gradually decreasing. 

The game got very positive reviews from players worldwide, and they mostly praise the environment, plot, and the horror and stealth elements of this game. Though there are many things too, the game got some criticism from the users like the terrible enemies, artificial intelligence, and some other bugs in the game.

Most of the gameplay is set in Moscow’s tunnels, but sometimes you have to go to the earth’s surface in the ruins of Moscow. You can get the story’s idea through the gameplay while the important moments and parts of the game are displayed in the form of cutscenes. 

Most of the time in the game, the player has a low amount of ammunition, and you must have to get some ammunition from the dead bodies to survive in the game. There is “military-grade ammunition,” which can be used in the game as a currency in the tunnels to buy some ammunition, or they can be used to upgrade the primary weapon. 

At some specific points in the game, there are some moral choices that the player has to do, like giving the homeless or needy some in-game currency and doing that will show you some different cutscenes at the end of the game. Still, throughout the game, you will not get anything related to these choices. 

The original Metro 2033 doesn’t need a high-end gaming computer, and most probably, you can play this game on any build these days. The minimum and recommended requirements of this game, as mentioned by the company, give them a look before downloading this game. 

Minimum System Requirements

Game NameMetro 2033
Intel CPUIntel Core 2 Duo E4300 1.8GHz
AMD CPUAMD Athlon 64 x2 3600+ Dual Core 
AMD Graphics CardAMD Radeon HD 6410D
Nvidia Graphics CardNvidia GeForce GT 220
Video Memory1 GB
Memory1 GB
Operating SystemWin XP 32/64 bit
DirectXDX 9
Storage12 GB

Recommended System Requirements

Game NameMetro 2033
Intel CPUIntel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz
AMD CPUAMD Phenom II X2 511
AMD Graphics CardAMD Radeon HD 6770
Nvidia Graphics CardNvidia GeForce GTX 260
Video Memory896 MB
Memory2 GB
Operating SystemWin Vista 32/64 bit
DirectXDX 10
Storage12 GB

Undoubtedly the company has released a great masterpiece with sub gameplay mechanics and story, and that’s what most users like in this game. The story of this game takes about nine hours to complete, and I’m just talking about the primary missions, not the side or optional mission, but of course, they are worth playing. Also, it depends upon what difficulty level you are playing the game. 

Metro: Last Light

metro last light

Release Date: 14 May 2013

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Stadia

The gameplay of Metro Last Light is no different than the Metro 2033 and it is the best entry in the Metro game series though there are a few things that make some difference. Metro Last Light is also a sequel to the Metro 2033, and the players continue the excellent ending story of the previous game and follow the next part of the novel. 

The previous game was not released for Sony PlayStation 3, and unlike that, this one is available for all of the platforms you want to play, including the Linus, macOS, and now the Google Stadia. The game’s theme didn’t change as it’s the same, including the first per shooting mechanics and the survival and horror elements. 

As I’ve mentioned that this game is a sequel to the previous entry in this series, which includes the nuclear attack in Moscow, and the player is tasked to find the Dark Ones in the different parts of the underground tunnel. This game’s significant improvements are the improved in-game mechanics, weapon customization system, and some graphics improvements. 

A team of 80 people develops the game while the main owner or franchise creator Dmitry Glukhovsky wrote the game story and outline. One the time of release, there were some rumors that the game will probably include multiplayer, but later the plan may be dropped to focus on the single-player more. It was also rumored that the game would also release for the Wii U, but the plan was also canceled. 

The user’s review of this game was useful, and most people praised the environment, world design, and the graphics of the game. In contrast, like the previous game, it got some negative reviews on artificial intelligence and the other bugs. For the company, this game is considered a commercial success for this company as its first week sales are much more than the lifetime sales of the Metro 2033. 

The number of weapons in this game is more than the previous entry in the series, while some of them are based on real weapons, while most of them are fictional weapons. The tunnels of this game have a dark atmosphere, and the player has to rely on the flashlight or the lighter most of the time in the game. 

This game requires more hardware performance than the previous one, and you need powerful hardware to run the game on your machine. There are the minimum and recommended Metro Last Light requirements, and I would recommend you give them a look before buying and downloading the game on your computer. 

Minimum System Requirements

Game NameMetro: Last Light
Intel CPUIntel Core 2 Duo E4500 2.2GHz
AMD CPUAMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5000+
AMD Graphics CardAMD Radeon HD 3870
Nvidia Graphics CardNvidia GeForce 8800 GT
Video Memory512 MB
Memory2 GB
Operating SystemWin XP 32/64 bit
DirectXDX 9
Storage20 GB

Recommended System Requirements

Game NameMetro: Last Light
Intel CPUIntel Core i5-670 3.46GHz
AMD CPUAMD Phenom II X4 910
AMD Graphics CardAMD Radeon HD 7870 XT
Nvidia Graphics CardNvidia GeForce GTX 580
Video Memory1.5 GB
Memory6 GB
Operating SystemWin 7 64 bit
DirectXDX 11
Storage20 GB

Both Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light are good, but if you directly start playing the Metro Last Light, you will most probably not get what happened in the background and what’s going next, so it’s good to play the Metro 2033 before starting this game. The last mission of the game is also not enough to get the full background of the game. This game’s story takes 10 hours straight to complete, but it also depends on what difficulty level you are playing. Overall I would say it’s one of the great masterpieces to play after Metro 2033. 

Metro Redux

Metro Redux

Release Date: 26 August 2014

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Stadia

Four years after the original game’s release, the company has remastered the original title with some improved graphics and mechanics. On 22 May 2014, the company announced that they are releasing the Metro Redux, a remastered version of the Metro 2033 original. The story remains the same, but many other things are improved in this game. 

Metro Redux uses the latest 4A Engine, which was used for the Last Light, and all of the changes and mechanics were brought from Last Light to the Metro 2033. The remastered version was released for the next generation consoles only but not for the previous consoles, including the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.  

Those who don’t own the Metro Redux but are willing to experience the game can download the demo version of it, including the first third of the single-player campaign. This is a great way to enjoy the game, and later on, if you like the game, you can buy the full version and easily continue the story from where you left. 

That’s all about the remastered version of Metro 2033, but later the company also released the Metro Last Light Redux. The company did not plan the new version of the game for eight generations of consoles, but the company announced it along with the other Redux version.

Along with the Redux of these games, the company also released the remastered downloadable content of these games to get with the bundle. This game’s bundle includes the Metro 2033 Redux and Metro Last Light and some DLCs, and we can call it some deal. 

A few months ago, the company brought this game to two more platforms, including the Nintendo Switch and Google Stadia. Right now, this game is available to nine different platforms, including Linux and macOS. The redux version of Last Light got very positive feedback from gamers, but most users criticize that because of minor graphics updates. 

Like the original titles, both of the Redux was considered as a commercial success to the company. The company did not reveal the exact number of sales, but as they announced that the Metro Redux Collection could sell more than 1.5 million copies right after the release. It was also the 6th best selling title in the United States in the month when it was released. 

The game demands more graphics and processing power than the original titles, as it’s much better in graphics. However, only the graphics requirements are higher, while the CPU requirements are the same as of the previous titles. 

Minimum System Requirements

Game NameMetro Redux
Intel CPUIntel Core 2 Duo E4500 2.2GHz
AMD CPUAMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5000+
AMD Graphics CardAMD Radeon HD 3870
Nvidia Graphics CardNvidia GeForce 8800 GT
Video Memory512 MB
Memory2 GB
Operating SystemWin XP 32/64 bit
DirectXDX 10
Storage10 GB

Recommended System Requirements

Game NameMetro Redux
Intel CPUIntel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz
AMD CPUAMD Athlon II X2 270
AMD Graphics CardAMD Radeon HD 7850
Nvidia Graphics CardNvidia GeForce GTX 480
Video Memory1.5 GB
Memory6 GB
Operating SystemWin 7 64 bit
DirectXDX 11
Storage10 GB

There are great options for those who’ve already played the Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light and are willing to play them again. Instead of playing the original titles again, they can consider buying a Metro Redux bundle, which includes both of these titles. Not the original one but a remastered version of them with better graphics and improved gameplay mechanics. Your gameplay experience will be enhanced after playing these titles, and I’m sure you will love the Metro Redux if you like the original titles. 

Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus

Release Date: 15 February 2019

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia

Like the Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light, this one is also a sequel to the previous entry in this series and undoubtedly a great title to play. This game follows up Dmitry Glukhovsky’s novel story, and he wrote all of the major scenes and story of this game. It’s also a first-person shooting game with some stealth elements that users can use to progress. 

The gameplay is set in some federations of Russia and some districts from Kazakhstan, including some well-known cities, and the player was a survivor of a nuclear attack on the country. The underground metro tunnels are dark enough, and the player has to take a flashlight or a lighter with them to see in the tunnel. 

One of the things that makes it different from the previous entries is the changing weather, day-and-night cycle, and the weather system that changes with passing. As per the game story, the gameplay is set to a whole one year as per the game time. One year after the Metro Last Light event, another nuclear war started in the world, and there’s the story of this game started.

The story of this game starts from harsh winter or nuclear winter in the Metro tunnel, and as the game progresses, the season starts changing. The game story is plotted under the tunnel and gameplay is mostly outdoor fighting and looking for allies and residences, and when the player discovers outdoor horizons, he knows that the NATO has bombed some of the major cities of Russia and what left they are occupying it. 

The company announced Metro Exodus back in 2017 while the development was started in 2014 right after the release of the Metro Redux. The engine used for the game’s development was the latest 4A Engine version, and it was released for Microsoft Windows, PS4, and XB One. Later, the company ported this game to Google Stadia, and now it’s available to this platform. 

There is two downloadable content with this game, which comes a few months after its release, and they follow the story of this game. The first DLC is The Two Colonels, and it follows when Artyom finds the cure for Anna’s illness. While the second DLC is Sam’s Story, and it follows up the war story, and both of them are worth playing. With its release, the company announced that the game sold 50% more copies than the previous titles and became a significant success.

Minimum System Requirements

Game NameMetro Exodus
Intel CPUIntel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz
AMD CPUAMD FX-8370E
AMD Graphics CardAMD Radeon HD 7870
Nvidia Graphics CardNvidia GeForce GTX 1050
Video Memory2 GB
Memory8 GB
Operating SystemWin 7 64
DirectXDX 11
Storage50 GB

Recommended System Requirements

Game NameMetro Exodus
Intel CPUIntel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz
AMD CPUAMD FX-8370E
AMD Graphics CardAMD Radeon HD 7870
Nvidia Graphics CardNvidia GeForce GTX 1050
Video Memory2 GB
Memory8 GB
Operating SystemWin 7 64
DirectXDX 11
Storage50 GB

With such positive feedback from users, this is one of the best Metro titles to play in 2020, but I would recommend you play the Metro Redux bundle first to get an idea of what was happening before this game. It is a sequel to the previous entry in this series and follows the same character and story. However, the thing that makes it more appealing is the improved graphics and in-game mechanics. If we play the Metro games in order, this is the latest and the last title, and the company hasn’t released any Metro game after this one yet. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is Metro Exodus? 

It takes about 15 hours to complete the story of the Metro Exodus but only the main missions. Though it depends on what difficulty you are playing on a higher difficulty level, it might take more time to complete the game’s story. Also, Metro Exodus has some side missions while playing along with the story missions. 

Is Metro Exodus a horror game?

The central theme of Metro Exodus is first-person shooting, but it has some elements of survival horror and stealth. This game’s environment is set in the post-apocalyptic land of Russia, where the primary player has to complete the missions to progress the game. There are many things like the changing environment, a day-night cycle, and weather system in this game, which we mostly see in an open world or shooting games.

What is the Metro Redux bundle?

Metro redux is the remaster of the previous entries in this series, namely, Metro 2033, released back in 2010, and Metro Last Light. The remaster includes some improved game mechanics and graphics improvements. Users can buy these games separately or can, but the bundle consists of both of these games and their downloadable content. There are few other things available with the bundle, including the Spartan and Survival and the legendary Ranger Mode; we can call it a deal. 

What was the first Metro game released?

In 2010, a Ukraine game development company called 4A Games released the Metro game’s first entry, namely Metro 2033. The game was based on the Metro novel and a sequel to this game, and Metro Last Light was released after a few years, which continues the story of the last game. In 2019, they launched another sequel to the game with Metro Exodus, but this one was made on their new engine called 4A Engine. 

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