E3 2017 has started, and with it, many of us have literally been dying of excitement. Microsoft has been on the forefront of this excitement, and with their E3 2017 presentation, a lot has come to surface. Probably the most anticipated announcement is the unveiling of Microsoft’s new Xbox One X. It is the latest in the Xbox One family, and with it, Microsoft promises native 4K gameplay and a whole slew of huge spec improvements over the previous models. However, this is not why we’re excited. Along with many other announcements, Microsoft has also teased the release of Metro Exodus. So without further delay here are five reasons why we are all excited for Metro Exodus.
#5: Same Development Team
After a long four-year hiatus, the world of Metro has finally returned. This would be the 3rd installment of the beloved franchise and is headed up by the original development team; 4A Games and Deep Silver. Having this project led by the original team would ensure that the vision of the original games stays intact. This could spell a great game with upgraded graphics, mechanics, and prowess. It is the shooter that we have all been waiting for, and Metro Exodus will fill that void that so many have failed to do so.
#4: The Legacy of the First Two Games
Metro is based on the novel of the same name and is written by author Dmitry Glukhovsky. It has a detailed and intense narrative that thrills and keeps the reader drawn in. The story's setting is in the ruins of Moscow following a nuclear war, where the survivors are forced to live in underground metro tunnels to survive the harsh post-apocalyptic world. (More information on those books here.) The first game titled Metro 2033 was an acclaimed success and spawned a direct sequel, Metro: Last Light. In the games, you take control of protagonist Artyom, a man who must defeat an evil mutant race known as the Dark Ones. This first-person masterpiece has gained a cult following. The game is intense and challenging at times, and many who have attempted its most difficult setting have failed to complete a playthrough. It is this legacy and fame of the first two games that gets the heart pumping, and the nostalgia factor keeps us all coming back for more.
#3: Direct Sequel to Metro: Last Light
Although Metro: Last Light serves as a direct game sequel to Metro 2033, it takes some freedom in the story and differs significantly from the book Metro 2034. What we’re looking for here is the same creative control that developer 4A Games is known for delivering. The book is an excellent basis for outlining the basic story, but the game is an experience of its own. For Metro Exodus to be an instant classic, we want more of that same formula. Consult the base material first, but make a great story based on creative changes as necessary.
*Spoiler Alert* Metro: Last Light left us on a cliffhanger of sorts. We want to see what happens to the world after the player achieves the good ending. What happens to Artyom? Is he the main protagonist in this story? How have the Dark Ones changed? Has the world begun to rebuild? It's quite simple, using the success of the first two games, what will change? What is new? Unfortunately, we have to wait until next year to find out for sure. If you are interested in playing the last two games before the release of the latest title, you can find it here for Xbox One. Metro Redux is the remastered version of both Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light. A link to purchase it for a discount on G2A is at the bottom of this article.
#2: Release on Xbox One, PS4, and PC
When a game of this level is announced during a Microsoft event, many of us begin to wonder has Microsoft made this a platform exclusive? Good news as that's not the case! It is available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC! What this means is that we can all come together for this great experience and no one has to be left out. Did I mention the release for PC? Of course, it is released to/for the Master Race. Although Xbox promises the best experience to be on the new Xbox One X, I can assure you that the PC release will remain supreme.
#1: Open World Gameplay Done Right
What better way to announce a new Metro game without showing off some of its greatest achievements? Metro has been known in the past to support a more linear experience. However, with its latest iteration, we may be witnessing a collision of two great experiences in one. On the one hand, you have the fantastic story-telling aspects and survival-horror elements of Metro, and on the other, the open world flexibility similar to Fallout 4. With the surface world and underground available to explore, it is every post-apocalyptic fan boy’s dream. A dedicated 12-hour day-night cycle, great lighting effects, and detailed textures, Metro has arrived. The collision of two games in one is a perfect harmony. Judging by its teaser trailer, the game’s world is stunning and beautiful. I’m positively sure that it will be a great, immersive experience that is only enhanced by its 4K capabilities. We don’t know the size of the world map yet, but if the last two games are any indicator, we are sure that you will get at least 50 hours of gameplay. Possibly more hours if you get lost easily.
Metro Exodus is likely an answer to our prayers. Too often have we faced the likes of games promising an amazing open-world FPS and too many times they have failed us. I'm looking at you Tom Clancy's: The Division. What we need is our faith restored in an FPS that is truly a work of art. I think that with a history of delivering high-quality games, 4A Games will not fail us like the others. By the looks of it, I'm already set for my preorder.
The Microsoft presentation of E3 was a success. Xbox has once again shown us that the brand is stronger than ever and even growing. However, this is not without its downfalls. I am not too sure what to think about the fate of the original Xbox One and the Xbox One S. Having two other iterations of the “same” console on the market can create confusion and possibly limit the capabilities of the upgraded console. In my opinion, Microsoft is attempting to save face and prolong the life of an already ending console generation. By releasing an incremental upgrade to the Xbox One family, Microsoft is potentially alienating its current Xbox One family. I honestly hope I am wrong and that the Xbox brand is stronger than ever, but history has a tendency to repeat itself.