Metro Exodus should be released February 15, and it’s looking to be one of 2019’s most anticipated titles. Players will get to play as Artyom, a survivor of a nuclear war that left Earth irradiated and full of hideous mutant creatures. Artyom, along with several of his comrades, will traverse the Russian wastelands in order to try and find a new home for the inhabitants of what used to be Moscow. However, there are two entire games’ worth of story — Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light — that predate the events of Exodus, and it’s important that newcomers to the series understand the narrative thus far. This article serves as a comprehensive recap of the last two games, so spoilers for both of them lie ahead.
Introduction: The arrival of the apocalypse
Metro 2033: Artyom saves the Metro
Hunter believed the Dark Ones were capable of wiping out the people of the Metro.
Artyom heads to a neighboring station on a caravan, and after he arrives, he meets a man called Bourbon that offers to assist him in reaching Polis. The two traverse numerous tunnels and even briefly visit the surface, battling vicious mutants along the way. Unfortunately, Bourbon is killed when the pair are attacked by bandits, but Artyom is saved by Bourbon’s friend, Khan. Khan then guides Artyom to his next destination, which is a station controlled by the Communists, a group of people following the beliefs of the old USSR. The Communists are hostile, so Khan’s contact there smuggles Artyom through the station quietly. Artyom arrives on the Frontline, which is where the Communists are fighting the Nazis, a group that embraces the ideology of killing anyone with genetic deformities caused by radiation.
Artyom then is inducted into the Spartan order, and he, along with Miller and other elite soldiers, heads to the surface to reactivate the silo’s power and enter it. Then, Artyom and Miller climb to the top of a nearby tower in order to install a laser guidance system. After the missiles fire and wipe out the Dark Ones, Artyom experiences a hallucination from them that makes him realize they were trying to be peaceful the entire time, and they only killed out of self-defense when the people of the Metro fired at them.
Metro Last Light: Making amends
The two go topside and engage mutants, eventually finding the Dark One. However, there’s a twist — it’s just a child. Before they can kill it, Nazi soldiers ambush and capture them, and in the confusion, the Dark One escapes. Artyom and Anna are then separated and taken to different locations. In captivity, Artyom meets a captured Communist soldier named Pavel. Together they devise an escape plan and execute it, fending off Nazi guards and fleeing through the Metro tunnels and across the surface. Pavel promises to broker a truce between Artyom and the Communists, but once the two reach Communist territory, Pavel reveals that he’s a high-ranking officer and has Artyom captured so that he can interrogate him for information.
For every Communist soldier killed, two more took their place.
The Spartans’ elite skills and military hardware were sufficient enough to hold off hordes of Communist troops for a time, but eventually, they couldn’t hold out anymore and were overrun. However, Miller reveals to Artyom that he had the silo rigged with explosives, and as General Korbut, the military strategist of the Communists, is about to execute Artyom, Artyom moves to activate the bombs. However, in a massive twist, the little Dark One arrives with the other Dark Ones and kills the rest of Korbut’s army, effectively routing the Communists, eliminating the need for the bomb, and saving what remained of the Spartans. As the game ends, the Dark Ones depart, but promise that they’ll return one day in order to help the people of the Metro rebuild.
What’s your opinion of the Metro universe? Do you like the story so far? Personally, I love these two games, and I’m incredibly excited to see what Metro Exodus brings to the table when it’s released February 15. It should be available on Xbox One, Steam, and PlayStation 4 for $59.99. I highly recommend picking up the Metro Redux Bundle too, which allows you to play remastered versions of both Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light for $29.99.
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