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Metro 2033

Platform(s): PC, Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Publisher: THQ
Developer: 4A Games
Release Date: March 16, 2010 (US), March 19, 2010 (EU)

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'Metro 2033' (X360/PC) Update Adds New Control Scheme, DLC Ability

by Rainier on March 17, 2010 @ 8:21 a.m. PDT

Based on Russian author Dmitriy Glukhovskiy's Metro 2033, 4A-Games' The Last Refuge is a 3D horror/action/survival FPS with elements RPG genre game.

Set in the shattered subway of a post apocalyptic Moscow, Metro 2033 is a story of intensive underground survival where the fate of mankind rests in your hands.

In 2013 the world was devastated by an apocalyptic event, annihilating almost all mankind and turning the earth's surface into a poisonous wasteland. A handful of survivors took refuge in the depths of the Moscow underground, and human civilization entered a new Dark Age.

360 players may have noticed that a Title Update went live for Metro 2033.

There's a couple of reasons for this - primarily it's to allow the game to accept DLC further down the line – with the game now finished, we have been turning our thoughts to potential DLC. We’ve got some ideas, but nothing we can talk about right now other than to say it won't be new SP narrative content, 'missing levels' or anything like that - it's something we're only just starting production on.

And no, it's not multiplayer! That would be very cool, but sadly not possible...

However, we also took the opportunity to add a new Weapon Select system tailored to the 360 pad. The existing weapon select system was based around the typical PC gaming set-up, and whilst it works ok we got some feedback at recent community events just prior to launch that a more console-friendly system would be appreciated. We think the new change nails it.

Once the title update is applied, you need to select the new Weapon Select scheme from the Game Options. Go to Options / Controls and change Inventory from Linear to Circular.

With the new control scheme applied, some of the buttons will change function:

  • L / R on the D-Pad now checks your Watch / Timer
  • Left Bumper Button now applies a Med-Kit
  • Y Button now changes weapon. A single ‘Tap’ alternates between your Knife and your equipped Ranged Weapon. A ‘Press and Hold’ brings up the Weapon select wheel – use the left Stick to equip a different ranged weapon

This means you are always one button press from your knife, and two moves from any weapon in your inventory

The update also adds an in-game brightness setting (The Gamma Correction option in main Option).

The year is 2033. An entire generation has been born and raised underground, and their besieged Metro Station-Cities struggle for survival, with each other, and the mutant horrors that await outside.

You are Artyom, born in the last days before the fire, but raised Underground. Having never ventured beyond your Metro Station-City limits, one fateful event sparks a desperate mission to the heart of the Metro system, to warn the remnants of mankind of a terrible impending threat. Your journey takes you from the forgotten catacombs beneath the subway to the desolate wastelands above, where your actions will determine the fate of mankind.

A Limited Edition will be available for both formats, including an exclusive in-game weapon " the formidable automatic shotgun" and four art cards by the Russian painter Anton Grechko, who was commissioned to create a range of artwork inspired by the universe of Metro 2033.

Standard and Limited Edition versions of Metro 2033 are available to pre-order now, with selected retailers offering free Metro 2033 themed Xbox LIVE Avatar items with every pre-order.

Developed by Ukrainian studio 4A Games, and built with the cutting edge, proprietary 4A Game Engine, Metro 2033 is set to deliver a gripping, atmospheric experience. The PC version supports NVIDIA PhysX technology to enhance the incredibly realistic worlds and provide even more immersive gameplay.

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