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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Metro Redux -- which includes the games Metro 2033 Redux and Metro: Last Light Redux -- are violent, postapocalyptic first-person shooters. Playing as the survivor of a nuclear holocaust, the player uses a myriad of weapons (such as shotguns, grenades, and pistols) to kill both mutant creatures and fellow survivors, including groups of neo-Nazis and Communists. These games also are rather scary, with monsters jumping out at you from the shadows. Along with intense violence and frights, these games feature a gritty world wherein people frequently drink, curse, and enjoy "adult entertainment," which includes nudity and sexual situations.
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What's it about?
Based on the science-fiction novels Metro 2033 and Metro 2034 by Russian writer Dmitry Glukhovsky, METRO REDUX -- which includes the games Metro 2033 Redux and Metro Last Light Redux -- casts you as Artyom, a survivor of a nuclear holocaust who has grown up in the subways below Moscow. Using guns, explosives, and your ability to be sneaky, you have to make your way through the subways and into the wasteland that is irradiated Moscow to complete your mission. You even have to scrounge for supplies, sometimes in the pockets of your dead enemies. This twofer features updated and upgraded versions of these games that not only improve their visuals but also offer much better controls and smarter enemies.
Is it any good?
Thanks to solid mechanics, tough enemies, and an intriguing setup, Metro Redux is a solid first-person shooter (especially since this edition features much improved controls and more intelligent enemies than the original games). Besides taking on a variety of enemies, including mutants as well as fellow survivors, you get to explore a rich and often frightening world wherein you have to do anything to survive. Good thing you have an effective arsenal that includes machine guns, grenades, and shotguns, many of which can be upgraded, as well as the ability to sneak up behind unsuspecting enemies and take them out. The stealth mechanics help Metro Redux stand out from similar games, as does the underlying narrative that mutants and other men aren't the only thing you have to worry about.
Even with the upgrades, though, Metro Redux is far from perfect. It's mostly because although your enemies are smarter now, some still operate in a stupid manner. Some are really easy to sneak up on, almost as if they’re not paying attention; in one particular area, you can just spook them and watch the dumber ones run into their own traps, making some fights a lot easier. But even with this flaw, Metro Redux is an action-packed collection that gives players the full scope of this postapocalyptic tale the way it was meant to be experienced.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in games. Do you feel differently fighting monsters as opposed to humans? If so, why? Should you feel differently? And does it make a difference that some of the creatures are people, too?
Discuss real-world disaster planning. What should your children should do in the case of a disaster? Do they know where to go and what to do?
Talk about how the Metro games are based on the science-fiction novels by Russian writer Dmitry Glukhovsky. Which other books do you think could be made into fun games, and what kinds of games would they be?
Discuss how many of the items used in Metro Redux are recycled, rebuilt, or repurposed. How could you reuse, recycle, or repurpose something in your own life?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $49.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Deep Silver
- Release date: August 26, 2014
- Genre: First-Person Shooter
- Topics: Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: M for Blood, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Use of Drugs and Alcohol
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