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By Spalding Today Columnist

This third instalment of the cult series smoothes out the rough edges of the first two games – to provide the best iteration of the Metro franchise yet.

In 2010, the series showed so much potential with the ambitiously noteworthy (part Half-Life 2, part Resident Evil, part Dead Space to name a few) survival horror 2033, and only stabilised the formula with 2013’s Last Light – but Exodus has taken Metro thundering down the line in an emphatic fashion.

Quite literally, as you board a heavily modified steam locomotive called the Aurora to embark on an incredible journey – again as the main protagonist Artyom – with a handful of survivors, to make it across the post-apocalyptic Soviet wastelands to try and find a new life in the East.

METRO EXODUS (7598428)
METRO EXODUS (7598428)

Naysayers may have been worried that bringing the game out in the open a lot more would take away some of the atmospheric trademarks that fans love so much, but with an engrossing non-linear sandbox survival world experience – that isn’t the case.

Everything from impressive day/night cycles and dynamic weather patterns are all factors that add elements to a gripping story in a hostile world. The Russian wilderness can be one scary place.

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METRO EXODUS (7598435)

It’s still not flawless with some pacing issues, intermittent clunkiness and mission inconsistencies that sporadically hinder the wider ambitions of this visually stunning game – but that’s nit-picking as Exodus does everything it can to not keep you away.

By Gavin Miller

Rating: 4/5


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