I died a dozen deaths attempting to outlive Metro Exodus’s Caspian Desert
My lack of familiarity with the Metro franchise is painfully evident to everybody within the room lower than 10 seconds after I’m handed the controller. As my comrades on the Aurora, the huge practice jettisoning Artyom, Anna, and the remainder of his crew of survivors throughout the Russian panorama, focus on what to do subsequent now that we’re low on gas and water, I’m doing my finest Dean Takahashi impression, working across the engine room like a frightened bat that simply flew into an open window. It’s embarrassing, it truly is, however any emotions of inferiority rapidly dissipate as I discover the open door and head out into the cruel wilderness of the Caspian Desert.
Metro Exodus breaks from the prior two video games within the collection by introducing huge, open environments to discover and survive slightly than simply the small, frozen corridors of previous video games. Every stage takes place in a special season and gamers will expertise the blistering chilly and swamp-ass-inducing warmth as they full a year-long trek that spans winter to winter. The Caspian Desert is the sport’s “summer season” stage. This huge, huge open-world stage is the biggest stage within the recreation. I’m informed the realm is bigger than the final two video games mixed. For this hands-on session, I get simply two hours to see something and the whole lot I can. And whereas the setting is huge and huge, my journey by it’s arguably slender.