Metro: Redux

Did you play Metro 2033 and/or Metro: Last Light? No? And do you like something that was not here 3 billions times over and over again with minor modifications? Did you play it? Don’t worry this is still for you! And this is must have for the fans of books written by Dmitry Glukhovsky – Metro 2033 and Metro 2034.

metro_mainI would like to introduce this game to the people who played the original games and for the people never heard about this game. It’s tough task, but I will try. For new players, just skip the comparison

The authors of Metro 2033 and Metro: Last light took an advantage of releasing new consoles – PS4 and Xbox One and they are bringing remastered versions of the previously mentioned games to us. All together with all DLC released. And also for the faithful PC players. And for the right/fair price. Metro 2033 is quite old and Metro: Last light was not accepted as authors were hoping. This is their new attempt to make things right, but not just it. You will not get just same games with the new pretty graphics. It’s about more into deep. First was horror game where you counted each bullet and you had to explore, the second one was shooter. Some likes the first, some the second game. But now you can play Metro: Last light as you played Metro 2033 and vice versa. Because you can select the Survival or Spartan mode. Pretty good, isn’t it? And all in new fancy coat. Here is the comparison of the graphics:

metro_comparisonBut that is not just about the mode. But that is what I let you to try.

To the new players. If you have never heard about Dmitry or about Metro, then please know that Dmitry is a Russian author and the Metro is about post-apocalyptic world where people lives in Moscow’s metro. And the Moscow’s metro is the largest anti-nuclear shelter in the world – the remains of Cold war. And as the world is dead, the last humans are underground making what is necessary to survive. It is not as easy as it looks. The stations are like villages and the tunnels are dangerous. Also there are mutants attacking and the new treat – Dark Ones. I will not be telling you stories from both games. I will describe you the atmosphere. And that is what are these games about. You will be travelling through tunnels, fighting people or mutants. You will need ammo and the money. As a money they are using the old pre-war ammunition as it is much more powerful than home-made ammo. And off course there is a story. Artyom will tell you all you need to know. One picture is more than thousand words:

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What do you think? Will you give it chance to impress you? Also everything is affected by everything and the guys that made this were also working on the STALKER, so you can expect something also from that. And from Call of Duty. Very good balanced mix and I will suggest you to read the books first. They are fantastic and will prepare you for this world.

Do you remember Transport Tycoon from 1994 ? Yes, we do !

Good morning everyone.

This is a historic milestone – we are happy to provide you a first post in our page ! And what this post will be about ? Of course, we will have a look on best game every we had play and it’s Transport Tycoon !

Transport Tycoon logoWell, i remember this day. I had 386 PC with 4 MB ram at home – no connection to internet  of course. One of my friends was just coming out from Colorado colleague with lof ot diskettes. It was a Xmass time and as i was young and bored i called him, if he is already at home, because i was sure, he will have some new games. He comes for a visit to house of my parents and after short talk, he picked up from his bag around 140 3,5″ diskettes. Copying just started :)

It tooks around 4 hours to copy everything, of course 3 of them gets damaged during his travel home. So after 4 hours, i started to decompress games ( i remember, it was RAR with blue screen ! ).

Do you still remember this blue window ?

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Friends mom was just calling 4 times, if he is still at our house so he finally decided to leave, to make his mom happy ;). So as i mentioned, i continued to unpack games from rar archive. I created a directory for every game and so on …. and now i was just selecting directory with name TTD. I run it out , saw pretty nice graphic and start playing.

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What was primary target of this game ?

Well, in 1994 it was something different. It wasn’t killing of enemies, but it was a strategy to build road/rail/ship and air transportation of people, but also wood, stock, grain. Target was easy – find out supplier and find our a factory, which needs goods. Once you had this, then you need to build a road or rail , buy a car or train and start moving goods around. For each “turnaround” you have received a money and with more money, you was able to do more transportation services and earn more. Simple, isn’t it ? Yeah, but if was not so easy. I remember how i bankrupt at minimum 10 times, because of stupid idea.

Of course you had a chance to select what you would like to transport – goods or people. With people it was easy – build up bus station or train station , connect it to another  city and start earning. Benefit was, that as for goods you had only 1 way of delivery and 2nd way was not income, but only less, with people you had a nice revenue in both ways, as they were transported from station A to B but also vice versa – from B to A !

And why you should do same/same/same again ?

Yes, this is nice question. But starting year was 1930 and during the time you was playing it, years were increasing, you got modern vehicles and trains and you was able to deliver more goods or transfer more people :)  The most interesting part of game was around 1980, where “vehicles and cars” which i remembers was actual.  And of course, once cities were growing, they have more people in, AIR transport was needed.

What is end year of game ?

Well, it was something around 2050 as i remember. What was interesting, that in that time UFO was flying in game around and also remember that once i reached final year for game, it was asking me, if i would like to play again from beginning or continue. Tell to true, this game never has “end” or target level and this is why we love it so much !

Is game still alive ?

Of course it is. There is a community around this game, they transfered game name to Open Transport Tycoon ( openTTD ). Those people are wonderfull, they are still creating a new vehicles, maps, online tournaments and everything around it. What is best – game is for free now !

What about playing it on Tablet or Phone ?

Well, i tried to install original openTTD to my iPAD. It’s for free on Apple Store, anyway controlling of game isn’t good. It wasn’t and it isn’t developed for touch screen ( as in 1994 i think nobody has touchscreen :) ). But after finding out alternatives i have found, that there is a game, totally remaked for iOS/Android and it’s called exactly same as old version – Transport Tycoon. You can find it out on www.transporttycoon.com. Anyway it’s not free. It costs 3,99$ , but for this price is definitely something what you “must to own” :-)

How this game looks like ?

Well, it’s totally new graphic, new vehicle everything. Developers makes a usage of touch screen on it and it’s very comfortable to play it on touchscreen. But for now, i will stop and you can have a look on attached pictures below.

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