Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition is now out on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. There’s also a PC version. All three of these so-called Enhanced Edition releases boast an incredible new render pipeline that sees the game’s visuals move into raytracing territory. It also means that the console ports now render at 4K 60FPS and everything feels so much better. When I reviewed the original Metro Exodus PS4 version back in 2019, it was one of my favourite horror shooters of the year. It still holds up today as one of the best shooters around.
Metro Exodus is simply a masterpiece when it comes to its world and its excellent ambience. It takes players to new locations, implements some fantastic new gameplay mechanics all while looking gorgeous at the same time. The PS4 Pro version already managed to deliver visuals that looked out of this world and the PS5 version, believe it or not, brings out the best of the game. While most PS5 ports up to now boast improved frame rate and resolutions, Metro Exodus looks like a whole new game. In addition, its raytracing pipeline brings the world to life thanks to some incredible lighting solutions.
Indoor environments now present themselves with accurate lighting. This means that rooms are pitch black and incoming light now bounces on objects and walls as it would in a real-life scenario. This elevates the horror aspect of the game as creeping through corridors and even walking about the game at night is now more intense than ever. It also creates a more accurate world as the gameplay relies on fires, lighting candles and your torch to get around during these dark scenes.
HDR is also used to bring this lighting pipeline to life thanks to its bright neon mushrooms scattered throughout the game and the incredible day/night cycle that is forever changing the world around you. The world and its locations have never looked better and more realistic.
We also have the 60FPS at 4K on the PS5 that is a dream to experience. It is hard to believe a game that looks this good can run at this frame rate and resolution too. It makes the experience even better as gun fights feel smoother and the moment to moment gameplay runs great. Metro Exodus features a rather stiff movement system. This makes it feel lifelike as the character slowly moves left and right and has a certain weight to it. Sort of as if you would turn around. It all just gels together perfectly now.
As for the DualSense features in this Enhanced Edition, they are great too. Guns feature adaptive trigger support that saw me press the trigger down like a real firearm trigger. Then there’s the pumping action for certain gear. The air rifle requires compressed air every now and then. The pressure from the triggers let me feel as if I was pushing air into the compressor.
My only issue with this Enhanced Edition was the lack of DLC. I have finished the first game already but never experienced the two expansions. It would have been the perfect package if the PS5 code I got came with the DLC too. But it seems like 4A Games is providing the same selection of purchase options for the Enhanced Edition as they did the PS4. I will play the expansions one day..
Other than these above change, Metro Exodus is the same as the original game. I reviewed it back in February 2019 and have included the original review text down below. It is definitely the best way to experience the shooter and if you have played it already, you should go back and see how fantastic the game looks now.
Metro Exodus is more than just your average post-apocalyptic game. Following the story of Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light, Metro Exodus is a substantial step forward in the series and has evolved on almost everything that made the series so great and everything new it tries, it has perfected.
To get you up to speed, Metro Exodus is set after the events of the first two games on a post-apocalyptic Earth devastated by a nuclear war. You take the role of the long-running protagonist, Artyom, as he flees Moscow after making a discovery that changes everything he has ever known about the war and the Metro.
In short, the Spartan Rangers, a familiar group of people from the previous games go with him as they take a locomotive known as the Aurora east in search of new life and hope. It is a very different pace from previous games that were quite one-dimensional. Metro Exodus opens you up to giant open world-like hubs and tests your wits as it throws heavy survival challenges at you, horror aspects and a harsh nuclear winter setting all for you to digest at once.
Metro Exodus delivers one of the most captivating worlds I have ever explored in a video game and the change from mission-based chapters, to an open-world hub is the much-needed break the series has been craving. After a brief intro, the game introduced the Volga River, I ventured through a giant nuclear bunker, explore a piping hot desert wasteland and more. The locations, their gorgeous yet eerie settings, and the ability to bring them all to life in so many unique ways give Metro Exodus one of the best takes on the whole “end of the world” scenario I have seen in a long time.
The world manages to deliver this anxious, uncomfortable feeling throughout the game. The wind howling, massive thunderstorms crackling in the distance or the shocking find of a head in a fridge just made me even more engrossed in the setting around me. This then all compliments the fantastic narrative that the Metro series has been known for. The Spartan Rangers, Artyom, his wife Anna, and the great cast of characters you meet along the way have layers of depth and detail.