Metro Exodus puts players at the very fight for survival after a nuclear catastrophe has all but obliterated the landscape around them. However, this isn't a game that is dependent on blowing the bad guys away with an arsenal of impressive weaponry. While weapons are present, players will need to remain off of the radar for much of their experience. Sneakily and stealthily traversing the levels, players will harvest supplies to help keep themselves and their townspeople going in increasingly difficult times.
Weather is something that isn't often capitalized on in the gaming world, but Metro Exodus does an excellent job of incorporating the four seasons into the game and giving each season a distinct feel along with a different set of gameplay requirements. However, choosing the summer season doesn't mean players will necessarily bask in the sunshine and be ready for the beach. Sure, these elements are gorgeously implemented, but Metro Exodus at its core is the very fight for human survival in a post-apocalyptic setting and the seasons aren't generous when it comes to winning that fight. There will be desperate, innocent beggars looking for supplies and bandits to contend with throughout every season, so catering to their needs becomes an essential task among other missions embedded within each season.
Metro Exodus encourages players to not necessarily stay confined within the urban limits, but instead explore all of what the wilderness has to offer because it is within the barren wastelands that players will be harvesting their supplies and materials to get through the chaos that has been thrust upon the innocent NPCs. While there are set missions that players have to deal with throughout each season, there will also be seemingly random quests popping up at different times that players need to accommodate at different times on their journey.
If there's one thing that the Metro series has always done right, it is the fact that it captures a sense of humanity at its most compromised and presents a broken world that gives players a true sense of pride as they work through the missions and accomplishments. Its visuals quite breathtakingly capture these scenes quite well, too. The weather system obviously plays a critical role in the game and the game's developers haven't got this aspect wrong. Winters are cold and barren and summers are hot and equally deserted.
Players seeking a more cerebral gaming experience would be hard pressed to find a better one than Metro Exodus at the moment. Its very thoughtful and methodical approaches to gaming are sure to challenge even the most quick-witted player and engage them in a macabre world often reserved for the most depressing of backstories. It's important for players to remember that it's not all about gunfire and arcade-style combat, but progression and silent strategic moves forward.