So, I'll try and keep this as short and straight to the point as I can: I've been hearing sooo much about Metro 2033, and I own it and the expansion/sequel Last Light. I got it all on sale - The first one by mistake, as a super market I went to seemed to have labeled it wrong, and a had a completely fresh and crispy copy lying around with a pile of rubbish DvD's, meaning that I got to buy it for the equivalent of 5 British Pounds about a week after it's initial release.
Now, that aside I've recently tried getting into it because I figured it was about time, and everyone is still up in arms about this game and how amazing it is. I've played it for about an hour and a half, making my through about 1½ chapters and..
Well, it's just not quite what I expected..
It's a beautiful game, rivaling Crysis 3 when it comes to how good it looks and it's attention to detail, and that's honestly the only good thing I have to say about my experience of this game so far.
The environments are bland and dull, always dark and lacking any sort of color and life - I know this might be intentional, but even then it's just a little too gritty to the point where it just feels overdone.
The shooting has me a bit puzzled, as one dog-man-dude-thing will go down in a hit or two, and another will soak up bullets like it was doggy treats being thrown at him - Is there some sort of weird random HP system, or do enemies have that intensely specified weak spots? I went to this game right after finishing Dead Space, and even those enemies didn't feel as weirdly tuned as these.
The worst part by far, that has made the game near unplayable for me is the horrendous voice-acting. Those terribly exaggerated Russian accent's that sound like they got together a bunch of rank amateurs and asked them to do their best Russian-tourist-in-England stereotype.. Wauw does it make me cringe. :/
I even force-quit the game Alt-F4 at one point because of this little boy who started talking about getting a spanking and it was just too much. It completely ruins the mood the game is going for for me. It's built up like a horror game, with characters that feel like they'd fit in better in Borderlands.
I desperately tried to fix this somehow, and decided to change the language to actual Russian, and go with English subtitles. Now, that would be fine if the subtitles worked like they do in most games, where all dialog gets translated - But no, only people talking directly into your face get subtitles, leaving you with no clue at all as to what's going on around you.
What is it that I'm missing? What is it that makes this game such a divine relic of modern gaming that I'm just not seeing? I want to join in on the praise, and I can see the potential, but as opposed to everyone else, ever, it seems that I'm just completely overlooking what it is that this game does that makes it stand out, other than look nice. Anyone I've asked so far has disagreed firmly with everything I said, so.. Am I just objectively wrong here? Am I lacking some sort of artistic appreciation for this game? o.O