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Metro Exodus – OnlySP’s Most Anticipated Games of 2019

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Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus takes the series’s hook of exploring the desolate metros of post-apocalyptic Russia and propels protagonist Artyom into the wastelands for a semi-open-world journey for survival.

What is Metro Exodus?

Continuing the legacy of its source material, Metro Exodus is a sequel to both Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light. Based on an original story by Dmitry Glukhovsky, Metro Exodus is a first-person shooter survival horror game set in the ruined wastelands of Russia following nuclear war.

As in the previous entries in the series, developer 4A Games is seeking to preserve the essence of what made Metro 2033 successful in the first place. Focusing on a narrative that drives players across the Russian landscape offers the developers a chance to highlight the significance of the franchise’s overall setting. Metro Exodus presents itself as a unique opportunity to experience a familiar idea, but in a new environment.

Set after the events of Metro: Last Light, Metro Exodus features Artyom on a year-long journey across the desolate wastelands of Old Russia, seeking to uncover the ruins of civilization left behind after the nuclear winter. Throughout the game, players will visit a variety of settings within Exodus’s open-world, with Artyom travelling aboard an armored train named the Aurora. This train acts as a moving settlement, where players are accompanied by a small band of survivors also seeking refuge. Over the course of the game, players will upgrade the Aurora, providing new weapons and upgrades to its NPCs.

4A Games decided upon the inclusion of a traveling settlement rather than a traditional base-building mechanic to accompany the game’s migration ideology. However, the team promises that the open-world wasteland will not abandon the tension-driven atmosphere of previous entries in the franchise. The outdoor landscapes of Metro Exodus will still feature numerous opportunities for players to explore ruined cityscapes and underground metros.

Why are we excited?

Metro Exodus is both a departure from the series’s roots and an embodiment of its primary ideology. Abandoning most of the linear design of previous Metro titles, Metro Exodus feels like a breath of fresh air, albeit if one can consider nuclear pollution to be fresh.

Witnessing nature take hold of an environment that was once inhabited by humans and technology has something of the incredible about it. In 2033 and Last Light, players were only given a small glimpse of post-nuclear Russia, with those games inevitably forcing Artyom back underground. With Metro Exodus, players will now be able to experience the true horrors of what lives on the surface.

The Metro game franchise deserves special recognition within the industry due to its ability to make an old premise feel new. Many titles focus on post-nuclear wastelands, but few are able to take the experience outside of American borders and make it as interesting as Metro. The Fallout games are fun when considering their scope, but they always lack an intriguing story and setting.

From underground tunnels to a semi-open wasteland, the Metro franchise has found beauty within its rustic industrial design, while simultaneously conveying a story that is sure to stick with many players.  

What is potentially most interesting about Metro Exodus is the story it seeks to tell. The game takes place after Metro: Last Light’s “enlightened” ending, which is considered to be the canon ending. Artyom is now married to Anna, and players follow them on their journey across Russia to find a safe place to live. Seeing how 4A Games tackles the concept of a “safe place to live” will be interesting because, if previous entries in the series are any indication, the safest place in this post-nuclear world is underground.

Metro Exodus’s announcement at E3 2017 came out of the blue, with many fans believing that Metro: Last Light was to conclude Artyom’s story. Since the video game series has departed from the novelizations since 2033, Exodus is sure to take the series to an interesting place, and perhaps gamers will finally see a conclusion to Artyom’s journey.

When can we play it?

Metro Exodus is set to release on February 15, 2019, a week sooner than its original launch date of February 22. Players will be able to experience Metro Exodus on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Anyone looking to catch up on Metro’s story so far can check out the Metro Redux collection on the aforementioned systems, which combines both Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light.


Are you as keen for this long journey across Russia as we are? Let us know in the comments below, and make sure to come back tomorrow when we shine a light upon an unexpected entry in a franchise that has proven unafraid of tackling all manner of different settings.

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Honourable Mentions – OnlySP’s Most Anticipated Games of 2019

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This coming year is set to be chock full with amazing games. Over the past 12 days, the OnlySP team has shone a light on those titles that we are most excited about, but some of our individual favourites were not represented in the consensus vote.

Zanki Zero: Last Beginning

Coming from some of the key team members behind the Danganronpa series, Zanki Zero: Last Beginning is an unusual survival game.

In the wake of an apocalypse, eight clones on a tropical island comprise all that remains of humanity. The clones have accelerated lifespans, meaning they survive for only 13 days; however, a machine called the Extend Device ensures their continual resurrection, with each death granting different buffs and gameplay bonuses.

Curiously, the game is divided into chapters, and players control particular characters in each chapter, rather than having the chance to choose between them at will.

As a survival game, threats to life come from many different angles, including starvation, dehydration, and, of course, combat. However, felling enemies—mostly evolved animals—will drop resources that players can use to build amenities and prolong the characters’ health.

Survival games have exploded in recent years, but the narrative focus and unique clone-based premise separates Zanki Zero: Last Beginning from its genre contemporaries.

Zanki Zero: Last Beginning released in Japan last year, and will make its debut in the West for PC and PlayStation 4 on March 19.

Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord

Announced more than six years ago, Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord has not been officially confirmed for a 2019 release, but fans are hopeful.

Despite the title, Mount & Blade II is a prequel to its predecessor, set two centuries before the wars depicted in the earlier game. The title takes place during the glory days of the fictional Calradian Empire and recounts its fall, as it shatters into an array of disparate kingdoms. On the surface an action-RPG, Mount & Blade II promises a deep, diverse experience with layers of strategic elements.

Third-person melee combat will make a return and will be accompanied by in-depth siege- and diplomacy-based gameplay. Meanwhile, an organic economy system will aid in bringing the Calradian Empire to life.

OnlySP’s Dylan Warman went hands-on with the game back at E3 2017, finding it to be a satisfying experience with a few minor flaws remaining to be ironed out. However, a year and half has already passed and still no end is in sight for the lengthy development.

The widespread expectation is that Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord will release on at least PC at an as-yet unspecified date in 2019.

Medieval (Remake)

Sir Daniel Fortesque will soon join the likes of Wander, Spyro the Dragon, and Crash the Bandicoot, as Sony is, once again, dusting off the Medievil name for a remake.

Originally announced with a brief teaser at the PlayStation Experience event in 2017, the project was surrounded by silence throughout almost the entirety of 2018. A common query among perplexed fans was the extent to which the game would represent a new experience, given the initial billing as a full remaster.

However, in October last year, Sony Interactive Entertainment chairman Shawn Layden dropped the bombshell everyone was waiting for: Medievil will be a full-blown remake. The core design and art will be retained, but the game will not simply be a reskin of what has already been.

The developer responsible for the project, Other Ocean Interactive, has previously made a name for itself with ports. With this legacy, the team seems to be following in the footsteps of Bluepoint Interactive, which crafted 2018’s excellent remake of Shadow of the Colossus.

Medievil is expected to be available exclusively on PlayStation 4 some time in 2019.

Phoenix Point

The father of XCOM, Julian Gollop, will return to the genre that made him a living legend when Phoenix Point launches later this year.

In 2047, the apocalypse is already well underway. Melting permafrost during the 2020s unleashed an alien infection—the Pandoravirus—upon the unsuspecting Earth, mutating humans and animals into all manner of monsters. Facing off against this existential threat, players assume command of the Phoenix Project, a global organisation dedicated to protecting humanity.

Fans of XCOM will almost surely be right at home with Phoenix Point, as the game follows the same model of pairing turn-based direct-control combat with a global strategy layer. The player begins as a small, isolated unit and must grow their reach and strength by acquiring resources through both diplomacy and conquest.

Despite the fundamental similarities, the development team at Snapshot Games is including a few unique wrinkles to the formula, including a range of adversarial human factions and enemies that mutate in response to player actions.

Originally set to launch last year, Phoenix Point is now expected to release in June 2019 on Mac, Windows, and Xbox One.

Total War: Three Kingdoms

For the latest mainline entry in the Total War saga, Creative Assembly is delving into a part of world history long desired by fans but never before visited: China’s Three Kingdoms era.

Total War: Three Kingdoms centres on the fall of the Han Dynasty, casting players as the leader of one of eleven factions vying for control over the vast nation.

While this latest game remains, at its core, Total War, the development team is engaging in some intriguing experiments. Foremost is the implementation of guanxi, an aspect of Chinese culture that describes the interconnectedness of human life. Throughout the campaign, the characters form relationships with others, and players will have to take those connections into consideration when planning their moves.

The other major new addition is a mode based on the classic novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, which will put more of a focus on individual characters. In this mode, generals have supreme strength and can be controlled directly during battles and sieges.

Following its delay out of last year, Total War: Three Kingdoms is scheduled to launch on March 7, 2019 exclusively on PC.


Thank you for joining us on this jaunt through the games that have the OnlySP team most excited for the coming year. With hundreds of titles to choose from, innumerable others missed out, but rest assured that we are keeping our eyes out for everything in the realm of single-player gaming.

If your favourite/s failed to make our shortlist, please take the time to give them the attention they deserve in the comments below, and be sure to follow OnlySP on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube for all the latest from the world of single-player gaming.

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