What's it about? Of all the apocalyptic holes the movie and gaming industry have climbed down, none have been as shitty-sounding as a disease infested Russian subway. But that's exactly where Metro 2033 is headed for 4A Games' survival horror based on the cult novel by 30-year-old Russian journalist, Dmitry Glukhovsky. Incidentally, he also writes for Playboy.

Why are we excited? Ignore for the moment that your gameplay environment is as grim as it gets, that there'll be mutant horrors at very turn and that there's some fiends called The Dark Ones who want to terminate you. The developers have namechecked Bioshock and Half Life 2 as influences, so there's no room for bedwetters here. You'll play as Artyom, a man who's never seen sunshine but finds himself tasked with saving the remnants of humanity from said Dark Ones. You'll have to juggle limited resources (such as ammo) in claustrophobic situations below ground with not croaking through lack of oxygen above it. Which could be a riot.

Why it could be rubbish: Late in 2009, journalists were flown to Stalin's nuclear bunker for a schmooze. It could mean 4A Games are extremely proud of their game. It could also mean they're apprehensive about the cack-handed AI. We'll see.


Metro 2033, from £40, is available on Xbox 360 from March 16