Metro: Exodus has just been remastered for the next generation of consoles. The game has been optimized to run faster, smoother and at higher resolutions. In the coming weeks, thousands of new players will get to know the game, but there will also be those who have already completed it on PC and now want to rediscover this world in a higher quality among the arrivals. In this regard, we propose to take a closer look at it.
If you take your time with the passage of the main storyline and pay enough attention to exploring the area, you can find a few interesting little things. To make sure you don’t miss them, we have prepared a small list of local attractions.
Grandfather Mazai and hares
Not far from the start point of the game on the Volga, you can see two birds with one stone trying to swim across the river on a raft. The hares will continue their journey until they are eventually swallowed by a mutant that emerges from under the water. This is nothing more than a reference to Nekrasov’s poem about grandfather Mazai and hares. You can see them better if you get on the boat in the place indicated in the screenshot. Unfortunately, you will not be able to get used to the role of a good grandfather and save the big-eared ones.
In the north of the map of the Caspian Sea, where the mountains rise above the water, there is a small camp. To find it, you need to approach the hills from the south and follow the path leading north. In the camp you will find two armchairs, a TV and a hookah. If Artyom smokes it, the effect will not keep you waiting, and to be honest, you can’t call it pleasant. However, the spectacle is still worth it, and it is better to see once than read a hundred times. The main thing – do not try to repeat it in reality.
Carriage in the Dead City
Traveling through the tunnels, you can find a seemingly unremarkable baby carriage. Inside it lies something that looks like the corpse of a child, but if you look closely, it turns out that it is still breathing. Perhaps this strange child is a descendant of the Black, because their presence in the Dead City would be quite logical, given that this is one of the most contaminated places in the entire game.
Creepy, but it’s the little things like this that make you want to explore every corner of every map in Exodus. And who knows how many more such secrets this post-apocalyptic world holds.
Photobombs from developers
In many photographs, drawings and paintings found in the game, you can see the developers themselves, who directly had a hand in the creation of the Exodus. Among them are funny photoshops, obviously added to the game as a joke.
For example, at the Volga location there is a depot in which there is a wagon, and its wall is decorated with a red banner. But instead of the profile of Lenin, it depicts the profile of Andrei Prokhorov, the founder of 4A Games. Traveling around the world, you can find dozens of other references to the developers, with some of them carried over here from previous Metro games.
Gordon Freeman in the flesh
The cult series of Half-Life games can, with some assumptions, be called the progenitor of modern story-driven first-person shooters. The Metro developers admitted that they drew inspiration from there too, and this is well illustrated by the Easter egg, which has already appeared not only in the Metro, but also in STALKER – the corpse of a man who looks like Gordon Freeman.
Once at the Caspian-1 location, go down to the underground bunker. In one of its many rooms, there will be a corpse in an orange suit, and next to it is a mount and a huge spider, apparently symbolizing a headcrab. Eh, Gordon has no luck in Russia, no luck at all.
During the mission in the Dead City, you can meet one of the Blacks. Crouch down and walk through the ice tunnel and you can see him standing on the roof in the distance. However, you won’t be able to see it: as soon as you get the binoculars, it will disappear in a split second.
Perhaps this means that the Blacks were watching over Artyom all this time while the events of the Exodus were unfolding. After all, it can be deduced from his hallucinations and the scene with Miller that they are, in fact, silent protectors. At the very end of the game, when the light appears, look up. What you see may surprise you.
It’s no secret that the Metro series of games is based on a series of novels of the same name authored by Dmitry Glukhovsky. It was they who inspired the developers to create this game. The first of these, Metro 2033, came out in 2010, and at the time of the publication of his first novel in 2005, Glukhovsky was only 23 years old.
Out of respect for his creativity, the developers added three books to the game, the covers of which exactly copy the covers of the three books in the Metro series. You can find them on different maps.
Archives of the Caspian
In the archive hall you can find several secrets at once. The first of these is a toy plane lying on a shelf corresponding to 2001. This is a reference to the attack on the Twin Towers in the United States on September 11, 2001.
Another reference is a bottle of vodka in a cell in 1991, a clear reference to Boris Yeltsin, whose addiction to alcohol managed to become an occasion for jokes. In 1991, Yeltsin took part in the coup, which resulted in the final collapse of the Soviet Union and Yeltsin’s accession to the office of President of the Russian Federation. Most likely, the bottle symbolizes both of these events.
In addition, the archive contains the aforementioned books by Glukhovsky, each of which is on a shelf corresponding to its year of publication.
A source: gamerant.com