9. Metro Exodus
The world of Metro is harsh and unforgiving and has been since Metro 2033 landed on PC and Xbox 360 in 2010. If you’re up for it, 2019’s Metro Exodus can be played in a way that makes it just as oppressive. Metro Exodus is bleak as heck, forcing you to cope with a harsh, radiation-riddled environment, challenging combat encounters and difficult moral dilemmas.
I mean, it’s the post-apocalypse after all. But this is not your daddy’s post-apocalypse with the cute vault suits and funny talking robots, this is basically hell on earth.
That goes double if you’re playing in the game’s hardest mode, Ranger Hardcore. This lets you eliminate the game’s HUD, bumps up the enemy AI intelligence, and makes resources super scarce. So, yeah, it’s a nightmare if you’re not a fan of difficulty in games but it really fits the atmosphere and context of the game. There’s nothing quite like actually fighting for survival in a game world that’s extremely threatening. Some of the essential HUD info can be seen on your wrist so you’re not totally in the dark.
If you want to up the immersion ante, go ahead and play it in Russian, too. If you don’t speak Russian, well you just went and made Ranger Hardcore mode even more hardcore.