Metro story recap: Everything you need to know before Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is nearly upon us. If you’re a newcomer to the series, we have a recap of the franchise’s story so far.

Metro Exodus should be released February 15, and it’s looking to be one of 2019’s most anticipated titles. Players will get to play as Artyom, a survivor of a nuclear war that left Earth irradiated and full of hideous mutant creatures. Artyom, along with several of his comrades, will traverse the Russian wastelands in order to try and find a new home for the inhabitants of what used to be Moscow. However, there are two entire games’ worth of story — Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light — that predate the events of Exodus, and it’s important that newcomers to the series understand the narrative thus far. This article serves as a comprehensive recap of the last two games, so spoilers for both of them lie ahead.