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Metro Simulator 2 Review

Metro Simulator 2

Release: February 21, 2024
Publisher: KishMish Games
Developer: KishMish Games
Genre: Reviews, Switch Reviews


Worth a Play About Rating
7 - Gameplay
6.5 - Video
6.5 - Audio

For those who’ve ever dreamt of navigating the intricate network of an underground metropolis, Metro Simulator 2 on Nintendo Switch delivers a surprisingly engaging experience. Released in February 2024, this simulation game transports players to the depths of Moscow’s iconic subway system, offering a chance to step into the conductor’s shoes and navigate the bustling lines with precision and responsibility.


Taking the Controls:

The core gameplay revolves around mastering the realistic controls of two distinct subway trains: the classic “81-717” and the modern “81-740.1B.” Both feel weighty and responsive, demanding attention to details like braking distance, speed limits, and platform alignment. While the initial learning curve might be steep, the in-game tutorial effectively guides players through the essential mechanics, making the first steps into the driver’s seat feel manageable.

Modes for Every Playstyle:

Metro Simulator 2 caters to various preferences with its diverse game modes. The “Scenario” mode presents pre-designed challenges, throwing curveballs like equipment malfunctions, passenger emergencies, and tight schedules. These scenarios offer a thrilling mix of problem-solving and quick reflexes, keeping players on their toes.

For those seeking more freedom, the “Free Mode” allows for complete control over the experience. Choose your starting station, set your desired route, and even adjust the time of day. This mode lets players craft their own subway adventures, exploring the intricate network at their own pace.

A World Beneath the Surface:

The developers deserve praise for recreating the Moscow Metro with impressive detail. Stations boast unique architectural styles, reflecting their historical periods. The train interiors feel authentic, with passengers reacting realistically to announcements and boarding procedures. While the visuals might not reach the heights of AAA titles, the overall atmosphere effectively captures the essence of a bustling underground world.


Performance on the Switch:

The Nintendo Switch version runs smoothly for the most part, maintaining a stable frame rate even during busy rush hour scenarios. However, occasional dips in performance and texture pop-in can occur in more demanding areas. The Joy-Con controllers offer adequate control, though train enthusiasts might miss the precision of a dedicated joystick. Still, the portability factor adds a unique appeal, allowing players to manage their virtual subway network on the go.

A Few Hiccups in the Tunnel:

While Metro Simulator 2 offers a compelling core experience, it’s not without its flaws. The lack of additional train lines or cities might leave players yearning for more variety after exploring the Moscow Metro extensively. Additionally, some repetitive tasks, like manually opening and closing doors at every station, can feel tedious after a while.

The Final Verdict:

Metro Simulator 2 on Nintendo Switch is a solid entry into the niche train simulation genre. With its realistic controls, diverse game modes, and immersive atmosphere, it offers a unique and engaging experience for transportation enthusiasts and casual players alike. However, the limited scope and occasional technical hiccups might deter those seeking a more expansive or visually stunning experience.

Recommendation: If you’re looking for a unique and engaging simulation game on the Switch, and have a fascination with urban transportation, Metro Simulator 2 is worth a ride. Just be prepared for a bit of a learning curve and limited content variety.



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blank Kevin Austin has been in gaming journalism in one way or another since the launch of the Nintendo Gamecube. Married and father of 3 children he has been gaming since the ripe age of 6 when he got his first NES system and over 30 years later he is still gaming almost daily. Kevin is also co-founder of the Play Some Video Games (PSVG) Podcast network which was founded over five years ago and is still going strong. Some of his favorite gaming series includes Fallout and Far Cry, he is a sucker for single player adventure games (hence his big reviews for Playstation), and can frequently be found getting down in one battle royale or another. If it's an oddball game, odds are he's all about it.

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