Exodus is the third game in the Metro series that follows on from the events of Last Light. Now Artyom discovers there are survivors beyond the Moscow Metro. However, the surface world still has plenty of mutants, hostile humans, and radiation for Artyom to contend with. It’s down to you to guide him and his fellow Spartan Rangers to a new surface homeland. Here are some Metro Exodus tips for surviving Artyom’s journey through Russia.
Explore Maps and Locations Thoroughly
Metro Exodus has more open, less linear, gameplay than Last Light. The game includes three open maps players can explore in more detail. So, have a good look around all the most interesting locations on those maps. By doing so, you’ll discover more crafting resources and other loot to fill your bag with. Make sure you also find the bed and workbench locations on those maps, which are important to Artyom’s survival.
Knock Out or Knife Down Human Enemies When You Can
You don’t need to blow the hell out of every human enemy you see in Metro Exodus, and you shouldn’t do either. Instead, try knocking out and chucking knives at human hostiles when they’re not aware you’re there. You can often take out large numbers of armed enemies at numerous points in the game with a more stealthy approach. If you shoot at humans when you don’t need to, you’ll use up more ammunition and might set off alarm bells.
Turn off Lights When Human Foes are Around
When there are lots of human enemies about, try to stay in dark areas where they won’t notice you. You can make things darker by turning off all lanterns and other lights you see. Staying in the dark will help you sneak past foes or knock them out.
Equip Artyom With a Compass
Mission locations are usually marked clearly on your maps. However, you’ll still need to find switches and other more specific things during missions. A compass can be invaluable for guiding you in the right direction during your missions. So, make sure you craft and equip a compass after Artyom meets Krest in the Volga.
Keep a Good Supply of Medkits
Metro Exodus includes some bed locations Artyom can sleep at to replenish his health. You can return to them any time when you’re exploring maps. However, there aren’t any beds available at many mission locations throughout the game. So, you can’t always rely on them for health replenishment during the game.
Therefore, it’s still important to craft a good supply of medkits in Exodus. You’ll find it somewhat tougher to survive the game’s trickier missions without them. So, don’t forget to add medkits to your bag at workbenches.
Always Carry a Shotgun
Mutants are here, there, and everywhere on all the surface world maps. The best way to deal with those beastly monsters is to equip a decent shotgun. Shotgun ammo inflicts the most damage on mutants. So, you should always have a shotgun handy to take them out with.
To be a bit more specific, the Ashot comes highly recommended. That’s kinda like a hybrid pistol that fires shotgun shells. The Ashot is one of the highest-damage guns in the game with decent stability and a good fire rate (for a shotgun) that packs some serious punch. Its accuracy is lousy, but that hardly matters when fighting hordes of dumb mutants that aimlessly run up to you for close combat. You can mow down many mutants in one or two precise headshots with the Ashot.
Don’t Equip Guns With the Same Ammunition Types
If you’re playing Exodus at standard level, you can equip up to three guns. Don’t ever equip two guns that have the same type of ammunition. If you do, you’ll have two guns sharing the same ammo, which will reduce your overall ammunition supply. Thus, you’re less likely to run out of ammunition with three different gun types equipped.
Complete Optional Objectives in the Volga and the Caspian Sea
A lot of Metro Exodus is played out on the Volga and the Caspian Sea maps. Artyom receives some optional side missions on those maps, marked with question marks, from Duke and Anna you don’t have to complete. However, it’s worth doing so because you can gain moral points (for the happier alternative ending), supplies, and new gear by completing them.
Don’t Shoot Enemies who Surrender
It’s not uncommon for one or two remaining human enemies to surrender near the end of big dogfights in Metro Exodus. When they do, they’ll say they’re giving up and hold their hands in the air. Never shoot any enemies who surrender. You can knock them out to pick up their guns and ammunition.
If you’re wondering why you shouldn’t kill surrendering enemies, it’s because Metro Exodus has a hidden moral points system that determines its ending. Shooting surrendering hostiles will lose your moral points (and ammo). For the sake of getting the happier alternative ending, don’t kill any enemies who surrender.
Go to Bed to Change the Time
Aside from restoring Artyom’s health, beds also enable you to change the time. If you’re planning on fighting some bandits, it’s a good idea to awake at night before you do so. Then you can engage hostiles during the darkness of the night, which will make you less visible. If you have Night Vision Goggles equipped, you’ll have an even bigger advantage for night fighting. For fighting mutants, however, it’s better to play in light daytime so you can spot monsters better.
Don’t Waste Your Gas Mask Filters
There might be more breathable surface atmospheres in Metro Exodus, but you’ll still going to need a gas mask and plenty of filters to get you through the game. You’re given a warning when you need to change your filter. However, that warning is usually provided about a minute before filters fully run out. Make sure you fully utilize your filters by changing them only when Artyom starts coughing and choking.
Those Metro Exodus tips will give you a better chance of completing the game. Thoroughly explore locations to scavenge more supplies, don’t waste ammunition and filters, carry a decent shotgun, stock up on medkits, and make the most of beds when you can to enhance your survival chances. Good luck, and enjoy the journey to the promised land.