Metro 2033

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Metro 2033
Metro 2033 cover
4A Games
Deep Silver
4A Engine
Release dates
Windows March 16, 2010
Metacritic 81
Metro 2033 on HowLongToBeat
Metro 2033 on IGDB
Metro 2033 guide on StrategyWiki
Metro 2033 on MobyGames
Metro 2033 on Wikipedia
Metro 2033 2010
Metro: Last Light 2013
Metro 2033 Redux 2014
Metro: Last Light Redux 2014
Metro Exodus 2019

Key Points

Graphical differences between Original and Redux are incredibly vast and varied. Almost everything is redesigned in Redux.

General information

Official Discord server for game series
Last Light Forum - Unofficial forums
Unofficial Metro Wiki
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Steam (unavailable)
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All versions require Steam DRM.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Metro 2033 Gun Unlock
Metro 2033 JP DLC 1
Metro 2033 Ranger Pack

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use replacement content.upk9[1]

Use the Metro 2033 No Intro Fix.

The file may not exist in the game folder, but fix will work.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\4A Games\Metro 2033\user.cfg
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/43110/pfx/[Note 1]
The Steam Cloud copy of the settings is stored in <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\43110\remote\user.cfg
Contents of both instances of user.cfg are identical, and changes can be copied and pasted into both locations.
A user.cfg also exists in the installation folder but editing that file has no effect on the game.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\4A Games\Metro 2033\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/43110/pfx/[Note 1]

Game will overwrite user.cfg[edit]

Make user.cfg read-only using Explorer[citation needed]
  1. Right click on user.cfg and select 'Properties'.
  2. Select 'Attributes' and check 'Read-only'.
It can cause not saving moral system points.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Approx. 1 MB available.

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
You may be unable to select your native resolution if you have secondary monitors or televisions plugged in to your computer. See #Resolution Issues.
May show a black screen if non-grouped monitors are connected.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Default is 45° vertical. See Field of view (FOV).
No menu option. See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 4x MSAA. Nvidia MFAA compliant, enable MFAA in control panel for improved framerate and anti-aliasing on alpha-blended surfaces.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[2]

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

This game uses vertical FOV. See FOV Calculator for help.
Edit user.cfg sick_fov[3]
  1. Edit these two files:
  2. Change sick_fov 45 to a number between 1 and 90 (inclusive) (the game runs best at 60-70 FOV). Remember, this is vertical rather than horizontal FOV.
  3. Change user.cfg to read-only to prevent the game overwriting changes.


Edit user.cfg r_fullscreen[citation needed]
  1. Edit these two files:
  2. Change r_fullscreen on to r_fullscreen off
  3. Change user.cfg to read-only to prevent the game overwriting changes.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Off by default.
Force in the graphics card control panel[4]
Edit user.cfg r_vsync[citation needed]
  1. Edit these two files:
  2. Change r_vsync off to r_vsync on
  3. Change user.cfg to read-only to prevent the game overwriting changes.

Resolution Issues[edit]

Some users have encountered issues such as not being able to set their native resolution; the game resetting their chosen resolution to a lower one; or the game's maximum available resolution being lower than their monitor's native resolution.[5] Such cases may be caused by the presence of multiple monitors attached to the computer, or attempting to play the game on an attached TV where larger resolutions may not be available. Possible solutions include unplugging any extra monitors[6] or setting the multi-monitor display mode in Windows to "Computer Only". If the game won't show your native resolution and you are playing on a 4K TV with HDR, you will have to turn off HDR on the TV (turning off HDR in Windows won't work), and then the game will allow you to select a higher resolution from the in-game options.

Input settings[edit]

In-game mouse settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game general gamepad settings.
In-game general gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad layout settings.
In-game gamepad layout settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Sliders for general and aim sensitivity.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Disables keyboard.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Can only switch between pre-defined layouts.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Disable Xbox 360 Controller[edit]

Disable Xbox 360 Controller[7]
A plugged in controller is automatically enabled and can't be easily turned off.
  1. Download the NoX360 archive.
  2. Extract it to the installation folder.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Music.
Surround sound
Autodetection without setting. 7.1 audio supported.
Conversations only; speech outside of conversation has no subtitles.[8]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation.
Japanese release only.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
G3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.
Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest

Issues fixed[edit]

Crash on startup[edit]

Install dependencies[citation needed]
  1. Go to install in the installation folder.
  2. Run the installers located there and try installing/launching again.
  3. If the problem still persists and refers to a missing PhysXLoader.dll, install the latest NVIDIA PhysX System Software and manually copy the files from C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\PhysX\Common to the Metro 2033 installation folder.[9]
  4. If you keep seeing nvcuda.dll related errors in the Event viewer (Windows Logs > Applications), copy the nvcuda.dll from C:\Windows\system32 into the game installation directory. If that doesn't help, try an older version of nvcuda.dll (such as which can be found on
Disable Lucid Virtu MVP control panel[citation needed]

If you're running Lucid Virtu MVP, you will need to disable the control panel entirely, not just uncheck Metro 2033 from the application list.

Correct Windows date and time settings[10]

Crash during Depot level[edit]

How to fix[citation needed]

This may be due to crouching while your companion is being dragged off the cart. Just don't do that.

Game crash after level loading[edit]

Restart the chapter[citation needed]

Vertical black bar lines appear[edit]

Disable Advanced DOF in DirectX 11 Options
Switch from DirectX 11 to 9[11]

Low FPS fix[edit]

If you are having problems with a low FPS, follow this guide.

Black screen[edit]

Deactivate second monitor[citation needed]

Mouse sensitivity issues[edit]

The game applies different sensitivities for vertical and horizontal movement. It also has sensitivity settings that are too high for some players who prefer slower movement.
Use raw mouse input fix[12]

Install Metro Mouse Fix.

Solution taken from Redux installments. It works also for non-Redux Metro 2033 version.
The fix doesn't seem to work with the Steam version, further investigation is required.

Toggle aim down sights[edit]

Create AutoHotkey script
  1. Download AutoHotkey
  2. Copy the code to the clipboard (CTRL+C).
  3. Open AutoHotkey, go to File>Edit script, paste the code in Notepad.
  4. Change "Fallout4" to Metro 2033 in the Notepad, save.
  5. Reload Script in AutoHotkey

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 10, 11
Shader Model support 3.0, 4.0, 5.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
64-bit available in Metro 2033 Redux.


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Dual Core
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800
Nvidia GeForce GT220
DirectX 9 compatible
Shader model 3.0 support


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/43110/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (43110) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.