The mood and atmosphere of the game is wonderful - it's very dark, and your nerves are usually on the edge as you round corners and flick your flashlight at the darkness. But it also draws you in, keeps you searching for more, keeps you exploring. The visuals may look few years dated, but they're certainly good enough to bring out the atmosphere and mood of the game.
The soundtrack however, seems to fit perfectly for the game, dark, ambient tunes that add just the last bit to create the perfect mood. Overall, Metro 2033 isn't a perfect shooter, but it's new and original enough to satisfy most gamers, especially fans of STALKER.