When it comes to visuals, Metro games have always been at the forefront of technology but 4A Games' latest trailer, Artyom's Nightmare, is so gorgeous, not to mention well written and directed, that it deserves a dedicated repeat button.
We won't mince words - 4A Games have delivered quite likely their best trailer ever and easily one of our all-time favourites, as Artyom's Nightmare checks all the necessary tick boxes for a game cinematic, and then some.
The graphics on display are stunning, as we've learned to expect from 4A and Metro franchise itself, and Artyom's dream locations are incredibly inviting. Well most of them, at least, as we reckon that running from zombies in the nuclear winter of Metro Exodus doesn't qualify as inviting.
It's not just the graphics either, as Artyom's Nightmare even incorporated the Wilhelm scream into the equation, a clever and always hilarious nod to the 1953 movie The Charge at Feather River. In case you didn't catch it, it's right on the 1:47 mark.
Last but most certainly not least is the symbolism of Artyom leaving the shelter, as Metro Exodus finally takes the franchise out of the Moscow Metro, which has served as a backdrop for all the previous games.
In case you're unfamiliar with the game or its lore, the Metro game franchise is based on Dmitry Glukhovsky's Metro books, which deal with the post-apocalyptic society surviving the harsh nuclear winter underground.
For all the hoopla around Deep Silver, THQ Nordic or whoever was in charge of the somewhat undignified exit from Steam, we're still looking forward to partaking in Artyom's adventures. Everything we've seen so far confirms 4A's claims of the most ambitious Metro game thus far and Artyom's Nightmare confirms it without a doubt.
As you probably could've guessed, we love ourselves a good cinematic and we're no strangers to firing up some Blizzard classics from time to time. Artyom's Nightmare, however, left us lamenting the fact that it's only 4 minutes long, as 4A Games have really outdone themselves.