The Cold War can probably be seen as the hey-day of spies and spying, at least according to movies. So filling the shoes of a 1980’s spy does have a certain romanticism to it. Which is something that Metro-2: Project Kollie from Technical Troupers builds on by placing you in the role of a CIA spy that’s trying to get evidence of a secret KGB project.
In Metro-2: Project Kollie the Soviets started a secret project in 1958 where they tried to create a super weapon out of bio-robots. Russian Doctors, scientists, engineers and soldiers worked together to create a new race of soldiers for the Russian army. After many consecutive failures, the Central Committee closed down the project in 1969. But the KGB continued the research in an underground facility without the Committee’s knowledge and in 1982 the team had some primitive results.
Metro-2: Project Kollie is available now for Gear VR on the Oculus Store and Google Daydream on the Google Play Store at a $4.99 price tag. I got to give the game a try using a Gear VR. The game supports both the Gear VR trackpad and Gear VR controller.
Check out the trailer below:
When I entered the first mission of the game, I found myself in what looked like a morgue full of dead bodies. Equipped only with a pistol, I soon had to face oncoming droves of zombies. To be honest, I don’t really understand how zombies fit into the picture and was quite frankly a little disappointed since there are about a million other zombie wave shooters out there. But I just chalked it up to ‘experiments gone bad’ and moved on. The zombies took a couple of shots each before they went down and after killing a few, the game would teleport me a few feet ahead into the hallway.
I found the shooting mechanics in Metro-2: Project Kollie comfortable enough, though sometimes it felt like my aim was off, as if the crosshair wasn’t exactly calibrated correctly. For the most part this wasn’t a problem, however, since I still got many of the shots in the area I was aiming them at. Besides the simple shooting with the pistols – and later on a rifle and shotgun – I also got to perform ‘melee’ takedowns. Which can’t technically be described as melee because they just involved shooting enemies at close range a couple of times and could only be done once in awhile on certain enemies.
Let’s See Some Cyborgs
Soon after the zombies, I finally got to face my first robot. I expected some different AI behavior or gameplay mechanics but it was actually pretty much more of the same. Me standing in a spot in a decrepit building shooting at oncoming enemies who would wait their turn to get at me. That being said, I found the gameplay in Metro-2: Project Kollie actually extremely challenging. Sure the enemies were hard to kill and once they got too close I couldn’t do anything anymore and just had to wait for the cutscene of them killing me to end. But the biggest frustration was that I would have to start from the very beginning of a mission whenever I died, no matter how far into the mission I was. Which almost had me rage-quitting the game a couple of times.
I’m a Spy? Are You Sure?
Besides the gameplay issues mentioned above, Metro-2: Project Kollie does boast some nice visuals for a mobile VR game. It’s dark and gritty but not altogether unpleasant. I found the cutscenes to be a nice touch as well, though you can turn those off if they bother you. Probably the main problem I had with the game was that it places you in the shoes of a spy and then doesn’t make you do any spy-like things. The whole game is just a wave shooter filled with zombies and robots in a creepy building. I would have liked to at least have one gadget to unlock doors with, or a spy pen or something. But it looks like the main storyline of the game (not that there’s a narrative or anything prevalent) is largely just there for some aimless backstory.
With all that being said, Metro-2: Project Kollie isn’t the worst wave shooter out there but it also isn’t the best I’ve come across. So if you’re looking for some mindless fun to pass the time with and don’t mind repetitive gameplay then make sure to check this one out, otherwise move on.