Get ready to ride 'Metro 2033' the week of March 16

THQ has announced that Metro 2033 will pull into retail stations on March 16 in the US and Germany, and on March 19 in Europe. Limited editions, which include an "exclusive" in-game automatic shotgun and "four art cards," will be available for both Xbox 360 and PC. Pre-orders at select retailers will also include a Metro 2033-themed Avatar item.

Listen, we know what you're thinking: another post-apocalyptic FPS full of brown? However, our initial impressions were positive and THQ's attitude change has put the publisher on a roll. Red Faction: Guerrilla was on several Joystiq editors' "best of the rest" lists for 2009 and Darksiders set a quality bar right at the start of 2010. If THQ keeps it up, Metro 2033 could be another surprise.

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