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Metro: Last Light - Standard Edition

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #13 in PC Games

Posted

Pros: More ambitious in storytelling than any shooter I've encountered, great gunplay/stealth/survival mechanics, very atmospheric

Cons: Plot can seem a bit convoluted at times, doesn't always flow as well as the original

Metro 2033 is one of the greatest FPS games ever made. Although not usually recognized as such, due to the horrible state the gaming industry is in, it succeeds largely on its storytelling, atmosphere, intense gameplay, and attention to detail. Last Light is even more ambitious than the first, taking the story to new levels, increasing the scale and exploration of the game, improving gameplay all around, and it has even more attention to detail.

When playing, take your time to find this detail and really appreciate it. There are tons of ambient dialogue between NPCs, there's much more exploration than the first. Metro 2033 takes me 10-12 hours to complete, while Last Light takes 14-18 hours. Sadly most people just rush the game, running through and shooting, not stopping to do the things I said, and end up calling it a 10 hour game, but I don't advise listening to such people.

Full review here.

Posted

Pros: Storyline, Graphics, Sounds, Atmosphere, Mechanics

Cons: Voice Acting, Too Easy

Metro Last Light is the long anticipated sequel to Metro 2033, one of the truly great post apocalyptic games. Last Light takes off where 2033 ended, throwing you, Artyom head first into the action. You are enlisted under The Order (Polis Rangers), an elite army of rangers dedicated to keeping peace within the metro. However, after learning of the Spartans discoverey of D6, the reds want a piece of the cake and they will get it by any means necessary.


You've been visited by an old friend, Khan, informing you of one last surviving 'Dark One', an infamous race of deformed creatures that nearly wiped out Artyom's home station Exhibition, but were unsuccessful when Artyom fired hell missiles upon the Dark One's home. The Orders commander, Miller, orders elite sniper Anna and yourself to hunt the once thriving community of Botanical Gardens, now the ruins of the Dark One's home, to destroy the last surviving Dark One.

Through your travels deep within the Metro and on the surface you meet friends, bandits, opposing forces and new mutants. You are given a wider array of weapons, all of which have the ability to be modded, adding laser sights, silencers, extended magazines among additional useful tools. You have the choice to act alone using stealth, sticking to the shadows picking off targets one by one, careful not to be seen, or as a one man powerhouse, shooting your way through the Metro, crushing all who stand in your way to Polis station.

Last Light keeps what we loved about 2033, the atmosphere. As you make your way through the dead, barren wastes of post apocalyptic Moscow you're unsure of what hides behind the next corner, what danger lies within what's left of the dead cities structures. You are standing among the fallen, shadowy outlines of what used to be, cries of children ringing in your ears. Gunshots in the distance, crackles and rustling behind you. Safety and warmth only provided by the friendly stations deep underground within the Metro.

Your fate is ultimately decided the way you progress the game. Do you show mercy to those who oppose you, do you destroy anything or anyone that threatens you. Do you help the homeless and assist civilians against bandits. It's all down to you.


Metro Last Light is certainly worth a look if you like first person shooters, apocalyptic, adventure and creepy games. It provides a strong story line directly connected to 2033, a wonderful atmosphere to experience, smooth controls, stunning visual graphics and sounds.

Gets 4.5 stars from me.



Posted

Pros: Atmosphere, Immersion

Cons: Lackluster AI, Pretty easy even on Ranger mode

Review May contain Spoilers!


I wrote a review for 2033 just recently, since I somehow ignored the game when it came out a few years ago. I finally played it a few months ago, and was completely blown away. (See previous review) Luckily for me, once I finished 2033 I found out that Last light was due for release in a few short months! I liked 2033 so much that I pre-ordered Last Light at a discount and eagerly awaited its release.

The day finally came when Last light unlocked on Steam, so you can imagine my excitement to play the game. Unfortunately I had serious issues running the game on release day, since I have an AMD 7970 Ghz. The game ran quite poorly, with shadows flickering, jagged fog, and very low frame rates. It was so bad I got to the 3rd or 4th autosave point and decided to just quit and wait for a fix, since I really wanted to enjoy the game without issues.

Thankfully, the developers released a patch only 2 days after release, which completely eliminated all of my issues and really let their engine shine. With a single 7970 I am able to run the game at 2560x1440 with AA maxed, and detail on Very High. (Advanced Physx disabled obviously, no SSAA) The game ran smooth as can be, with no serious frame drops. Kudos to 4AGames for releasing a fix within 48 hours of launch!

Now, on to the game!

A lot of the same things I loved about 2033 are still present here. The name of the game here is immersion, and these guys really know how to do it. It's all the small things that add up to an excellent experience for the player. For example, if you gas mask builds up too much moisture or gets mud or blood on it, you can press a key to use your hand to wipe it away. Also, there is a pneumatic rifle that operates on compressed air, and rather than having a cheesy section of the HUD to inform you of the guns PSI, you use the PSI gauge that is actually on the gun, in game to determine if you need to pump it or not. (The gauge looks and functions just like a real one, I might add) As a final example, you have a hand-held dynamo you can use to charge the batteries for your flashlight or night-vision goggles. The motor on the dynamo is a replica of an actual sewing machine motor you would find in Moscow called a "МУН-2"!! It's all this attention to detail that blows me away and makes me feel like I am playing in a living, breathing world.

The next thing I like is that nothing in the games design isn't well thought out or out of place. for example, a stash of ammo and a medkit isn't just lying out in the open screaming "Pick Me Up!", you will most likely find a nice stash like that down a tunnel or pathway that isn't towards your objective, or pretty well hidden. (Unlike Bioshock Infinite where ammo can be found in trash cans or picnic baskets) Also, actually stopping and listening to conversations between NPC's yields some valuable information about the game, or hints as to how to attack a certain situation. In one section, listening to an NPC conversation and following one of the participants into another area gets you a nicely loaded weapon you normally wouldn't see until much later in the game. In short, the game rewards you for being immersed, rather than just sprinting and gunning through the whole thing. I would also like to add that 4A did an excellent job again on the weapon skins, sounds and animations. I absolutely love the way the weapons sound when fired! The reload animations are also second to none.

Graphics - There is a lot of debate about what looks better, this or a game like Crysis 3. It's a tough call, since they are both excellent, but Metro seems to have its own art style that is really quite different from crysis 3. I would say you can't really pick one or the other, as they both have their own strengths and weaknesses. I will say that Last Light's outdoor environments were much more impressive than Crysis 3 to me. I said this on the forums, and I will say it again here: The feeling I had when entering the swamp for the first time can only be matched by the way I felt the first time I played HL2 back in 2004. The fog, the destroyed buildings, the sounds, the subtle background music, creatures jumping in and out of the water - it all came together PERFECTLY for an unforgettable gaming experience.

Survival At Its Finest! - This truly is a survival horror game at its finest. I played on ranger mode, and even though ammo and supplies are more plentiful than 2033, you still really need to keep track of your inventory and use knives to kill when possible to conserve ammo. There was one point of the game where I was literally down to my last 2 throwing knives and I had to kill 2 mutants to advance, so I was running around trying to pick up used knives so I could finish them off! I also had a heck of a time at the end of the swamp level with filters, which forced me to search around for everything available so I could advance past the boss fight.

With all of the aforementioned praise you might think I am a Metro Fanboy, but I will admit the game isn't without its issues. First, a major pain point with most people was the broken experience for AMd users, but I will honestly let that slide and it really doesn't even factor in to my experience. As much as I wanted to play it really wasn't a big deal waiting 48 hours for a fix. The biggest issue for me was the AI of the soldiers. Even if the room was very brightly lit and they were looking directly at me it wouldn't matter, as long as I was in a shadow. They could have been just a few feet away, but as long as my watch didn't glow blue I was fine. Nor did it matter if I shot one of his buddies just a few feet away with a silenced pistol....they weren't even altered. I don't want to beat a dead horse, so in short all I am saying is the enemy AI could be vastly improved as it relates to the stealth approach to the game. Hiding ins shadows in fine, but if there is a direct line of sight or if they see a dead body they should freak out and attack.

Boss Fights: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I won't go into a lot of detail, but some of the boss fights I really enjoyed, and others not so much. Personally, I liked the boss fights where you had to make him destroy the columns of rock, but the boss fight where you wait for the mutants to jump on its back before you shoot could have been much more interesting and challenging. Also, I thought near the end when the soldiers attack like The 300 with their shields formed like a barrier was brilliant, but why didn't we see those guys and that mechanic earlier in the game? Even one on one it would have been cool to fight those guys much earlier!

Overall these are minor gripes, and all games have room for improvement so I won't dwell on it too much. despite the cons, this game lands in my top 3 of all time, and I have been PC gaming since 99. 4A proved that if well executed, the corridor shooter can still be an immersive, fun masterpiece. I think a lot of the AAA developers with deep pockets could learn a lot from what 4A did with this game! There are rumors of additional missions, and SDK, and a stand-alone multiplayer game, so I am looking forward to that. This is one developer I don't mind paying for DLC from, since I am like an addict wanting more from the Metro universe.
Metro: Last Light - Standard Edition
Description:

It is the year 2034.Beneath the ruins of post-apocalyptic Moscow, in the tunnels of the Metro, the remnants of mankind are besieged by deadly threats from outside – and within. Mutants stalk the catacombs beneath the desolate surface, and hunt amidst the poisoned skies above. But rather than stand united, the station-cities of the Metro are locked in a struggle for the ultimate power, a doomsday device from the military vaults of D6. A civil war is stirring that could wipe humanity from the face of the earth forever. As Artyom, burdened by guilt but driven by hope, you hold the key to our survival – the last light in our darkest hour. Beneath the ruins of post-apocalyptic Moscow, in the tunnels of the Metro, the remnants of mankind are besieged by deadly threats from outside – and within. Mutants stalk the catacombs beneath the desolate surface, and hunt amidst the poisoned skies above. But rather than stand united, the station-cities of the Metro are locked in a struggle for the ultimate power, a doomsday device from the military vaults of D6. A civil war is stirring that could wipe humanity from the face of the earth forever. As Artyom, burdened by guilt but driven by hope, you hold the key to our survival – the last light in our darkest hour

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FeatureA gripping, story-driven first person shooter, Metro: Last Light is the hugely anticipated sequel to 2010's critically acclaimed cult classic Metro 2033 Experience thrilling combat with an exotic arsenal of hand-made weaponry against deadly foes - both human and mutant - and use stealth to launch attacks under the cover of darkness Fight for every bullet and every last breath in a claustrophobic blend of survival horror and FPS gameplay Next generation technology boasting stunning lighting and physics sets a new graphical benchmark on both console and PC Wage post-apocalyptic warfare online, as Last Light delivers an intense multiplayer experience amongst the dark Russian ruins
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