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[GI] Jason Rubin: Metro: Last Light is the "triumph of an underdog"

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http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2013-05-15-jason-rubin-metro-last-light-is-the-triumph-of-an-underdog
Quite a amazing read on what 4A has to work though to bring Metro out. Not just deadlines and THQ sale, far far more then any Western developer has to face.
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I truly enjoyed Far Cry 3, which deserved its great reviews. But how many times did Ubisoft Montreal lose power for hours or days during development? Power outages are the norm for 4A. All developers have deadlines, but I know of few that had to bring in construction generators to be able to work the weekend before final submission because an extra day meant missing shelf dates by weeks. Montreal is cold, but when it gets cold in Kiev it's different. That's because the government provides all of the heating through a central coal burning facility that pipes hot water to homes and offices. Unfortunately, it breaks down reliably a few times a year for a week at a time. Then 4A works in their parkas and struggles to keep their fingers warm in temperatures well below freezing. That is unless it snows and they get stuck home for a few days at a time because snow clearing isn't up to Western standards.

The only thing for which 4A is getting more credit than I think they deserve is the creativity behind the ever frightening, dark, post apocalyptic environment of the game. I've been in Kiev to visit the team, so I know they just stepped outside for reference.
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When 4A needed another dev kit, or high-end PC, or whatever, someone from 4A had to fly to the States and sneak it back to the Ukraine in a backpack lest it be "seized" at the border by thieving customs officials.
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Apart from the fact that they charge you $5 for the hard difficulty in Ranger mode...lol

Gaming is turning into a joke.
    
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Yeah, I'll be buying it when it hits the bargain bin. Ranger mode and all!

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I've been to the Ukraine it's not even remotely that bad sounds like whoever is describing it was last there in 1944
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