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Just had to say that I originally purchased Metro 2033 for $7 on the steam summer sale 2 years ago, and used this game only as a benchmark and thought it was boring and horribly optimized...
I started to see descent reviews and rants on Metro Last Light, so I decided to actually give the game a try now, and see that it's actually not bad at all, especially for those who like mature and post-apocalyptic first person shooters...
I have to admit, Metro 2033 was and still is horribly optimized, and I played the game maxed out with physx and it ran horrible with a constant stutter, until after this main tweak...
http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/935068-metro-2033/53980673 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
A) Under the game directory you will find the user.cfg I'm speaking about. Rename it to user.txt. We are doing this because on the next step we are going to delete the user.cfg actually used by the game, and if you don't rename the user.cfg inside the game directory the commands in it will be copied in the user.cfg recreated. However you cannot delete the file because it contains some keyboard binding nots recreated automatically by the game, you have topaste them manually.

B) Go under UserX\Appdata\Local\4A Games\Metro2033\ directory (where UserX is your username). Be sure to have the ability to look hidden files or you will not see the "Local" directory and its content. Inside you will find the user.cfg used by the game. Delete it (yes, delete it, don't worry).

C) Start the game. You will notice that the settings will be reverted back. Just put all the settings as they were before. Now exit the game.

D) Return under the UserX\Appdata\Local\4A Games\Metro2033\ directory. You will see that the file user.cfg has being recreated. This is fine. Now open another window and go inside the game directory. Open the user.txt (that it was user.cfg that you renamed). Now you have to past all "bind ..." keyboard commands (the one with "kX" as "kESCAPE" for example)inside the user.cfg file. You must do this because there are somebindings that as I said are not recreated by default. If you don't do this step for example the ESC key will not work to go to the menu while you are playing.

E) After you have finished pasting the bindings (it should begin with "bind changemenumap kESCAPE" and end with "bind wpn_aim mouse1", the rest you don't need since they are keypads bindings) save the file. You are done.

F) Now try the game. If you have done all correctly you should notice an HUGE increase in FPS.
This tweak here, went from being unplayable with a constant stutter to a much smoother gameplay with everything maxed out... and this is with my i7 970 @ 4ghz and two overclocked gtx 580's. The game is still pretty demanding, and the frames actually drop lower than Crysis 1, but the lighting effects are very impressive; especially the first part you see the train passing by, the lighting effects are something I haven't seen in a game to date... The game also uses physx and advanced depth of field, but to tell you the truth, they really do not make that much of a difference on this game, and isn't used in a good way...

Now to the story line, let me tell you, I am not one who gets into games much; especially recently... I have sooo many games that are just piling up on my steam account that it's getting sad. The last game that I actually beat and enjoyed was Batman Arkham Asylum and City, and both still have one of the best story lines in a video game, and that I will probably end up playing through again... I beat Crysis 1, 2, and 3, and Battlefield 3, but those are the typical shooters and the single player story did not impress me much. Also Devil May Cry (the new one DmC) was good with the environments but meh... I played through it once and don't ever plan to play it again. Bad Company 2 and Black Ops 1 were impressive... Remember these are just my opinions, but games these days do not really catch my attention.
Metro 2033 did catch my attention as you can tell this game was actually made from a book, and the developers put time into the game. I played through the whole game, and it was pretty challenging and the story kept me engaged and the ending was good. It left me feeling as I read through a book and was a satisfactory feeling so I decided I would play through Metro Last Light.

Metro Last Light, let me tell you, is much more optimized to begin with, and has much better use of physx and continues to have really good lighting effects... and the beginning of the game starts off great...
Here is an example of physx, and sorry AMD users...

The game looks great... and has one of the best lighting effects in a videogame to date - i'd argue that they're up there with Crysis 3 (just lighting)... Not only does it look great, but Last Light incorporates a mixture of chaotic, stealth, mature (rated R scenes), and multiple choices with different endings(same with 2033)... After beating Last Light, I would highly recommend a playthrough of the series if you want to experience a good storyline in a game if you were like me looking for something to catch your attention.

These are just my thoughts and am open to your responses with other game recommendations as I am sure a lot of you played a lot more games than me, especially if you're in the same boat as me...
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I agree about both Metro 2033 and LL.
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Eh Metro LL is alright, but as far as realism goes, you don't need it to enjoy a game as linear as this. It just doesn't have the same replayability as something like Fallout 3 or Stalker. I play with physic's off, blur to low since you cant completely disable it in-game, and visual quality on high. In certain areas (on 32 bit os at least), you can run into a heap of lens flare and populated npcs all crammed into the one spot, a typical spot would be a resting place to stock up on ammo and buy new guns. Most of these sorts of places with a heap of lens flare tend to lag the hell out of my system, so I'm forced to play in 1440x900 resolution with crappy anti aliasing, and visual quality only on high, oh and no physics. I could be playing the game in 2560x1400, but the game is waaay too poorly optimized to even dream of doing that.
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I got Metro LL as a freebie with my new NVIDIA card. I haven't played a computer game since the last Tex Murphy game (Overseer which came out in 1998 and am excited that they are doing a new one, Project Fedora). The game runs fine on my new photo editing computer with a locked i5 processor and I haven't encountered any video problems. I had a couple of crashes at two points in the game but noticed that this was a reported bug. I'm not too big on first person shooter games and prefer those that involve more thinking than shooting. I'm about 2/3 of the way through the game at this point and do find the plot line interesting. I doubt that I will play through it a second time.
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