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Dennis Feeback On May - 14 - 2013

Publisher: Deep Silver
Developer: A4
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What they say: 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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What I say: I really enjoyed Metro 2033 upon its release a couple of years ago. Dark and full of atmosphere, the game scratched an itch I didn’t even know I had at the time. I played it through twice to get both endings and then kind of forgot about it. That is until Metro: Last Light was announced. Then I remembered my enjoyment of the first game and become very excited for this sequel. The Metro is a hard place it has to be to even survive an entire company imploding. But luckily it made the journey over to new publisher Deep Silver just fine.

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In a ballsy move this sequel picks up from the “bad” ending of Metro 2033. This was pretty surprising and quite welcome as I felt, that from a story stand point, it was the better ending. Thinking the Dark Ones are eradicated, life goes on at the Metro until it is discovered that one Dark One remains and our hero Artyom is sent out to investigate. Naturally things go horribly wrong and thus begins our second excursion into the world of Metro. The game, taking place in a devastated Russia, does a fantastic job of world building. Everything looks sufficiently run down and gloomy. The lighting especially is very impressive, lending the right sense of menace where needed. The background characters are also very fleshed out for folks we will once see once through the game. It is very much worth your time to stop and listen to conversations as they can really give you an impressive level of background info. The fact that these conversations can be so important really makes the environment feel like a living, breathing world. It truly helps with the immersion.

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The story line is pretty dark and you are really able to get into Artyoms head. The choices and decisions you make do matter especially when it comes to which ending you receive. Like before there are two endings, and while a bit similar they are both worth seeing. I played through the game twice in order to see both and I’m glad I did since who knows which one will be canon in the next game.

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The game levels very a bit as you go from dark tunnels to topside, from being captured, to fighting mutant bugs that hate light and so on. The game can be played either using stealth or guns blazing depending on your play style. Both are equally valid. There is really a lot to like about this game from the gloomy graphics to the fantastic sound design. But alas there are some problems…

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While the game is very pretty, there is a great deal of screen tearing. It can really be quite distracting at times. Also of note is the very inconsistent AI you encounter. At times your enemies are right on top of you and one mistake can be your downfall, at other times you can run into a crowd and kill every soldier while the others just look on waiting for their turn. This more than anything took me out of the game as the “living breathing world” became a video game again. This was my biggest disappointment in the game.

Overall Metro: Last Light is a very good experience and while it is a bit easier than Metro 2033, I think it had a better story. The few flaws however kept it from being a great game.

Rating: 7/10

Categories: Horror, Reviews, Video Games

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