Metro: Last Light REVIEW
Metro: Last Light VIDEOGAME REVIEW
Holidays to Russia haven’t got any better in the future.
Release Date: 17 May 2013
Format reviewed: PC
Also available on: Xbox 360 and PS3
Publisher: Deep Silver
A stark contrast to the soaring highs and fluffy white clouds of recent blaster Bioshock Infinite, Metro: Last Light offers a return ticket to the dark, mutant-infested tunnels of the Moscow underground transport system explored in 2010’s Metro 2033. Once again you play as Artyom, a child of the Metro who’s been enlisted into the peacekeeping Rangers clan after helping to eradicate a perceived mutant thread during the original’s now-canonical bad ending.
While the first game’s inspired world helped divert attention away from some limp shooting and unbalanced stealth systems, Ukrainian developers 4A Games have brought Metro: Last Light’s core gameplay mechanics in line with their lofty level design standards. Torch-lit tunnels and poisonous ruins above the surface are still capable of reaching around the back of your neck and tickling your hairs (especially in those areas where supernatural occurrences are rife) but when you are now launched into a gunfight with Nazis, or attempting to filch ammo out of the back pockets of bandit patrols without getting spotted, the series’ formerly unpredictable systems no longer hurl you onto the rails in front of a difficulty freight train.
Punchier weapons and fine-tuned stealth paths make for a more rounded experience, but the first game’s frantic survival challenges have been inexplicably dulled in the transition. The world above ground is less hostile than before and a ridiculous over-abundance of collectible breathing filters means you’ll never come under any time pressure nor experience any fear when exploring the game’s most inhospitable areas.
There’s an easy solution to fix this problem in the form of the extra-tough Ranger difficulty mode, but as that’s only packaged with the game’s Limited Edition version most gamers will miss out on Last Light at its extreme best.
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