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Metro: Last Light - Review

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Release Date: 23/05/2013

Metro Last Light Review for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC at GAME

Armageddon Underground!

Metro Last Light is the sequel to Metro 2033, a shooter based on a series of books by Dmitri Glukhovsky. Sound boring? Then you haven't seen this post-apocalyptic tube network, a burrow where humanity fights bloody battles over scraps of the old world. It is a dystopia like no other.

Last Light is not a revolutionary shooter game, but its combat and exploration does have an unusual pacing. Ammo is a very limited resource in the world - you can get into big gunfights, and certainly do, but too many unnecessary engagements will leave you scavenging. It's no accident that the most powerful bullets in the game double-up as the Metro's currency.

Tube Mapped

Last Light's a linear campaign that gives you room to explore - this can mean a hidden locker with precious bullets, or a whole annex stuffed with nasty surprises. It's a world to be savoured rather than rushed through. This is at its most obvious in the settlements you periodically stumble across - almost every character, and there are always a lot, has long dialogue strings.

Metro Last Light Review for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC at GAME

Hoarse Whispers

You'll be doing a lot of eavesdropping. Enter a town, then stop and listen to the first conversation. Walk a few steps forward and do the next, then the next, and so on. There's no other choice, because this is where Last Light's best stories are - from the widow being told her husband was lost on a patrol, to parents reassuring their children with little lies. Details from what you hear, small and large, will often crop up further on down the line, and sometimes you can get involved.

Usually, you'll be glad to hear, that involves killing things. Last Light's atmosphere is the big attraction, but it's also a solid shooter with a great take on stealth. This is all about light: large rooms containing enemies have light switches around somewhere, and they can be easily switched off. The guards, in this run-down environment, are used to temperamental lighting and so don't panic at a temporary blackout - instead, they all switch on head-mounted torches and send someone over to check the box.

Death in the Dark

Last Light is at its most beautiful in these situations: a pitch-black room full of obstacles, with beams of light slicing through the sightlines. It's not only gorgeous, but a brilliant way of indicating the enemy's vision, and it leads to Last Light's most thrilling moments - for a worthwhile challenge, as well as real tension, you should play on Hard.

Metro Last Light Review for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC at GAME

This may be why the human enemies feel more fun to fight than the various creatures that infest Metro's dank caverns. These scampering and clawing abominations can kill you easily enough, although they aren't inspired opponents: backpedal and strafe, backpedal and strafe. Fighting soldiers is a much more enjoyable task, thanks to their group AI and absolutely deadly concentrated firepower - a challenge so stiff it's often a reason to escape notice in the first place.

It's in the dark, hiding or cramped into a fissure, where you realise the sound is the scariest thing here. The surround effect is used to disorient you at times, confusing you with multiple approaches as the threats get ever-closer - and the noises are purely terrifying. This is a game where you spend a lot of time in badly-lit spaces. The scrape of claws and the chitterings in the walls never becomes familiar.

Fear Factor

Last Light is single-player only, and fittingly the world is at its most pungent when there's no-one else around. As you move through the tunnels, corpses are a constant presence, all of them miniature epics of their own - the skeletons of a family, huddled away together, or the body of a ranger slumped next to the last thing he killed. In some respects Last Light isn't quite as slick as the competition - there are bigger bangs and flashes elsewhere. But after those sensations have long since faded, the memories of being alone in the Metro will remain.

GAME's Verdict


The Good

  • Amazing world!
  • Great stealth combat!
  • Relaxed Pace!

The Bad

  • Dodgy Enemy AI
  • Weapons are average
  • Incongruous strippers
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Pegi Rating:

Suitable for people aged and over.

Genre

Shooter

Customer Rating:

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SKU:

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