Graphics:
8.5
Gameplay:
8.8
Sound:
8.6
Control:
8.1
Replay Value:
8.0
Overall Rating:
8.4
Online Gameplay:
Not Rated
Publisher:
Deep Silver
Developer:
4A Games
Number Of Players:
1
Genre:
Action
Release Date:
May 14, 2013


Metro: Last Light is a game that teaches you to love the dark. It’s comforting and in truth, functional. Some will find the game unduly challenging due to its almost complete lack of handholding and emphasis on stealth, planning and timing. Others might point to the predictable and sometimes questionable AI and take immediate advantage. Either way, you’re presented with a unique and engaging atmosphere, a first-person shooter that plays nothing like most FPSs, an interesting story, and a well-paced adventure that will keep you riveted throughout the ten-hour quest.

The presentation really is spectacular and as always, graphics are a big part of a satisfying and effective palette. Many of the backdrops are stellar, although a few seem devoid of intrigue. There’s great variety in the visual display, as you will split time between the war-torn post-apocalyptic surface and the dank, creepy underworld of sewers and tunnels. Detail is good without being exceptional and the lighting – as you might expect – is especially impressive. The destroyed fictional metropolis of Artyom is definitely interesting and exploration yields plenty of strange sights. There are a few miscues but in general, the graphics work very well.

The audio benefits from a competently produced score and subtle, essential ambient effects. Games that often require a slower pace must rely on a haunting, gripping soundtrack and believable background effects. Last Light does admirably on both counts. As for the voice acting, because the game allows for different language settings, I did a little experimenting. It seems the Russian dialogue offers the best acting, but maybe that’s because this is a universe created by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. Anyway, the effects kick up a notch during high-impact firefights, but the sound shines brightest when everything is at its darkest.

This is a sequel to 2010’s generally well received Metro 2033 , which featured a world devastated by nuclear fallout. We’re in much the same environment in Last Light but this time, we’re tasked with finding and eliminating the last surviving Dark One. Obviously, there’s a significant back story to that goal, but I won’t go into specifics. Some gamers really like to go into a game fresh, especially when the plot and characters play a significant role. But I will say that despite a lack of character development and some odd design choices, this is a story worth experiencing. With multiple factions, including the Nazis and Communists, this is a true melting pot.