Metro: Last Light reviewed (PC) – A beautiful post-apocalyptic prima donna

Metro: Last Light

By on May 17, 2013 at 9:33 am

Metro: Last Light is the direct sequel to Metro 2033, and promises to fix all the complaints about the original while simultaneously looking drop-dead gorgeous and pushing your PC as far as it can go. Does it live up to the claims? Find out in our video review.

WARNING: Metro Last Light is rated R18+ in Australia. The following video contains scenes and language that are not suitable for viewers under 18.

This video can be downloaded in HD from our file library by clicking here (quota free for iiNet group customers).

Editor’s Note: At the time this video was being cut together, the FOV patch had not yet been released. It was made available overnight, and Steam users should update their game now to get it working.

Good:

  • Drop-dead gorgeous
  • Amazing atmosphere and attention to detail
  • Great PC support (aside from the lack of FOV control)
  • Meaty gunplay and clever mechanics

Bad:

  • Ultra-linear and in love with its own story
  • Bad voice acting, poorly-written characters
  • Makes you crawl at a snail’s pace everywhere outside of combat
  • Heaps and heaps of quicktime events and silly contrived situations
34 comments (Leave your own)

With the conditions the guys at 4A apparently worked under I think they have done a tremendous job, I was loving the game before I read about that anyway.
It just made me appreciate what they accomplished even more.

Personally I think the Russian/Ukraine voice actors have been good so far.
Plus I am enjoying the plot/story and the slower change of pace.
As for being so linear even that is fine with me. Not every game has to be some huge open word, this is meant to be a more claustrophobic experience anyway.
Though I have to agree, why is Artyom suddenly mute during game play makes some parts a bit awkward.

This and Bioshock Infinite have been my favorite titles so far this year.
Metro just goes to show what can be accomplished by a good team without the need for a ridiculously huge budget.
Hopefully someone at a big publisher throws more money at these guys for a 3rd installment.
Now to finish it so I can start Ranger difficulty :)

 

*sigh* I simply miss Stalker.

I can’t comment on this series. I never played any of the installments. But linear gameplay and repetition is amongst one of my most hated aspects of games.

I actually enjoy some quicktime events though, assuming they are animated well. I love well animated kill moves etc, but it usually does lead to the above traits I hate.

 
DumpfaceSupreme

timmytim,

Seriously though, if you’re a fan of STALKER at least give Metro 2033 a try. It has a very similar feel to the stalker series (atmosphere and gunplay wise). Though the game is linear, you can approach each encounter in different ways, so its not exactly one dimensional.

My experience with the game only seemed to get better as I progressed, which is a good sign in my book.

 

Really enjoying it so far, easily the best looking game I’ve seen, I think it beats Crysis 3 purely for the attention to detail.

As far as QTEs go, I think I’ve come across only 2 or 3 so far and its basically just mash E, not too much of a problem IMO.

Overall, better than Metro 2033, I’m really enjoying my playthrough.

 

Russian voice acting is always better :thumbs up:. Didn’t actually watch the review though so you might have mentioned it :)

 

And not a single player leg was seen. Welcome to Floating Camera with Arms Simulator 2034.

PS – Floating non-clipping metal grate at 2:33.

 
Relaxed_Possum

Haven’t watched the video yet, but 2033 is on my list for all time greats. I’ll definately be checking last light out soon!

In german or russian with english subtitles of course! :)

 

Yeah I used the Russian voices in Metro 2033 with subtitles, was going to do the same with Last Light, but the voice acting in english isn’t bugging me all that much anyway.

 

I guess if you can’t understand what they’re saying, you can’t tell if the voice acting is bad :D

I’ve got Metro 2033 just sitting on my Steam List after the THQ humble bundle, will get round to it eventually.

 

I really enjoyed M-2033, shame that they didn’t build on the first experience and went the direction they did, I’ll pick it up in a sale I guess.

 

metro last light is damn good, really enjoying myself going through it, more so than 2033. 2033 felt rusty, like it wasnt as fluid. LL is so much better than the predecessor.

edit: guess i should of watched the review, which is why were all here commentating. LL does have a long set of cutscenes involved, and rigid level design outside of shooting, but that kinda linear gameplay experience im kinda ok with, like a interactive movie, i guess, or… the opposite of a choose your own adventure book. No-one really complains about books or movies being linear (remember books???) but if a game’s linear than its rubbish? that doesnt make sense to me, the developer, in this case, is inviting you into his story and the story that he wants to tell. IMO either your involved in it on your not, and so far its grabbed me, so IMO its a great game.

 

Down rating a game for being linear is like down rating an RTS for not being an FPS. It’s how the game was intended.

Lets review minecraft and down rate it for having a bad story! Planetside 2 has terrible single player!

 

sirgriggles:
people that dont like linear games are complete gaming newbs, and never touched a game pre grand theft auto 3. basically not the type of people i bother listening to and even better if they went back to whatever they were doing besides gaming and dont label themselves as gamers.

hell every game i played growing up was linear, super mario bros 1 u could only move left to right the entire time *rolls eyes*

PS: metro last light is excellent. really enjoying myself going through it, more so than 2033. 2033 felt rusty, like it wasnt as fluid. LL is so much better than the predecessor.

Ever heard of Doom, Duke Nukem 3D or Half-Life?

I think you’re conflating linear with non-sandbox. There’s plenty of middle-ground between one corridor with invisible walls and a full sandbox.

 

Jeez, I even say in the review that “there’s nothing wrong with a good linear game”, but Metro isn’t that. It contrives all sorts of silly situations where you have to perform pre-scripted events and sequences for no believable reason. It’s just daft.

 

@Tim Colwill

All I got from you review which to me seems more like a quick review whiles you were sitting on the toilet at your home because you hate this game so much. You would not even give us a warming sound in your damn $2 microphone. i get such an echo i can barely make out what you a re saying at the best of times.

I like linear games, I like them a lot actually. I get right into game stories very quickly and is why i like Metro 2033/Last light so much and singularity and Fallout for that matter as well although they are not as linear as metro is know to be.

I understand you think the game is pretty and looks all so brown blah blah but The world is about to end and you must take into account there are not any cleaners and people in these situations and are not exactly worried about making the world “APPLE” color friendly and wasting power like today’s society.

It is recommended that you stop playing bright fun games like BioSshock for a little while before you play such a game like this and really watch a few slow movies instead. Maybe you were expecting a little too much from it? Give or take everyone these days is more happy to yell CRAP, SHIT, DO NOT PLAY more so than they use to.

To sum this up your review I give a solid 4/10 as you were more, don’t like it because of this or because of that and instead of shutting up and enjoying the games and trying to find out where the game actually comes from and how it’s trying to get you to “feel” as a player you might be more likely to enjoy it and give this game a more Deserved review.

~Narcarsiss, Out.

 

narcarsiss: You would not even give us a warming sound in your damn $2 microphone. i get such an echo i can barely make out what you a re saying at the best of times.

Dude it’s a Blue Yeti and it cost me $150. I personally think the sound has been getting better with each video but I am of course happy to improve!

narcarsiss: I understand you think the game is pretty and looks all so brown blah blah but The world is about to end and you must take into account there are not any cleaners and people in these situations and are not exactly worried about making the world “APPLE” color friendly and wasting power like today’s society.

I… think you missed the point where I said it was a shame that the amazing engine was wasted on rendering brown tunnel after brown tunnel. I didn’t say brown tunnels were bad or that the game shouldn’t have them.

narcarsiss: It is recommended that you stop playing bright fun games like BioSshock for a little while before you play such a game like this and really watch a few slow movies instead.

I actually don’t usually play bright fun games like BioShock. In fact one of my favourite games is STALKER which looks a hell of a lot like this?

narcarsiss: To sum this up your review I give a solid 4/10 as you were more, don’t like it because of this or because of that and instead of shutting up and enjoying the games and trying to find out where the game actually comes from and how it’s trying to get you to “feel” as a player you might be more likely to enjoy it and give this game a more Deserved review.

I… okay. I respect your opinion, but that is completely the opposite of what I actually did. I praised the game for its successes and criticised it for its failures. I’m sorry it couldn’t be more glowing and I genuinely wanted to enjoy the game more than I did. But reviews aren’t about “shutting up and enjoying the game”. That’s not how it works.

 

narcarsiss,

i think his main fault was not playing 2033, if he had, he mighta enjoyed it more
im yet to buy it , im still replaying 2033, but i will sooner or later

and i’ll be cranking all the gfx settings to 11

 

@ Tim Colwill my bad i thought you were taking the piss out of the game, atleast that what i got from the review, i shall watch it again. :/

As for the mic maybe you somehow need to make it feel warmer. add some sound proofing? I don’t know much except it echo’s and that drives me nuts.

@Ball0filre. I guess this would not of helped the situation. I still remember trying to sneak through the upper floors of the library and BAM monster from the floor. I never been so scared in my life playing that game.

 

Nice review with some funny observations. Personally I like the idea that the hero is too shy to talk to people :)

I would like to have heard more detail about stealth and how the AI behaves in different scenarios, but I’ll check out some gameplay video.

 

Having just finished the game I have to say that your review is spot on Tim.

It’s a real shame it is so liner, could have been so much more… If only they could find a happy medium between stalker and this….

 
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