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Metro: Last Light (Windows)

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Description

After Moscow was devastated by a nuclear war, the few survivors escaped the radioactive surface and found refuge in the city's extensive subway system. Artyom is a young man who stopped the threat of a mysterious race of creatures known as The Dark Ones, freeing his home station and ultimately humanity itself, and earning the prestigious honour of being a Ranger. Yet the Metro continues to wage war against mutants and political factions such as the Neo-Nazi organization The Reich and the Communistic Reds, and peace is but a dream for the innocent people in the tunnels. Reports soon surface that there is a Dark One that had survived the missile strike aimed at its kind. Through a series of events Artyom meets that Dark One and realizes that things may not be as simple as they seemed.

Based on the Russian novel Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky, Metro: Last Light is a post-apocalyptic horror first-person shooter that serves as a new chapter in the Metro saga and is the sequel to Metro 2033. Like its predecessor, the game is a primarily story-driven shooter with heavy stealth elements. Artyom may carry up to three weapons at a time, however bullets are scarce and valuable to the point that higher grade bullets are, in fact, the Metro's currency. When dealing with armed opponents, stealth is encouraged and it is wise to save ammunition for the many mutant creatures encountered in combat. In many situation the player can choose between straightforward shooting and stealth, also having the option for lethal or non-lethal enemy takedowns.

The game takes place in two environments: the Metro itself and the surface. The Metro consists of inhabited stations and tunnels infested by mutants. Each station within the Metro is different, and the player will get to see and visit many of them throughout the game, hostile and otherwise. The surface is a very dangerous place, requiring the protagonist to wear a gas mask to survive, making it crucial to find corpses and containers and scavenge for gas mask filters. Should the mask start to crack and break the player has to find another one, otherwise Artyom will die. The surface is filled with toxic hazards and mutants, some of which can actually pick Artyom up and drop him from great heights.

Screenshots

Metro: Last Light Windows Isn't this a bit of a paradox, the Metro books existing in the.. uhm, Metro?  Though I do like the teaser that Metro 2035 is coming.
Metro: Last Light Windows Peaceful life in "Venice", a coalition of several stations built on water
Metro: Last Light Windows More beautiful and haunting outdoor landscapes
Metro: Last Light Windows Inventory screen - all necessary info is grouped here.

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User Reviews

Post-apocalyptic beauty Cor 13 (172219) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
Metro: Last Light is an amazing sequel, and IMHO the best story based shooter since Half-Life 2. Really. I mean it. Kadath Bird (716) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars

The Press Says

Quarter to Three May 13, 2013 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Softpedia May 17, 2013 9 out of 10 90
VicioJuegos.com May 13, 2013 89 out of 100 89
GameStar (Germany) May 13, 2013 86 out of 100 86
Riot Pixels May 24, 2013 83 out of 100 83
IGN May 14, 2013 7.7 out of 10 77
PCActu Jun 19, 2013 7.5 out of 10 75
4Players.de May 17, 2013 72 out of 100 72
Factornews May 20, 2013 7 out of 10 70
Thunderbolt Games Jun 05, 2013 7 out of 10 70

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Awards

  • GameStar/GamePro (Germany)
    • 2013 – #3 Best Shooter of the Year (Readers' Vote)

Kadath Bird (716) added Metro: Last Light (Windows) on May 14, 2013
Other platforms contributed by Kadath Bird (716), GTramp (41319) and Sciere (286446)