“Metro: Last Light” is the upcoming title from Ukrainian developer 4A Games and is set to release for the PC, Xbox360, and Playstation 3. The game is played from a first-person perspective and players once again fill the shoes of Artyom, the protagonist from the first game, “Metro: 2033.” The first game is based off Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky’s post-apocalyptic novel bearing the same name. While the author has worked with the developer in regards to the sequel, it apparently bears no relation to the book Metro: 2034. Just like its predecessor, the game is set in post-apocalyptic Moscow, where the remnants of humanity are trying to survive by living in the metro tunnels beneath the radiated surface.
The previous game made great use out of the setting, providing a story driven experience that was wrought with tension and high on immersion. The predecessor featured a number of interesting aspects such as the in game currency system which essentially tasked individuals with making a choice between doing more damage and having more money as “clean” ammo doubled as your currency. The game also eschewed a traditional map for a clipboard and compass and there were subtle touches sprinkled throughout the experience that solidified the immersion into Mr. Glukhovsky’s bleak, dreadful vision of the future. With the sequel a little over a week away from release it will be interesting to see if any of these elements that made the first game so interesting will be further refined or to see what new surprises 4A Games has in store for the player.
Just like the previous title, “Last Light” will allow players to tackle enemies guns blazing if they choose or with a more tactical, stealth-based approach. The previous title was a graphical powerhouse and the sequel looks to follow suit with the beautifully designed and hauntingly atmospheric world that just begs players to explore and experience every nook and cranny within. Just make sure you have a healthy supply of o2 filters and ammo before setting out as the creatures that lurk in the dark are far worse than the factions fighting for control of the D6 bunker, rumored to have the necessary equipment to win a war. Metro: Last Light is looking like it’s shaping up to not only deliver the tense thrills of the first game, but also will incorporate a morality system within the game that may have an effect on the ending, which could increase the replayability of the game.
The developer has stated the game will not ship with a multiplayer offering as they wanted to devote and focus their resources on creating the best single player experience possible. The first game could have benefited from tighter gameplay, but the story and atmosphere created by 4A Games was second to none. The studio has stated they have spent a lot of time on the sequel refining both gunplay and gameplay which will hopefully translate to a more polished title. Fans of the first one or those interested in picking up this title won’t have to wait long to guide Artyom through the metro tunnels of Moscow as this title is set to release on May 14, 2013 in North American and May 17, 2013 in Europe.