Metro: Last Light rose triumphantly from the troubles surrounding the dissolving of THQ, and delivered a solid improvement over Metro: 2033. DLC is always a question on everyone’s mind these days, and we were curious where 4A Games were going to take us with any extended adventures they were planning for Last Light. The direction they did chose, with the first of four planned DLC packs, is a bit of a gamble but we think you’ll find that it ultimately pays off. Let’s check out the Faction Pack.
The Faction Pack is a series of three separate missions that aim to give you a look at some of the different factions that inhabit the Moscow Metro, from new character’s eyes. Accessing these new missions can be a little tricky, but you can find them by opening the Chapters menu from the main menu and looking down in the bottom left for a menu item labelled ‘New Missions.’ Once you’ve got that figured out, you can choose any of the three and be on your way.
First is the Heavy Squad mission that has you take control of a heavy gunner from The Reich. This is a simple mission that gives you a mini-gun, along with some other toys, and tasks you with holding off an enemy assault from behind a barricade. If this is the first mission you choose, you’ll be forgiven for being disappointed in the Faction Pack as it is quite short and is nothing more than a shooting gallery. Hang in there though, things get better.
The third mission in the list, called Sniper Team, has you take control of one member of a two person sniper team from the Red Line as you infiltrate a Reich base. This mission is also fairly short, but does at least offer a decent challenge. You must sneak through the whole level, without being spotted, taking out guards and patrols along the way. Killing the wrong enemy will cause another to spot the body, and will blow your cover.
Now, if we go back to the second mission in the list, cryptically named Kshatriya, and you’ll find out why this mission alone will be the reason you buy the Faction Pack. Kshatriya has you playing the role of a Polis Ranger, in training, and drops you into an interesting scenario. This mission plays has you exploring the ruins of the Moscow Library, scavenging for loot and unlocking doors. The goal is to collect artefacts from the past, for which you will be paid, so you can purchase more ammo and better gear, to go out and look for more artefacts. There are a ton of items to find, as well as new paths and shortcuts to open up, as you make your way further into the library with each expedition. I had a ton of fun with this one and it definitely makes the whole package worth buying.
While the Faction Pack starts out slow, the middle mission of the three available missions makes this one worth the price by itself. The Faction pack stays true to the atmosphere and themes of Metro: Last Light while providing a brand new experience and that’s worth $4.99.