Conclusion: I realise all these caveats render a scored review somewhat meaningless, so the takeaway message is this; if you've never played Last Light , you should – it's an excellent game, and you should opt for this version. If you've already played it, however, you don't need to upgrade.
Excerpt: When Metro 2033 came out about three years ago, it didn’t make much of a splash at first. The name and cover art didn’t explain much, and its publisher did not have a Call of Duty–size ad budget. By the time we understood that it was set in a post-apocalyptic Moscow where everyone had to live underground (to avoid radiation sickness and hideously mutated beasties), Metro 2033’s moment had passed.
Pros: Densely packed environment and narrative; entertaining combat; high-caliber visuals.
Cons: AI is occasionally dumb; curiously abundant resources; DLC confusion.
Excerpt: In 2010, Ukrainian developer 4A Games introduced us to the melancholy darkness of the post-apocalyptic Moscow Metro with their debut game Metro 2033 . The game followed the story from Dmitry Glukhovsky’s cult classic novel of the same name, and it put 4A Games on the map with their ability to create amazing atmosphere and some interesting game mechanics that made the first person shooter feel fresh once again.
Pros: Does a terrific job creating a creepy atmosphere, Interesting survival game mechanics
Cons: Playing stealthy can feel awkward, A few too many monsters
Summary: Faction Pack bodes well for the remaining upcoming downloadable content planned for Metro: Last Light . Although the three missions are all great in theory, offering a nice array of combat and objective types, they are not all winners; however, it’s priced right ($4.99) and offers a few solid hours of gameplay.
Review: Metro: Last Light beams down a memorable first-person experience
13 June 2013
Excerpt: When Metro 2033 came out a few years ago, it wasn't as big a seller as any of the Call of Duty games – which is a shame, because it was far more atmospheric. It relied more on the pure grittiness of survival – especially with Ranger Mode turned on – than most first-person shooters ever will, and that's one of the things that made it stand out from the pack.
Summary: Metro: Last Light is a noticeable improvement over its atmospheric predecessor, Metro 2033 . Some lingering hit detection and pacing issues remain, but they are minor nuisances. In the end, Last Light is an engrossing post-apocalyptic shooter that should appeal to both action and survival-horror fans.
Conclusion: Metro: Last Light is a hugely atmospheric FPS that has corrected all the real flaws of its predecessor and improved on them to such a degree that they’re actually superb – stealth and shooting are now things to enjoy rather than avoid, and can compete with the best in the genre. Unfortunately Last Light does bring some problems of its own, with hand-holding AI companions, a slightly unfocused story, tightly linear environments and generally feeling like a remake of 2033...