May 26, 2013
(As always, I promise that there will be no spoilers)
Remember Metro: 2033? Yeah, that game was pretty fucking awesome.
BUT WHAT'S THAT? CAN YOU SMELL THAT?! IT'S A FUCKING SEQUEL THAT DOESN'T DISAPPOINT?!
Yeah, cream your jeans; this game is pretty fucking good: not a single beat was skipped between the two games, and your buddy Artyom and his gang of rarely-adjacent Ruskies are in tow. What's even better? The devs for this game actually LISTENED to the community from 2033 and whipped up some great fixes for shit that people didn't like.
So yeah, onto the reviews.
Alright, so this game's still about the underground journeys of Artyom, the man in the right place at all the right times with a fuckload of sick-ass weapons that are customizable through very basic (but effective) means. As a recap, you're still playing in a post-apocalyptic Russia where, for reasons unknown, nukes have ravaged the land above the Metro, turning the soil toxic, the air poisonous, and the animals mutated into... rapey beasts. WOO WASTELAND. So, of course, you live in the Metro underground.
As is the same from the first game, the people in the metro are sort of experiencing a civil war: Nazis Vs. Soviets; badass, right? Of course, there's the aforementioned mutant animals that kick your dick in and hound you ALL the time with their ability to come from pretty much anywhere at any time with little or no warning.
The story, this time around, starts with Artyom hunting a Dark One (wiki dat shit), and everything just... well, it just gets out of hand for him from there.
Alright, well the weapon selection isn't so... bland. Spear rifles, actual shotguns, more assault rifles, more pistols, and actual rifles that are powerful as fuck. Each one of these weapons has additional mods you can purchase/find that're pretty damn fun. The way you use items in Last Light is way more fluid, and the melee system has been cleaned up and made downright sexy, making sneaking a much, much more viable option.
The major addition to this game is something that the first game was lacking: a well-defined story and some sort of explanation for the origin of enemies that you encounter in this game, which is way overdue. Oh, and you actually get to develop feelings around characters in this game: characters, this time around, have a rich involvement in the game and you get mad/sad/happy when shit happens because of their established ties with you.
This game doesn't feel as claustrophobic as the first, with caves and areas widening out providing for interesting boss battles and some really sexy drawn-out one-man wars with a variety of enemies.
Speaking of other improvements, the dialogue doesn't SUCK HARD BALLS this time around. I know this game was made by Ukranians, but shit: the dialouge was fucking awful in 2033, and the characters were so goddamned shallow because of it. I literally almost threw my keyboard when
Great game. While die-hard 2033 fans might have a couple gripes with the changes, I gotta say this is one kickass and completely solid sequel to a great game with a ton of improvements.