‘Metro: Last Light’ Review Roundup

Metro: Last Light will be released May 14 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U, and is rumored for release on PlayStation 4. Some critics got an early peak at it and here’s what they said.

It’s the year 2034, and most of Moscow is living underground after the nuclear apocalypse made surface living impossible without serious health issues. Those who do live on the surface aren’t really living, as they have become ravenous mutants ready to kill whoever ventures above the ground. Living below ground isn’t so easy either, as society is basically imploding over the lack of food and water. A war has begun over control of a war-ending device that could doom every living person remaining.

Metro: Last Light is the sequel to Metro 2033, a first-person shooter where ammunition was like money and the apocalypse hadn’t happened yet.

Metro: Last Light paints a vivid picture of a post-apocalyptic setting where things aren’t looking good for mankind in general. Everybody you meet has an agenda that may lead to your demise, and everything living above the surface wants you for dinner. People sob out loud in underground tunnels where they are forced to eat pasty mushroom soup every day to survive.

You are Artyom, a member of the Rangers, Metro’s militarized protectors. It’s your job to be sent on missions where you will face the worst of the worst Metro life has to offer and keep the peace. You carry a flashlight which needs to be recharged regularly with a small handheld generator, and it is the only thing that wards off the mutants which wander into the tunnels of Metro.

The random violence makes the dull monotony feel more like a somewhat oppressed moment of peace. As small as these skirmishes are, they feel important in your journey.

Metro: Last Lightfixes most of its predecessor’s flaws so you can focus more on the deep if depressing story. In the end, your ultimate mission is to find a Dark One, a supernatural being capable of surviving on the surface.

While the mood can be oppressive and dark, the game delivers a believable story and feels ultimately satisfying. It’s worth a try.

What do you think of Metro: Last Light?