Metro: Last Light review round-up

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Metro 2033 was an unpolished gem, leaving many rather excited for the game’s sequel – filled with the promise of fixing the first game’s problems and smoothing over the rough edges. It seems to have largely succeeded – and delivered a dark and gripping narrative that doesn’t treat the player like a child. With rather extreme violence and a distinct lack of hand-holding, it’s a game for adults. How’s it fared critically?

To be honest, it’s a little mixed. Here are the scores:

Destructoid – 7/10
Digital Spy – 4/5
Eurogamer – 7/10
Gamespot – 9/10
IGN – 7.2
OPM – 9/10
OXM – 8/10
PC Gamer – 80/100
Polygon – 8.5/10
Videogamer – 7/10

Destructoid’s Jim Sterling was actually a little disappointed with the game, and the fact that the core Ranger Mode is tacked on as DLC, but still says that “…Last Light is also a fine game on its own, and if we’re to judge it without the shadow of 2033 looming overhead, we can say it’s a game packed with structurally sound combat, a rewardingly fluid narrative, and an atmosphere that runs the gamut from intriguing to chilling.”

Polygon’s Phil Kollar was a little more pleased, giving the game 8.5 and saying that “4A Games has built a strange, complex world with Metro: Last Light. It’s a grim vision of the future that still inspires hope. It’s a hand-wringing, apologetic shooter that offers great gunplay alongside more peaceful options.Last Light has every opportunity to be bloated and inconsistent, but it never succumbs to the pressure of its own expectations — and that’s worth tolerating a few frustrating technical hiccups.”

Sounds pretty good to me! Will you be picking up Metro: Last Light when it releases locally on Friday?

Last Updated: May 14, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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