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’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