Metro: Last Light Officially Unveiled

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Metro: Last Light Officially Unveiled

THQ has finally shone a light on Metro: Last Light, the sequel to last year's shooter/survival horror/subway ride Metro 2033.

Metro 2033 is one of those games that either rocks your world or leaves you baffled by the fact that there are people out there who actually think this kind of godawful nonsense is fun. But it was enough of a sleeper hit to earn a sequel and today THQ lifted the lid, just a little bit, on what those of us in the former category have to look forward to.

In Metro: Last Light, players will be caught in the middle of a war for control of a "doomsday device" that threatens to destroy humanity forever. Said doomsday device will presumably be even worse than the nuclear weapons that wiped out 95 percent of humanity prior to Metro 2033 and turned the surface of the Earth into an unlivable, toxic hellhole.

"We believe that Metro 2033 was a flawed masterpiece. It was a beautiful, original game that didn't get the marketing support it needed. We won't make that mistake with Metro: Last Light," said THQ Vice President Danny Bilson.

"This game improves on the original in every way - it will have more polish, deeper and more sophisticated gameplay, and satisfyingly visceral combat, without losing what our fans loved about the original," he continued. "Metro: Last Light is another artful piece of game development from an Eastern European studio that will thrill and terrify anyone looking for a more cerebral experience than your typical first person shooter."

I absolutely loved Metro 2033 to death, even that "run and hide" bit near the end, but I'm willing to acknowledge that there are a lot of people out there who don't share my taste in such things. Bilson's promise to keep it an "artful and cerebral experience" is encouraging, but I'm a little concerned that when all is said and done, THQ's efforts to "improve" on the original will end up stripping away much of what made it great. On the other hand, this bizarre launch trailer does give me hope, so fingers crossed that they don't screw it up.

Metro: Last Light is slated for launch sometime in 2012 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Metro 2033 was an amazingly unique and beautiful gaming experience. It was so well done and atmospheric I never once noticed while playing it that it was a rather linear game. I got so caught up in events, and all the little things that determine the outcome, that I was entranced.

Excited to see how the sequel turns out. Though couldn't care less about multiplayer, unless it's co-op.

Jumwa:
Metro 2033 was an amazingly unique and beautiful gaming experience. It was so well done and atmospheric I never once noticed while playing it that it was a rather linear game. I got so caught up in events, and all the little things that determine the outcome, that I was entranced.

Excited to see how the sequel turns out. Though couldn't care less about multiplayer, unless it's co-op.

Indeed, the game was very under appreciated I think. Not many people played it.

WaaghPowa:

Indeed, the game was very under appreciated I think. Not many people played it.

Certainly, I just hope in their quest to broaden its appeal they don't focus on things like competitive multiplayer and drawn out action sequences.

But I'll hop off the negativity train and just remain cautiously optimistic.

Holy...

Any game with Portishead in it's trailer get's my thumbs up by default!

OT: I really liked the first one (even with it's handfull of flaws) a lot. So color me intrigued.
Now just confirm Portishead for the done games soundtrack too and you got a preorder ;o)

I love Metro 20033. It had atmosphere. I was either scared or terrified, especially at the epic end of it. It's a very subtle game that never says it's sorry.

I was hoping they'd do 2034. So as if it were to do well enough it'd increase demand for the book and I might finally be able to get in english.
As long as they ditch that obnoxious autosave system it should be great.

It was a great game and I'm glad it's getting a sequel. The haters really exaggerated it's flaws.

I rarely get scared by games, and I've been gaming for 25 years and play lots of "scary" games, but I've never been more terrified by a game than fighting/surviving the Librarians in Metro 2033. Just brillaint animation, level and sound design when you encounter those things. Pure, utter terror.

I like Metro 2033 and am actually just stuck due to bad game mechanics (GLOWY EXPOLODY THINGS IN D6! Y U NO LET ME THROUGH?!) but I whole heartedly approve of a sequal with more polish/quality etc.

In case Andy Chalk sees this, you accidentally called it "Metro 2003" at the end of the second paragraph.

As for the game itself, haven't played it, not sure if I want to get it or its sequel.

Well I must say, I'm definitely looking forward to this. I absolutely loved the first game, and I can't wait to see how this sequel turns.

I love Metro 2033. Though I must say, I liked the book beter. Even though it wouldn't be as action-oriented as it is now.
Can't wait for this one though :)

Oh looks nice, I liked the 1st game quite a bit since it got the atmosphere of a recently nuked out city quite right so I hope they can pull this second act of.

From what I've heard of the game so far, and from the creepy trailer, I can only say I'm too happy.

2033 turned out to be my favourite game of last year and one of my top games of all time.

This is kinda awesome, especially since my best friend finished 2033 last time and were freaking out about it's awesomeness.

Really can't wait to see the e3 trailer.

Chrono212:
I like Metro 2033 and am actually just stuck due to bad game mechanics (GLOWY EXPOLODY THINGS IN D6! Y U NO LET ME THROUGH?!) but I whole heartedly approve of a sequal with more polish/quality etc.

To get past that you gotta destory the spawners. They can go down with enough bullets.

Enjoy. :) AND FINISH IT QUICK! :D

MR.Spartacus:
I was hoping they'd do 2034. So as if it were to do well enough it'd increase demand for the book and I might finally be able to get in english.
As long as they ditch that obnoxious autosave system it should be great.

It kinda looks like a hose that was on fire and a drill...

OT: Loved the first game to death, played through it at least three or four times and I really want to read the book, but this looks amazingly stupendous, can't wait at all for this game.

Dyp100:

Chrono212:
I like Metro 2033 and am actually just stuck due to bad game mechanics (GLOWY EXPOLODY THINGS IN D6! Y U NO LET ME THROUGH?!) but I whole heartedly approve of a sequal with more polish/quality etc.

To get past that you gotta destory the spawners. They can go down with enough bullets.

Enjoy. :) AND FINISH IT QUICK! :D

I'm after (if this is spoilers don't read) the first escort bit but I find the laser sighted weapons USELESS because you can't aim properly with the cluster funk of those things going on.
Plus whatshisface is walking like a Terminator with total disregard to his own self-preservation.
Shotgun FTW though.

Chrono212:

Dyp100:

Chrono212:
I like Metro 2033 and am actually just stuck due to bad game mechanics (GLOWY EXPOLODY THINGS IN D6! Y U NO LET ME THROUGH?!) but I whole heartedly approve of a sequal with more polish/quality etc.

To get past that you gotta destory the spawners. They can go down with enough bullets.

Enjoy. :) AND FINISH IT QUICK! :D

I'm after (if this is spoilers don't read) the first escort bit but I find the laser sighted weapons USELESS because you can't aim properly with the cluster funk of those things going on.
Plus whatshisface is walking like a Terminator with total disregard to his own self-preservation.
Shotgun FTW though.

Agreed. Miller is a badarsde old man, what can you do about it? :D But really, I think the best way to get is to destory the spawners.

On my first playthrough I didn't know you could and so the only way I got through that bit was taking all the hits for Miller and spamming Q.

Dyp100:

Chrono212:

Dyp100:

To get past that you gotta destory the spawners. They can go down with enough bullets.

Enjoy. :) AND FINISH IT QUICK! :D

I'm after (if this is spoilers don't read) the first escort bit but I find the laser sighted weapons USELESS because you can't aim properly with the cluster funk of those things going on.
Plus whatshisface is walking like a Terminator with total disregard to his own self-preservation.
Shotgun FTW though.

Agreed. Miller is a badarsde old man, what can you do about it? :D But really, I think the best way to get is to destory the spawners.

On my first playthrough I didn't know you could and so the only way I got through that bit was taking all the hits for Miller and spamming Q.

Ugh, I rented it for the Xbox so everything looks a bit ugly. And I'm consious about using too much ammo.
I'll get Last Light for PC though.

Chrono212:

Dyp100:

Chrono212:
I'm after (if this is spoilers don't read) the first escort bit but I find the laser sighted weapons USELESS because you can't aim properly with the cluster funk of those things going on.
Plus whatshisface is walking like a Terminator with total disregard to his own self-preservation.
Shotgun FTW though.

Agreed. Miller is a badarsde old man, what can you do about it? :D But really, I think the best way to get is to destory the spawners.

On my first playthrough I didn't know you could and so the only way I got through that bit was taking all the hits for Miller and spamming Q.

Ugh, I rented it for the Xbox so everything looks a bit ugly. And I'm consious about using too much ammo.
I'll get Last Light for PC though.

After you're done with that bit you get more ammo anyway, so don't worry.

I'm worried that THQ putting their full marketing support behind it means an obnoxious unnecessary multiplayer mode that has no place in a story driven game. But I cpould be wrong. Should be interesting to see how it plays out.

Looks pretty damn cool, I loved the original. I hope for more khan, more pseudo supernatural mind messing, and more gasmask filters.

I probably shouldn't hold my breath for that last one.

Or should I? 'ba boom tish!'

Holy crap! I didn't know people liked Metro 2033 so much. It kinda looked like Fallout 3 meets Call of Duty in Russia or something. Should I try it out?

LavaLampBamboo:
I'm worried that THQ putting their full marketing support behind it means an obnoxious unnecessary multiplayer mode that has no place in a story driven game.

There will apparently be a multiplayer mode in Last Light. I'm not too happy about it either.

I'm worried it might not be as good, but I think stepping away from the book will do the games good.

There was a lot of stuff where the game and the book couldn't really see eye to eye, and it missed a lot of things. Hopefuly having it's own story will lessen the feel of "Who's this twat? Why should I care? Why did he drop out of the ceiling? Is he any different to the follower twat who just died?" (that bit being Khan's introduction, which is handled far better in the book than in the game)

This just made my day, can't wait for it!
Just hope there's no more amoebas. That part was a pain in the ass.

Andy Chalk:

LavaLampBamboo:
I'm worried that THQ putting their full marketing support behind it means an obnoxious unnecessary multiplayer mode that has no place in a story driven game.

There will apparently be a multiplayer mode in Last Light. I'm not too happy about it either.

I have a feeling the developers won't put in MP unless it fit. Metro 2033 was such a...Well, it was like a complete yigsaw puzzle and so I have a feeling they wouldn't just tack on something because the publisher wanted it to.

There is a lot of ideas for MP that works in the universe (Red versus Nazies, a co-op mode where as Rangers you fight off mutants) but then again, I could be wrong and it could just be a cash in.

One thing I find very cool about 2033 is the way that a surprisingly large number of critics have sort of revisited it and acknowledged that once the initial "OMGWTF" response wore off, it actually turned out to be a surprisingly good and engaging game. Platform choice apparently had a lot to do with it (it's pretty much unanimously held that the PC version was far superior to the 360) but so did the need to recognize that Eastern Euro shooters are inherently different from their Western counterparts. Once you accept that you're not some Call of Duty musclehead superstar and that you're not going to save the world and that when Russian developers make a game about struggling to survive they actually make it, you know, a struggle to survive, you find yourself in the midst of an incredibly powerful and unique experience. I think it speaks to the way-above-average qualities of 2033 that it was able to hold on and inspire that sort of better-considered second look among reviewers and gamers.

Chrono212:
I like Metro 2033 and am actually just stuck due to bad game mechanics (GLOWY EXPOLODY THINGS IN D6! Y U NO LET ME THROUGH?!) but I whole heartedly approve of a sequal with more polish/quality etc.

I was stuck on that segment for hours.

Then I realized you can kill the nest things that spawn them, and it became very, very easy. Just unload your gun at the fleshy nipple things on the walls and floor and let the guy you're escorting deal with the explody balls that come out.

On topic, I can't wait for this game. I loved 2033 to bits, and I really want to get back into it.

My only hope is that we don't have to play as Artyom again. I've no idea why, as he was basically only the narration for the loading screens, but he just bothered me.

Mischlings:
In case Andy Chalk sees this, you accidentally called it "Metro 2003" at the end of the second paragraph.

Thanks, fixed. And if you like tough-as-nails shooters with strong stealth and survival horror elements, yes, you definitely should get Metro 2033. PC version, though.

I stopped halfway because the stealth sections were trial and error and poorly designed. I was having fun until then. Maybe I could get back into it, but whatever.

Now all we need is a sequel to Mirrors Edge :)

This looks so awesome but shame that I have to get it for ps3 instead of the awesomness that will be the pc version.

buy teh haloz:
Holy crap! I didn't know people liked Metro 2033 so much. It kinda looked like Fallout 3 meets Call of Duty in Russia or something. Should I try it out?

Yes. Yes you should. It's easily one of the best shooters of the last 2-3 years.

bombadilillo:
I stopped halfway because the stealth sections were trial and error and poorly designed. I was having fun until then. Maybe I could get back into it, but whatever.

Get some throwing knives and the stealth sections are rather easy, in all honesty. Assuming you don't miss. Throwing knives are silent 1-hit-kill ranged weapons. You can only carry 5 at a time, but if you kill someone with them, you can pick it up off their body. You have to be careful to kill them where you can retrieve your knives, but beyond that it's fairly easy.

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