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Game Review; Metro Last Light

Metro: Last Light is the 2nd game in the Metro Series, the first game being Metro 2033. You return to the Metro system underneath Moscow, the only place that escaped the radiation following a catastrophic nuclear war. The beginning of the game assumes that you had made a choice of annihilating the Dark Ones, scorching their home with missiles and eliminating them once and for all, on the surface. But a creature remains, and as returning protagonist Artyom, you must find this remnant of a race thought extinct, this remnant of a decimated species, though it’s unclear whether the right decision is to destroy it or to try to communicate with it. Your Ranger allies certainly desire its annihilation, but Artyom’s unique ability to connect with the Dark Ones gives him pause and he is nagged by guilt about the devastation he has wrought.

The game’s environment is one of the best I have ever seen, comparable even to that of the Bioshock Infinite’s. The sound effects are directly responsible for the pace your heartbeats and there is plenty of action to keep you on your toes. One of the uniqueness in the gameplay is to keep your inventory, although limited, always updated. You never know what you might need on your way forward. The levels are shorter than most of the other FPS games, and have a pronounced effect on the storyline. The whole commentary is in the voice of Artyom whose accent is typically Russian and a welcome break from the normal US accent in every game.

Overall, Metro: Last Light is not an bonanza of things to shoot around and places to jump about. The remarkable environments, both under and above the Metro sink into your mind and your bones. It is markedly superior to its predecessor, merging storytelling, shooting, and sneaking into a remarkable and cohesive whole. It is definitely a worth buy.

Minimum System Requirements:
Windows: XP (32-Bit), Vista, 7 or 8
CPU: 2.2 GHz Dual Core e.g. Intel Core 2 Duo
Direct X: 9.0c
Graphics Card: DirectX 9, Shader Model 3 compliant e.g. NVIDIA GTS 250 (or AMD equivalent e.g. HD Radeon 4000 series) or higher.
HDD Space: 20GB

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