Inspired by the book Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky and a sequel to the Xbox 360/PC game of the same name, Metro: Last Light continues the adventures of Artyom, a member of the Order in post apocalypse Moscow. For those who didn't play the first game, the story is relayed well enough that you can jump right in and not feel lost. It is this story, a very deep, twisting, turning story that has moments that are both chilling and emotional that is this game's greatest strength. The gameplay itself is satisfying, and you have the option of going in guns blazing or taking a stealthier approach. What method you use does have bearing on which of the game's two endings you receive. The gunplay works well enough, though there aren't a large variety of weapons to choose from. You can, however, customize your guns to a point, so your firearms of choice can be a little unique. Enemy AI varies, and it's one of the flaws in the game. Creatures are highly aggressive, and will relentlessly pursue until either one of you is dead. Human enemies, on the other hand, range from highly competent (enemies will actively search for you and flank you) to just plain clueless (it's fairly easy to sneak up on them). They're not as bad as some games, but the AI does hold this back a little, though not so much that it spoils the fun. The game does have some technical issues, ranging from clipping through scenery to outright freezing and requiring a hard start (luckily only happened once to me, but others have had it worse). Again, none of these issues are enough to break the game, and shouldn't prevent you from playing this excellent story driven single player experience. The main characters are all well done, and the voice acting is strong. NPCs fare slightly worse, as they seem to be repeated throughout the game in both looks and voice. This is a game that wants you to take your time, exploring every nook and cranny, no matter how creepy. Once through can take you about 12-15 hours. 8.5/10
I've played it for a couple days and while it has some quirks, like coding graphical jitters here and there, all in all the quirks are few and far between. With that said, It's a game with good graphics, good story and the characters aren't as cartoonish as other games in this genre. Although in some scenes they reuse the characters, it's not really noticeable or bothersome.