Playing and beating Metro 2033 will properly introduce you to the metro. It might not be necessary but I would suggest it for the story and gameplay so you are not completely lost.
As a sequel, Last Light did an amazing job remastering and improving the strengths and weaknesses of the first game. Tighter gunplay, good story line, good atmosphere.
The linear campaign is made up of traveling through the metro fighting Nazis, Commies, and mutants. But if you don't want to fight you can always take a stealthy approach through the levels. Though shooting or sneaking is fun, both have some weakness in the mechanics. If you prefer sneaking around, you'll find it easy enough to sneak past the most oblivious of enemies with linear "patrol" patterns and seeing the most convenient enemies standing towards a wall alone in an empty room just asking to be knocked out and looted. While shooting one of many customizable guns you may choose from by purchasing or looting, ammo is a pretty scarce thing in the metro, only being able to loot a few bullets at a time from each dead enemy (Playing on normal difficulty I ran out of ammo quite often). Though in this game the explorer is always rewarded with extra ammo by checking store rooms and nooks and crannies for extra supplies and ammo.
The story is by far astounding in today's standards of story telling in video games, mixed with amazing graphics and the best atmosphere I have seen in any game like this, it feels as though Dmitry Glukhovsky (the author of the metro novels the game is based from) had no problem translating the book into an interactive medium. The game also has decent pacing in the story, though at times it will feel like you are fighting a certain type of enemy for far too long, making you want a break from constant sneaking and killing, but making the arrival at the next neutral station feel that much more accomplished.
Overall this is one of the best triple A titles you will find with good story and game
posted by lakenheath72 (WALNUT CREEK, CA) Aug 28, 2014
Member since May 2013
I liked the character Anna. When she travels with Artoyom to the surface, I perceived her as both a Ranger and survivor. I never expected her to become the sexual object of a man. However, after escaping from a destroyed metro station, she wants lovemaking with Artoyom, a man who she deemed as not in her league. Why? Because the world is going to end and she is scared. Huh? This is a world where everday could be the last for a person. There are many ways to die in the Metro and on the surface. Wouldn't she want to fight alongside her fellow Rangers and with her father for the defense of D6?
Though I like most of the elements for this game, and I can tolerate the game-breaking bugs, and I intend to buy Metro Redux for the next generation, I find the depiction of Anna and other women characters perplexing and cringe-worthy.