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First Details And Trailer For Metro: Last Light

Metro 2033 was a game with flaws. It was also a game that I love unapologetically despite those flaws. Luckily, Ukrainian developer 4A Games is getting a second shot at the license with the newly re-titled Metro: Last Light. I got my first look at the sequel in action last month, and it’s already shaping up to be a major improvement.

Picking up shortly after the end of 2033, Last Light steps away from the series of books that the original was based on to forge its own story, though author Dmitry Glukhovsky is still heavily involved with creating the plot. THQ isn’t saying much about the story yet, but I’ve been told that protagonist Artyom is now a full-fledged member of the Rangers and is still traveling with Khan, one of his companions from the first game. In the levels I saw, the duo was sneaking into some underground territory held by the Reich, the neo-Nazi regime terrorizing certain regions of the Metro in 2033.

This objective provided a great opportunity for THQ to show off the improved stealth mechanics, a major complaint from the first game. Enemy AI is being improved in many ways, although human opponents will also follow more recognizable patterns, making stealth approaches less frustrating. According to Metro global brand manager Mark Madsen, 4A Games is not dumbing the game down at all, just "[communicating] the ideal path to players."

Stealth will also be improved with the addition of several new abilities for Artyom. If a lightbulb, candle, or other light source is close enough, players will be able to interact with it, causing Artyom to reach out and silently extinguish the light. On the other side of the spectrum, he will now carry a lighter that he can use to set flammable objects on fire. In the demo, some wooden boxes quickly picked up the flame, which spread naturally through the environment, distracting the panicked guards and allowing Artyom to sneak up behind them for some stealth kills.

After working through this introductory sequence, Artyom and Khan found themselves in the midst of a giant crowd of Reich soldiers in a huge, banner-filled hallway. On the opposite end, a Reich leader is giving a rousing speech that the crowd responds to with terrifying shouts. The duo does their best to blend in with the crowd and slowly push their way through, but it’s no use. They’re spotted and the tense, world-building moment bursts into a fast-paced chase through the fascist settlement.

As with the best moments of Metro 2033, one set piece bled directly into the next, as Artyom and Khan ended up on a mine cart, speeding alongside a Reich train. With Khan at the controls of the cart, he screamed at Artyom that he must jump. The prisoner they’re looking to rescue was apparently on board the train. As the cart pulled closer, Artyom made a death-defying leap, barely making it onto the speeding locomotive.

As he worked through each car of the train, taking out a slow stream of enemies, Artyom showed off another important new feature of Last Light: detailed environmental destruction. If you choose to go the route of running and gunning, as I did in the original game, you’ll be aided by the ability to blow holes in walls, floors, ceilings, and any cover standing between you and your opponents. Likewise, the armor that is equipped by certain enemies will now have individually modeled panels that can be shot off, exposing weak points to help you take them down.

If you’re like me and loved Metro 2033, Last Light looks like it will provide plenty more of that game’s style of memorable linear action. If you ignored 2033 or found yourself frustrated with its shortcomings, the sequel’s increased development time may help it live up to the franchise’s full potential. Check out the first teaser trailer below, and be sure to read the upcoming July issue of Game Informer for an expanded preview with new, exclusive details.

  • D*mn...I cant wait for this. First one was epic!
  • That was, by far, the worst trailer I've ever seen. Way to go 4A. Quite an accomplishment
  • Man i cant wait for this i loved Metro 2033 they nailed the atmosphere in that game it was such an underrated game.
  • After watching Doctor Who the only thing I can think of when I see those gas masks is "Are you my mummy?"
  • wow, the trailer is awesome. so well edited.
    love to see someone pull out the game footage and put that together.
    if this makes it to consoles, ill look into it

  • Metro 2033 was such an underrated game and I cannot wait for the sequel. Plus the trailer was awesome.

  • I. Cannot. Wait.

  • Wow... I'm so glad they're keeping that dark tone. As long as it doesn't have multi-player, I'll be happy. =)

  • Good to hear they'll be improving stealth in this game. However, the ability to extinguish lights is not new, and while i'm not sure regarding anything below the neck line, you were certainly able to shoot helmets and gas masks off of people in the previous game. I hope they improve the accuracy of the guns this time around as well, i got incredibly frustrated with the amount of shots that i missed in this game, and it's definitely not a problem with my aim. I'm assuming it was a design choice to go along with the narrative "post-apocalypse, we don't have the facilities to make guns very well hence why we use military bullets as currency" I'll be interested to see how this turns out. But it'll probably be another steam sale purchase for me.
  • awesome trailer, hopefully IGN will do a rewind for it

  • Metro: LL at E3! This game is my all time favorite sleeper hit.

  • Looks interesting. Didn't play the first one.

  • Loved 2033 can't wait for this!

  • Looks like they're staying true to the atmosphere they had in the first game. What was the music in this teaser? I like it.
  • I think ppl slept on Metro 2033, I loved it.  the Phil couldn't have said it any better.  This one looks promising.  Can't wait.  

    I don't even like FP games but this one along with , Amnesia, Condemned, and now DEAD ISLAND are my FAVS.  im an rpg freak sorry.  check out my profile

  • Wooo Metro!!!!!

  • Really enjoyed the first game, thinking I may have to reload it and play it again. Looking forward to this sequel, it would be nice if the sequel was less linear than the first game, but not a major gripe.

  • Its just great news - loved the first.

  • THe Bioshock Infinite posters have been available for the longest "limited time only" I have ever seen. lol

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