This, right here, is how you remaster something. Two great lengthy games with vastly improved visuals and welcome mechanical tweaks... that released at a budget price from the start. It can only get lower, though, and Smyths have dipped below that magical £20 mark.
Artyom's gritty, stealthy, grim adventures through ruined Russia will tide you over for a while. Thanks to wraith_42 @ HUKD!
Metro Redux is a fantastic new way to experience Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light on new-gen consoles, but if you've yet to take the plunge, your wallet will thank you. Amazon and Tesco will sell you a copy of Last Light at a £5 saving, which is a great price for this grim and unrelenting experience.
The Xbox 360 version is also available for £7.00 from Tesco. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
Remasters and reduxes are all the rage right now. It's an easy way to make a quick buck, after all, and recycle some of the best experiences of last-gen, keeping the cash coming in and hopefully picking up one or two newcomers along the way. There'll always be questions as to the deserving nature of these revamped games, particularly when it comes to titles barely a generation old, but there's something to be said for 4A Games' Metro double header getting the current-gen treatment.
Metro 2033 once used to be the benchmark for graphics card tests, and the original version still holds up pretty well on PC, but the Redux version really is a step up, with 4A porting 2033 over into Last Light's engine. The visual tweaks and upgrades are all as you'd expect: textures have been overhauled and remodelled, there's a deeper colour palette, and noticeably improved lighting -- all of which makes for a game that's somehow even more atmospheric than when it came around the first time. Better yet, 4A have redone a number of the cutscenes in 2033 to keep players in first-person mode, minimising immersion-breaking occurrences.
PC gamers might not necessarily find these upgrades particularly worthwhile, but on PS4, the games really do feel new-gen, particularly Last Light which is now far closer to its PC sibling and has some absolutely dazzling lighting effects to behold. The visual detail across both games is now realised fantastically on consoles, and the improved clothing physics, improved facial constructions and character animations in 2033, really make for a seamless experience. The console versions still can't quite boast the particle effects of the PC equivalent, but it's a marked step up.Click here to read more...
Digital distributors tend to chuck around Metro 2033 deals like a game of discount hot potato, which has temporarily come to rest over at GamersGate. This apocalyptic FPS frustrated many gamers with its gruelling difficulty and awkward stealth, but delighted many others with its consistent vision of a subterranean society. Dave Brown voted it his Game Of The Year back in 2010, so it's well worth checking out at a paltry £1.99 if you enjoy a challenge.
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Digital distributors tend to chuck around Metro 2033 deals like a game of discount hot potato, which has temporarily come to rest over at GamersGate. This apocalyptic FPS frustrated many gamers with its gruelling difficulty and awkward stealth, but delighted many others with its consistent vision of a subterranean society. Dave Brown voted it his Game Of The Year back in 2010, so it's well worth checking out if you enjoy a challenge. Note that you'll get a Steam code (and you'll already own it if you bought the Humble THQ bundle).
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Deep Silver came under a little bit of fire after their CEO revealed his determination to it make the Metro franchise "more accessible for a broader gamer audience", and the company has moved to clarify their position, saying that greater accessibility will not involve dumbing down the game.Click here to read more...
Deep Silver has plans to continue with the Metro franchise, after they acquired publishing duties from the now-defunct THQ. However, in a phrase that may chill fans to the bone, they also intend to make the experience "more accessible" to reach a "broader gaming audience."
Gulp. Thankfully Metro author Dmitry Glukhovsky will continue to be involved in the creative side of things, while user feedback will play a key role in any future sequels.Click here to read more...
Deep Silver and 4A Games have revealed four new DLC packs for Metro: Last Light, the first of which will hit on July 16th. The 'Faction Pack' includes three original single player missions, each casting the player as a different specialist from the rival armies.Click here to read more...
4A Games' lead technical artist Alexander Bereznyak has been singlehandedly slaving away on a stylish Metro: Last Light trailer for the last two months, as a way of thanking the fans for supporting the game. It's breathtaking - if brutal - frozen moment in time.
Matt awarded Metro: Last Light a well-deserved 8/10 in our full review.Click here to read more...
Developers: 4A Games
Publishers: Deep Silver
Metro: Last Light is a game that presents a simple question at its core: what happens when survival trumps morality? 4A Games' follow-up to their compelling-but-clunky 2010 diamond in the rough, Metro 2033, is another first-person shooter based on the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky's imagining, but with a number of nice little refinements to help pack even more of an atmospheric punch than last time.
It's a bleak title, make no mistake, in fact so much so that the tangible depression and desperation hanging in the air feels like the most fleshed-out character in the entire piece. Much like Rapture was the star of Bioshock, the Metro games's greatest strength is the manner in which it locates you as a player in the moral swap of humanity's dying days.
There are little examples of humans losing their humanity everywhere, none of which force you to watch, or even discover. You nearly always have the option to turn your back and walk away, and should you step in, more often than not you'll find your heroics met with a complete lack of sentimentality and gratitude. There's a particularly uncomfortable potential rape scene that you might stumble upon should you stray from the beaten track at one point, and swift justice nets you nothing but hysterical tears.
Women don't get the best deal in Last Light.Click here to read more...
The original Metro 2033 was a flawed gem of a game. It wasn't quite polished to perfection, but 4A's take on Dmitry Glukhovsky's post-apocalyptic vision stood truly apart from its FPS peers. It was more survival horror than FPS at times, truth be told -- a game that boasted a cracking story, and an incredibly tense atmosphere.
And now it has a sequel.
Metro: Last Light released at the end of last week, we finally received our review copy through (the review itself will be coming later this week), and here's the first 20 minutes or so of the game in our latest in the series of Opening Scenes vids.Click here to read more...
Metro: Last Light creative director Andrew Prokhorov has spoken out to confirm that 4A Games suffered through truly appalling working conditions in their Kiev studio, following a sensational report from ex-THQ CEO Jason Rubin. However, instead of attacking his employers, the zen developer simply suggests that sub-zero temperatures and power outages are just a part of the job, and consumers shouldn't cut them any slack.Click here to read more...
Ex-THQ boss Jason Rubin claims that 4A Games created Metro: Last Light in utterly abysmal working conditions, and on a shoestring budget to boot. It's possible that the freezing, cramped and dank Kiev studio actually provided inspiration for Metro 2033's bleaker moments...Click here to read more...
Drums. Strings! Explosions!! INCEPTION HORN!!! We're still eagerly awaiting the two copies of the game that Deep Silver have apparently stuffed in the post for us to review, mainly because we couldn't be more excited for this one. The first game was a masterclass in atmospheric, narrative-led, incredibly tense FPS action, and we have high hopes for this.
It's out later this week for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.
The latest Metro: Last Light video is all gameplay and goes a great job of showing how you can approach the game with a variety of different playstyles. The stage shown is underground with Artyom needing to get past a group of human enemies.
The first approach shown is traditional FPS fare. So shoot everyone then? Enemies make good use of cover and regularly try to flank the player. Red damage indicators show successful hits, with headshots showing an extra burst which is particularly handy in the darker scenes.
The other approaches show a stealthier take on getting past enemies. Light bulbs can be shot out at distance or unscrewed quietly if you're up close. The dynamic lighting is amongst the best we've seen before. The approaching helmet-lights of a guard are very useful when sneaking around in the dark too. Approaching the stage quietly allows you to overhear conversations, which will help to flesh out the lore around the game's story, which always feels more natural than finding scraps of journal in random places.
Avoiding lengthy gun battles also helps to save ammo, which will be very rare in some stages of the game. From what we've seen, playing the stealth angle seems much more interesting anyway as we have plenty of traditional FPS games on the market. Metro: Last Light is released May 17th on PS3, 360 and PC. Enjoy the trailer after the break and don't forget to have a look at Jon's hands-on preview too.Click here to watch the video.
The latest Metro: Last Light mood trailer fills in some extra story details following a series of factual survival guide videos. Anna, the Spartan Order of Rangers' top sniper and daughter of their uncompromising leader Miller, talks about the hope of the survivors that rests on Artyom's shoulders. It's also another look at the tense action, scavenging and horrific mutants that players will encounter once Last Light releases on May 17th.
We've got gameplay details and commentary in our recent Metro: Last Light hands-on preview.Click here to read more...
Rangers will have to ration ammunition and maintain versatile home-made equipment to survive in the harsh irradiated ruins of the Metro system. This latest survival guide trailer for Metro: Last Light gives you a taste of what this involves, from keeping your all important gas mask supplied with filters to using a high-tech stealth watch to sneak around.
Metro: Last Light launches on May 17 for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. You can read more about how 4A have both streamlined and deepened the inventory system in our Metro: Last Light hands-on preview.Click here to read more...
4A Games are confident that Metro: Last Light will offer "next-gen" visuals on PC, and judging by our recent hands-on preview, it's actually shaping up to be rather gorgeous indeed. Deep Silver have now issued the minimum, recommended and optimum system requirements so that you can glance at them and smile smugly, or start idly browsing for a new GPU.
Metro: Last Light releases on May 14th.Click here to read more...