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Metro: Last Light
Metro: Last Light

PC | PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360
Genre: First Person Shooter
Developer: 4a-games Official Site: http://metro.thq.com
Publisher: THQ
Release Date:
2012
Metro: Last Light

Genre: First Person Shooter
Developer: 4a-games
Official Site: http://metro.thq.com
Publisher: THQ
Release Date:
2012
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Wednesday, 6 November 2013
Post by Dan @ 10:19am 06/11/13 | 0 Comments
4A Games has made good on its pledge to port its post-apocalyptic first person shooter Metro: Last Light onto the Linux platform, following successful launches on PC, Mac, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

The new Linux version supports Valve Software's Steam Play initiative, which means that anyon who purchases it on either PC, Mac or Linux will have access to the game on whichever of the three operating systems they choose to use.

Metro: Last Light arrives on Linux ahead of the arrival of Valve's custom-built Steam Machine PCs, which will be running the new Linux-based SteamOS, and publisher Deep Silver has confirmed that all beta testers of the Steam Machine hardware will be receiving a free copy of the game:
“We are excited by the prospect of bringing the ultimate Metro experience, powered by next-gen PC hardware into the living room,” said Oles Shishkovstov, Chief Technical Officer at 4A Games. “Metro: Last Light will be a great showcase for Steam OS and the Steam Controller.”
For more information on Metro: Last Light, check out our in-depth review.
Wednesday, 16 October 2013
Post by Eorl @ 12:54pm 16/10/13 | 5 Comments
Deep Silver and 4A Games have today released the final piece of DLC for Metro: Last Light, titled Chronicles Pack. Featuring three original solo missions, the Chronicles Pack invites players to step into the shoes of some of Metro: Last Light’s enduring characters in gripping plotlines that run parallel to the story of the main game’s protagonist Artyom.
Discover how Anna, the unflinching Polis Sniper, tried and failed to rescue Artyom from the Reich forces in the ruined botanical gardens. Put the irrepressible Pavel’s deadly skills and ingenuity to the test as he attempts to escape the Bandit Lair beneath Venice. And guide Khan and Ulman through the forgotten, haunted tunnels of Polyanka in a chilling supernatural tale that reveals a dark secret from Khan’s mysterious past.
The Chronicles Pack also offers up a fan-made weapon called the Multi Barreled Bicycle Shotgun. Created by Alexandre Bannwarth, a 1st year design student from New Zealand, the weapon was discovered by 4A Games and re-created with permission for Metro: Last Light.

“We hope fans of Metro: Last Light have enjoyed the additional content,” said Andrew Prokhorov, Creative Director at 4A Games. “It has allowed us to experiment with some new gameplay ideas such as the ‘Ranger’ mission from the Faction Pack and the Tower Pack, and we have paid close attention to all the feedback. But we think the Chronicles Pack will be the fans’ favourite as it contains three unique story-based missions featuring some of the game’s best-loved characters.”

The DLC pack is available at a price point of $4.99 but is also included in the Season Pass for free. Check out the trailer and screenshots below but also swing by the last developer blog for a full look at the new DLC.



Friday, 13 September 2013
Post by Eorl @ 10:34am 13/09/13 | 0 Comments
Deep Silver has revealed new details on their third DLC pack for post-apocalyptic FPS RPG Metro: Last Light, titled 'Developer Pack'. The third of four season pass DLC add-ons will release on September 17 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

The new DLC pack includes a variety of new features, one of which is a large single-player mission inside a missile silo infested with spiders. To help players make it through, developer 4A Games has been nice enough to include a new flamethrower weapon. Those affected by arachnophobia need not go any further.

Players will also find a new "Shooting Range" introduced into the DLC pack, complete with a series of marksman challenges. According to the developer blog post "the complex behaviours of our sophisticated AI model can be studied on more detail in the AI Arena, allowing you to pit groups of enemies against each other and take part in additional challenges." The DLC also allows you to get up and close with the enemies and NPCs of Metro: Last Light.

4A Games has also revealed the final DLC pack for Last Light, titled Chronicles. According to the blog post this pack will "most closely resembles the Metro campaign experience as you take controls of Pavel, Anna, and Khan and Ulman as we tie up some unanswered questions away from Artyom’s quest." Expect more details later in the year.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Post by Dan @ 01:02pm 28/08/13 | 2 Comments
Validating the recent appearance of Linux builds of Metro: Last Light on the SteamDB content scraper, publisher Deep Silver has now formally announced both Mac and Linux versions of the acclaimed first person shooter (thanks VG247).
"The Mac and Linux versions of Metro: Last Light are further testimony to the power and flexibility of the 4A Engine," said Oles Shishkovstov, Chief Technical Officer at 4A Games. "Development was handled in house by 4A games, and we are very happy with the results. We hope that Mac & Linux gamers will appreciate our efforts to create the best possible version for their machines."

Metro: Last Light on Steam will support Steam Play, meaning that owners of any Steam version will automatically find the game added to their PC, Mac and Linux Steam libraries.
The announcement goes on to promise that the same DLC packages released for PC and console will be available to the Mac and Linux versions, and that the upcoming packs, Developer, and Chronicles will launch on all platforms at the same time.
Thursday, 11 July 2013
Post by Eorl @ 02:33pm 11/07/13 | 2 Comments
Deep Silver has revealed new details on the first single-player DLC for their post-apocalyptic FPS RPG Metro: Last Light, titled 'Faction Pack'. The new DLC includes three original single player missions, each casting the player as a different specialist from the warring Factions. Returning to some classic locations from Metro 2033, these missions feature new weapons, the return of a truly terrifying mutant foe, and offer three distinct gameplay challenges.
• As a Special Detachment Sniper of the Red Line, players must infiltrate a heavily guarded Reich Outpost at night,under the cover of a deadly radioactive storm…

• … before defending the Frontline as a Reich ‘Heavy’, armed with some of the most devastating weaponry found in the Metro.

• Lastly, players take the role of a Polis Ranger in training, tasked with exploring the vast Library complex for artifacts and relics. Salvage can be exchanged for ammunition, filters and hazard suits allowing ever deeper exploration into the Library. Rangers are advised to light torches and leave a trail of lights so they can find their way back to the base before their precious oxygen runs out…
Players looking to try out the new DLC will find it available July 16 for PC and Xbox 360, with July 17 marking Xbox 360 availability.

Deep Silver has also revealed additional details on the content of the future DLC packs, one of which will add leaderboardsupport to the game. The 'Tower Pack' presents a unique experience for seasoned Metro gunslingers – a challenge based game mode, with online Leaderboard support, as players fight their way up the combat simulator known as The Tower

The 'Developer Pack' boasts a fully stocked Shooting Gallery, the AI Arena and Metro Museum… And a bonus solo mission – The Spiders’ Nest – offers some new tools for dealing with an infestation of the skittering Spider mutants

Lastly the 'Chronicles Pack' will feature original single player missions that cast the player as three of the game’s standout characters – Pavel, Khan and Anna – and explore their side-stories away from Artyom’s adventure.
Thursday, 23 May 2013
Post by Eorl @ 09:24am 23/05/13 | 3 Comments
Metro: Last Light developer 4A Games has revealed new information for their upcoming single-player DLC for the post-apocalyptic title, detailing four unique packs to help expand on the universe.
“Artyom’s story may have been concluded in Metro: Last Light, but there are other characters with stories to tell, some familiar locations that fans of the Metro series wanted to revisit, and some new challenges that 4A wanted to explore,” said Andrew Prokhorov, Creative Director at 4A Games. “Since completing the game we have been working on these new stories and hope to release them throughout the summer.”
Currently three packs have been revealed that will offer single-player content - the ‘Faction Pack’,' Chronicles Pack’ and ‘Tower Pack’. The ‘Faction Pack’ and the ‘Chronicles Pack’ will include new, original single player gameplay that expands on the Metro: Last Light universe and story. The 'Tower Pack' will be offering players unique solo challenges to the Metro veteran.

A fourth path will also be available, titled ‘Developer Pack’, and will offer players some "interesting tools with which to explore the world of Metro." No other details were given on what exactly these tools will be, but late last month 4A's Andrew Prokhorov, the creative director for Metro: Last Light, revealed that an SDK would be available soon after release so hopefully this pack delivers on that.

Those looking to grab all the DLC in one will be happy to know that a Season Pass is also available to purchase, offering those who do purchase the pass a discount on all future DLC. The Season Pass also grants an additional weapon, the deadly Abzats, a semi-automatic shotgun rifle with a devastating secondary fire mode that unleashes six shells in one blast.

The Metro: Last Light Season pass is available to download now from Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and Steam for $14.99 or 1200 MSP now. PlayStation Plus subscribers are entitled to an additional 25% discount on the Season Pass between May 22nd and June 5th.
Friday, 17 May 2013
Post by Eorl @ 11:41am 17/05/13 | 15 Comments
AusGamers' own nuclear fallout expert, Jickles (well, not really), has been given the chance to revisit the ruskies in Moscow's subway system, bouncing between encampments and battling supernatural forces in the continuation of post-apocalyptic Russia, as realised by Russian novelist Dmitry Glukhovsky.

Metro: Last Light continues the adventures of Artyom in the post-apocalyptic Moscow, where you'll have to gather your wits once again and venture both underground and above in the collapsing world. While the sequel doesn't actually follow the original Metro 2034 book like Metro 2033 did for its one, it does offer up a unique plot that is sure to get your tastebuds wet.
But for many, Last Light’s changes will simply make the experience less intimidating and more enjoyable, and it’s hard to begrudge the game too hard when it’s still delivering such a fine experience.
Check out his full thoughts on the game over here.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Post by Eorl @ 02:25pm 15/05/13 | 11 Comments
Metro: Last Light developer 4A Games has taken to their official Steam community page (via VG247) to outline that the lack of a FOV slider would actually be detrimental to the game, warning that "changing the FOV would break all the cut-scenes and animations."

In a lengthy note on the page, the 4A team revealed that the reason Metro: Last Light relies on a fixed field of view is due to "3D elements like the watch and weapon ammo that need to remain visible." According to the post if a FOV slider was introduced - which apparently they tried doing in development - you would be able to "see inside Artyom's arms, or they would appear to float in the air in front of you."

Due to the nature of how the game was developed, with the heavy reliance on the fixed FOV setting during first-person cut scenes and cinematics, 4A have not yet found a permanent solution for issue. The team has however admitted that due to the large community outcry for a FOV setting, the next update for the PC version will include the ability to directly change the FOV through the .cfg files.

The note does conclude that while this option may satisfy those in need of FOV changes, it "may well trigger a number of issues listed above - you have been warned!"
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Post by Eorl @ 02:42pm 14/05/13 | 5 Comments
Deep Silver has today announced that the post-apocalyptic sequel to Metro 2033, Metro: Last Light, is now available on Steam for PC. Developed by 4A Games, Metro: Last Light will place players back into the tunnels of a destroyed Moscow, where you'll take up the role of Artyom once again.
It Is the Year 2034. Beneath the ruins of post-apocalyptic Moscow, in the tunnels of the Metro, the remnants of mankind are besieged by deadly threats from outside – and within. Mutants stalk the catacombs beneath the desolate surface, and hunt amidst the poisoned skies above. But rather than stand united, the station-cities of the Metro are locked in a struggle for the ultimate power, a doomsday device from the military vaults of D6. A civil war is stirring that could wipe humanity from the face of the earth forever.

As Artyom, burdened by guilt but driven by hope, you hold the key to our survival – the last light in our darkest hour…
Nvidia has also released new beta drivers for their graphics card range, offering a performance boost for Metro: Last Light. You can grab the Windows Vista/7/8 32-bit version here or the Windows Vista/7/8 64-bit version here. Those looking for the release on consoles and physical copies will have to wait until May 16 but for now you can check out the launch trailer below to keep your sanity in check with the waiting.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 05:39pm 30/04/13 | 1 Comments
Proving nothing is really dead, 4A Games' Metro: Last Light, which survived the shuttering of THQ by being bought out in an assets auction to Deep Silver bills payer, Koch Media, is on-track. And we have proof.

Ko-zee-ii took the game for a run through the metro system, lighting his way with as much enthusiasm as one facing life in post-apocalyptia can muster and somehow came away unscathed. At least physically.

The game is shaping up to be everything we hope it can be and more. Click here for his full hands-on preview.
Friday, 26 April 2013
Post by Eorl @ 09:56am 26/04/13 | 1 Comments
A new video interview has surfaced from Ukrainian tech website itcchannel with 4A's Andrew Prokhorov, the creative director for Metro: Last Light, confirming that the studio is working on a PlayStation 4 version of the upcoming survival action title. Translated by a memeber at the LastLightForum (via NeoGAF), the interview also details that the title will be seeing a standalone multiplayer version sometime after the initial release of the game, a first for the series.

During the interview Prokhorov also revealed that the title will be receiving "five separate DLCs with different characters and stories from the main game" however confirmed that these were not cut content, but instead developed after the game was finished. An SDK was also promised for Last Light, offering the ability to mod the game however no details were given on whether it will appear alongside the launch of the title or later down the track.

Other mentions include the possibility of a season pass and the PlayStation 4 title including Metro 2033. Check out the full interview over here, however you'll need to brush up on your Ukraine dialogue.

Metro: Last Light is currently scheduled for a May 17 2013 launch on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Friday, 22 March 2013
Post by Dan @ 11:31am 22/03/13 | 0 Comments
Some international press outlets had the first chance to go hands on with Metro: Last Light recently, as the game's new publisher has begun ramping up PR since their acquisition of the distribution rights in the THQ bankruptcy auction, and various preview impressions can now be found around the tubes. Here's a few bits:
  • Shacknews:
    4A brings the Metro universe to life with absolutely stunning visuals--on a high-end PC, at least. (We didn't see the console versions demoed.) What really sells the experience isn't necessarily the tech, however. You can simply absorb the world by looking around. Pay attention, and you'll notice how everything in the world has been jury-rigged from garbage and scraps to accommodate humanity's new lifestyle. From gates to boats, humanity has come up with rather interesting solutions for living underground.

  • Eurogamer:
    The transition from THQ to Deep Silver hasn't affected Metro: Last Light, and it remains a thoughtful, atmospheric FPS that explores a convincing post-apocalyptic world. There have been mechanical improvements that help make stealth sections more convincing, and that make the gunplay more satisfying - as well as making it more technically impressive, especially when played on PC.

    "It looks fantastic on 360 as well, but [on PC] you have a different potential that you can hit," said Beynon, before revealing there are currently no plans for a next-generation version. "If someone asks me are we doing a next-gen version - well, yes we are. It's the PC. We're one of the few studios out there that have a proven piece of tech that's built for high-end PCs. I firmly believe that the PC version of Metro: Last Light is one of, if not the best looking game you can actually buy, period, at the moment. We're still proud of how we've managed to adapt that for the current generation of consoles."

  • CVG:
    4A Games has clearly spent time tweaking the gunplay in Metro; the most noticeable change is the feel of weapons which, unlike in the last game, have a satisfying kick to them. The controls conform to the accepted standard of modern shooters, with one quirk added. Players will need to manually wipe off the crap that covers Artyom's mask by tapping a button. It's a small addition that could be used to add more intensity to firefights.
Further, both IGN and Gamespot appear to have exclusive gameplay walkthrough footage, which you can watch embedded below, and hit the screenshot thumbs for the full gallery of new stills.

Metro: Last Light is currently scheduled for a May 17 2013 launch on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.





Wednesday, 20 March 2013
Post by Dan @ 10:25am 20/03/13 | 3 Comments
Publisher Deep Silver has released a brand new trailer for the upcoming Metro: Last Light, the first new piece of media from the game since their parent company Koch Media acquired the distribution rights during the THQ bankruptcy auction proceedings.
Deep Silver today opened the gates to Moscow's underground once more, revealing a new gameplay trailer for the highly anticipated first person shooter Metro: Last Light. Entitled 'Salvation', the trailer focuses on the rich storyline behind the game, as the last remnants of mankind hurtle towards a final, fateful reckoning...
Watch the new clip below.

Metro: Last Light is due on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on May 17th 2013.

Monday, 4 March 2013
Post by Dan @ 05:14pm 04/03/13 | 5 Comments
Deep Silver has announced a May 17th 2013 European release date (May 14 in North America) for Metro: Last Light on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, in the first formal statement on the game since its parent company Koch Media acquired the rights to the game during THQ's bankruptcy auction.
“The new release date is the ideal way to strike the balance between bringing the best out of Metro: Last Light and not keep the fans waiting longer than necessary.” , said Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Koch Media. “We won’t leave that time unexploited and will work closely together with 4A Games to make the game even better. It will receive all the attention it deserves.”

"Since it has been made public that we took over the Metro franchise, the fans keep asking for a release date. Now we can finally announce when they will be able to get their hands on the game! We would like to thank all of the Metro fans for their patience. And we can assure them that we have a lot more coming their way with the franchise.”, said Menno van der Bil, International Commercial Director, Deep Silver.
Metro: Last Light has been in development at the independent Ukraine studio 4A Games.

No new trailers or screenshots have been released since the property changed hands, but you can watch the last video from THQ, from December 2012, below.

Thursday, 3 January 2013
Post by Dan @ 10:39am 03/01/13 | 0 Comments
Undeterred by publisher THQ's shaky financial situation, the team at Ukrainian studio 4A Games are still hard work on the promising first person shooter Metro: Last Light, and an assortment of new screenshots have been dished out via the game's official Facebook page.
Beneath the ruins of post-apocalyptic Moscow, in the tunnels of the Metro, the remnants of mankind are besieged by deadly threats from outside – and within. Mutants stalk the catacombs beneath the desolate surface, and hunt amidst the poisoned skies above.

But rather than stand united, the station-cities of the Metro are locked in a struggle for the ultimate power, a doomsday device from the military vaults of D6. A civil war is stirring that could wipe humanity from the face of the earth forever. As Artyom, burdened by guilt but driven by hope, you hold the key to our survival – the last light in our darkest hour…
Metro: Last Light is due on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in March 2013.

Hit the thumbs below for a full gallery of the new screenshots.

Friday, 23 November 2012
Post by Eorl @ 03:16pm 23/11/12 | 0 Comments
Continuing on from the last live action trailer, 4A Games has revealed the fate of the Preacher in the first of the Metro: Last Light "Survivor" trailers. While publisher THQ has been dealing with a bit of trouble lately, 4A Games has been continuing their path with the development of post-apocalyptic title Metro: Last Light, and the latest trailer doesn't damper hopes at all.
They fled to the refuge of the Metro and escaped Armageddon. Now beneath the toxic wastelands, these lucky few adapt to survive in this new and inhospitable world, an unrelenting purgatory.

"They mocked and ignored me, said I was mad. Now in this purgatory, my enlightened words are their only truth..."
Fans might find this Preacher fellow familiar, as he was the one screaming to the skies when Moscow was burning in the previous live action trailer, Enter the Metro.

Metro: Last Light is set for March 2013 and will be available on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Monday, 15 October 2012
Post by Dan @ 10:04am 15/10/12 | 3 Comments
The Metro: Last Light dev team at 4A Games have posted a candid blog update to let fans know that their anticipated post-apocalyptic shooter sequel will be shipping without it's intended multiplayer component.

The news is hardly a detraction, as Last Light's promoters had not yet provided any details on what form the game's multiplayer would take, and the previous game Metro 2033 was single-player only, and widely praised for its storytelling.
Throughout the development of Metro: Last light a small, dedicated team had been working on a number of multiplayer prototypes. After E3, we decided to fold this multiplayer team back into the main group and focus 100% of the studio’s resources on the single player campaign. As a result, Metro: Last Light will not ship with a multiplayer component.
A brief Q&A explains that although they don't want to waste the efforts already invested in multiplayer, they have not formulated any plans to package it as post-release content, and that the game is still on target for it's early 2013 launch.

A couple of months back, in August, our interview with Metro publisher THQ's Huw Beynon reinforced the team's original intent to implement multiplayer in way that suited the game, and wasn't just tacked on out of obligation:
We’ve kind of been deliberately clear upfront that it was something that we’ve been doing. We’ve also tried to be very clear that it was something that the studio wanted to do -- it’s not something that’s been forced on them. We had prototypes up and running for 2033, and it was really resources more than anything that prevented us from realising those things in the first game.

They all have a very strong interest and background in multiplayer. It’s also really important for us to... Metro got to where it was because of the campaign. We’ve got an extremely passionate fanbase, and I want to be absolutely clear to you that we’ve not forgotten that that’s why people loved the first game.

Our commitment is to create a campaign that’s as long, and ideally significantly better -- certainly much more polished -- and you will absolutely get that from the game. So that’s why we’ve focused on campaign and story so much so far, so when we do finally show you the multiplayer, hopefully it will surprise you. You’ll have to wait and see.

Metro: Last Light is due in early 2013 for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Monday, 6 August 2012
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 02:16pm 06/08/12 | 1 Comments
In an interview with THQ's Huw Beynon, who works very closely with Metro: Last Light developer, 4a Games, we learn about the forthcoming sequel's new tech, how they've paced the story in sequence to 2033, author Dmitry Glukhovskyas' involvement and touch on multiplayer.

"We explore some slightly different themes in Metro: Last Light, which starts in a very different position," Huw told us. "[Artyon is] a little bit older and wiser; he’s also trying to live with the consequences of his decision from the first game, and there’s some really interesting stuff to explore there."

Click here for the full interview.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
Post by Dan @ 01:10pm 18/07/12 | 2 Comments
THQ has released another new extended gameplay trailer for the upcoming shoooter sequel Metro: Last Light, offering home-viewers a look at the demo segment of the game that was shown off at the E3 expo last month.

The "Welcome to Moscow" demo runs close to 13 minutes and gives a good taste of what to expect when Last Light hits shelves early next year for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Watch the video below or click here for the HD page.

Friday, 22 June 2012
Post by Dan @ 10:43am 22/06/12 | 0 Comments
Promotional short films using live actors might not be great representations of the games they're promoting, but some of the recent ones have been quite cool, so we're happy for game publishers to continue the increasing trend of commissioning them for their big budget games.

One recent effort that left a heavy impression was THQ's haunting "Enter the Metro" trailer for the upcoming post-apocalyptic survival FPS Metro: Last Light.

For those that missed it, you can catch the original Enter the Metro trailer here in our video library, but today we also have a new behind the scenes look at how the live action short was created.

It's an interesting look at just how much thought and effort (and toughing it out in frozen Moscow) goes into creating these little mini movies. Check it out below (or here for the HD page).

Metro: Last Light is due on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in early 2013.