E3 2012: Metro: Last Light brings more of the same, thankfully

e3 2012 metro last light brings more of the same thankfully metrolastlight

For the most part, the theme of this year’s E3 seems to be “safe, economical business decisions.” Outside of a few notable standouts, this convention has been full of sequels, side-stories and games that directly ape other commercially successful titles. You can’t really blame publishers for wanting to play things safe, given that we’re entering the end of this console cycle, but outside of those eternally cheerful fanboys who salivate at anything new and shiny, the critical response to the show has overwhelmingly been “we’ve seen all of this before.”

Such is the case with THQ’s Metro: Last Light. Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved Metro 2033, but the demo of Last Light that I saw offered very little in the way of new, intriguing features that could possibly make a player unfamiliar with the original sit up and take notice.

That’s not to say it wasn’t entertaining for those of us who enjoyed the original. Unlike the demo shown at last year’s E3 conference, this look at the game was far more focused on the game’s survival-horror aspects, as opposed to its action gaming traits. Features like manually wiping away dust and blood from your mask or manually cranking a hand-powered lamp while exploring do an excellent job of enhancing the series’ focus on creating an oppressive, dark, almost claustrophic dystopian environment for players to explore. Likewise, though the game is designed to be characterized aesthetically by dark hues and an omnipresent lack of solid illumination, what you can see looks absolutely gorgeous. Not to the point that I would suggest anyone build a brand new high-powered PC to play the game, but enough so that your current rig will be stressed and those of you with high-end computers will definitely get your money’s worth — which is doubly impressive given that what I witnessed was part of a game that won’t actually see store shelves until the first half of 2013.

If there’s anything I want to specifically offer developer 4A Games’ praise for with this title, it’s the company’s attention to detail in the creation of this world. The features I listed above are quite minor in the grand scheme of things, but each adds a bit more to the title’s overall immersive potential. Likewise, the environments and characters you meet are full of small nuances that, when taken as a whole, serve the game’s world-building efforts far more effectively than any of its broad strokes.

Unfortunately, like THQ’s Darksiders II, the demo was ended by a game-breaking bug. Unlike Darksiders II however, 4A Games has more than enough time to clean up any issues with the game’s code, and anyone who enjoyed Metro 2033 should feel free to heavily anticipate this shooter. For anyone else however, Metro: Last Light seems like just another shooter at a conference full of shooters, differentiated by minor aesthetic and canonical quirks.


Metro Exodus update brings DLSS improvements to Nvidia RTX 20-series PCs

Having issues in Metro Exodus? A February 21 update for the title recently delivered enhancements to Nvidia’s deep learning supersampling feature and other fixes for low-specced PCs. 

Here’s everything we know about the zombie-infested, survival horror Days Gone

Days Gone, the first PS4 title from Sony's Bend Studio, looks to offer a different type of zombie game. Here's everything we know about the forthcoming title, from the setting to its gameplay.

These are the must-have games that every Xbox One owner needs

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From Cuphead to Halo 5, the best Xbox One games offer something for players of every type.

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.

Xbox-exclusive games could find a second home on Nintendo Switch

Microsoft is reportedly set to release some of its first-party games on Nintendo Switch, as well as the Xbox Game Pass and Project xCloud services. Cross-play between Switch and Xbox One is already enabled.

Transform into a tetromino master with our Tetris 99 tips and tricks

Tetris 99 is the latest battle royale game to stir up quite a bit of commotion. The Nintendo Switch Online exclusive adds a few new unexplained quirks to the Tetris formula. We've got you covered with our Tetris 99 tips and tricks.

Walmart slices prices on PS4 DualShock 4 controllers just in time for Anthem

The standard black PS4 controller is what usually comes with the console itself, but if you want to add something a bit more customized your gaming experience, Walmart is offering a wide variety of colorful DualShock 4 controllers at…

Need to perform a factory reset on your Xbox One console? Here's how to do it

Whether you're upgrading to a One X and giving your old console to a friend, or troubleshooting a technical issue, sometimes your Xbox One needs a clean slate. Here's our quick guide on how to factory reset an Xbox One.

Battle royale-style Tetris 99 is the first Nintendo Switch Online-exclusive game

If you want to play online multiplayer on Switch, you'll need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. Here's what you need to know about Nintendo Switch Online, from price to features to the awesome library of NES games.

The best PUBG weapons to win you that coveted chicken dinner

Which weapons in PUBG are worth the time to scout out and fit with attachments? Which are going to help you become the last player standing? We've got the answers you need in our best PUBG weapons guide.

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in Destiny 2: Forsaken

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.

Want to play as Iron Man or Waluigi in GTA V? Our favorite mods make it possible

Grand Theft Auto V is best on the PC for many reasons, and modifications may be the most important. You can cause riots, spawn unique cars, and play as a cop with just a few extra files.

How you can give your PS4 a fresh start with a factory reset

Learn the many ways you can factory reset your PS4. From reverting your settings to factory to doing a full wipe and reinstalling the latest PlayStation firmware, we cover it all here, step by step.

Here's everything you need to know to trade with friends in Pokémon Go

After literally years of waiting, Pokémon Go finally gives trainers the option to trade Pokémon with others. It's not easy, though, and the cost is quite high if you try trading with strangers.