The folks at THQ showed us some really cool stuff at E3. Among the things we were shown was a closed-door, super secret, totally hush-hush, we could have told you about it but we would have had to kill you, highly classified, top secret gameplay demo of their upcoming second release in the Metro IP – a title called “Metro: Last Light”. Now, they’ve seen fit to release footage of the gameplay demo to the public.
I’ve never made it a secret that I wasn’t a huge fan of the first Metro title. It wasn’t bad but at the end of the day, it was just another shooter in a vast, dry desert of shooters and there wasn’t much to set it apart. The follow-up title, however; Well, that’s a different thing, entirely.
What we got to see at E3 was sort of a re-envisioning of the Metro IP. It follows the same post apocalyptic thread and the storyline bristles with the tension of not having enough resources and being trapped living in underground passages, safe from the radiation and toxic atmosphere – much like the first game – in this one, though, it’s not just about being a shooter. It’s not just about move-turn-shoot, move-turn-shoot. It’s about managing your character and dealing with all of the things that your character will have to go through while he’s out trying to make life better.
There’s much more in this game about managing your resources and making sure you’re in a good state. Make sure you crank your flashlight to keep it charged. Make sure you keep your face shield free of dust and debris. Oh yeah, that big spider you just smashed on your face, over your eyes? That’s gonna have to be cleaned up in order for you to see properly.
All of these things add to the air of suspense and tension felt while the game is in progress and never seemed tedious or extraneous to me. In fact, it all seemed pretty real – I mean – if you’re using a crank powered flashlight, you’d better crank it once in a while, right? If you walk through a big bundle of cobwebs, you’re going to want to wipe those away, no?
Yeah, I think THQ did a brilliant job of capturing all of the things one may have to go through when they’re exploring a toxic, radioactive, post-apocalyptic world and they did it with style in Metro: Last Light. This is one of those rare cases where the sequel has far surpassed its predecessor and I’m looking forward to getting my mitts on it.
So check out the theater demo below and see what you think. I’m sure you’ll be intrigued.