Torontonians might think they have problems with their subway service, but they’ve got nothing on the citizens of the Metro 2033 universe. Based on Dmitry Glukhovsky’s novel of the same name, the 2010 first person shooter was an atmospheric tour-de-force that led a man named Artyom through a post-nuclear Moscow. The survivors of a devastating war have made their homes in the subway system to avoid the radioactive fallout of the surface, but warring factions and mutants called The Dark Ones are causing all sorts of problems underground as well.
Metro 2033 had some memorable characters and situations reminiscent of Half-Life 2, and breathtaking scenery made possible by technology that brought many gaming PCs to their metaphorical knees. The gameplay also helped convey the desperate nature of the Metro in a way that most shooters don’t. Guns had a ramshackle appearance and operation – the pneumatic sniper rifle had to be pumped every couple shots – and the good-quality ammunition also doubled as currency.
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Now, developer 4A Games has released their first trailer of the sequel Metro: Last Light. In this early stage, it looks like we’re in for more of what made the last game fascinating: dark, oppressive environments underground and eerily peaceful wastelands outside, as well as gunplay mixed with more insight into the daily lives in the slum-towns of the Metro. 4A haven’t given Last Light a release date more specific than 2012, but consider this one to watch.
Continuing videogame trailer music watch 2011, our nightmarish glimpse of Metro: Last Light plays to the conveniently titled “Machine Gun,” by English band Portishead’s 2008 album Third.