Metro: 2033 getting a release in the same engine as Metro: Last Light is something that many people could see a good use for. Take one of the most graphically beautiful first-person shooters out there, and give it even more graphic fidelity. Taking Metro: Last Light and re-releasing it on the same engine but for Xbox One and Playstation 4… not so much. At release, Metro: Last Light was only one year old when this “Redux” version was released. The game does has a better look with a higher resolution and framerate on the new systems compared to their release on the last-gen consoles, but aside from that it is the same game.
Metro: Last Light was a single-player FPS once again set in Metro tunnels of a post-apocalyptic Moscow. The last remnants of mankind have retreated underground to avoid the deadly, scorched skies above, but roaming the catacombs are mutants. And worse. Metro: Last Light Redux bills itself as a the definitive version of the game, and it does have something for players that increases it’s value. It has all the DLC released to date and some extra weapons to boot.
Aside from that, it still suffers when compared to its older brother. Metro: 2033 was praised for it’s atmosphere and survival gameplay while Metro: Last Light was practically boo’d for switching the formula to boss battles and extreme combat. Not to mention the fact that the Redux-ed version of 2033 was a vastly different experience than the non Redux-ed version, giving developer 4A Games a chance to make a ton of improvements; it was a true remaster from the ground floor up. By comparison, the Redux-ed version Last Light is little more than a GOTY cash grab.
While there is no doubt that the Metro series is excellent, Metro: Last Light Redux doesn’t bring enough to the table to be picked up again for those who own the original. “Survivor Mode” was added to try to get the feeling of 2033 injected into Last Light Redux by making ammo harder to obtain alongside having the A.I. for enemies be more aggressive. This does make the game more difficult, but does little to fix the absent atmosphere. If you’ve never tried Metro and want to give the second game in the series a shot, you may enjoy this bundle.
More of the same, with some free DLC sprinkled ontop
Gameplay - 7/10
Plot - 5.5/10
Design - 8.5/10
If you’re looking for a Redux-ed version of the Metro series that delivers a truly remastered experience, stick with Metro: 2033 Redux.