Metro 2033 was one of the great under rated and under appreciated first-person shooters of this generation. Our 9/10 Metro 2033 review called it "A brilliantly atmospheric shooter with forgivably imperfect gunplay" and recommended you 'stick with it' to appreciate its many charms and gloss over its few minor flaws.
Tipped as a kind of Russian Half-Life, Metro has always been one of the CVG's favourites when the talk's turned to hidden gems and now you can actually grab the whole game yourself for free on PC by liking THQ's Metro Facebook page. With the sequel Metro: Last Light gearing up for release in March, we've been poring over the latest Genesis gameplay trailer to see what secrets it reveals and what it might tell us about what's happening in the new game..
"In the beginning God said, 'Let there be light to burn away the darkness'" This newest trailer begins with an almost biblical opening, describing how the world of Metro was born and reflecting both creation themes and the fiery apocalyptic end of the old world.
"On the second day the sky was born, a majestic canopy for the earth. " Here we get our first glimpse of the world above the metro and how it has changed in the transition from 2033 to Last Light. It's a very different Moscow from the cold, dark and snowy wastelands of the first game. We see glimpses of sunlight, water melting and marshy terrain suggesting that a thaw is in progress and the first hints of spring are starting to emerge.
"On the fourth day god split day from night and blessed it with the cycle of the seasons" Rain rather than snow or sleet now dominates the weather system and we get glimpses of some of the lush new terrain and new weather cycles that will feature in Last Light. There's certainly a more pronounced day-night cycle instead of what seemed like the perpetual gloom of 2033. We know that there's going to be substantially more surface-based action this time around and these new additions will mean much more variety for the player..
Here we also catch a view of the tail plane of the crashed passenger jet, which if you've been following the gameplay movies and demos over the past six months,. Artyom will be exploring this plane during the course of at least one mission in Last Light and experiencing a harrowing flashback to the apocalypse as well as encountering a large and very brutal enemy to boot.
"Then god filled the sea with life" This sequence is very interesting and could prove a significant pointer to the new outdoors. A big lake and body of water, suggests that there will be more water based action happening and some brand new waterborne environments. Perhaps that wrecked ship holds some further secrets? It'd certainly make for a classic level. We do know there will be more water-based enemies including the giant amphibious clawed mutants and spitters as the local wildlife adapts to the changing climate. Life always find a way. Oh yes.
"On the sixth day god created glorious creatures" Some great images of the demons which haunted the skies of Metro 2033, though here, they look more detailed and even more vicious. Let's hope there's another Inquisitor achievement for spiking them with pipe bombs - that was awesome. Nice view of what looks like the Moscow State University across the bridge in the distance too. May be a bit far out for a level but you never know, it's a big metro.