Metro: Last Light

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Dark, fascinating sci-fi shooter definitely for adults only.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

While elements of Metro Last Light focus on strategy and exploring Russian culture, we don’t recommend it for learning because of its graphic violence.

Positive Messages

This game is designed to entertain via vicious, graphic combat. However, it also contains themes of friendship and loyalty while lightly exploring difficult moral issues involving political ideologies, survival, and race relations.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main character is much too violent to act as any kind of behavioral model. That said, his internal monologue shows him to be a man who wants to do right by his people. He also struggles with morality as he tries to distinguish right from wrong at various points in the narrative.

Ease of Play

Several difficulty levels help ensure players of all skills will be able to jump into the action and be appropriately challenged. However, an unusual and rather unintuitive control scheme may take some getting used to, especially for experienced players accustomed to traditional button layouts.

Violence

Players use rifles, shotguns, and pistols to shoot both humans and mutated animals. They can also use thrown weapons including grenades and blades, as well as a knife employed for close-up melee assassinations. Combat often results in gushes of dark blood and screams of pain. One scene shows the player's character tortured from a first-person perspective with punches and chemical injections.

Sex

A scene in a brothel allows the player to choose to have a lap dance in which a topless woman with a heaving bosom sits and grinds the protagonist's lap. The player views this from a first-person perspective. Women with large, bouncing breasts perform on stage in a chorus line and around a pole in lacy, see-through underwear. Women's lightly distorted naked forms can be seen through clear shower curtains.

Language

Frequent use of four-letter words including "f--k," "s--t," and "damn."

Consumerism

This game, like its predecessor, is based on a popular Russian science-fiction series that began with Metro: 2033.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The player has the option of allowing his character to drink at a bar until passing out. Several characters, both men and women, smoke heavily. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know Metro: Last Light is a violent sci-fi shooter played from a first-person perspective. Gun-based combat is tense, visceral, and scary, with shouts of pain ringing loudly in closed spaces and gushes of blood spraying across the screen, sometimes obscuring the player's vision. Characters are given to frequent and strong profanity, and seem to smoke and drink whenever afforded the opportunity. A couple of scenes show women in various stages of undress, including a graphic lap dance by a topless girl who straddles the player's character.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRon Johnson May 19, 2013

Great game, great graphics and a little blood but not gore

Very good game. A little blood but not gore. Tense at some times but not scary. Most of the time you are fighting mutants not humans but there are sections in w... Continue reading
Adult Written byPrearistotle September 5, 2013

For adults.

This game is definitely an adult shooter and should be played by mature, older teenagers, or adults. Graphic nudity and sexuality, violence, and some gore.
Kid, 10 years old May 20, 2013

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i dont this dark game can be played by teens it should be played by adults very adult themes and violentic only for mature teens at age of 16 and 17 and for adu...
Teen, 16 years old Written by.44-king May 29, 2013

Awesome, but bugged, game is not to be missed!

This game is based on a book, and is very story intensive. This is a great thing for me but I know many people just want to play and don't care about the s... Continue reading

What's it about?

The second first-person shooter based on Dmitry Glukhovsky's series of science fiction novels, METRO: LAST LIGHT is set two decades in the future in a Russia devastated by nuclear war. Survivors are forced to live underground in the catacombs of a subway system known as the Metro. Deadly radiation, poison gas, and massive mutated creatures prowl the surface while warring factions of humans fight over diminishing supplies below.

Artyom, an elite Ranger, is sent on a mission to find and kill the last of the "dark ones" -- telepathic humanoid mutants believed by many to be the greatest threat to humanity's continued existence. However, some people think these creatures are actually sentient and benign, and that the pain they cause people with whom they come in contact is due to incompatible neural wiring. Would killing the last of them be morally justified to save humanity, or murder? Artyom has a choice to make.

Is it any good?

It's rare to find a first-person shooter that stands apart from the crowd, but Metro: Last Light manages this tricky feat in a few ways. Developer 4A Games has created a dark, engaging, and unique world out of Moscow's mazelike subway tunnels. The people inhabiting them are gruff and often untrustworthy, but also strangely likeable. More than that, the circumstances of their existence -- the Fourth Reich murder anyone whose skull size doesn't meet their genetic ideals; the families that live in terror when their homes are destroyed leaving them between factions; the crass performances that pass as entertainment in the ruins of the Bolshoi Theater -- are captivating.

Action may not quite have the high-gleam polish of bigger budgeted games, but it's still fun. An undeniable tension is associated with maintaining an operational gas mask while on the surface, and the stealth option -- more frustrating than it's worth in many games -- is surprisingly accessible and satisfying here. Mature gamers aching for a shooter that's a little outside the norm may find what they're looking for in Metro: Last Light.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in media. When is violence justified in a work of art? When is it simply sensational?

  • Families can also discuss fear associated with nuclear war. Do you think world leaders might one day engage in global thermonuclear war? Or will calmer heads always prevail? Will governments one day agree to get rid of all of their nuclear weapons? What can you do to encourage them?

Game details

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