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PS3 version, fun, but rather buggy !
on 2 August 2013
PS 3 version of Metro Last light.
Quick review of a good game with some serious tech issues.
Graphically, the game is impressive , Sound is also amazing.(Play it with headphones on). It's an amazingly atmospheric game with great weaponry that you can customise in a number of ways ( silencers, scopes, muzzle coolers etc ) . You can choose to go in all guns blazing or stealth around unscrewing lightbulbs, turning off power supplies etc etc. In this game, the shadow is your friend.
If you only have a PS3 then I can recommend this game, when you can get it for under £20.00. Note, the extra hard RANGER mode is not included in the game and you have to pay approx £4.00 for this mode as DLC to be installed to your format of choice. I wouldn't bother. It just makes a sometimes frustrating game more frustrating.
If you have a choice of formats, best choice would be PC, followed by Xbox.
My PS3 version had some issues:-
The game locked up between loading screens a total of 5 times during my play through, necessitating a complete power down of the PS3. NOT IDEAL. It loaded up in the correct place after each reboot.
At one point you are taken to a communist base by the person you rescue at the start of the game. He eventually takes you to a bar where you sit down to drink with him.
This NPC sat down approx 5-6 foot away from the table, sitting in mid -air. Every time his hand animated to pick up a drink, the glass would lift up from the table and hover in mid air , and then float back down to the table, entirely dis-embodied from the NPC who was supposed to be using it. As this was a long cut scene with a fair bit of exposition you really wanted this scene to work, luckily it did when I re-loaded.
A level later on, inside a big abandoned train yard had a seriously bad sound glitch.
A baddie rounded a corner on me as he was shouting. I shot him and for the rest of that level, the first few sound bars of his yell played loudly over every other sound effect in the game. It got so bad a re-boot of the game was necessary.
Despite the issues I stuck with it and was treated to an otherwise satisfying experience.
I just wished I'd waited until it was sub £20 before buying it. I mail ordered it from GAME, and just 8 days later looked at the trade in price, and the game that had cost me £36.99 was worth just £12.00 trade in. Absolutely disgusting business behaviour from GAME.
No change there really then !
Then the STEAM sale came along and I managed to pick it up on PC for £20.09.
This game looked good on PS3, it looks great on a high spec PC system.
I'll play it again in a month or two, this time on PC. I'm sure it will be a more stable experience on this format.