I guess I’ll start off. For me, without a doubt it’s Metro Last Light. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a post-apocalyptic narrative-driven first-person shooter set in Moscow after nuclear bombs were dropped. Humans now live in the city’s metro tunnels as the surface is no longer inhabitable. You do go to the surface and its easily the most special part of the game.
I’ll keep my praise paragraph short. I think Metro: Last Light does the post-nuclear war setting better than any other game. It might not be an open world that you can explore at your own whim, but its surface is so dense and detailed that it sticks with me. My favourite aspect is how small it makes you feel, not only in comparison to the skyscrapers that line the city but in relation to the newly developed, irradiated predators you’ll come to face. You really feel like the bottom of the food-chain, like you’re constantly being watched by the creatures which the city now belongs to. In short, what really sets it apart for myself is how you’re at constant odds with your surroundings.
I guess what I’m trying to say is give this game a chance, its one of the best narrative driven first-person shooters out there and one my favourite games ever. They re-released this game and its predecessor with updated graphics and gameplay which really improves the first game, Metro 2033. Seriously, the original is a janky mess.
How about you? What’s a game that holds a special place in your heart that you wish more people knew about?