Achievement Preview Spotlight: Metro Last Light

By Jonathan Barnes, 5 years ago
After a one-week hiatus, we're back with another Achievement Preview Spotlight. This week, we're back with a penetrating glance at Metro: Last Light.

As the sequel to their underground hit, Metro 2033, 4A games is back with another dark look at a post-apocalyptic Eastern Europe. Many gamers loved the original's atmosphere, lack of ammo, and the careful straddling between shooter and survival horror. While we won't have a definitive answer on the quality of the sequel, we do have a tasty slate of achievements to examine.


Of the fifty achievements in Last Light, only eleven of them are hidden behind the dreaded "Secret" sign and a quick glance at the list would indicate that a few of them are story-based. The thirty-nine other achievements do have some very interesting, fun quirks that appear to be perfect for achievement hunters.

As a professional science nerd, the first achievement(s) I'd like to bring to your attention are intertwined like Activision and EA.
Tesla in Metro: Last Light
Tesla19 (10)
Break 50 Lights.

Edison in Metro: Last Light
Edison21 (15)
Turn off 40 Lights without breaking them.

Tesla versus Edison is one of the great rivalries in the scientific community (Team Tesla all the way!). Rivals competing with Alternating and Direct Current, they were opposite sides of the electric coin, so to speak. This pairing of achievements appears to do great job of creating polarizing opposites with a gameplay mechanic while also honoring the rivalry of their eponymous forefathers.

On the heels of one of the best atmospheric shooters of this generation, BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360), asking gamers to stick around for this next achievement should be pretty natural.
Patron of the Arts in Metro: Last Light
Watch the entire Theater Show.

Now here's where this achievement could get interesting: Is there anything compelling you NOT to watch? Does a battle break out near the theater? Is it a performance that is hard to watch? Or, perhaps the most interesting factor, is this performance not the major narrative driver and simply an accoutrement of the game? Either way, I dub this to be "the most interesting achievement" for this game.

I do have an issue with this next achievement. Not in the actual achievement, mind you, but the fact that it's not named after Lee Christmas.
No shooting allowed in Metro: Last Light
Kill 10 enemies in a row with Throwing Knives.

I'm guessing the execution (no pun intended) of this achievement is based around either a stealth sequence where you can't make sound or the fact that ammo is/will be scarce. Regardless, throwing knives are awesome.

After working with knives, the next achievement seems almost required.
Gunslinger in Metro: Last Light
Gunslinger47 (15)
Kill at least one Enemy with each Weapon available in the game.

As far as achievements go, this is pretty standard, really. It shouldn't be too hard to gain, but may require some diligence if you're gunning for a perfect, all-achievements-in-one-playthrough run.

While there are two "Secret" achievements that have base scores of 100G and 80G, I'm naming this achievement the Great White Whale of Last Light if only because it probably will require a good deal of patience and restraint.
Shadow Ranger in Metro: Last Light
Complete the game without killing any Humans unless forced to.

Much like Clean Hands and Pacifist before it, this bad boy is asking you to go through the entire game without killing any Humans unless forced to. That last emphasis is probably the most important (and telling) bit surrounding this achievement as it intimates you will be forced to kill someone in this game.

Who will you have to kill and why? Those are questions that you'll probably have to answer yourself when Metro: Last Light is released next week! Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for our official review!

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Jonathan Barnes
Written by Jonathan Barnes
Jonathan has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.