I didn't care for Last Light. Especially the last third of the game. Holy crap that story gets bad. It was nearly as interesting as the first game.
It drops off at that point, agreed. But easy to forget if you focus on the first half.
@jg4xchamp Well I thought the stealth aspect was cool, because of how you have to stay in the shadows and move slowly. You could easily say the AI is stupid in many stealth games, like in the Batman Arkham series (why do they never, ever look up? lol
I understand all of your opinions and yet for me, it's easily one of my favorite games ever sans ranger mode and definitely my favorite FPS. Better than Bioshock Infinite, Half Life 2, Call of Duty, Crysis, etc.
But that's purely my opinion. I'm enamored by it's graphics, art direction, sound design, pacing, and I ignore all of it's flaws like it's hand holding gameplay in many parts and poor english voice acting (still don't want to use subtitles since that would take away the purety of playing a UI free game with ranger mode). It's flawed and yet everything else is so outstanding to me that it seems perfect.
Difference, Batman is more straight power fantasy. The AI while being "dumb" does have more dynamic attributes as you start picking them apart. They get nervous, they get wreckless, their patterns become less predictable on harder difficulties. Especially in the predator challenges. It is just as much about the stealth arena rocksteady creates as it is the enemies.
Metro's aiming for a more "plausible" environment. It's more dependent on its enemies, and while yes using the impressive lighting engine for stealth benefits is a cool thing: it doesn't overrule the part where it's completely fucking jarring for them to look right at you and go "no you are hidden, because shadows".
Fair enough: It speaks to you, I get it. I'm just saying it does plenty of things that would stop me from calling it great without ranger mode. With ranger mode? pretty good, great even. Not one of the best things the genre had to offer in its existence. Largely for me it has to deal with the fact that I love the shit out of the other Eastern European FPS games(STALKER and Cryostasis). It's a more streamlined styled game in comparison. What it gains in accessibility, function, and raw fun, it loses in richness and depth. The latter I tend to respect more.