In Soviet Russia, games play you! Hahaha…ha…no. The reason I’m digging up this ancient meme is because I’m going to talk about Metro: Last Light. M:LL is the sequel to Metro 2033, based on the (incredible) book of the same name by Dmitry Glukhovsky. The game is a FPS survival horror Game taking place in mostly in the subway system of Moscow twenty years after a nuclear strike forced humans underground. The game was a really unique, with a variety of play strategies. Unlike many other modern FPS or survival horror games, Metro put a lot of focus on creating an engaging atmosphere and triggering the player’s emotions. Even when you’re carrying a machine gun and a stick of dynamite, you still feel vulnerable in this game. While not a smash triple-A hit, the game had a decent, almost cult, following. It had enough fans to warrant the creation of a sequel, which I have been excited for since I found out. That game is coming out this week, and Deep Silver is not getting a cent of my money.
Before I really get into this, let me give you a little history. Metro 2033 was published THQ. The sequel was originally supposed to be published under them too, but after the company filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, the Metro franchise was sold to Deep Silver, who have published Dead Island and Risen 2, among other games. Now why is it that I’m making the decision to purposely not buy this game new? It’s my old nemesis, abusive DLC. The Ranger Mode (very hard mode) for the game has been cut out of the game. If you want it, you either need to pre-order the game in the next couple of days or pay an extra $5 (£4) on top of the $60 (£39) you dropped on the game. I hope you all see what’s wrong here.
Pre-order bonuses and DLC have been pretty tricky lately. A lot of games will give out bonuses to encourage people to buy the game early or to upgrade to a package with all kinds of goodies. The bonuses are usually trivial, things like character skins or downloadable comics. I don’t have a problem with that. My experience really isn’t changed by that. But the Ranger Mode is no character skin. What I do have a problem with is withholding content and then selling it back to us. This is the kind of business practice that will really hurt the integrity of the gaming industry. If I’m paying full price, I should have a full game. When you take away an entire difficulty mode, you’re crossing the line. Did I mention that according to the site, Ranger Mode “The way it was meant to be played”? Even when this game’s price goes down, I’m still not going to buy it new. The more money Deep Silver makes, the more likely it is that their future games will use this strategy. I know this is a risky move, since low sales could possibly put the franchise or studio in danger, but there’s really no other thing for me to do than to vote with my wallet. I hope that Deep Silver will see the backlash and release Ranger Mode for free. Until next time, comrades.
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