Metro: Last Light hits shelves tomorrow, May 14th, 2013 and the floodgates on reviews of the game have opened up this morning. As we all get inundated with hands-on pieces for the game, we wanted to take a minute to point out an oddity that we couldn't help but notice.
Before you read this, go ahead and browse a few reviews of Metro: Last Light. Just pick two or three arbitrarily and come back when you're all done.
Now, odds are that you just read about Metro's dark undertones. It's unashamed take on violence and maturity in gaming. The technical prowess that 4A Games has demonstrated in Metro: Last Light. Without question, you read about the fantastic environment of the underground. All of these things are true, but there's one thing that reviewers are shying away from discussing.
Metro: Last Light features a graphic and shocking attempted rape scene.
We're not here to make a statement on game development or whether or not 4A handled it respectfully. We're simply here to let you know that this scene exists, because you're not going to get this information freely from other resources.
We browsed nearly a dozen different reviews or hands-on pieces that surfaced this morning and only one of those resources mentioned the rape scene.
So, kudos to VG247 for having the guts to mention one of the games most upsetting and memorable sequences. Because whether you like it or not, this scene is going to be one of the most vivid memories you will take away with you after playing Metro: Last Light.
The scene occurs when the player strays off the suggested route, so you are never forced to encounter it but if you like to explore the game world you will come across it eventually. The heartbreaking cries of the NPC draw you to her position and the scene when you get there is nothing short of horrifying. A group of men have surrounded the NPC, threatening to force themselves on her as she cowers away from them. Should you choose to light these guys up - as we did, happily - the NPC collapses to the dirty mattress beneath her, curling up into a ball and sobbing helplessly.
For better or worse, this is one of the most memorable moments in Metro: Last Light for us and we're not sure if that's a good thing. The scene, quite frankly, is upsetting and kind of comes out of nowhere.
At the end of the day, it's not up to us to determine whether 4A did the right thing here. That's up to you guys, the gaming community at large, but a discussion should be had and this is a scene that should not be going unnoticed in mainstream media.
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, is this a topic that developers should shy away from?