Like every survivor in the tunnels under Moscow, the Commander has not led an easy life. Their very way of life in the underground makes that impossible, but the Commander has had more than his fair share of difficulties - even in this desolate post-apocalyptic world that 4A Games has crafted in Metro: Last Light.
The Commander comes from a military family and was a career soldier before the bombs began dropping and survivors retreated to their new home, beneath the streets of Moscow. As the bombs began dropping, the Commander chose duty over family and was forced to leave his wife and child on the surface. As the gates closed on the underground tunnels, the Commander was faced with a young mother with a newborn child, pleading to be let inside the safety of the metro.
Taking the baby, the Commander let the gates close on the mother, imagining that her accusing eyes were the same ones that his wife would look at him with were she able to see him.
After the gates had closed, the baby was taken from him and he never learned the identity. Years later, he wonders if each passing face may belong to the boy he saved from certain death. Would he thank him for the gift of life? Or curse him for abandoning his mother to the certain doom of staying on the surface?
The Commander is a stark character, fitting for the desolate world that we've come to discover in Metro: Last Light. Check out the trailer above and visit http://www.enterthemetro.com/ for more information on the game.