Epic Holiday Gift for December 24th: Metro: Last Light Redux

Merry Christmas Eve! Betwixt our gift wrapping, tree decorating, and cooking, we’re taking the time to bring you Epic Games’ newest game being given out for free – Metro: Last Light Redux!

Initially released in 2013, the game’s ‘Redux’ version (the one you’re getting) came out in 2014 to bring the entire franchise to the new generation of consoles (PS4 and Xbox One). Epic Games is giving out ‘Last Light’, which is the second entry in the franchise, after ‘2033’ and before ‘Exodus’.

The Redux version includes all available DLC and graphical improvements over its original release.


The Basics

The Metro game franchise exists because it’s actually inspired by the Metro book series (which I whole-heartedly recommend giving a read). Without spoiling too much, here’s the premise:

The year is 2033, and the last (at least, known) vestiges of humanity reside in the Moscow underground metro system after nuclear Armageddon has wiped out most of humanity and left the surface world uninhabitable. Those who survived are living in fractured communities spanning several subway stations, eating mushrooms, insects and exploring other, uninhabited stations for more supplies.

There’s also the surface monsters. Some of the people who weren’t wiped out by the nuked have mutated into terrifying creatures, which you’ve seen in the trailer linked above. Mysterious, murderous gas, mutants, hostile factions – what better premise for a post-apocalyptic shooter?

Bonus fact: The third (and currently, last) book in the series is a direct novelization of this game. The first book (Metro 2033) came out in 2005, followed by Metro 2034 in 2009. The Metro 2033 game released in 2010, followed by ‘Last Light’ (this one!) in 2013, followed by the Metro 2035 book and finally, followed by Metro Exodus (game!) in 2019. That’s a lot of Metro, in a very weird order!


Teaser for Tomorrow

The game is free to claim only until tomorrow, roughly 23 and a half hours from now, so grab it while you can! Epic also likes to provide a hint for the next game to become free, so if you want to try decoding the following gift box, let us know what the next title may be:

epic metro hint for christmas

If you’re spending Christmas tomorrow off of the ol’ endless scrolling simulators, we wish you a merry Christmas! If not, we’ll still be here, announcing what newly free game Epic decides to throw our way, so see you then!

Have you played the Metro games? Read the books perhaps? Did either vibe with you? Let us know in the comments below!