Metro: Last Light’s pre-order ‘limited edition’ holds Ranger Mode hostage

14 Dec 2012  by   Peter Parrish
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Metro Limited Edition

By now we’re used to publishers slicing bits off games and popping them in some sort of ‘limited edition’ pre-order box, but it’s usually irrelevant stuff like a different gun or a tatty bit of plastic in the shape of the protagonist. THQ has gone a step further for Metro: Last Light by removing an entire difficulty level (one that it admits in its press release is a “fan favourite”) and holding it to ransom as a pre-order.

The message is clear: pay up sight-unseen, or you don’t get to play ‘Ranger Mode’.

To add a little further insult, the marketing guff for this announcement calls Ranger Mode “the way [Metro: Last Light] was meant to be played”. Yes, it was meant to be played this way, but you’ve taken steps to make sure that a large number of people won’t have the option to do so.

‘Ranger Mode’ was present in the first¬†Metro title, and makes the game tougher by removing much of the HUD, reducing the number of bullets you have available and making combat more dangerous. It was a free add-on for the PC.

Hopefully the ingenious PC community will find a way to mod it in to the sequel, regardless of which version people have.

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