Metro: Last Light 'Ranger' difficulty comes in Limited Edition

Metro: Last Light's hardcore 'Ranger Mode' difficulty setting "provides the definitive Metro experience," according to publisher THQ's creative strategist Huw Beynon. Yet it won't be included in the base game, oh no, rather you'll need to pre-order or buy it early to ensure you get a 'Limited Edition' copy. How awfully creative. Presumably it'll be sold separately as DLC too.

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Metro: Last Light's hardcore 'Ranger Mode' difficulty setting "provides the definitive Metro experience," according to publisher THQ's creative strategist Huw Beynon. Yet it won't be included in the base game, oh no, rather you'll need to pre-order or buy it early to ensure you get a 'Limited Edition' copy. How awfully creative. Presumably it'll be sold separately as DLC too.

Initial release copies of Last Light are upgraded for free to the Limited Edition, which packs a bonus modified AKS-74U rifle and extra military grade bullets to spend, along with Ranger Mode. You don't need to pre-order to receive the LE, but THQ would like you to, just to be safe, and to give it a bit of cash right now.

Ranger Mode in Metro 2033 boosted damaged massively to both you and enemies, made ammo scarcer, and turned the HUD off entirely on the highest difficulty.

While the idea of splitting Last Light's so-called "definitive" mode off into DLC makes one grind one's teeth, it's not the first time. Ranger Mode was technically DLC in Metro 2033 too, though you may not have noticed as you probably played on PC, where it was free and simply patched in. The Xbox 360 edition, however, cost $3.

Oh, and, er, if you fancy pre-ordering Last Light digitally on PS3, which you can from December 18, you'll get a free copy of Homefront. Not very tempting, is it?

Metro: Last Light comes to PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in March, THQ confirmed today. Here, check out our E3 preview and this week's new gameplay trailer:

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    December 14, 2012 6:50 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Metro: Last Light 'Ranger' difficulty comes in Limited Edition.

    Metro: Last Light's hardcore 'Ranger Mode' difficulty setting "provides the definitive Metro experience," according to publisher THQ's creative strategist Huw Beynon. Yet it won't be included in the base game, oh no, rather you'll need to pre-order or buy it early to ensure you get a 'Limited Edition' copy. How awfully creative. Presumably it'll be sold separately as DLC too.

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      December 14, 2012 7:07 AM

      THQ! Get your damn dirty ape-hands off my eastern-european developers! >:C

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        December 14, 2012 8:23 AM

        FU man, this game is going to be even more amazing than the first one.

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          December 14, 2012 9:18 AM

          sure, if you play ranger hardcore, every other difficulty, at least in 2033, felt lame.

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      December 14, 2012 7:23 AM

      "How awfully creative."

      lolzzzzz

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      December 14, 2012 7:42 AM

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      December 14, 2012 8:03 AM

      *sigh* ranger mode was my favorite thing about Metro 2033, but I'm not going for LE..........

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      December 14, 2012 10:58 AM

      Someone dun fucked up.

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      December 14, 2012 11:53 AM

      FAIL.

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      December 14, 2012 11:56 AM

      I like how we've gone from enticing people to pre-order games to ransoming them.

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      December 14, 2012 12:33 PM

      To be honest, I'm expecting THQ to reverse this idea and make the Ranger Mode free for all. Gamers will not take to kindly to this and THQ can't afford any ill will right now.

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      December 14, 2012 1:15 PM

      I can't support that with my money.

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      December 14, 2012 1:17 PM

      Pending preorder cancelled.

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      December 14, 2012 1:24 PM

      Funny watching them backpedal on facebook over the past few hours all the "The way it was meant to be played" advertising media has disappeared.

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      December 14, 2012 3:11 PM

      Lol, one step closer to "it's only possible to play the game by paying for a full price preorder directly from the publisher."

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      December 14, 2012 5:22 PM

      I wouldn't be so adverse to this except his sales pitch, "The definitive Metro experience."

      It comes across as them selling a worse version if you don't get the Limited Edition.

      To some, not having that extra difficulty automatically makes it worse as well.

      Terrible THQ.

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      December 18, 2012 12:54 AM

      Incredible, when I saw this headline I was going to post "I'll bet that the next step will be to throw in extra-strong ammunition in the Limited Edition or DLC", and then I read the article and found they had already done it. Shill move.

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