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I recently got a free Metro: Last Light Steam code with a purchase of a new graphics card, and want to play it. However, does it give any background of what happened in Metro: 2033? I have never played the first game (2033) and was wondering if I would be lost without playing it first.

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The first game is darned good - you're missing out by not playing it. –  shanodin Jun 16 '13 at 22:13

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I have just passed Metro 2033 and have started Last Light today. I can say for a fact, that you will feel confused and not so involved in the story line without playing Metro 2033. Metro 2033 is the prequel of the series. Based on the book Metro 2033. Both games are pretty darn good. Metro Last Light doesn't give much backround of what happened in the prequel just the last mission which isn't much help. The game shouldn't cost to much so if you can-I know times are tough get the game!

Conclusion-Yes you should play Metro 2033 before Last Light as you will feel confused-to a large extend.

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Thanks. I read the plot on the 2033 wiki, and watched a video or two on key moments in 2033. I played through most of M:LL, and haven't been confused at anything but my own ignorance to the story :P –  avestar101 Jun 18 '13 at 19:40
    
Well the Wiki would of been enough. There isn't that much key moments, as M:2033 keeps you quite confused with the whole "Dark Ones". But it's nice to play it and there is some character development if you are into that kind of stuff. I'm a huge story and character dev nerd so it's important to me. But as I said if you get a chance play M:2033 it's a great game. I just finished M:LL while doing the "Shadow Ranger" achivement and it felt really fun. I think it was better then ML:2033 but both games are just 10/10 for me! –  Charkz Jun 18 '13 at 19:42

Game Metro 2033 is adaptation of the book by same title, and it's very close to the original. In other words, if you want to understand what's happening in Metro Last Light, you should either play the game or read the book. I'd actually recommend that you do both, starting with the book. Metro 2033 is great game, but obviously doesn't explain the story as well as the book.

OTOH, Metro Last Light, was originally going to be called Metro 2034, but the title has been changed, as Last Light story has nothing to do with the book Metro 2034. story.

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