Gameplay may trump graphics, but that doesn't stop us ogling that latest engines and tech demos from Crytek, Epic Games and even NVIDIA. 4A Games' Metro 2033 is definitely up there in the visual stakes and according to the developer, Metro: Last Light will be the "one of, it not the best looking" PC game of its generation.
Speaking with Eurogamer's Martin Robinson, producer Huw Beynon spoke highly of Last Light's graphical prowess, going as far as to say that when it is released (which should be mid-May, if dates hold), it'll visually outshine everything else on PS3, Xbox 360 and indeed, the PC:
"If someone asks me are we doing a next-gen version — well, yes we are. It's the PC. We're one of the few studios out there that have a proven piece of tech that's built for high-end PCs. I firmly believe that the PC version of Metro: Last Light is one of, if not the best looking game you can actually buy, period, at the moment. We're still proud of how we've managed to adapt that for the current generation of consoles."
Now, it's not unusual for a developer to extol the awesome aspects of their upcoming game, to the point of ludicrousness. However, 4A Games has already shown it can craft great visuals and like GSC Game World and its S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, it has an enduring love of the PC as a platform.
So yes, I'm willing to go along with 4A for the ride and while May is still a few months out, it could very well be the cream of the 3D visuals crop when it is released.