Metro Last Light Tweak Guide



Company: Deep Silver
Author: Sean Ridgeley
Editor: Sean Ridgeley
Date: June 6th, 2013

Introduction, test setup, requirements

As noted in my review, 4A Games' atmosmpheric shooter Metro: Last Light boasts strong visuals and performance and a reasonable amount of graphics options. Unfortunately a good amount of them are hidden (most notably Ambient Occlusion, Analytical AA, and a couple of Shadow options), but if you're keen on fiddling with the ones that are there and seeing how they affect visuals and performance, this tweak guide is for you.

One setting that won't be covered in this guide is field of view, as I've already covered that in a separate guide which you can see here.

Test Setup

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz (Stock)
  • Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (1333 mhZ)
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 3.5" 7200RPM / OCZ Agility 3 6Gb/s (Cache)
  • Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 2GB (Stock)
  • Driver: 320.18
  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Input: Logitech G400 mouse @ 1900dpi, Leopold Tenkeyless Linear Touch Mechanical Keyboard

The benchmark included in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Metro Last Light (seen in action above) served as the basis for testing with this guide; multiple tests were run to avoid anomalies skewing results. Note some subsettings -- such as the different levels of SSAA -- were skipped, as options for them are not included in the benchmark.

System Requirements

  • Recommended
    • OS: Vista, 7 or 8
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz Quad Core e.g. Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB
    • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 580/660 Ti (or AMD equivalent e.g. 7870) or higher

  • For 3D Vision Support:
    • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 580/660Ti or higher
    • Video Card: 120Hz Monitor
    • Video Card: NVIDIA 3D Vision kit for Windows Vista, 7 or 8
  • Optimum
    • OS: Vista, 7 or 8
    • Processor: 3.4 GHz Multi-Core e.g. Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 8GB RAM
    • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 690 / NVIDIA Titan or an AMD 7990

  • For 3D Vision Support:
    • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 690
    • Video Card: 120Hz Monitor
    • Video Card: NVIDIA 3D Vision kit for Windows Vista, 7 or 8