INFORMATION UPDATE TIME!Digital Comic Book
If you pre-purchased via Steam directly, you will get a code from Steam once it unlocks, which you can enter here: https://digital.darkhorse.com/metro/
The comic book can be read in your browser, or using the Dark Horse Comics app for Android and iOS.
You should also be able to find the key/code under LINKS on the right-hand side of your Metro: Last Light page of your Library, after it unlocks.
If you pre-ordered via GMG or other digital retailers, they will supply you with a code themselves. Digital Metro 2033 novel for U.S. customers
This is exclusive for the U.S. due to the fact that the book distribution rights in the U.S. are owned by the author Dmitry Glukhovsky himself (he self-publishes Metro 2033 there), and he was kind enough to allow us to give it away.
You can find the digital novel in English as a PDF in \Steam\steamapps\common\Metro Last Light\novel once it unlocks. If it's not there, download it manually under "DLC" on the Library entry for Metro: Last Light (under LINKS on the right-hand side). Alternatively, find it in the DLC area of the Store page or in the Library > Metro: Last Light > right-click > Properties > DLC.
If it's not there, your best option is to contact Steam support.ATI card owners
ATI cards don't run NVIDIA PhysX very well in Metro: Last Light. A shocking surprise, I know. If you encounter lower than expected framerates, try turning off Advanced PhysX under Game Options in the options menu, before tweaking any of the other video options.Video options
Quality (Low, Normal, High, Very High)
SSAA (Auto, Off, 0.5x, 2x, 3x, 4x)
Texture Filtering (AF 4x, 16x)
Motion Blur (Low, Normal)
Tesselation (Off, Normal, High, Very High)
VSYNC (On, off)Can I run it?
Generally a good i5 with a 580 (or ATI equivalent) or above should have no problem on 1080p. Higher specs are better, of course. A Titan is only for max settings on higher-end resolutions like 2650x1600.
In addition, Nvidia made this performance guide: http://www.geforce.com/whats-new/articles/metro-last-light-graphics-breakdown-and-performance-guide
Also, take a look at this discussion thread about framerates using the benchmark tool: http://steamcommunity.com/app/43160/discussions/0/810924774410136453Ranger Mode and the Limited Edition
Ranger Mode as part of the Limited Edition for Metro: Last Light was something that was decided last year by the former publisher, and which has been active for pre-order (outside of Steam which tends to start pre-purchase closer to launch) since that time. By the time Deep Silver took over publishing duties, changing that within the time left to getting the game ready for release was no longer an option.
As long as the first batch of Limited Editions for any platform are in stores, you will be able to get Ranger Mode for free. A pre-order simply guarantees you one of these Limited Editions. Ranger Mode as DLC like this is not something we would have chosen to do, had we have been in charge of publishing this title from the start.
What we were able to do is add the digital comic book “The Gospel According to Artyom” -- written by Metro 2033 author Dmitry Glukhovsky in collaboration with Dark Horse Comics -- to pre-orders as well as a 10% discount for Steam owners of Metro 2033, and the digital novel for U.S. customers.What is Ranger Mode anyway, really?
If you don’t know what Ranger Mode is: it’s a mode for Rangers. Original Mode has three difficulties (Easy, Normal, and Hardcore) and in Metro: Last Light, Ranger Mode has two (Ranger Normal and Ranger Hardcore). Fans of Metro 2033 who have completed Ranger Mode on Ranger Easy (1.5% of Steam owners) and Ranger Hardcore (1.7% of Steam owners) often consider Ranger Hardcore to be easier than the regular Hardcore mode, due to the way damage is increased for both the player and all enemies; provided you have the skills to survive, you can take down enemies faster.
Ranger Normal has a limited UI, while Ranger Hardcore has no UI at all. This is why it is recommended for new players to start in Original Mode so you know which key does what. But if you are a Metro veteran playing with mouse and keyboard, I think you can figure it out.
Both Ranger Mode difficulties change the damage output for everything, limit how much ammo and Military Grade Rounds you find in the world, limit how long air filters and battery power last, increases the rate of gas mask fogging, and limits the amount of weapons you can carry to 2. It also increases the amount of throwing knives you can carry to 10.Bonus weapons
The Russian AKSU weapon and 100 Military Grade Rounds are only available in Ranger Mode, but can be discarded at will to tailor your personal playthrough difficulty to your own taste. Shoot all your MGRs into a wall if you don't want them; it can be very cathartic!
The RPK pre-order weapon can be accessed in either mode if you got it by pre-ordering at a retailer that offered it.I got a code with my Nvidia card, what kind of code is it?
The codes bundles with Nvidia cards are Standard Editions and not Limited Editions.
I hope this provides some additional information to those who have had different questions recently, and I hope that everyone who has been waiting for Metro: Last Light to release will enjoy the game once it is finally in your hands after the delays and the many years of waiting!
[Edit: updated with Nvidia card bundle info, and the performance guide]