When The Last of Us game came out and my friends and ex-colleagues were raving on about it, I thought to myself “Oh no, not another post apocalyptic zombie game.” So you can imagine how enthusiastic I was to play this game, not at all. The only other zombie game I have managed to force myself to play was Resident Evil, not counting the Call of Duty game that had a zombie mode.
The Last of Us has a storyline that will blow your mind. I will be so bold to say it has the best storyline video games currently have to offer. Everything feels like it has been made to hinge of and support this storyline. The team at Naughty Dog have done a top shelf job here, nothing short of stunning.
The amazing gaming engine they have refined, through other titles I am told, does everything possible to edify this storyline. In my books it does it with outstanding success. They definitely pushed the boundary and might be why the game isn’t available on the Xbox 360 due to different console specs compared to the PS3 but is just speculation.
Engagement: The Last of Us
Everything about the world fully immerses you into the time The Last of Us’ story occurs in. Nothing feels amiss and it is mind boggling how they managed to make a dilapidated world feel visually please and beautiful in its own way. This obviously make you want to explore it even more.
“I will be so bold to say it has the best storyline video games currently have to offer.”
In fact, I suspect the team at Naughty Dog knew they had an amazing world that they wanted you to explore so they came up will the concept of scavenging in every nook and cranny for ammo and other resources that come in handy later in the game. Unknowing you find yourself exploring every corner of the virtual world inch by inch make you don’t miss a single spot even though have cleared all enemies for a particular scene.
The best advise I got from one of my colleagues that encouraged me to play this was to scavenge as much as you can and boy was I glad I heard that before I picked up the game. This is not a game you go in guns blazing without much thought or planning as you will quickly find yourself out of ammo and resources.
That being said, those that don’t like that kind of slow, easy does it tactic in games will struggle when they play this game. If they can overcome that however, they will find themselves being throw around through all sorts of emotions. I had moments with the toes in my shoes were cringing, following by near tears scenes and often incentivised by some heart warming moments.
The Last of Us
The Last of Us has easily made itself a staple in the zombie games genre. Eli, one of the main characters in my opinion is poised to become the next Lara Croft in the gaming world as it is hard not to fall in love with her. I did laugh when I read that she is a teenage girl with the mouth of a 30 year old trucker but that aside, her character shines in this game.
“…she is a teenage girl with the mouth of a 30 year old trucker but that aside…”
I would easily pick this game up and start all over again which I have already done once already, not by choice though. My favourite scene is undoubtedly the winter scene and all the unique gaming experiences it has to offer.