The Last of Us Review

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Every few years, a game comes out that changes the industry as we know it. These games introduce us to new ways to experience our favorite past time. These games are also very, very rare. The Last of Us is one of those games and is like no other. Developer Naughty Dog has created a masterpiece that takes gaming to new heights. Everything about The Last of Us shines despite its dark and gloomy setting. The game features a level of action and violence that few other games contain, but simply calling it an action game does not even come close to doing this incredible title  justice. The Last of Us combines both brutal combat and cautious stealth with an engaging and immersive story to create an experience that will be remembered for years to come.

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A Breathe of Fresh Air

The Last of Us is one of the most unique games ever made. In some ways, The Last of Us deserves to be in its own genre. The game centers completely around survival and takes a very realistic approach to combat. Unlike nearly every other game on the market, The Last of Us does not have regenerative health. This forces players to approach the game in a different way. Ammo is also scarce throughout the game. Mindlessly firing bullets will only make you an easy target. Every combat situation could end in death. This leads to many intense situations.

While many games today consist of non-stop action, The Last of Us goes in a different direction. The game is meant to be played slowly and carefully. Rashly rushing through an area will almost always result in failure. Instead, it is best to opt for stealth whenever possible. To survive, the game allows players to use a huge variety of means. Players can use a wide assortment of weapons including guns, a hunting bow, and crafted weapons. Objects found in the game can be crafted to make new kinds of weapons. This leads to both tough decisions and creativity in killing. There are almost always going to be several different ways to take out an enemy. The player has to decide which way is best for each situation. When you consider the scarcity of ammo, this can be a very hard choice. These kinds of choices define The Last of Us.

The gameplay rarely focuses on simply killing someone (or something) else. Nearly every person in the game can be killed, but the focus remains on survival. Killing a person is one way of surviving, but you can frequently slip past. The Last of Us does not demand that you kill. It only demands that you survive.

An Unforgettable Journey

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The Last of Us takes players on an adventure that will stick with them long after the credits roll. It creates an incredibly immersive experience by perfectly blending gameplay with story. Players are forced to make many tough decisions and commit many inhumane acts in the name of survival. Players also will die numerous times due to the games high difficulty. These aspects of the game create a connection between the player and the main characters, Joel and Ellie.

The player experiences the same hardships and struggles that the characters face and understands the characters better because of them. This causes the players to have an immediate emotional attachment to the characters. The characters spring to life due to the superb voice acting. Troy Baker and Tara Strong have outstanding performances as Joel and Ellie. The great voice acting adds to the game’s environment, too. This deep level of immersion makes the game’s defining moments particularly memorable. Also, the excellent soundtrack perfectly suits the game. The eerie soundtrack turns memorable moments into unforgettable moments.

Naughty Dog has created a powerful story full of twists and turns. The Last of Us is a tale that can be hard to swallow at times. The story bears little resemblance to the uplifting vibe of Naughty Dog’s most famous franchise, Uncharted. The Last of Us is not about finding the treasure, saving the princess, or even good triumphing over evil. Instead, the game is about how far people will go to survive. The lines of morality are often crossed and players will have to ask themselves if the end really does justify the means. How far should a person go for the sake of survival? The Last of Us is not meant to be played and forgotten, but to be experienced and pondered.

Awe-Inspiring Visuals

The Last of Us is arguably the best-looking game of this console generation. The environments are filled with rich, luscious colors and the textures are all meticulously detailed. The end of the world has lead to the overgrowth of nature. As man has perished, nature has prospered. The character models are phenomenal as well. The incredibly realistic graphics add to the narrative’s depth. It is easy to get attached to a character and harder to kill another when the characters look so realistic.

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Minor Scratches

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Although The Last of Us contains no crippling flaws, there are some slight problems in the game. Although enemy AI tends to be excellent, human enemies will sometimes fail to notice their fallen counterparts. Enemies will also specifically go after you (Joel) more than any other character on screen. Sometimes enemies will completely ignore the other characters just to get to Joel. Although this by no means breaks the game, it does negatively affect the immersion at times.

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The Last of Us isn’t just one of the best games of this generation, it’s one of the best games ever made. It goes into territories that scare most games away. Instead of giving gamers a light-hearted joy ride, The Last of Us takes players into the darkest depths of humanity. The ride down there is far from easy, but The Last of Us makes it more than worth it. Each and every feature of the game compliments the others in a way that makes this title stand out among other great games. To put it simply, The Last of Us is absolutely brilliant. Years from now, when people are looking back at gaming’s greatest moments, The Last of Us will remain as one of the best experiences gaming has to offer.

Written by: Jay Curtis

The youngest writer at Gamers-Association. Twitter: @BlueOrigins PSN: TheBlue0rigins Steam: BlueOrigins

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  10. Luke Frazier 1 year ago | Reply
    So frustrated with The Last of Us. I imagine it like being forced to watch my favorite movie on a 13-inch CRT from 100 yards out. No matter how great and engrossing the story, I'm not going to enjoy the experience because I hate slow, tense, stealthy gameplay.
    • Jay Curtis 1 year ago | Reply
      You might still enjoy the game. Even if slow-paced gameplay isn't your prefered style, the game is so well made that it might be an exception.
      • Cameron Wasmund 1 year ago | Reply
        This game really surprised me. I really didn't care much for Uncharted, I respected it as a good series but I couldn't sit down and play through all of them without getting bored. The Last of Us however is the absolute opposite, despite being similar.
      • Luke Frazier 1 year ago | Reply
        I dunno, you might be underestimating how much I dislike that type of gameplay. Like I said in my article, no matter how well RTS mechanics are implemented, I still can't get into them.
        • Jay Curtis 1 year ago | Reply
          I've never seen this type of gameplay implimented so well though. I think you would still appreciate it if you cranked it down to an easy difficulty. The story carries the game anyway, so the experience wouldn't be ruined or anything.
          • DarthDiggler 1 year ago |
            If you try to run and gun it though you are going to loose the tension on the game. It's different than most stealth games.
        • DarthDiggler 1 year ago | Reply
          I'd play an RTS that got the attention that Last of Us has, ANY DAY. I'd play a JRPG that got this level of attention, I am a fan of games so when one sets the bar I like to check it out regardless of the genre.
    • DarthDiggler 1 year ago | Reply
      @luke_frazier:disqus I mostly hate Survival Horror (although I generally pick them up to play with friends). I am usually not a huge fan of Stealth, but stealth in this game really adds to the experience overall, it wouldn't be the same game with swaths of ammo and run and gun tactics. Pick the game up, it will likely have a high resale value at GameStop if you don't like it, but I doubt you will be able to put it down. It has been YEARS since a Single Player campaign kept me up until 5AM and few games give you the emotional connections that you get with these characters. If you like games you will like this game. Don't be so judgmental about it.
  11. nickcane520 1 year ago | Reply
    Not kidding, have you played the multi-player? Heard it's very good.
    • Cameron Wasmund 1 year ago | Reply
      The Multiplayer is neat, I especially like that I can connect it to my facebook account and it populates the names with actual people. It's not exactly revolutionary, though. When push comes to shove it's just a slow paced Uncharted 3 Multiplayer with crafting.

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