Excerpt: You should stop reading this review and play The Last of Us. That is all you need to know. Wait, you're still here? Really now? Oh, okay. Fine. Since you're not budging, we'll tell you exactly why you should be playing the latest from the creators of the spectacular Uncharted series.
Excerpt: The Best of PS3 The Last of Us is a groundbreaking success, a monolithic achievement for gaming, which brings the medium closer to the emotional highs of movies than any other. Best just to get that out the way at the outset shall we? It's difficult to critique a game of its calibre. It does so much right and so little wrong, that much of any debate on it results in an endless gush of praise. So what is it that makes it so good?
Summary: In the past five years, the notion of a zombie apocalypse has grown from cult horror amusement to worldwide mainstream fascination. The videogame industry latched onto it with eagerness, and this generation has drowned us in undead adventures. Dead Rising , The Walking Dead , Plants vs. Zombies , Dead Island . It's been all about the zombies this generation. It's fitting, then, that the PlayStation 3's last big serving is a zombie apocalypse action horror game.
Excerpt: Gamers are no strangers to the apocalypse. They’ve unloaded countless rounds of ammo into the undead horde and hacked off more limbs with chainsaws than they could count – but The Last of Us is different. Sony and Naughty Dog’s latest title isn’t interested in scaring you with hordes of infected and cheap thrills.
Summary: There's no use mincing words - The Last of Us is a masterpiece. From its harrowing opening scene to its shocking closing hours, Last of Us presents an unrelenting, post-apocalyptic tour de force that will stick with you long after the credits roll. It's one of the best games in recent years and whilst it can be upsetting, exhausting and not always 'fun' in the way you'd expect, it's an absolute must play for anyone .
Conclusion: The Last of Us is amazing. It’s so deep and immersive that when someone makes the statement that this is the best PS3 game out; that truly means something. Especially considering all the exclusives that Sony has that are amazing like the Killzone series, Uncharted, heck even the likes of the God of War and Infamous games.
Conclusion: Quite possibly Naughty Dog’s magnum opus – an incredibly difficult act to follow. All I hope for is that The Last of Us is now left to be its own entity. Much like Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, there is simply no need for a sequel to this game. But where there is money, there is studio and publisher pressure and intervention.
Pros: The level of polish is incredible; from visuals, to controls, through to sound and music., Captivating narrative, complex yet relatable characters, This will be on ‘Must Play’ lists for years to come, There is also a much overlooked multiplayer-mode, value for money etc
Conclusion: The Last of Us sets out from the beginning to weave a tale of survival and struggle. It accomplishes this in every way, but Naughty Dog ‘s unflinching devotion to this ideal results in something unfamiliar. The emotion is real, as are the characters residing in its universe, but you never feel really good playing it. Perhaps we aren’t supposed to. We relate and sympathize with The Last of Us ‘ plight, but do we want to return?
Excerpt: With each successive Uncharted game it became increasingly difficult to accept Nathan Drake. He was our hero, a lovable rogue with a soft spot for an impetuous blonde reporter. He was tenacious, he was resilient, and whenever we were put in control, well, he was nothing less than a cold-blooded perpetrator of genocide. When Drake was knocked down we knew it wasn’t for long. Drake was supposed to be the hero, and not a tragic one, and together, we were invincible.