This is the game I have been waiting for. There’s been a dry spell of good games that are interesting to me and encompass my enjoyment of survival horror. Let me tell you that The Last of Us hits the mark on both fronts and then some. Did you see the trailer? Yeah, that was good but playing the game is even better.
A deadly virus has erupted across the globe, inflaming the brain and causing horrible mutations turning people into terrifying and deadly monsters. Check them out:
I knew this was going to be a good, yet an incredibly tense game experience within the first few minutes of game play after the prologue, which drops us 20 years after the outbreak and in a depressing, post apocalyptic world. Joel (your playable character) is walking through the street, sees some law enforcers harassing people, walks over to the cop, gets pushed away and told he will blow your head off if you don’t piss off, then you approach him again and sure enough, he blows your head off. Totally wasn’t expecting that. And that’s the thing about the game – the bad guys aren’t just monsters but other humans, survivors trying to make it in this shell of a world. There are the cops, the rogue insurgents called Fireflies and the hunters/cannibals; the latter group posing the biggest threat during the journey.
The gist of the story is that Joel (that James Brolin looking fellow) is tasked with taking Ellie (that girl that looks like an actress who is kind of pissy about the resemblance) across the country.
Ellie and Joel, the dynamic duo
It’s not all bad guys and monsters wanting to eat, kill and rape the pair, there are some allies such as Joel’s “friend” Tess and his sort of buddy Bill who is not in the game long enough (vocalization done by W. Earl Brown.)
Final Thoughts: This game is brilliant. The story is interesting and well written and the characters are well-rounded and portrayed. The graphics and animation are phenomenal with the every detail beautifully rendered and smooth game play with a few minor exceptions of NPC’s getting in the way. The voice acting is fantastic and almost every other word out of Ellie’s mouth is Fuck. I think the best part of the game is the way that it gets your heart racing. There is almost no end to the intensity as you crawl, fight and run for your life at almost every turn. This a totally immersive venture and one of the best games…ever!