The Last of Us

Let me start by saying, I have had both console systems ever since PS2 and Xbox and not once have I ever taken a side in the “system wars.” This is the one game you absolutely have to play, even if it means buying a PS3. One of the best games I have played in a long time. I have thoroughly enjoyed the story, the combat, just about everything. Zombie games are one of my favorite, however these are the most interesting zombies I’ve experienced. Instead of the typical undead, they are people who became infected by spores and have lost control of their bodies.

From the beginning, this game absolutely sucks you in. The eerie start of watching as the events take place keep you on edge. The graphics are so amazing, to the point I felt like I was watching a movie. The minimal HUD also adds to this effect. It is a very gorgeous game, even the title screen looks as if it is a photo.

The difficulty of the game is fair for the most part. Certain parts really challenge you to move thorough a constant changing puzzle of moving enemies. The “listen mode” turns the world into a black and white frame with a sonar type feel. You see enemies based upon their foot steps of the clicking or talking they make. Moving through a room when you don’t want to be seen at all due to the large amount of enemies is stressful, but very rewarding as you finally make the steps correctly. It seems to reward the patient over the rushing strategy at times.

Trying to clear a room of just a few zombies is a challenge, fighting four at one time would normally end in a game over for me. The stealth kills and throwing bottles to distract enemies makes this easier. The scares ammo and enemies being able to locate you by sound, makes using a gun a poor choice unless you have no other option.

GRAPHICS 

I try not to pay too much attention to graphics when I play a game, but this one has made me verbally acknowledge the attention to detail. From the way characters move through the environment, to the way water falls and moves.

SOUND

The sound has lots of detail. Listening to the rain hit the ground and change to pattering on metal when I move inside a truck is very accurate. Overall, the sound is amazing.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The first game in a long time to suck me in and get me really involved in the story. In my honest opinion, the greatest game from the generation of  systems. I enjoy the challenge and thoroughly recommend the game to any one who enjoys action games.

Pros

  • Brutal Combat
  • Challenging while not being unforgiving
  • Very engaging story

Cons

  • N/A

Style – 1 player survival action

Publisher – Sony

Developer – Naughty Dog, Inc.

Release – June 2013


 

JUNKIE SCORES
  • 5.0 – Gameplay
  • 5.0 – Graphics
  • 5.0 – Sound
  • 5.0 – Entertainment
  • 4.0 – Replay Value

 

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