Review: The Last of Us (PS3)

The Last of Us is from Naughty Dog Studios, which brought us Crash Bandicoot on the PlayStation, Jak & Daxter on the PS2, Uncharted 1,2 & 3 on the PS3 and now The Last of Us. The common thread between all these games is not that they are good, but that they are great. The Last of Us is an addicting and thoroughly engaging game and story in one package.

 

By Wayne Webb

 

The Last of Us is from Naughty Dog Studios, which brought us Crash Bandicoot on the PlayStation, Jak & Daxter on the PS2, Uncharted 1,2 & 3 on the PS3 and now The Last of Us. The common thread between all these games is not that they are good, but that they are great. The Last of Us is an addicting and thoroughly engaging game and story in one package.

 

When I first opened the pack and put the disc in my PS3 it was eleven o’ clock at night after the kids went to bed –  after all it was a post-apocalyptic Zombie survival game. The next thing I know it’s two in the morning. That’s how good this game is. I did exactly the same thing for the next two nights; I was hooked and drawn into the world completely.

 

You play as the hero of the piece, a similar character in feel to Nathan Drake from Uncharted, but minus the sense of humour. In the future the world is a bleak Zombie-infected wasteland, and it just gets grimmer and darker as the story progresses. What a story though, the Last of Us contains some truly superb voice acting coupled with excellent character design and top-notch animation. The game stretches out along a linear narrative like a film that you play, but minus a couple of ‘game conventions’ like levels, loading times and branching. You play it like you have control of the movie character, there are not ‘chapters’ on screen, and while you have weapons, health and limited crafting these are the only elements that still feel like traditional gaming ones.

 

The atmosphere in the game is scary and tense in places, always ready to throw surprises at you and enemies that always feel overwhelming even when you can upgrade your weapons with scavenged parts. The ammunition is scarce and the best strategy is to use stealth to trick, distract and take out enemies before a free-for –all overwhelms you. There is a decent amount of gameplay in the full game, I have been hammering at it for a good six to seven hours across a couple of days and from what I can gather I am barely halfway through.

 

Everyone seems to be giving this game near perfect scores, and now I can see why. If all games were this good, movies would be under serious threat for the future. The Last of Us is a recommended game for anyone interested in the future of gaming, entertainment and where the two meet. I’ll be up all night in the weekend just to see how it all ends.

 

Pros: Highly polished. Superbly acted, scripted, directed, designed storyline. Engaged plot and characters, good action, focus on stealth and story. Closest to a movie in a game so far.

 

Cons: Nothing

 

5 Shacks Out Of 5

 

 

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