After what seems like months and months of waiting, finally The Last of Us is out in stores today. The game has already received a huge amount of praise in the press. Below you will find just a few snippets of what the press thinks of this game.
The love is there though, and it provides the necessary motivation for the extreme acts of violence that serve as the foundation of the gameplay. The Last of Us doesn't paint a pleasant picture of humanity, and there is no end of people out for Joel and Ellie's blood. The violence of survival is a central theme, and it keeps the combat from feeling out of place. Joel is preternaturally talented at killing, so much so that his friends remark on it. It's part of his character, and it's designed to be uncomfortable.
Its unrivaled presentation in particular sets the bar even higher than the Uncharted trilogy already did, and its writing, voice acting and layered gameplay combine to create what is very easily the game to beat for Game of the Year 2013.
It cannot be said enough, however, that Naughty Dog's new best creation is complete, and when I say complete, I mean it to pay the highest of compliments. I do not want more from The Last of Us: I do not need more. As the last line was uttered and the credits ushered in the close, I was done. The Last of Us had achieved everything it needed to achieve in order to provide me with everything I wanted...And it ended perfectly.
The Last of Us is not simply Uncharted with zombies, but it couldn't exist without Naughty Dog having made Uncharted first, either. It's a dark adventure, one rarely filled with laughs or joy. There are bitter pills to swallow along the way, and nothing is taken for granted, not even characters. People live, people die. Sometimes it's fair, sometimes it's not. It's still a zombie game, but a sobering one. Take a deep breath.
Naughty Dog commits to a somber tone that affects every piece of the game for better and worse. It achieves incredible emotional high points about as often as it bumps up against tired scenario design that doesn't fit its world. Survival in the post-apocalypse requires compromise, but The Last of Us has given up something vital.
Thought It Was Okay
No reviewers thought this game was okay.
No reviewers have hated this game.
Now it's time for Wikians to review The Last of US. If you pick up a copy, post your thoughts in the comments or post your own blog!