The Last of Us Review
Let me start by saying – ‘The Last of Us’ is the greatest gaming experience I’ve ever had… The story is about a man (Joel) who must go on a mission with a young girl (Ellie). The game is set in a post apocalyptic North America that has been devastated by a parasitic fungus called Cordyceps. This fungus takes over the brain and essentially turns people into “zombies”. The clever thing though is that Naughty Dog didn’t make this fungus up- it is real! Now before you’re on the phone to the doctor, asking for your Cordyceps injection, this fungus doesn’t attack humans (Not yet anyway). See for yourself!
What I also love is that it isn’t full of the generic video game cliché’s. It’s a very scary game at times but it isn’t done with the usual “jump scares”. There’s no creeping in the dark, in silence, the music slowly building to a climatic bang and a zombie jumping out of the wardrobe… No cheap scares in it. There was a part of this game were I had to get through some kind of office, full of clickers and b?????, as I’m creeping around, I’m on the edge of my seat, holding my breath just hoping I didn’t ripped apart. When I got to the end, I can see the b????? coming for me and I’m actually saying out loud “get out, get out, get out!!!”. When I did get out, it was sheer relief. Not because the part was so hard and tedious that I was glad to beat it, but because it was terrifying and I was glad to be out of that room…
The real beauty of this game though is the relationship between Joel & Ellie, and the way it draws you in. This is the first video game ever that I have truly cared about the characters. When Ellie gets into a bit of trouble, I genuinely got worried. There are multiple times where you could cry or at least get choked up. Obviously you’ve got the opening scene, but for me, without spoiling it for anybody, the scene that really got to me was the “Jurassic Park” moment… I was speechless. Every horrible thing I’ve been through for the last 12+ hours of playing is topped off with what is the most beautiful moment in game history. Again, Naughty Dog are very smart with it, and leave something up to you… It’s true brilliance. They are very subtle in the way they do it and nothing is shoved down your throat. They understand that we, as gamers, know what’s going on so there is no need for that big flashing sign to tell us what we already know.
I honestly can’t say enough good things about this game, it is simply a stroke of genius by Naughty Dog. I can’t imagine any other game topping the experience I got from this. At least not anytime soon. You need to play this game!