The Last of Us ~ ‘Joel & Ellie’ by Olly Moss
So, after months of hype, I picked up The Last of Us on Friday morning. I was many thousands of people who was unlucky enough to suffer the autosaving glitch, which meant about three hours into the game I had to restart from the beginning. That was a pain but it didn’t put a downer on what was otherwise one of my favourite gaming experiences in many years.
It’s hard to talk about what was great about this game without busting out some absurd hyperbole - but it really is as good as all the reviews said. It has one of the best developed and most mature stories you’ll see in any game, gorgeous visuals that push the PS3 to its absolute limits, and a beautiful soundtrack, which I’m actually listening to right now. The best thing about it though is that the gameplay lives up to the standards of every other part of the package. Stealth is unbelievably intense, one of the scariest experiences I’ve ever had in a game, the shooting feels visceral and realistic, and the resource gathering is addictive.
It’s unbelievably tense to be surrounded by heavily armed guys with only three pistol bullets remaining, but it’s equally as satisfying when you hastily craft a nail bomb to take two of them out at once and earn yourself some breathing room.
It’s the best thing Naughty Dog has ever done, and one of the best games on this entire generation of consoles for my money. They stepped it up in every way. This is a game everyone should play.
“There’s always a lighthouse, there’s always a man, there’s always a city.”
Official Playstation Used Game Instructional Video (x)