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The Last of Us Review


The world of The Last of Us is a dangerous place. Earth is caught in the midst of an epidemic, Humans are being turned into 'infected' zombie-like creatures due to airborne spores which have started appearing across the land and to make matters worse, anyone bitten by one of these 'infected' also succumbs to the virus. These aren't the only dangers, since some humans have taken it upon themselves to fight for survival and if you are not part of their group then you are the enemy. So you could say that going for a Sunday morning stroll is a bit out of the question.

You'd be forgiven for thinking, "I think I’ll just stay in tonight" when the world is in such a state, however this is not an option for our two main characters, both of whom you'll no doubt grow a bond with as you join them in an epic sprawling adventure which will provide your emotions with more ups and downs that a rollercoaster.

The story of Joel and Ellie is certainly a curious one, he's the mercenary out to complete his mission, while Ellie is being, somewhat reluctantly, dragged along for the ride. Both are quite different characters yet they find themselves in the same situation, having to put up with each other's company in order to get to their end goal. In this case they are both looking for a group called the Fireflies although they have a very long and dangerous journey ahead of them.

When we first join Joel and Ellie they are a bit unsure of each other. Joel is quite a stubborn man who has been through a lot. It almost feels as if he has given in and has no fear for his life, hence his willingness to take on a suicide mission to travel across the land to find the Fireflies. Ellie is quite the opposite in a way, she's only 14 but very head strong. She's carrying her fair share of secrets, but she's determined to survive and does a pretty good job of doing so, even though she can't swim and is too young to carry a firearm.

The Last of Us takes around 12-13 hours to complete and with good reason. Joel and Ellie have a long way to go, at first starting off in the Quarantine zone before they find themselves even further afield. Things start off relatively simply as Joel and Ellie escape the Quarantine Zone into the outside world in an adventure that sprawls all manner of areas, from subways, to suburban jungles and all other manner of surprising landscapes.

While areas of land and adventure all vary, generally they always have one thing in common - the Infected. These hair-raising creatures come in two main forms, first are the grunts which are known as 'Runners'. When these guys spot you they’ll run at you in numbers, often too fast for you to fire a few rounds of Joel's gun. In most cases a swift blow with one of the many blunt or sharp weapons you'll find lying around will often do the trick, although you can also revert back to a shotgun to the face if your reflexes are quick enough. The other enemies you will come up against are the 'Clickers'. These guys don’t have eyes due to the infection reaching an advanced stage. This has it's advantages for Joel in that he is able to sneak up behind them and perform a stealth kill although it also has a rather large disadvantage in that if he's spotted he’ll often be killed instantly.



To mix things up a little, on their travels Joel and Ellie will also come across many styles of bandit who are generally out for themselves, planning to kill anyone who is not familiar to them. In a way this can be even more difficult due to the constant gun battles, their sheer numbers and their more advanced weaponry. The bandits also have a few other tricks up their sleeves too, although I'll leave that for you top find out.

To add even more difficulty into the mix, supplies are scare, making bullets and weapons often hard to come by, which makes compromising a must. Luckily Joel is quite skilled at using various materials for makeshift weapons. This allows him to create small knives known as 'Shivs' which can be used when sneaking up behind enemies. He is also able to create nail bombs, smoke bombs and molotov cocktails in order to disrupt the enemy, which is pretty handy when you are low on bullets. In addition, Joel can also create healing kits, which provide a health boost - essential since health does not regenerate during the game.

One of the other fantastic things about supplies being scarce is that Joel has to find inventive ways of killing the enemy. This often involves sneaking around in order to take them down from behind. Although there are other ways, such as throwing bricks to put them off course or just running away, which, when low on health and short of bullets is usually the most sensible option.

Although enemy encounters are a large part of The Last of Us, exploration is also an essential ingredient. By exploring Joel can find all manner of equipment and supplies. This not only allows him to create the makeshift items mentioned above, but also allows him to find items such as 'Gears' which allow for weapon upgrades and 'Pills' which can be used to upgrade areas such as healing speed and his listening skill, the latter of which allows for a sonar-like sight of enemy positions.

Although most of the time will be spent protecting Ellie from danger, she will also protect Joel in her own special way. The pair make a great if not unusual partnership. Often Joel will boost Ellie up to higher areas so that she can throw down ladders of planks to enable him to get to higher areas. She can also crawl into small spaces, allowing her to open otherwise unreachable areas. In return Joel will swim in deep water and retrieve wood crates, which he can then use as a makeshift boat in order to get Ellie over to the other side. There are many co-operative moments like this throughout the game and these only increase as Ellie grows in confidence.

Although the story is the main star in The Last of Us, all of the elements seem to combine to make this star shine brighter. Graphically the game looks absolutely fantastic, well up there will Uncharted as one of the best looking games of this generation. This is especially evident during cutscenes where the brilliantly performed character acting and simply stunning presentation combine in order to provide plenty of 'blink and you’ll think it's a real movie' moments. Everything about The Last of Us, from music, to presentation to the story is just absolutely sublime.

If there is one slight flaw which may annoy some then it's probably the inclusion of the slightly out of place and aforementioned 'Listen Mode'. By pressing the R2 button the room darkens and Joel can listen for the enemy, giving an idea of their position by providing an outline of their bodies. Personally I found this a really helpful inclusion, although it did take away from the realism of the experience slightly. I only mention this feature as it may not appeal to all, although those playing on a higher difficulty setting will probably find it essential.

As far as multiplayer goes, not much has been mentioned up until now and unfortunately given that I have only been able to play a few matches online, I can’t really give any in-depth impressions. I can however give you an idea of how it works.

In multiplayer you join one of two factions, the Hunters or the Fireflies. Once you have chosen your team you'll then choose your load-out (assault, sniper, support and stealth). When the game begins you are given a handful of survivors and the aim is to grow this clan count each time you play. The clan members are generic 'stats', so although you’ll get text based information showing what they are up to, you don't actually see them during a game. Instead multiplayer takes its usual form with players taking part in two game types, each of which allow for two teams of four. Game modes include Supply Raid and Survivors. Supply Raid has you hunting for supplies with only twenty lives between you and the end of the match, with any supplies found being recorded against your profile. Survivors is simply what it says, with the added and brutal condition that if you die then you're out until the end of the round.

Multiplayer is ongoing, so each match you play represents one day and by playing more matches you'll gain more supplies, which in turn helps your survivor count. The main aim is to survive for 12 weeks, at which point you'll be able to switch factions if you want to.

I really wish I could have tested the multiplayer for myself because it seems like it could be very interesting, however with the game not being out for a few weeks it was very difficult to find a match online. Obviously the main area of focus in The Last of Us should be the single player campaign and rightly so, however the mulitplayer could very well prove to be popular.

In all honesty, I can’t recall any game ever pulling at my heartstrings as much as The Last of Us. The talented team at Naughty Dog has once again managed to combine brilliant gameplay with a very strong narrative, providing one of the greatest stories told in video games across this generation of consoles. Straight from the first minute the game's story grabs you in and doesn’t let go and yes there will be tears along the way, but you'll get through it and be all the more impressed for doing so. Naughty Dog's The Last of Us is a work of art, a classic waiting to be played. Make sure you don't miss out because this game will be talked about for a long time to come.

(Version Tested: PS3)

Pros


+ One of the best stories in video game history
+ Fantastic Graphics
+ Wonderful Acting
+ Brilliant Gameplay
+ Just buy it, if you don't have a PS3, buy one

Cons

- It's not out till next week

Edited On 05 Jun, 2013

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LEVI 3 years ago
shock horror.... TAKE MY MONEY!!! haha
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0000000000 3 years ago
i hate my life, so gutted i wont be playing this! im F*CKING DISTRAUGHT!!! should of held on to the ps3 just for this, if they announce a sequal ill borrow my cousins copy and ps3 and may be swayed to the Ps4!! not a bad thing said about it, im in the middle of my 3rd review as everyone seemed to fire it out dead on 3pm! take it that was embargo end time! LIFE SUCKS!
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Joe2120 3 years ago
Incredible.
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Johno Muller 3 years ago
+ Just buy it, if you don't have a PS3, buy one
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troublemaker 3 years ago
An excuse to buy a PS3 may be one of the greatest pros ever. Awesome review Joe. Feel like you can breath now huh?
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Bindiana 3 years ago
IGN have given it 10/10 Giant bomb 5/5 wonder who the first sight not to give it top marks will be.
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DynamiteWhyte 3 years ago
Boom. Just paid for my pre-order now....
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troublemaker 3 years ago
a few weeks ago, I was dead against this game. Now, I'm pre-ordered, paid, and PUMPED! bring this on. a game to define the generation. glad it's a PS3 game
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Joe2120 3 years ago
Amazing stuff. Can't understand why that Polygon site got it so wrong. They should listen to the experts eh? :)
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DynamiteWhyte 3 years ago
Polygon gave it 7.5/10.
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Bindiana 3 years ago
Gamespot given it 8/10 as well preordered it a little while ago was always gonna get it because it was made by naughty dog just need to keep away from spoilers until I finish it.
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Arun1910 3 years ago
All I see everywhere is 10/10 and 5/5, this makes me very happy! And the fact that I won 3000 points means I can get the special edition too now! Woop!
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0000000000 3 years ago
ive just been and cried in a corner!
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troublemaker 3 years ago
I don't usually lose my temper at reviews. but that gamespot one is pure bullshit. the score is fine, but the review itself is just lazy.
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DynamiteWhyte 3 years ago
Only review I can actually read is this one as Shopto bypass the 'game' block on my work pc.
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Joe2120 3 years ago
The Metacritic score for this game is gonna be through the roof. I'll try and do a review round up in a bit. Will leave this review at the top for a little while longer.
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Spear 25 3 years ago
Great review Joe. I feel sorry for Shep. This game looks amazing, after reading this review it makes me feel like the 14th is so far away, can't wait for this game.
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0000000000 3 years ago
im still crying!!! ive read 2 on twitter on my phone as this is the only site not blocked at work, anyway im going back to my corner!
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TruDarkAssassin 3 years ago
was we in any doubt about the scores , ps3 going out in a bang big style Naughty dog strikes again long live sony !
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TruDarkAssassin 3 years ago
makes it more sweet i don't have to pay for mine its a gift from some one get in !
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
I'm torn on this. Do I buy it and risk not playing it for a while or wait a few weeks and hopefully pick it up at around £30 but by then everyone will have a handle on the multi-player (Which sounds really interesting)
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TruDarkAssassin 3 years ago
you gonna miss out big time Nox if ever there was a impulse buy this is it
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0000000000 3 years ago
I hate u all lol
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Not really, I wouldn't say anything at £40 is a impulse buy
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Also "One of the best stories in video game history" is a pretty hefty clam
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TruDarkAssassin 3 years ago
worth every penny , what do you not like about it ?
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
I'm not saying that it isn't, i'm 100% sure it is but I have a lot of games on my plate right now, some that I have owned for over a year but still not played
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Joe2120 3 years ago
Just my opinion Nox. What games do you feel have a great story? We'll me it tomorrow's chat topic.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Look Forward to it
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Joe2120 3 years ago
*make it.
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Hymeleon 3 years ago
Nox, you want to buy this game while it still costs instead of playing games you already own because of a multiplayer? Really?
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
If it just for the Single-Player i'm fine waiting but I don't want to be left out when people are discovering the Multi-player. Seems unique
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AJR-Legend 3 years ago
I take this as a 10/10 review score then?
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troublemaker 3 years ago
You'll always be ahead of me on mp mate. I never bother with it. I might on this one, just to play with you guys, but aside from that, I'll play it for trophies if I go for the plat!
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
That is one reason why I want to play the MP anyway i'm sure Scott will get me to buy it once he tells me how it is one of the best games he has ever played
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Robichoico 3 years ago
Been offered a free review copy of this from work. Dunno whether to accept it tho or pass it on.
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TruDarkAssassin 3 years ago
i will be playing all the story first then may look at the multiplayer after i have completed the campaign
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DynamiteWhyte 3 years ago
Same here Kratos. I won't be going for platinum though, seems like you have to complete the game 6-7 times just to get it lol.
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troublemaker 3 years ago
I reckon twice. Once to unlock + mode, then hardest difficulty there. Should be easy enough. I'm the same Kratos. I'll do the single player first, unless of course you guys jump on before I'm finished. It'll take me a while to finish I reckon.
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TruDarkAssassin 3 years ago
i will look at the multiplayer side but want to lose my self in the story first as you said TM if any ones on multiplayer i will check that out , mite go for platinum but judging by uncharted's difficulty this could take a while
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troublemaker 3 years ago
Crushing is indeed a bitch.
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Spear 25 3 years ago
I might go for platinum on this. But I had a look at the trophy list from IGN and one trophy is to build your clan to 40 people. I don't know anything about the multiplayer side of this game but it sounds like it might be a bit of a pain in the ass trophy to get, but time will tell. Troublemaker is probably right about the play throughs, that's what Naughty Dog did with Uncharted.
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DynamiteWhyte 3 years ago
It seems you get more people the more you play, so it will just mean playing and more people will join your clan.
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Chrom prince of Ylisse 3 years ago
I really cannot wait to get my hands on my Last of US: Joel Edition, super hyped to play it and fully immerse myself into what may be the best story in gaming history :3 Bring it on June 14th, bring it on.
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ZdravkoN 3 years ago
Too bad this is PS exclusive. At moments like these I really want to own a PlayStation. Oh, well maybe as soon as PS4 is out, there will be price drops for the PS3, and I can get one :D. There are a lot of great games for the PS3 that I would love to try: Uncharted series, God of War, Last of Us, Infamous, Ni No Kuni, etc.

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