Naughty Dog, the company that started in a garage back in 1984, and brought us titles like Crash Bandicoot, Jak & Daxter, and the amazing Uncharted Series, has done it again! The highly anticipated game Last Of Us was released, and I played through every emotional moment of it! Warning: This review contains spoilers!
Twenty years after a pandemic radically transformed known civilization, infected humans run amuck and survivors kill one another for sustenance and weapons – literally whatever they can get their hands on. Joel, a salty survivor, is hired to smuggle a fourteen-year-old girl, Ellie, out of a rough military quarantine, but what begins as a simple job quickly turns into a brutal journey across the country.
The game’s introduction brings the tension of the beginning stages of a zombie pandemic, as you, a teenage girl, run for your life with your father and uncle. Now, that alone as an intro would have been enough to set the mood for this survival game, but no… it gets worse. After car crashes, mobs running for their lives, and the sacrifice of your uncle, you are shot, and killed by a soldier you ran to for safety.
That moment, will change the way look at the game and your role in it from then on. Every decision you make is life or death, and ultimately controls the story you are in. What pills you take to “upgrade” Joel, what weapons you choose, and make, and even more important, how you use them, are all factors. Each plan of attack comes with its own consequences, and rewards.
The Last Of Us’ multiplayer called Factions, offers two sub-modes: Supply Raid and Survivors. In Survivors, players combat in a best-of-seven series in a four-on-four match where death is brutally permanent. Survivors forces a campaign style fight, except instead of fighting AI-controlled partners, you’ll be dealing with real humans.
All in all, I give this game a 9/10. An emotional rollercoaster, addictive gameplay, grueling decisions around every corner, and an addictive online multiplayer mode are just a few reasons why you will fall in love with the game. The endless combinations of action and reaction type story make Last Of Us a game you can replay, and re-live. All while falling in love with Ellie’s character all over again!