This isn’t a video game review. The Last of Us is a PS3 game (which is being remastered for PS4) by Naughty Dog. It is, superficially, the same general combat system as Uncharted, so if you liked Uncharted’s combat, you’ll like The Last of Us.

But you may not like the story. I’m having a very difficult time coming to grips with it myself. Perhaps a slight digression will help.

I’ve also recently finished (and platinumed) Assassin’s Creed: Rogue. It’s the first in the series in which you play as a Templar, not an Assassin. Yet, although you’re one of the “bad guys”, it doesn’t feel like it. The Templars might be an evil organization, but Shay Patrick Cormac gets involved in it for the right reasons and even tries to make it better. It’s a fresh look at the AC plotline, and I highly recommend it.

Joel, on the other hand…

I’m somewhat conflicted about revealing the ending here, especially if you haven’t played the game. It’s the most powerful ending I’ve ever seen in a video game. I’ll point you towards YouTube if you don’t own a PS3.

What I can say about The Last of Us is this: I’m not sure I could play through it again, knowing how the game ends. It isn’t because it’s a bad game — it’s actually very good — or because the storyline isn’t gripping — it’s brilliant — or that the ending doesn’t make sense — it does. It almost makes too much sense.

I’m going to watch The League now (which is hilarious, if you haven’t seen it). I might eventually do a proper review of the Last of Us, but not for a while. I think I need to let it simmer for a while.


3 thoughts on “The Last of Us

  1. Narrative driven games seem to not have as much replay value when you know how everything is going to happen and the gameplay isn’t riveting with possibilities.

    1. Especially when you don’t like how the narrative turned out. šŸ™‚ I give lots of credit to Naughty Dog for trying something very, very different from their flagship series (at least from a story perspective). If they made a sequel for PS3, I might even think about picking it up. I just know that this particular game is getting traded in.

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