The Last of Us

Feb 10, 2016

The Last of Us Joel and Ellie, in The Last of Us.

Now that I have a PS4, I grabbed a copy of The Last of Us, one of the games of the PS3 that I really wanted to play.

The Last of Us has the best and more brutal intro to a game I have ever seen. It’s absolutely devastating, but there might not be a greater way to set the mood of the game.

The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where humans become infected by a fungus, transforming them into aggressive zombie-like creatures, decimating most of the population. Now, most of the population lives in military controlled quarantine zones. It’s a bleak and brutal world, with no hope of better days.

Joel is a cynical, life-hardened man and Ellie a bright 14-years old girl born after the outbreak. Joel’s task is escorting Ellie, through desolated places, and often through locations populated by infected humans or even hostile groups of bandits. The growing relationship between Joel and Ellie, two very different characters, is the central focus of the story, evolving as they travel through a dangerous world. Characters are so brilliantly written and acted, that dialog and interactions between the two is believable, smart and refreshing. I must say that I rarely felt so attached to characters in a videogame.

The game is hard, mostly because resources are scarse. It’s very easy to run out of ammo, so you have to nurture your stock. The player is almost always under tension, without being frustrating. Another source of stress is that accessing your inventory doesn’t pause the game.

The Last of Us is visually very good 1. Sceneries are fantastic and believable. Music is beautiful, but sparse, adding to the tense atmosphere. Less music also makes you notice the excellent sound design, every noise in the middle of the silence is has a stronger effect.

I loved every bit of it, and I can’t wait for The Last of Us 2.

  1. The game was originally made for PS3, but remastered for PS4, now running at 1080p and 60 frames per second. [return]