Review by dawnset
"Metal Gear Solid meets Survival Horror"
This game has gathered together a mixed fanbase. Some gamers love this game, while others think this is "overrated". Personally, I was having mixed feelings at first, but this game is very enjoyable, except for a flaw or two.
The story in The Last of Us is simple: You play as a survivor named Joel who has to travel with a little girl named Ellie across the post-apocalypse era to meet a group named "The Fireflies". Along the way, you meet other fellow survivors and battle against the "Infested", humans who got turned into monsters and you also fend off against other hostile survivors as well. The story in particular is the shining point of this game because it's not about the destination, its about the journey itself and Naughty Dog does not disappoint us in the slightest.
The gameplay is a mix of Metal Gear Solid and the Batman Arkham games. For the most part, you are exploring and finding supplies to help you like Medkits and raw materials to make new weapons like smoke bombs and Shivs, which are tiny blades needed for various tasks. Also, you will be sneaking around and using "Listen Mode", which lets you see enemies up ahead to plan your next attack. Also, there are puzzles throughout the game which requires you to have Ellie with you, so the character interaction is there.
This game also features a online multiplayer where you can join a faction and face off against the opposite team. Gameplay is the same, but teamwork is emphasized, so fans of Call of Duty will find this to be fun.
The voice acting in this game is good, especially with Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson on board. The music also matches the situation you are in because it intensifies at times. You will feel like the music is interacting with you for the most part.
There is a reason why this isn't a 10/10. For the most part, some people don't like sneaking around and rather go Rambo on the enemies, even though the game discourages it. Also, the puzzles can become repetitive and the game is slow in the beginning, so players might be discouraged by that.
This game proves that survivor horror games can still be good in this generation. The gameplay is average if you played any other game with sneaking in it. But the story itself is unforgettable and you will grow attached to the characters, especially Joel and Ellie. If you ask me if this is a rental or a must buy, I will immediately tell you to buy it and also tell you this is one game you cannot miss.
Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 06/25/13, Updated 06/25/13
Game Release: The Last of Us (US, 06/14/13)
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