It is an insult to compare the two games. Its like comparing arena football to the NFL. Its like comparing flank steak to filet mignon. Just because it came from the same company means NOTHING. Naught Dog made Crash Bandicoot but can you campare that to the Last of Us?
This game is in its own right a masterpiece. The story line is even more important in this game than in the Last of Us.
Sure, maybe the characters stand up out of a chair in a similar way, but the movement is NOTHING the same. This is an emotionally gripping, wonderfully put together experience.
Its at times very very fast paced and action paced, at other times, it draws you in to ethical and morally based decisions that very much decide which of the over two dozen endings you will experience.
If not for The Last Of us, this would easily be game of the year. HOWEVER, this is a co-op two player game but NOT on online multi-player game. So I'm not comparing it to COD or GTA5.
But for true gamers, it would be a real shame to deny yourself the experience of of enjoying a really, really well put together experience with all the elements we game lovers crave.
posted by Dallas12cowboys (CEDAR FALLS, IA) Nov 25, 2013
Member since Nov 2013
For those of you who liked Heavy Rain, this game will appear a huge step up from that one. The controls have got an upgrade (MUCH easier walking!) and I liked the story better in this one. I'll break it down.
This is where the game shines. Amazing story that will make you not want to leave your ps3 until the game is finished. I don't get sucked into games very often, but this one really got me. The story also happens to be unique; another brilliant aspect of the game.
This is where the "not perfect" part comes in. Granted, it was a big step up from Heavy Rain, the controls still were troublesome. It is now much easier to navigate around with the main character. The thing that really bothered me was the slow motion sequences; basically, when in action (usually combat) with someone else, you are required to push the right stick towards the direction of… well I'm really not sure. At times this seemed obvious which direction to go, but probably close to half of the sequences I messed up on because I had no idea. Maybe this was intended to make the gamers think, but I surely did not enjoy it.
Once you've played it, you have the general story down. However, there are multiple areas in which making a different choice could change the outcome of the main character's actions. This definitely supports a second run through if you are so inclined. However, there is no multiplayer.
Overall I'd give this game a 9/10. It was super fun, and I really got sucked in by the story. A few non-intuitive slow motion sequences really bothered me in a few places, which seemed to be the only problem. Absolutely worth a rental just for the story alone!
posted by crunchyedg (MOUNTAIN HOME, AR) Nov 18, 2013
Member since Dec 2008
This is a beautifully rendered game. I use the term loosely. This title is on rigid rails. So much so that at times all the player has to do is push forward and the games turns Jodie on its own. It is a brilliant story, well acted, and visually stunning, but this is more of an interactive movie. If you consider hitting a button every couple of minutes interactive. At times, after a whole lot of doing nothing the programmers got together and decided to figure out how they could make the player hit and hold every button on the controller at once. As if that makes up for an hour of single button single analog action. To be fair that is an exaggeration but that is how I fealt most of the time. The camera angles are great for cinematic presentation but terrible for trying to navigate. It is easier to look around as Aiden than it is as Jodie. Bottom line is that it’s worth a rent and play through for the story alone. I would not buy it nor would I suggest anyone else buy it. Replay value, for me, is non-existent. There is no way I’ll play it through again. Not for trophy hunting or for the other endings. I give it a seven but I think that's overly generous. So consider my seven a six and a half.