posted by Sideshow (JACINTO CITY, TX) Jun 15, 2013
Member since Sep 2004
gamers (92%) found this review helpful
Let me just start off by saying that it is absolutely mind boggling what Naughty Dog is capable of accomplishing with the PS3. From the moment I started playing the Last of Us I couldn't step away from it and for me that means a game truly has my attention. It's a true piece of art and it's one of the few survival games out there that does survival right. I could write a whole essay about why The Last of Us is such a high achievement for ND and Sony but instead I will just highlight a few of the things that truly make this game great.
Joel and Ellie - The development of their bond is what really drives this game in my opinion. As to be expected, Joel isn't to thrilled about escorting 14 year old Ellie to her destination but it's really fun to see their bond be forged overtime with each experience they go through.
Audio - Do yourself a favor and play this game with a headset. It's not mandatory that you play with one but you won't believe how much it enhances the experience. The ambient noise in some of the buildings you go into will freak you out.
Atmosphere - Believe it or not this game feels like more of horror game at time than most other so-called horror games do. There will be a ton of moments where you will have a genuine moment of panic. The atmosphere plus the ambient noise I talked about really raises the game's creepiness factor at certain moments.
True Survival - Buyer be warned. DO NOT expect a "shoot em up" kind of game. Resources are scarce so you always have to be sure you're looking around for whatever you can scrounge up and use. And you always have to decide how to approach a combat situation. You won't ever have a ton of ammo so you either have to make every shot count or find another way of getting things done.
Visuals - Lastly, the visuals of this game really have a kind of somber look to them. I guess you can say it's a beautiful kind of sadness. I'm sure we have all come to expect that kind of visual quality from Naughty Dog
gamers (90%) found this review helpful
Get immersed! Intense story, great realistic gameplay, emotionally impactful, challenging, deep and visually stunning. There's so much to like here. The game just excels in every area it tries its hand at. Aspects of this game will make you think you're playing on a 4th generation console. This is not for guns a blazing Call of Duty heads. This is for people who want a realistic experience, who want to literally feel a part of a story and get taken away on a long adventure. There's is nothing to dislike about this game. I can't think of any game that has gone to the level of perfecting a true gameplay experience like this has. This is a no-brainer for best game of 2013. And probably best game of the PS3 generation. Naughty Dog has impressed for years with its Uncharted series of games. But, the experience from The Last of Us surpasses any of their previous efforts on every front. Forget renting, This game merits a full purchase.
posted by Toast4Twenty (PARK CITY, KS) Sep 29, 2013
Member since Jun 2013
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
The Last of Us is a survival game, and a well done one at that. It takes place 20 years after an infection has taken over two thirds of the world. The main character, Joel, is man trying to cope with loss, love, and a life that was ripped from under him. The story itself is enough to make me want to finish the game. I think this is the first game I have beaten in years. The gameplay is smooth and the controls are easy. I played on hard difficulty the first time through and it took me about 20 hours to complete. This game is addicting and with all the variable in game play and technique it is easily repayable. It also has a multiplayer mode that places you within a faction and you help that group survive by collecting food and supplies while defending your territory. The multiplayer requires and online pass that comes when you buy a copy, but you can buy a pass for 10 dollars. This game is brutal in violence and drama. The twists and turns the story takes will surprise you and disappoint. You will grow attached to characters of the game and if they die you will feel responsible. Playing on hard mode there were some times when I felt angered by how many retries I had to do. In hard difficulty supplies and ammo are scarce and I felt like I was always running low and health, ammo, and supplies. My friend played normal difficulty and there was a huge difference in the amount of supplies you find. Normal is for those who wish to play more for the story but with a little bit of a challenge. I did not give this game a ten because of two reasons.
1. The multiplayer is not included with a rented copy.
2. There were a few noticeable glitches with the graphics and occasionally my melee weapon would miss when it clearly should not have.
This game is a must rent, it is a dramatic thriller with lots of action and plot twists. My wife enjoyed watching me play this game and she never allows me to play games while she's around.