I don't usually write reviews, but when I do, it's usually for one of two kinds of games. A game that i absolutely hate and want to warn people not to go near, or a game that is so incredible, that I want every one of my fellow gamers to jump on and enjoy. This game fits into the latter category. If you are looking for a shoot-em-up, a 3rd person shooter, or a hack and slash... then don't touch this game. If you play games for the story, and recognize that a good one is the foundation that makes a game of the year... or decade... then pounce on this game and buy it ASAP.
There are several things that make The Last of Us a Best Game of All Time candidate. The level of detail, the plausibility of the back-story, the emotional impact on the player, and the attachment that slowly but steadily starts to develop over the course of the game towards the characters are all reasons to play this game.
Never have a played a game that made me so interested in a fungus. I found myself researching "cordyceps", the fungus that turns insects into mindless zombie-like creatures that die above their colony and become the center of the rest of the colony's demise after fungal spores burst out of it's head. In this game, cordyceps makes the jump to humanity, turning humans into sub-human animals which go around infecting other humans before they eventually die, and just like those insects, spread fungal spores via a ruptured head.
The emotional impact is intense at times, so intense in fact, that I found myself choking back tears at times, laughing at others, and at all times, feeling the underlying desperation in the characters.
I feel as though I'm rambling, so I will cut this review off here by saying that you all MUST purchase The Last of Us. It is simply THAT good.