I have tried to find another word to describe this game besides “masterpiece” or “perfection” to keep you from passing over this review as just one more drop in the bucket of praise for Naughty Dog, but really that is the only way to describe it; The Last of Us is and will always be a masterpiece.
The game begins twenty years after a super-plague has destroyed civilization as we know it. Humanity, now forced to hide inside military controlled quarantine zones, is a pale shadow of its former might. This is where we are introduced to Joel, an aging man with the weight of many regrets and personal demons on his shoulders. He along with his partner Tess are smugglers within the quarantine zone, inside life moves from day to day, with the one goal being survival, but when a gun smuggling job goes south, Joel is forced to smuggle something else out of the city, a young girl named Ellie. What follows is one of the most emotionally haunting games of this generation. In my case this game resonated with me from beginning to end. This game is perfect.
All of the praise for The Last of Us goes to Naughty Dog. This is the same company that worked on the Uncharted trilogy, The Jak and Daxter series and Crash Bandicoot as well; so I knew that The Last of Us would be good, but I did not expect it to be that good. This game should be used as the benchmark for the entire gaming industry to follow by.
Every console has that special game that transcends past our expectations. They are the games that make us laugh, weep, and cry out in anger without any regard for how far our voice carries or whom it might disturb. The 360 has Halo 3, the Wii has Twilight Princess, but the Playstation 3 has the Last of Us. It is a monument to gaming, Naughty Dog’s magnus opus, Sony’s standard in battle, and a prize that all gamers no matter where their loyalties lie deserve. So, if you are looking for what is rightfully yours then you needn't look any further. The Last of Us is here.
But this changed everything. Powerful story: if you don't tear up, you're not human. There are a million ways to approach the gameplay, and that is what makes it so fun; you can charge in with a machete or lure enemies onto bombs you've placed. You'll end up loving the characters and gorgeous environments.
This game looked incredible from the day it was announced. Having played, and loved, Uncharted from Naughty Dog, I thought the game play would be somewhat similar. It is not, however. The story seems great so far but my problem is with the combat system. The aiming is a PITA to start. Second, it seems to take too many shots to kill an enemy while you seem to die so fast from damage. Not to mention the ammo is extremely scarce.
Due to that it seems I am making my way through the whole game in stealth mode which kills it for me. I mean I can understand having certain situations where stealth is critical but so far it seems to be the entire game so far.
If the combat system were more like Uncharted, this game would be an easy 10/10.