The Last Of Us review (PS3)

PopRocks359 | 543d ago | User review
Reviewing: The Last Of Us
The Finest in Video Game Storytelling
The Last of Us has been highly anticipated since its announcement. The breaking point for Naughty Dog (as it is their first original venture since the beginning of Uncharted), The Last of Us sets out to do something very different with the survival horror genre and zombies as a whole.

Almost instantly (once the actual survival gameplay started) I was able to draw comparisons from the new Tomb Raider. The differences lay in execution though. The Last of Us is far more limiting and therefor far, far more about survival. Ammunition is unbelievably difficult to find, and you can only carry so much of it, forcing you to really keep your inventory in check and search everywhere for more supplies. It also seems like you go through ammo very quickly, adding more to the tense feel of the game. The tutorials even tell you specifically to find alternative methods to survive when low on or out of ammo. The gunplay is solid, the melee combat is fluent and the stealth elements are nearly perfect.

Speaking of which, stealth is crucial to the gameplay; serving as your opportunity to choose whether or not to simply silently do in unsuspecting patrols or infected, to pass by them altogether if possible, or to start a loud gun fight (though this option should be the last of all last resorts). Your character, Joel is fragile and he cannot cycle through his backpack quickly. So you really need to plan ahead when walking through enemies. This is one of the only games that has ever made me really think about how to get from point A to B alive. A minor issue I have is that stealth killing enemies without a shiv/knife takes some time to perform and can be frustrating to pull off only to be spotted by enemies anyway.

For those who may have been concerned, AI escorts serve absolutely no detriment to you in stealth mode. The AI is not always the sharpest, but enemies don't ever seem to see them until after a battle has begun. This leads to some awkward moments when using stealth, but it's a minor and ignorable flaw.

I encountered one glitch during the game where I fell into level zero during a segment where I was moving through a motel to get to a bridge. Eventually Joel landed and I was able to shoot all the enemies in the area, but then I had to restart from my checkpoint a half hour prior (I had been using stealth mostly and therefor had moved on sluggishly). This was humorous, but overall a waste of time. This was the only glitch of this kind I encountered and most likely a rare fluke.

Graphically, this is one of the best games the PS3 has to offer. Massive environments with motion blur, dynamic lighting and shadows makes me understand why the engine is being used for the next generation. Naughty Dog's attention to detail is at its best in this title.

Not much to say on the multiplayer. It's fun, but it doesn't carry the same tense feeling from the campaign.

Finally, this is hands-down one of the most cinematic games I've ever played. Gameplay fluently shifts into cutscene and vice versa, making for an extremely tense and interactive experience. Every second feels like there could be potential danger and forces the player to keep on his or her toes. This falls well in line with the brilliantly written story and overall gritty atmosphere of the game.

This is the finest in video game storytelling; if you're a Sony fan, shame on you for not already having played this. You are completely missing out on this amazing game if you have not already played it. It is a must-have for any PS3 owner and a brilliant send off for Sony's third home console.
Ups
Fantastic story telling
Nearly perfect stealth combat
Downs
Multiplayer is forgettable at worst
Minute, ignorable AI hiccups
Score
10.0
Graphics Honestly one of the best, if not the best looking PS3 game.
10.0
Sound Voice acting and general ambiance is superb.
9.0
Gameplay Stealth works perfectly; is a great stealth game even for people unfamiliar with the genre.
9.5
Fun factor Capaign is amazing, but the multiplayer won't give you the same exhilaration.
8.0
Online An obvious afterthought, but it makes decent use of the engine.
9.5
Overall (out of 10 / not an average)
Donnieboi  +   541d ago
Dude great review! I hear the mp is like mgo. Gotta have it!
PopRocks359  +   538d ago
Thanks! Yeah, the MP is most certainly not bad at all. I'd rather have it there than not. But your money is definitely going more toward the campaign which is nothing short of brilliant. It's an amazing masterpiece, and I have a hard time thinking of games that can even come close to competing against it for GOTY.
Donnieboi  +   538d ago
I hope to get it soon
Heavenly King  +   541d ago
I agree.

I really hope this game make realize people that games are a whole package; and not just gameplay. The story; the graphics, the gameplay; the soundtrack; the narrative...EVERYTHING IS IMPORTANT IN A GAME!!
Dr Pepper  +   541d ago
Everything can be important, but all of the aspects don't have to be at an equally high level for people to enjoy it. People love Counter Strike even though there is virtually no narrative and the visuals certainly aren't the greatest. There are many examples like that.

Hell, practically every review I've seen for this game has had negative comments about the AI. The fact that ND compensated in other areas so that such problems wouldn't ruin the experience seems to be along the same lines as what other games do.

Certainly other things are important besides gameplay, but it's the gameplay that generally sets a game apart from its competitors and keeps people coming back for more. The fact that video games are an interactive medium would kind of imply that gameplay should be a huge focus/factor, or else why are you playing it and not just watching a movie? That's my opinion at least.
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PopRocks359  +   538d ago
I definitely see what you're saying. What I believe Heavenly King is getting at is if a game really does take the time to add a narrative with acting, then it should be a quality addition, not something bad or messy that takes you out of the immersion.

If the voice acting in Last of Us had been on the same level as say, Resident Evil on Playstation 1, then I guarantee the story would not have been a highlight for the game.

Besides, video games can have a great narrative. Bioshock Infinite and The Last of Us are two examples (not to mention their leads are disgruntled men voiced by Troy Baker, protecting a younger woman). They're not only incredibly fun, but the narratives are just as in terms of engagement. If a game is going to bother to have a story, then it really ought to be a good one that compliments the game the way these two games did.

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The Last Of Us

Average Score 9.6 Reviews(578)
Release Dates
PS3 Release Dates
EU 14 June 2013
US 14 June 2013
PS4 Release Dates