The Last Of Us review (PS3)

nutcase13 | 283d ago | User review
Reviewing: The Last Of Us
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The Last of Us is the only game i have ever played that has actually invoked emotion. I am not easily made emotional. Naughty Dog has used amazing story-telling and a near perfect story line to actually involve the player. I have never played a game so perfect in my entire gaming life. The best thing about The Last of Us is that it doesn't try to re-invent the whole zombie apocalypse thing. It just improves on it. "Don't fix what ain't broke".

One of the best things about TLOU is the environment. Now this may seem odd, but let me explain. As you step further into the empty ravaged city, the environment becomes more messy and abundant. Overgrown trees, whole roads covered in undergrowth, buildings taken over by the plants. It really adds to the whole zombie apocalypse/dilapidated city theme.

Combat is one of the best things in the game. It gives the user a choice. Stealth or Offense. The way the player plays TLOU is completely up to them. Of course certain scenes require one or the other but overall, the player is in control. Weapons range from Glass bottles right down to fully pimped out assault rifles. Objects such as bricks can be used as distractions; all this makes the player think tactfully and running in guns blazing almost never works

Multiplayer is the only thing that lets the game down. It lacks in fun factor and the time spent making the MP would better have been spent expanding the SP. The problem with multiplayer is that it is too stealth focused; you spend a lot of your time crouching behind cover waiting for an enemy to appear. The lack of a variety of guns in MP makes the game feel a bit limited.

There are some scenarios in the game *NO SPOILERS* that really do capture your heart and make you feel as if you are actually in the game.Playing TLOU is as if you are reading a story. It is involving, graphically intense, well-executed and a perfect representation of how Naughty Dog can make near perfect games.

TLOU is by far the best game i have ever played, and i have a feeling it always will be. Whatever Genre of Video games you like, TLOU is for everybody.
Ups
Brilliant Storytelling
Graphically Amazing
Sense of Immersion
Downs
Multiplayer is a bit bland
Story is a little too short
Not much replay value
Score
9.0
Graphics Superb Graphics combined with Immersive environments make for an excellent visual representation.
10.0
Sound Every sound feels natural, from bottles falling and cracking right down to minigun fire
8.0
Gameplay Story is 10, Multiplayer is too bland
9.0
Fun factor Will 100% keep you on the edge of your seat
6.0
Online Online lacks in replay value
9.5
Overall (out of 10 / not an average)
robtion  +   282d ago
Nice review. I agree it's an amazing game and one of the best out there. I would say the graphics are great for ps3 but are nothing too special technically speaking, great world and art design though. Immersion, storytelling, writing, characters, and gameplay all gel so well and are so strong.

The multiplayer is good, just pales when put next to the amazing single player campaign, which is actually very long for this type of game.
Ezz2013  +   281d ago
the gfx is 10/10 to me
it's by far the best looking game on last gen consoles

i can't believe how good it look
but great review ,man
nutcase13  +   281d ago
cheers! :)
robtion  +   281d ago
Yep it's one of my favourite games but doesn't look much better than uncharted 2/3 in terms of textures, animations, etc. I think Naughty Dog has pushed the ps3 as far as it will go in terms of graphics. Can't wait to see their ps4 games.
nutcase13  +   278d ago
Uncharted 4, hopefully my new best game! :)
Zizi  +   281d ago
If I were you, I'd give this game a ten out of ten because it's so damned perfect!

And I think the replay value is pretty high. Just try Survivor Mode, and you'll what know what it means to be trapped in the apocalypse.
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nutcase13  +   281d ago
this game is pretty perfect, ill have to give survivor mode a try :)
DigitalRaptor  +   279d ago
Don't know about "short story".

I got 19 hours out of this on my first playthrough.
Ezz2013  +   279d ago
22hours on Normal and 24+hours on Hard/Survival
it's far from short story
it was pretty long game

but strange that i didn't get trophy for hard/survival though
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caseh  +   278d ago
Great game but one or two niggling issues for me.

**SPOILERS**

People can psychoanalyse all they like in regards to Joel's reasons for being attached to Ellie and wanting to keep her alive or his behaviour, especially towards the final hours of the game. But the ending itself all boils down to one simple fact, sequel.

I thought it was a stand alone title but it was really 20 hours of character building in preparation for something bigger I feel.
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robtion  +   277d ago
Yes and no. I think the game is left open for a sequel but I would also be more than happy for them to leave it as is with it's rather open ended ending.

Not that anyone asked but in relation to Joel's behaviour. As both a father and a psychologist I would say his actions are extreme but very consistent with his character. Given what happened with his daughter, and 20 years of living in a nightmarish reality, it is not surprising that he would do anything to protect the one person he has a connection to and cares about in the world. Ellie is Joel's surrogate daughter and Joel is a product of his environment and circumstances ;)
NeXXXuS  +   274d ago
The story was not short at all compared to all the other shooters you have nowadays. CoD has 4 hour campaigns and less with the exception of the first modern warfare which was deently "long." Compared to The Last of Us that's nothing. The Last of Us took me about 15 hours to beat which is just about a third of how long it takes to beat your average RPG.

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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