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The Last of Us reinvigorates the survival horror genre

What’s great about The Last of Us is that even though its story and gameplay mechanics are familiar, it manages to feel refreshing and it feels like something I’ve never played before.

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duckieoro1158d ago SpamShowReplies(1)
majiebeast1158d ago

Shinji Mikami must be happy.

arbitor3651158d ago

- low resources
- intense difficulty
- a dark, brutal tone

it is survival horror. plain and simple

HammadTheBeast1158d ago

I could say the same for Dark Souls or Demons Souls. But it doesn't completely work out now.

arbitor3651158d ago (Edited 1158d ago )

actually, when you think about it, the "souls" games are essentially survival horror games in a fantasy setting. I have always insisted this.

there is some pretty horrific stuff in them and they are bleak as hell.

-MD-1158d ago

Survival yes but horror? Game doesn't seem like it's going out of its way to scare you.

Creepy situations, sure, but horror? Nah. Regardless it's in my top 3 most anticipated. Anything that doesn't have regenerating health and limited ammo is much appreciated.

yesmynameissumo1158d ago

It's what you consider to be horror. A world incased in either military "safe" zones or infected, split headed monsters, all the while not being able to trust a damn soul...that seems like survival horror to me.

coolbeans1158d ago

If we're going to make the term "horror" that ambiguous, we may as well toss in practically every post-apocalyptic game that isn't FPS-based.

yesmynameissumo1158d ago

What's ambiguous about anything I described?

coolbeans1158d ago (Edited 1158d ago )

I don't think you understood my point: I'm not calling your description vague, but instead implying that your reasoning actually makes the term "survival horror" all the more--unnecessarily--open to interpretation.

It may have those elements, like practically every 3rd-person post-apocalyptic game does, but that doesn't mean it's actually a survival horror title.

yesmynameissumo1158d ago

A game doesn't have to have zombies or monsters or alternate demon realms to strictly be considered survival horror. Thing is, we don't get that nowadays. It's either zombies or monsters, too much action, co-op or all of the above. TLoU looks to be a genuine survival horror in that, by default, you're surviving both people and infected. Post apocalyptic has no bearing what so ever on the genre. It's the setting. Just my two cents.

coolbeans1158d ago (Edited 1158d ago )

"A game doesn't have to have zombies or monsters or alternate demon realms to strictly be considered survival horror."

Okay, sure. I'm certainly not speculating against that.

"Thing is, we don't get that nowadays. It's either zombies or monsters, too much action, co-op or all of the above. TLoU looks to be a genuine survival horror in that, by default, you're surviving both people and infected."

This is what essentially fuels my point made against you and others that have posted here also representing your side: a lack of genuine survival horror games is what leads to many swinging from X to Y reason in order to consider this as part of the genre, which shouldn't be happening.

"Post apocalyptic has no bearing what so ever on the genre. It's the setting."

Technically, I never said it did. The consistency of saying that term is there to point out what survival horror elements are in other post-apoc titles, yet are officially deemed "survival adventures." Given all the gameplay shown for this one, the same term should apply.

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generic-user-name1158d ago

Have you seen the fungus things, those are pretty horrific if you ask me.

That damn clicking.

Transporter471158d ago

This game looks amazing, after i see what The Evil Within has i want to play that game as well, looks like they are doing survival horror right again!

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