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CGM Reviews The Last of Us

Kevin Smith—via Ben Affleck—once said in Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, “You gotta’ do the safe picture. Then you can do the art picture.” Naughty Dog has made three safe and very profitable “pictures” with the Uncharted Series. Each title is a familiar, conventional, roller coaster ride that leaves players thrilled and at ease with the world and their place in it. Uncharted is comfort food. Then we get to The Last of Us and it is clear that this is the game Naughty Dog has been wanting to make but needed the clout to do without interference. It is not safe, comfortable or reassuring to the typical gamer. It may actually be somewhat offensive to that demographic. It also happens to be one of the best games of the generation and is an example to others of how to merge narrative and interaction into an unforgettable package.

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