‘The Last of Us’ Has Critics Raving, But Do We Really Need Another Zombie Game?

by Brandon Dimmel

One of the PlayStation 3′s most anticipated new games is getting rave reviews. The Last of Us is a post-apocalyptic zombie-blasting survival horror thriller that, by most accounts, will make you forget all about the awful Resident Evil 6.

The Last of Us is another major release from Naughty Dog, the developer behind the very popular and critically-acclaimed Uncharted series. Like Uncharted, The Last of Us is a PlayStation exclusive, meaning you won’t find the game on PC or Xbox 360 any time soon.

That’s a big deal at a time when exclusives of this magnitude are becoming a thing of the past. Not since Forza Horizon, a racer found only on Microsoft’s Xbox 360, has an exclusive made this much noise.

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Wizziokid2018d ago

"But Do We Really Need Another Zombie Game"

Their not zombies.

Abash2018d ago

Yup, and it's not "Another zombie game, it's a Naughty Dog game and we need as many games from them as they can possibly make

Crazyglues2017d ago (Edited 2017d ago )

@ Abash

Yes I was about to say the same thing, we need as many Naughty Dog games as possible... LoL

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Sashamaz2017d ago

I have never bought any zombie games, unless Alan Wake counts so this game I am looking forward to a lot.

The_Con-Sept2017d ago (Edited 2017d ago )

Someone needs to smash this writer in the face with some fungi.

Nitrowolf22018d ago

It isn't, but I can see why people think it is.

In a sense, people will always group it as a zombie game, along with Dead Space, Silent Hill, and other horror games that are about, and here's the word they are looking for, SURVIVAL HORROR.

Wizziokid2018d ago

To be honest even if they did do them as zombies I wouldn't mind. It's not about overdoing something it's about doing it different and better.

Sure there are some terrible zombie games out their but then you have games like State of Decay and Day Z which change the basic element of run and gun zombies to survival and that's what the games are missing.

yesmynameissumo2018d ago (Edited 2018d ago )

Exactly, this has been known for some time. They are not zombies at all. 4 stages of cordyceps infection (from the demo). They look narly as all hell.

Godmars2902017d ago (Edited 2017d ago )

"They're" not zombies or, "They are" not zombies.

But they are in fact technically zombies.

Zombies in another post-apocalyptic world.

What we don't need are more post-apocalyptic worlds.


The person they were are dead. Hopefully. They're effectively zombies.

Reanimated flesh is - almost - reanimated flesh. There are some - rather big actually - differences between ones created "scientifically" and "magically" but both are as much zombies as the one in TLOU.

dafegamer2017d ago

zombies are undead creatures smartass. Does infected arent dead, so no zombies

Hicken2017d ago

They're not zombies, in "fact," "technically," or otherwise.

It should be common knowledge by now, but the infected are based on cordyceps fungi, which hijack ants and force them to act against their will.

Those ants are still alive when it happens. They don't die and become reanimated by the fungus.

If they never died, they can't be undead, meaning they can't be zombies.

What we don't need is people with partial information telling us what we don't need.

What we DO need- and what The Last of Us provides- is a refreshing of stale genres and concepts. There's nothing wrong with a new take on something old; it's even better when it's something that's currently being overused.

I don't like horror games, and I'm no big fan of zombies like everybody else I know seems to be. Can't stand Resident Evil, Silent Hill, or anything else like it.

But The Last of Us is a day 1 buy for me.

That happens when you do things differently, and you get it right.

Chapter112017d ago

That's like saying "the sky isn't blue, its teal."

Kran2017d ago


I know it's the internet, but for some forms of grammar THERE IS NO EXCUSEEEEE

chronoforce2017d ago (Edited 2017d ago )

Are you being serious " their not zombies" , oh I get they're infected with a virus, well how original and genre defining for survival horror, how clever of naughty dog, how would anyone have ever thought of that if wasn't for them. The whole gruff white guy with a sensible and compassionate female companion, its just amazingly original. They are not technically zombies but they serve the same purpose. The zombie genre shows us our worst enemies aren't aliens or the like but ourselves.

the infected serve the same purpose as zombies in any other game or film they cause chaos,bring civilisation to its knees and force humanity to survive at any cost, bringing out human emotion, despair and hope. So what exactly is the revolutionary thing naughty dog has done within such a formulaic genre " they aren't zombies they're infected " kinda like 28 days later in 2003. Fanboys be fanboys.

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Majin-vegeta2018d ago (Edited 2018d ago )

Zombies are fictional undead creatures regularly encountered in horror and fantasy themed works. They are typically depicted as mindless, reanimated corpses with a hunger for human flesh, and particularly for human brains in some depictions.

The Infected are enemies that appear in The Last of Us. Variations in behavior and capability depend on the length of time they've been infected, and are split into three development stages (known in street terms as "Runners" (early stage) and "Clickers" (third stage).[1]

There learn the difference between zombies and the "SO CALLED ZOMBIES"that TLOU uses.

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Wintersun6162018d ago

Do we really need another inaccurate BS opinion piece of $#!t which fails to even get the basic facts right?

resi52018d ago

No exclusive has made this much noise since forma?

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