By Matt Maguire
Its pretty rare to find a triple-A game that features a thought-provoking story with well-drawn characters inhabiting an interesting world. Rarer still are the titles within that subset whose gameplay is compelling and yet not at odds with the story or its themes. The Last of Us is one such gem, a cohesive and cogent late-generation stunner that is not only one of the best games so far this year, it’s up there with the best games of this generation.
Most significantly, The Last of Us is a game that successfully tackles themes of trust, morality, grief, and mortality while also providing a thrilling and at times almost unbearably tense gameplay experience that will have some in tears before the game itself has even properly begun. Naughty Dog has outdone itself, and most of the industry in the process.