The Last of Us paints an honest depiction of a brutal apocalyptic world. And the dynamic between Joel and Ellie further drive home the fact that when faced with death, humans will resort to desperate measure for survival. We adapt, or we die. We become the very things we are attempting to survive from, monsters. The Last of Us handles these often uncomfortable topics beautifully and while it’s one of the best story experiences I’ve seen in a game to date, I don’t think we’ve yet to fully figure out how to successfully blend storytelling with combat. Still, The Last of Us goes down as one of the best current-gen (or any gen) titles I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing. As we usher in next-gen consoles and games, The Last of Us is a nice tease of what to expect for the future of gaming.