The Last of Us features one of gaming’s greatest ever openings. It’s immediately clear Naughty Dog—the acclaimed developer of series’ including Jak & Daxter, Crash Bandicoot and Uncharted—has learnt an awful lot from producing the three blockbuster titles that star Nathan Drake. Gone is the inspiring theme tune, witty quips and general feeling that guns will always prevail. In its place stands a tale that smothers players from the off. It is uncomfortable, tense, and absolutely brilliant.
The Last of Us provides the perfect benchmark as we head into the next generation. Naughty Dog has ascended to greatness once more with an emotional title that deserves every success it will get. Joel and Ellie’s time together is truly fascinating and highlights exactly what can be achieved when character and story are prioritised above everything else. Much like the adventures of Drake, if you own a PS3, you need to own this game.