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'The Last Of Us' Isn't A Game About Choices

Forbes - The Last of Us isn’t a video game about player agency or compelling choices—it’s about emotional involvement.

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ArchangelMike1190d ago

Play the game on survival, and you discover that you have to make ALOT of choices. Molotov... or health pack? Shiv... or bomb? My favourite though, brick... or bottle?!

Great game!

dedicatedtogamers1190d ago

Agreed. Survivor is how the game is meant to be played.

Thatguy-3101190d ago

I'm playing in plus hard and I'm doing a lot better than my first playthrough. I literally tackle my combat with stealth and its helpful because i have so much stuff gathered up that I'm able to use when I'm against a hoard of enemies. Love how the skills and gun upgrades still transfer over when starting a new game difficulty. I want to platinum this baby so badly

brodychet1190d ago (Edited 1190d ago )

Yeah I'm on Survival Plus, and to be honest, the only parts that are hard are... The End, and.. In the library. O_O

Oh and under the Hotel, with the generator and those Stalker Infected.

ChipChipperson1190d ago

I think the most kinda annoying part, really for me is that not all parts can be stealthed and avoided, so you could save up your supplies for later. Like Metro Last Light, you could literally stealth through most encounters without having to use up any of your supplies( which was great for Ranger Mode), but eh, whatever. The Last of Us is probably my best game of this year and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't played it yet.

CrossingEden1190d ago

choosing between a molotov or a health pack is not a compelling emotional choice -_-

brodychet1190d ago

It is on Survival. XD High Gamble!

pixelsword1190d ago

Forbes can't even get business right, now their game experts all of a sudden?

Rockefellow1190d ago

I'll probably get slammed here, but Forbes has a dedicated gaming writer who knows what he's talking about. He put out the best review of Bioshock Infinite I read-- he wasn't afraid to criticize the game's monotonous gunplay, unlike every other review I found.

pixelsword1190d ago (Edited 1190d ago )

Because everyone else is wrong... got it.

:)

lnvisibleMan1190d ago (Edited 1190d ago )

@Rockefellow
I don't think you should let on reviewer dictate your preception of a site. Could be wrong but chances are he didnt even write this article

pixelsword1190d ago (Edited 1190d ago )

LOL Yeah, because Solid is like, what, sperm in MGS5?

Instead of Solid maybe he's chunky or runny.

Skizelli1190d ago (Edited 1190d ago )

Did you even read the article? I'm guessing no. There's decisions in the game, yes, but not real choices that effect the outcome. That's the point he's trying to make, and he's not saying it's a bad thing at all. He's basically just disagreeing with a colleague's review score and some of her reasons for it, while also citing that he thinks the game is at least a 9 or 9.5.

tigertron1190d ago

I seem to remember making a hell of a lot of choices.

Skizelli1190d ago (Edited 1190d ago )

None of which impact the outcome of the story. That's the point he's trying to make. He's not saying it's a bad thing either. Quite the opposite.

squallcloud91189d ago

Then he should change his title to 'The Last Of Us' Isn't A Game About Choices Which Impact The Outcome Of The Story. Look at Telltale's Walking Dead. That game is all about choices and did it change the outcome? Hell no. The Last Of Us don't need to be a clone of The Witcher and criticizing it for what it's not is pointless. For what it tries to do it does perfectly. I finished the game playing almost non-stop and started a new one, that's how good it is. And i made a lot of choices to survive.

Skizelli1189d ago (Edited 1189d ago )

He's not criticizing the game at all! Why is that so hard to understand? He's making a counterpoint to a colleague's review of the game. She gave it an 8, while he believes it deserves a 9 or 9.5. What he's basically trying to say is that it's not a game of choices like TWD or Mass Effect 3, and that the game is actually better for it contrary to what his colleague thinks.

You're comparing apples to oranges here. TWD still had choices that affected the people around you (who lives and dies early on for example). It's a game of multiple paths that lead to the same ending. That's not the case with TLoU, where nothing you do effects the story at any point in the game. Every choice is combat related. AND THAT'S NOT A BAD THING. Read the damn article.

HarryMasonHerpderp1190d ago

Just finished this game.
Didn't expect it to be as good as all of the reviews were saying. It is that good though. 10/10 one of the best games I've ever played.

Imalwaysright1190d ago

Yeah I was thinking that it was probably overrated because Uncharted also go great reviews and I think its overrated but TLoU is the real deal and one of the best games ever made.

HarryMasonHerpderp1189d ago (Edited 1189d ago )

Agreed. I was very wary of the game being overhyped with all of the 10/10 scores and so on but this is one of the very few games where I can see why people would give it top marks. Even after I've finished it I just can't stop thinking about the epic journey I had!

Blacklash931190d ago (Edited 1190d ago )

Not in the story context, but every game has you make choices in gameplay. TLoU happens to offer more in the way of strategy and approaches than most games.

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