Michael Engle: I bought a PS3 specifically for The Last of Us. After all of the hype, going this long into a console generation without owning all three systems, and coupled by the fact that I am a connoisseur of all things zombies, I figured I owed Sony's swan song a try. I don't regret my decision at all. The Last of Us is truly the next step toward what the future of gaming looks like. I feel as though this peek into the future is Naughty Dog's magnum opus. It's a game that has dramatically improved and seamlessly integrated story telling driven by gameplay. We've come a long way since the original Half-Life. The first game I purchased with my PS3 was the original Uncharted. The leaps and bounds in terms of quality and innovation are like comparing Joel to Drake. Joel is a union of character complexity and motivations, while Drake is a two-dimensional dumbass you'd like to get a beer with.
I have to say that 2013 has already been one hell of year to be a gamer. If Watch Dogs and the new consoles are going to be the cherry on the top of our Awesome Year Sundae, The Last of Us is all of the dankest of toppings.