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Submitted by SwitchInput 774d ago | opinion piece

‘The Last of Us’ Shows How Gaming Can Be the Best Form of Story-Telling

Trying to explain ‘The Last of Us’ to a non-gamer can be frustrating. Immediately, I found myself comparing it to a movie, just so people will hear me out, but then I realized that comparing it to a movie does it an injustice. Movies, TV, and books have long been thought of as the best ways to experience a story, but if you have you played and finished ‘The Last of Us,’ you will see why it told one of the deepest and emotional stories in any medium of entertainment. (PS3, The Last Of Us)

xReDeMpTiOnx  +   774d ago
Totally agree, something you take part of and control yourself coupled with the immersive story telling = one hell of an experience.

Game of the generation
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dboyc310  +   774d ago
I'm truly attach to the characters especially Ellie. The reason she stood out to me was because we got to see her character grow. The winter season in the game is the most emotionally draining chapter because we see her go through so many obstacles on her own. After everything that happened you see how much everything has affected her mental state. Her struggles matured her towards the end. In my opinion she's one of the most well crafted characters in years. So much depth.
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hollabox  +   774d ago
Dam this game was good, probably the best 20.2 hrs I've spent since Metal Gear 4. Purchased the soundtrack as well, great production values, my vote for game of the year. I think Joel should had considered the effects of his decisions involving humanity as a whole rather than letting his personal memories affect judgment. Heck that's good writing for you when it had me screaming at the TV what the heck are you doing Joel? A very good play on emotions, I felt his compassion, something I can't say about allot of other games.

On the flip side I was somewhat disappointed about the real time graphics. Inconsistent to say the least, especially in the beginning. Most levels looked good, great lighting effects, dense vegetation, great character models producing the wow factor I come to expect from my PS3. Other levels looked like 1st gen PS3 games with low res textures, blocky shadows, jaggies everywhere, lack of anisotropic filtering, and choppy frame rates.

If you want graphics, I guess stick to God of War 3/Ascensions and the upcoming Beyond 2 Souls. If you want great stories, graphics, and gameplay go with The Last of Us, and probably MGS 5 this fall.
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fpshooter2  +   774d ago
Never have i been so emotionally attached to character's of a video game. Game of the generation for me! I urge all gamers to play this title its truly a masterpiece. To all gamers this is a must play.
kingmushroom  +   774d ago
amen bro. I'm still trying to recover from winter. it was just deep very deep.(SPOILER!) I thought i was gonna fear for the infected, but the living are the real true monsters.
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fpshooter2  +   773d ago
Exactly. ND does such a good job of showing that its not all about the infected or zombies. Its so much more to this story than just that.

Your 100% correct. I soon learned that the humans are far worst than the infected.
WeAreLegion  +   774d ago
Yes, it can. It has the most potential for story telling.

I don't get scared by movies, anymore.
I get scared by games.

I also have a much deeper connection with characters in a game. Especially if we're meant to take on the characters as our own selves. Heavy Rain is the best example of that. I felt actual guilt over some things I didn't really do.
Pillsbury1  +   774d ago
Gaming is art, first time I realized that I finished mgs 3.
fenome  +   774d ago
This game is amazing, I even brought my mom up to experience the prologue. I was gonna let her play it, but she just looked at the controller like it was alien technology and gave it back to me in fear of radiation. lmao

So I played through the opening sequence and she watched, she even cried when.. well, you know, I don't wanna spoil it for people.

Now I'm gonna have to play all the cut-scenes and explain the story to her and how it progresses, she really likes it
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Thomper  +   774d ago
I have to admit, I just prefer to pick up and play.

Sometimes, because of work, etc, I just don't get the chance to play for days on end. I lose track of the story and stop playing.

That's why I like beat-em-ups, etc.

If I want a deep story, I watch a blu-ray.

Each to their own though, guess.
Allsystemgamer  +   774d ago
I guess you only watch movies that are 88 minutes if your so short on time. The longest cutscene is like 10 minutes. If you don't have time for that...
Thomper  +   774d ago
For me, that's too long in a game. I have bought the game, just not had the chance to play it yet. I have about 10 games I've not completed :0(

So many games, so little time!!!!
jukins  +   774d ago
Thing I like most about this story in the game is that the dialogue, even the random banter, never seems forced or out of place. The characters are all, at least so far, totally believable. Great game I'm taking my time with it because I dont want it to be over, even though I want to keep playing and playing.
WooHooAlex  +   773d ago
I beat the game weeks ago, and I still find myself spacing out randomly during the day thinking about moments in that game. Such a beautiful game, and I honestly can't say that any movie has ever had the same impact for me.

The Last of Us should be the blueprint for storytelling in games going into the next generation.
CaptainYesterday  +   773d ago
I have never been so emotionally attached to characters from a video game before I loved every minute of this game it was hard to put down. After I beat the game I tried to play something else but I couldn't I need more of The Last of Us hopefully they release more than 1 single player DLC.
kneon  +   773d ago
I've had the same problem. I've finished tlou 5 times because every time I try to play something else the mediocre dialog, story and voice acting just seem so lame by comparison. The only thing I've managed to play is gt5 since those aspects don't apply.
tiffac008  +   773d ago
Dude, I think I have the same problem. After finishing TLOU just once, I played my backlogs of JRPGs and I was like going "meh" on the stories and I love JRPGs, I love the niche games and quirky narratives.

Not to mention I cannot seem to hate any villain or enemy, the same way I hated those d@mn Clickers and love those fancy, flashy weapons the same way I loved Bricks.

I think I need to get some gaming rehab. :/
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mastershredder  +   773d ago
Good story telling in gaming came LONG BEFORE the last of us.

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