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The Walking Dead Does Zombies and Narrative Better Than The Last of Us

Explosion.com's Dave Walsh looks at both The Last of Us and The Walking Dead and analyzes which game does the zombie genre more justice and which game tells a more compelling narrative.

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RGDubz1109d ago

TLOU isn't zombies.

FAIL.

dvewlsh1109d ago (Edited 1109d ago )

I address that in the article...

It is semantics, as they are still a part of the same genre.

fenome1109d ago

Not semantics, zombies are people that die first, infected are still very much alive.

hulk_bash19871109d ago (Edited 1109d ago )

Opinions are relative and I respect your right to have your own, but I disagree. The level of engagement and emotion I felt playing through the last of us is something I haven't gotten from any other game as of yet. It is in my opinion, a masterpiece and one that is truly deserving of all the praise.

badz1491109d ago

if you put TLoU in the same category as TWD, then you are either trolling or haven't played TLoU, which practically makes you trolling too!

the infected in not the only threat in TLoU and that's what makes surviving in TLoU much more realistic!

Ducky1109d ago

^ The infected are not the only threat in TWD either.
Seems like a strange point to bring up.

Muffins12231109d ago (Edited 1109d ago )

honestly if there trying to eat me and or attack me and don't show any sighs of intelligence...i don't fucking care its a zombie in m eyes...it acts like a zombie,it even looks like half rotted corpse like zombie...naughty dog just gave a different background storie for em because they did not want to seem like they did a generic idea even though they did for the enemy lol...

psyxon1108d ago

i don't know whether to laugh or cry. and also, no lol.

Ezz20131108d ago

TLOU is more of 28 weeks later
which have those kind of infected that are alive they know what they are doing but can't control their actions

zombies are ppl who die and then come back to life
that's different

you can cure the infected ones but cyou can't cure who already dead ...see my point ?!

as for the Narrative....both are amazing in story telling and loved them both alot
but TBH
TLOU is just in another level for me in every thing when i put it with against every game this gen

ipe1108d ago

U fail, stop writing.

Tlou s 5 levels above movie walking dead. Gameplay wise it destroys wd.

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sloth33951109d ago

he is trolling a good game to get hits

dvewlsh1108d ago

No, don't get paid by hits at all, actually.

ThichQuangDuck1109d ago

Did you read the article or post based upon the headline? If you disagree then elaborate why you feel they are different than zombies

RGDubz1109d ago (Edited 1109d ago )

I think fenome has this covered. ;)

@ xPhearR3dx

You don't care what Naughty Dog says about their own game? lol

ThichQuangDuck1109d ago

@RGDubz

Winking on the internet

I have read what Naughty Dog says,but nothing that I played in the last of us broke the "zombie" mythology. I understand the focus was not on the infected,but humanity. I am looking at the basic idea of a zombie and not comparing to zombies in other media and that is exactly what the infected are. I do not need Naughty Dog to define every theme in their game for me. I can unlike Joel think for myself. I do not need a cutscene that tells me what they are. I define what I think they are by completing the 16 hour game

Transporter471109d ago

@ThichQuangDuck

The Last of Us is its own unique experience where you can't get anywhere else, no other "Zombie Game" does it as good as TLOU.

ThichQuangDuck1109d ago

@Transporter47

You don't need to sell me on the game I bought it at launch and beat it and am replaying it. I found it to be a good game,but to me there is nothing remarkable about the story. I more see it as a psychological tale of PTSD based upon the ending. The story itself though does not try to surprise so much as paces itself well. That is the problem many are facing they are trying to act like the last of us is something that has never been attempted anywhere before and differentiate it. It is different and it is great. Is it my game of year, century, millennium, lifetime that others are stating before years end? No it is not. It was a good game play experience that was engrossing at times and frustrating at other times with Naughty Dogs constant struggle of staying in control of the player

moparful991109d ago (Edited 1109d ago )

@ThichQuangDuck Zombies are derived from a virus that reanimates a dead body in order to propogate. In the Last of Us the source of the infection is a Fungus Spore that adheres itself to the brain stem and takes over the host without killing it. NOT A ZOMBIE.

Just because your opinion of it isn't as high as a majority of the gaming populace out there doesn't mean we need silly articles like this that are rife with opinion and conjecture..

ThichQuangDuck1109d ago

@moparful99

If this article was last of us game of year filled with opinions and conjecture everyone would love it. I don't believe most people's objection to the article has to do so much with how it is written as much as someone having a differing opinion then them in the world. Again I said thematically they are zombies. Thematically to me means it does not matter how they become infected because that is truly semantics. The theme of humanity changing to something not human. This shows it in the light of "humans are douchebags". I liked the game,but people seem to be taking the themes at face value rather than looking anyway deeper. I was more trying to use this to discuss parts of the last of us that this opinion article or Op ed touched on.

xPhearR3dx1109d ago

@RGDuz

No I don't. Simply because them saying they're "infected" and not zomibes doesn't mean they're not zombies.

There's an outbreak at the start of the game, humanity is trying to survive, and the story revolves around looking for a cure. They look, sound and act just like zombies. My ass they're not zombies.

I will always say TLOU is the best ZOMBIE game I've every played. Just because ND says they're not, that doesn't mean squat. Zombies = Infected.

moparful991109d ago

@ThichQuangDuck If the article focused on the narrative aspect and didn't have a flame title like

"The Walking Dead Does Zombies and Narrative Better Than The Last of Us"

then maybe there wouldn't be as much outcry.. A title like

"The Walking Dead and the Last of Us: We discuss the narrative strengths of both"

Instead this articles title blatantly states that one is better than the other and try's support said claim with opinion and conjecture.. I thought journalists had a moral obligation to be as subjective as possible?

Ducky1109d ago (Edited 1109d ago )

^ Do you not know what an 'Opinion Piece' is?

.... and really, all you have to do is read the summary.
An outcry over the title just shows an unhealthy amount of insecurity.

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xPhearR3dx1109d ago

I don't care what anyone says. TLOU is zombies. Infected is just a fancy term. In any case, can't say I agree with the author. As much as I enjoyed TWD, TLOU is on a completely different level of story telling. TLOU is also one of the greatest games of this generation. Looking back on every game released this gen. There's two games IMO that are considered game of the generation. The Last of Us, and Red Dead Redemption.

moparful991109d ago

As I stated above they are not the same.. A zombie comes from a VIRUS reanimating a dead body the infected in the TLOU is a result of a FUNGUS spore controlling a host that is not dead.. If the body dies the fungus leaves the host via airborne spores..

xPhearR3dx1109d ago

@moparful99

You can state that sentence all you want. They're still zombies. And people will continue to call them zombies. People call zombies infected all the same, just like people call infected zombies. Never going to change.

moparful991109d ago

I like how you seem to know more than the people that actually created the character... SMH

xPhearR3dx1109d ago

@moparful99

So because they created the game, everything they say is 100% correct? Keep telling yourself that and you'll be one of those people who believe everything they read on the internet.

Microsoft created the Xbone, yet when they talk about the "cloud" all of a sudden comments like yours don't matter anymore right?

psyxon1108d ago (Edited 1108d ago )

you can't just decide what a zombie is and isn't. well you can, but you'll be a moron for doing so. no offense intended. trying to say a zombie is whatever you think it is is like saying a dragon is whatever you think it is. i guess griffons are dragons cause they both have wings. it's silly.

zombies are reanimated corpses, meaning something died and came back. it doesn't have to be from a virus (though it usually is).

the infected ARE NOT DEAD. that is why they aren't zombies. you can argue it all you want, you're wrong. the infected in the last of us have been infected by a fungus which is based on a fungus that actually exists.

"people call zombies infected all the time" - correction, people call specific zombies infected. why? BECAUSE THEY ARE INFECTED. but every infection is not the same. i wouldn't call someone with aids a malaria patient. but yes, they are both infections, so yes, they are both infected. perhaps ND should have gone with a more unique name.

regardless of what you call them, they are not the same. learn to accept when you're wrong.

tl;dr
the infected =/= zombies. you are wrong. accept it.

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Muffins12231109d ago

Though that may be true....there are basically a replacement for zombies and are in the same category....weird rabbis like freaks trying to eat your flesh

SirBradders1108d ago

So a cannibal is a zombie?

Harpers_Ferry1108d ago

Of course the infected in TLOU aren't "zombies", but that doesn't matter, because they play the same role in the narrative.

Zombies, typically, are human bodies which are taken over by a virus that causes them to reanimate after death, with no control, and wreck shit for the human race.

TLOU infected are humans, whose bodies are taken over by fungus that causes them to lose control, and wreck shit for the human race. These creatures are somewhat more tragic, because the lack of a death/reanimation cycle means that up to a certain point, the person is still in there.

The key points are the use of once ordinary human bodies, the loss of control, and the immense threat to humanity and human society. Hell, you could use alien invaders as long as they have the crazed, erratic behavior that these others creatures have, and they could fill the same role.

medman1108d ago

The Last of Us is miles ahead of where The Walking Dead is as a game. I loved The Last of Us. Ellie is one of the best characters in gaming, period. She is loyal, strong, courageous, smart, and funny. There is not one character in The Walking Dead the game that comes close to Ellie. I like The Walking Dead, but to compare it to The Last of Us is ridiculous. Playing the survival playthrough of The Last of Us actually induces fear when you enter a room and have no idea how many, or where, the infected might come from. There are many instances in The Last of Us where you're terrified you will not survive because you have more enemies than bullets, crafted items, or melee weapons. I was not scared one moment in The Walking Dead.

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JackVagina1109d ago

with PS2 graphics and framerate drops below 10

Pixel_Enemy1109d ago

Someone ^ has absolutely no idea what they are talking about..

ame221109d ago

It's gonna get hot here.

Sharingan_no_Kakashi1109d ago (Edited 1109d ago )

LIES!!!!

Well I understand what he's saying. TWD has a more emotional narrative for sure. But TLOU has a more realistic narrative. At the end of TWD I just felt sad. The ending of TLOU makes you feel all kinds of crap.

first1NFANTRY1109d ago (Edited 1109d ago )

Site effectively downvoted. "Journalism" is a joke at best. the last of us doesn't have zombies, their infected humans who have no control of their reactions. besides their two different games.

No Way1109d ago (Edited 1109d ago )

" their infected humans who have no control of their reactions"
Oh.. right. Cause zombies are totally in control of their reactions.
Sure, they are different but they really aren't that different, though.

moparful991109d ago

*sigh*
Again Zombies= virus reanimating a body reducing the host into a primal mindstate who's only motivation is to eat.

Clickers/runners= Fungal spores controlling a host that's is very much alive in an effort to propogate..

Not the same..

psyxon1108d ago

um. zombies are in control of their reactions. zombies aren't controlled by something parasitic. most zombies have been infected by a virus which doesn't CONTROL them, but ALTERS their ability to function. normally.

the infected are humans that have been infected by a parasitic fungus that takes control of them. thus, the human no longer has control.

the zombie does. just because something doesn't function normally does not mean it doesn't have control.

No Way1106d ago

@Moparful99 -
I didn't say they were 'the same,' I said they aren't that different.
Clickers even walk around similar to the way zombies do, lol.
They both also try to eat your face, regardless.

@psyxon -
Do people who do hard drugs in control of there well being? Not typically.
Not so much different, there, either, than that of zombies..
Drugs prevent you from 'functioning normally,' and control you.
People typically don't take drugs and decide to do something idiotic.
It was the drug that was controlling them, their state of mind...

Besides, as we both said 'reactions..' do you think zombies react to someone shooting at them? No. They keep moving forward. They don't react.. They see people, animals, food and go for it. That's the 'only' reaction zombies have. Everything else is automatic; in a controlled state of being.

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