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Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Last Of Us

The Last Of Us is an apocalyptic survival horror game from Naughty Dog. The game is set some 20 yrs after an outbreak of unknown origin where Joel after losing his daughter in the initial chaos ends up with Ellie years later to escort her to a lab where they may find in her the key to saving humanity. This game gives an experience unlike any other and may be one of the best I've ever played!

The first hour of this game went by really slow for me. It seemed like an hour long really boring tutorial but is necessary to help you get the full impact of whats going on later in the game so bear through it. I would have liked to see more parts for upgrades, but my guess is that this was intentional design to relate a feeling of limited supplies. After an event like this careful choice in which items you choose to upgrade is needed.

The horror aspect of the game is present but definitely not the main focal point or the biggest threat. There are just 3 type of creatures, or rather 3 phases of the same type. Runners are still mostly human looking, Clickers are blind and emit a clicking sound for echo location, and Bloaters are creatures who have been exposed to the infection for a long period of time and become bloated looking.

Other survivors or humans pose the real threat to you in your journey. At almost every turn someone is trying to rob, kill, or eat you. This game never lets up and gives you that feeling of desperation/exhaustion one would really feel in these circumstances. I had to pause the game several times just to step away for a minute so I  could breathe, it was that intense!

The scenery in this game is amazing from the cityscapes reclaimed by nature on the outside to the remaining human decay on the inside The Last of us sucks you into their world through great story telling.

I don't want to give away too much so I'll end with this...

The Last of Us is an awesome experience and I highly recommend it. you get to craft all kinds of weapons from a bow to a flame thrower. SCRIMP, SCROUNGE, SCURRY, SURVIVE!

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