Monday, 3 February 2014

The Last of Us Review

The Last of Us has been out for a long time now, but I've only just got round to playing through it. This action-adventure-survival-horror game puts you in the shoes of Joel, a man who survived the zombie apocalypse brought on by a fungus which takes over its host, making them rather grumpy. So you and your partner Tess have to escort Ellie across the now ruins of America for the Fireflys. Through the monsters, military men and crazed bandits it doesn't take long for things to take a turn for the worse and you end up splitting up from Tess, leaving just you and Ellie to fight through the harsh wilderness. 

That's all I will say about the story, but the story is the best thing about this game, which says a lot as this game is very well made by Naughty Dog. The characters are interesting, the monsters are genuinely threatening, as most of them can kill you in one hit. The one down side is there is not enough monsters, as you mostly take on the bandit group who are an issue, but in no way scary or threatening. I only died once through gunfire by bandits, and that's because I rushed someone when there was 2 guys behind him, who then filled me full of lead. 

A.I. is good, but I still had issues with Ellie, as who ever was helping me would get in my way, or when in sneak mode would just sprint up beside me, scaring the holy jebus out of me. As I said, you do team up with people along the way, needing help to get across the country, which is nice as they have their own stories, of which many don't have a happy ending. I heard about the ending before I completed the game and I was a bit dismissive of it, but the way it plays out is very well done, and you can see why what happens happens. So what you have is a very good game which is scary in places and makes you think about the circumstances you find yourself in, so I will give this a cracking 8/10. One of the best games last year and, if your like me and haven't got round to playing it, get on it. Richee

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