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The Last of Us Review

The Last of Us Review

Naughty Dog have gained quite a formidable reputation this generation, with three stellar titles already released for the PlayStation 3. For their fourth title, The Last of Us, the company has decided to move in a rather different direction. Instead of offering up more swashbuckling adventures with Nathan Drake, you'll enter the rather bleak world of Joel as he sets off on an adventure that's rather unenviable, for numerous reasons.

Following a rather severe pandemic, the world is left in a rather bleak state. The Last of Us takes place in the United States, where pockets of survivors have banded together in major cities to try and survive. The rest of the country is pretty much a free-for-all, with survivors able to stake a claim to anything they want - assuming they don't get infected.

Throughout the adventure, you'll follow the story of Joel as he looks to help a young girl called Ellie reach the Fireflies, a group of individuals who are looking to rebel against the rather authoritarian government that's looking to contain the virus.

This generation has been rife with games of this nature. And while in The Last of Us the enemies aren't strictly zombies, they're still infected who can stay alive for a considerable amount of time. It's more akin to 28 Days Later than Night of the Living Dead.

Despite this, no other game has managed to capture the whole scenario quite like The Last of Us. The majority of these games have lost touch with what they once were, often trying way too hard. That's not the case here at all, as The Last of Us features a very compelling story, strong characters and an atmosphere that is almost unrivalled. It shows the good and bad side of humanity while keeping the Infected around as a consistent threat, and excels by doing so.

The relationship between Joel and Ellie shouldn't be understated. It's rare that such a relationship exists within gaming, but the team at Naughty Dog succeeded in creating a partnership that acts much like a normal relationship would. Both Joel and Ellie are very grounded and their personalities are very reflective of their backgrounds.

Gameplay in The Last of Us has similarities to Naughty Dog's previous games, but you'd expect that. However, at the same time, there's something very different about how everything melds together. Yes, it's still a third-person shooter at its core, but there's a very strong emphasis on surviving.

As you play through the campaign, you'll be rummaging around looking for ammunition and supplies, because you genuinely don't get given that much to play around with. And it puts on added pressure throughout the game, as you need to make your shots count. If you're wasteful, you may regret it later on.

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