For a long while now, the line between cinema and video games has been blurred.
I can tell you, after just finishing The Last of Us, the line no longer exists.
I’m a fairly avid video gamer and video game stories have been getting better and better, but this is the first time a video game has actually made me cry, the first time I ever really cared about the characters. The Last of Us is scoring perfect 5/5 and 10/10 reviews on just about every major gaming site, most, simply calling it a “Masterpiece”.
I was a little skeptical going in, but now that I’ve completed the game, my only answer to “What could this game have done better?” is nothing, I draw a blank. Just about my only complaint is that the experience didn’t last long enough. And really, that can only ever be a compliment. I was completely immersed in this experience from the very moment I picked up the controller and now that it’s over, I’m ready to go again and try my luck on “Survival” mode (the most difficult setting).
I know I’m going to get some angry faces for this, but this game is heavily influenced by Manhunt. If you don’t think so, go back and play it again and take notes. Please keep in mind that I mean this as a huge compliment. Manhunt was one of the most intense stealth games I’ve ever played and in my top 5 for sure, as The Last of Us now is too.
If I were to explain the game to someone, I would call it a cross between Manhunt, The Walking Dead, and 12 Monkeys. And “Masterpiece” isn’t a bad way to describe it either.
There is online multiplayer, but it is definitely an entree to the main course. I tend to find it difficult to get into online gaming for games so clearly dedicated to the storyline experience, but I’ll give it chance. More than anything, I’m just trying to get my fix now (I literally just paused writing for a moment to buy the soundtrack off of iTunes).
I’ve also picked up the Season Pass for the game which gives me access to 3 DLC (downloadable content), a lot of which includes multiplayer map packs, which frankly, I don’t care too much about. I’m in it for more single-player-goodness. With the Season Pass, also comes a 90 minute making of video, “Grounded”, which just finished downloading (just heard my PS3 beep).
So with that, I’m out of here.
If you’re a video gamer and say you only play Xbox 360 at the moment, this game is so good that it’s worth picking up a PS3 just to play, as will be necessary because of it being an exclusive PS3 title.
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