Team Y tries out ‘The Last of Us’ – a game that turns out to be as infectious as its theme.
‘The Last of Us’ changed our lives – literally! While we don’t intend to glorify anything as life-changing – much less a game – there’s no denying that several elements in the title can come across as thought-provoking, and frankly, adaptable in real life… no jokes.
Hear us out: the game revolves around the lives of two individuals – the protagonist, Joel and a young girl, Ellie – trying to make it through post-apocalyptical environments such as towns, buildings, and forests by taking nothing but gritty decisions and making use of makeshift weapons to murder mutants.
While all of that makes way for a rather generic storyline, the platonic bonding between the duo, and the turns that take place in between sequences really make way for a great experience.
On the face of it, the game is incredibly simple to play: all you need to do is shoot your way through hostile humans looking to make it themselves by looting your resources and cannibalistic creatures infected by a mutated strain of the Cordyceps fungus.
The creatures are vile – and often, you’ll see yourself making the tough and emotional decision to shoot an infected companion (with whom you connected during the gameplay).
These are also the hardest decisions to take. Looking someone in the eye and having to pull the trigger can be unnerving – and the butter- smooth graphics don’t help to make it any easier.
The tears in their eyes will say it all, as infected humans don’t have any control over their bodies but are probably aware of everything happening around them. It’s almost as if the person is trapped inside their own body.
That said, the way the writers capture the strong connection between Joel and Ellie is noteworthy.
Ellie, a young 14-year-old survivor herself, has no life experience – but there’s a catch: she may be the one to cure the infection. Joel, on the other hand, is a survivalist who also works as a smuggler in the heavily quarantined zones wherein the healthy humans reside.
The developing team has created custom engines for the game – and for the most part, they work wonders. The occasional stutter and frame-rate loss may bog down the console but it’s in no way a hindrance to the game.
Yet, the game strikes the right balance between fantasy and reality; making use of the gamer’s decisions to proceed with the storyline.
The overall experience may be short – with gameplay running for only about 60 hours or so – but it’s worth every second. In fact, we’re taking the stand to say that it’s the best game we’ve ever played, and as we stated earlier, it’s a life-altering experience.
Whether you’re a professional gamer or not, you’ll come out of the game a changed human with a newfound respect for life. This review really can’t shed enough light on the greatness of the game. It must be played to be experienced.
We can’t wait for The Last of Us Part II.
Genre: Survival horror
Platforms: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4
Awards: BAFTA Games Award for Best Game, BAFTA Games Award for Performer, BAFTA Games Award for Story