Since it is the month of all things scary and thrilling I figured we would take a look at one of my favorite installments into the horror/survival genre I have come across in the past few years.
While I don’t really classify The Last of Us as a truly horrifying game as we understand horror (jump scares, disgusting monsters, etc) there are still several times where I found myself horrified by the events that I had just taken part of. Interestingly enough, it wasn’t the monsters that I found myself afraid of, but rather the people who were doing monstrous things to each other just to survive.
To give a quick run down of the game if you haven’t played it yet; The Last of Us follows a middle-aged man who survived what can essentially be called the initial “zombie” outbreak and has been living for several years in a sanctuary that has been created by the military. The creatures aren’t really zombies, but they act much like them so for simplicity’s sake that is what I’ll call them.
As the years pass he eventually runs into a group of people who are looking to cure this disease that has turned everyone mindless. Through a series of frustrating events (for the character) he gets roped into escorting a young teenager to a lab several days away. The girl is special because she is immune to the effects of the disease these monsters seem to spread. The lab wants to use her as a baseline for the cure they have been working on.
Naturally, things do not always go as planned and, if you are like me, you will find yourself thinking several times “why couldn’t we have just stayed here.”
The story of this game is very evocative. I can remember having my heart pound, or to feel the potential of tears threatening the corner of my eyes. I adore it.
The gameplay is pretty good too. As it is a survival game you are presented with a plethora of opportunities to craft and upgrade gear. The way the system is set up is simple and easy to understand but allows for a wide variety of options as well as the standard tool set you’ll find yourself crafting over and over again. Bullets, naturally, are hard to come by and should be used sparingly for the big events. It becomes a game of stealth and luck if you find yourself ill equipped, which can easily happen.
The musical score is also very good. Most video games have adequate music for what is happening, but The Last of Us does a good job on allowing the music to emphasize the emotion that is being presented to the player. It is very dynamic and at times unpredictable, as the game can be as well.
If you have a PS3 or PS4 and haven’t picked up this game yet I highly recommend it.
What do you think? If you have played the game did you enjoy it? If so, what were some of your favorite parts about it?
Let me know in the comments below and I’ll see you guys next week.