“The Last of Us” – Gaming Review
Well how should I put this, it’s not actually a review from a gaming prospective but from a “WOW I LOVE THIS GAME“! “The Last of Us” has became one of my favorite Play Station games, once started I just couldn’t quit until I beat it. Now honestly I had to play this game on “Easy Mode” and cannot imagine how hard it is going to be on Hard Mode. Figuring out the game in “Story Mode” was like watching a movie that only ended when I done everything as it should have been. Of course I was all over the place and trying to kill every creature I could not realizing that most of it I could have just walked around. Almost 20 hours of game time for us to get through it, and I am looking forward to starting over in the next level of the game; Yes I’m gonna do it in “Easy+ Mode”.
Now I’m not a console gamer, more of a PC Gamer and just making this transition was awkward but rewarding. Staring out “The Last of Us” in story mode I was the character – “Joel’s” daughter. Kind of like watching a movie but a little control of this character, walking around to discover items to end up walking into the story. When Joel explains to me what is going on and we high tail it out of the house, we ride through the city for the world to crumble right in front of our eyes. It was basically the dead – alive, the end of time, literally “The Last of Us”. A little bit of maneuvering through the city and eventually the Daughter of “Joel” (my character) was killed and the story began; I was sitting there basically watching a movie, very enjoyable too. Now after the cinematic I was now the character “Joel”, I was on a mission to basically go to war with what was left, to stay alive besides at the time it was just me or them. On that note being Joel, it was me against the military forces, the hunters, the clickers, the infected, you name it and it was fast pace for me.
Eventually I got to where I was supposed to be with my (computer based) partner and was introduced to my task of the game, it was “Ellie”. Ellie is female character of which is immune to the infected and of course this is what everyone wants to research and find a cure; it’s my job to get her to where she needs to go safely. Well… we died a lot lol; like I said I’m not a console gamer. So we actually had to start doing some research on the game after being stuck in a few parts that were not fully explained. Now I don’t want to give it away as to how the whole game play happens, I just want to give you the moments I enjoyed and of course the few things of which I wished were different.
I ended up back and forth playing the character of Ellie, and Joel through out the story-line until of course I finished it last night. Now there are few things about the game that I found to be hard other than the game itself. Navigation and mapping, if there is any I never found it; I had to guess where I was going and walk around everywhere possible “LOST” until I found my way. It would be nice to have a map in the corner saying “you are here”, not knowing where I was going or where I was made it hard. Now other than that I had a blast with this game. The graphics were amazing, the story-line made it feel real, and after playing we want to build a huge bunker lol.
I personally along with a few of us here which played, give this game 5 of 5 stars. Truly loved it, and cant wait to start again. Check out the game trailers and if you like what you see play the game, it is awesome.
Thanks for reading, I’m off to play again.
The Main Characters:
Joel: A brutal survivor with few moral lines left to cross. Joel, now in his late 40s, has been hardened by the ravages of the fungal pandemic that has devastated civilization as we know it. He’s lost friends, family, and everything he valued in life. Living in one of few remaining military-controlled quarantine zones, he operates as a black market smuggler, dealing in contraband, taking numerous de-humanizing jobs over the years to survive in this new post-pandemic world. Joel’s conscience slowly dwindles away as he shuts down his emotions to cope to his new life.
Ellie: A brave, 14 year old girl, Ellie has grown up in this harsh world and it is all she has ever known. She’s an orphan who was raised in a boarding school run by the military within the bounds of the quarantine zone. Naïve and curious about the outside world, she is wise beyond her years and highly capable of taking care of herself and those around her. Obsessed with comic books, CDs, and other pop culture, her knowledge base is filled by the remnants of a world that no longer exists.
Joel, a ruthless survivor with few moral lines left to cross, lives in one of the last remaining Quarantine Zones. These walled-off, oppressive cities are run by what’s left of the military. Despite the strict martial law, Joel operates in the black market of the city, smuggling contraband for the right price.
Joel is asked by a dying friend to look after Ellie, a fourteen-year-old girl with courage beyond her years. What starts out as a simple job to deliver Ellie to another Quarantine Zone, soon transforms into a profound journey that will forever change Joel and Ellie.
As they trek across a post-pandemic United States, Joel and Ellie will encounter different factions of survivors that have each found a unique way of dealing with the infected humans, the lack of supplies, and the threat of other survivors.
As Joel and Ellie struggle to persevere, they must learn to trust each other and work together in order to survive the realities of this new world.
At its core, The Last of Us is about the bond that forms between Joel and Ellie – it is the story of love, loyalty, and redemption.