The Last of Us is by far one of the best games that I’ve ever played. From the gripping story to the horror, this game was absolutely amazing.
The plot of this game is about two protaganists, Joel and Ellie travelling throughout post-apocalyptic America where a cordyceps virus broke out. Where fighting the undead is horrific but not as terrifying as the living, Joels story is quite sad but important. You see the day the cordyceps reached Texas, where Joel was at the time, his daughter Sarah was home alone, when he got to her they tried to go to a military barricade on the highway. They got confronted by a soldier. The soldier then shoots them both because he was told anyone on the outskirts was infected, Joel lives but his daughter, Sarah, dies in his arms. The game flashes forward 20 years. Now Ellies story, not as captivating as Joels is also interesting. Ellie is being held by Marlene, head of a militia group called ” The Fireflies”. Marlene needs someone to smuggle Ellie out to a Firefly camp in the outskirts of the city. Joel gets hired, as they journey towards the camp you find out that Ellie is infected. She tells him that she’s immune and shows him her bite which didn’t look fatal at all but Joel doesn’t believe her because everyone turns within two days. They talk it out and continue their journey as she said that the Fireflies think she’s the key to find a cure to the disease.
Okay, now that you get the gist of the story I think I will tell you about the gameplay. If I had to define it in one word it would be “amazing”. The Last of Us is a 3rd person shooter, ammo is rare, melee is your friend. One of the characters, Tess says “Make your shots count.”. You will need to remember this throughout the game. You will find new weapons every now and then such as a revolver, a hunting rifle, a flame thrower and even military grade rifles. Although meelee and shooting come in handy you can also pick up parts throughout the game to make tactical items. You can create nail bombs, molotov cocktails, health kits and smoke bombs. You can also use tape and scissors to make your melee weapon one hit kills or you can make shivs to stab a target from behind. You can also use bricks and bottles to make noise and flank the enemy or use them as melee weapons as well. For hand to hand combat, the environment comes in handy, from bashing a head against a wall to kneeing someone against a table. In the game you have a special ability called “listen mode”. You can use this to hear enemies and make out where they are. This ability isn’t on the difficulty mode “Survivor”. Also you cannot pause the last of us and make items, you have to do it in game. You can only control the options in pause.
Now I will tell you about the enemies in The Last of Us. There are three groups, the Fireflies, who will do anything to create a cure no matter who dies, the survivors, who will do anything to live (even become cannibals) and we have the undead. The undead are split into three groups, runners, clickers and bloaters. Runners wont try to bite you, rather they will attack you and hit you. Clickers are one of the scariest enemies as there is no chance to have a fist fight because if they are close to you they will bite you with immense strength that you can’t overthrow, clickers are even more scarier as they make a clicking sound and use echo location to see, which is why you can sneak past them but very, very quietly because even though they can’t see, they have excellent hearing abilities. Bloaters are rare but annoying. Basically the groups of undead are differentiated by how long they have been infected so fungal plates start to grow around their brains. Bloaters have been infected for so long that the plates cover their entire bodies and act as protective body armour. Bloaters also throw spores at you that deplete your health and like clickers, it’s certain death if they get near you. Fire is your best chance against the undead. Survivors. Now survivors are quite easy to kill as you can sneak around them and stealthily kill them as they aren’t trained for knowing all the tricks that you do, such as going towards a bottle that you threw, although they aren’t the smartest enemies, their weapons can still pack a punch in you. Fireflies. The fireflies are only really encountered near the end of the game. They obtain military equipment such as body armour and helmets. They are much more difficult than surviviors as they have even deadlier weapons and also if you throw a brick or bottle, they won’t go to the location, rather, they will turn towards it for a few seconds. Well, that’s the enemies.
Online. The online in this game is really entertaining. Basically you have your own clan and throughout matches you have to get enough supplies to last a day. You play either as a Firefly or survivor. Up until now there are three game modes available. Supply Raid, Interrogation and Survivors. Supply raid is about each team having 20 reinforcements and the opposing team has to wipe them all out to win the match. Survivor is rounds with no respawning, your team needs to win four rounds to win. Interrogation is my favorite game mode. You have to interrogate 5 enemies to find out where their lockbox is and you have to go there and unlock it throughout the game, first team to unlock it wins. You can also customize your players logo and appearance in customization. In gear up you can create your classes with different weapons and perks. That’s what there is in online, it’s very fun.
In conclusion, I think if you have a Playstation 3 system, this game is a must have. Thank you for reading this article. Please leave a comment.