The Last of Us game review

61WVjDOzNEL. SY300  The Last of Us

  • Developed by Naughty Dog, creators of the best-selling Uncharted series
  • Genre-defining experience that blends survival and action elements
  • Character driven story about a population decimated by a modern plague

Source: Amazon

not sure where I stand on this one.  it was a beautiful game that I would absolutely suggest everyone give a try, but the gameplay mechanics frustrated me to no end, and I was playing on easy.  There’s two scenes in particular that stood out in my mind, the first being the first real sneak/fight in the game where you’re going through a tilted building and are trying to clear a room before your party can advance.  I tried that thing over 30 times, finally just gave up and sprinted through it, climbing up a ramp and killing a single clicker as it tried to climb up, then ran around the whole room doing that again and again.  It felt cheap and out of place with the rest of the game.

The second example I have is when you’re getting to a dam and are trying to figure out how to cross over a bridge of sorts.  I spent 5-10 minutes looking around the attached building, on the path up to the overflowing damn, in the giant stack of boards and tree trunks, and not a single thing could be used to cross the bridge.  Turns out you’re supposed to jump into the high flow overflowing dam and just swim into it to find a board to carry Ellie around (which is another minor complaint that took me out of the game every time it happened.) I just to say, I’ve personally had nightmares of being pulled into spillways at dams before and the lack of logic in this particular puzzle made me irrationally angry.

It’s a good game with one of the strongest stories that I’ve ever become emotional invested in with some of the most frustrating and fractured game play that I would have expected from such a highly vaunted game.

Sidenote, I’m really trying to burn through my ps3 backlog so I can sell off the ps3, and this game really drove home the face that’s going to be a smart move.  If this is the best the system has to offer, I’m not expecting very much from the 8 other games I’m about to play through.

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