THE LAST OF US
RRP: $ 89 ( reviewed on PS3)
THIS latest release from famed developer Naughty Dog uses the adventure formula it so masterfully created in its acclaimed Uncharted series, and who could blame them really?
Action takes place in a world brought to its knees by a deadly disease that turns people into bloodthirsty maniacs.
You play as Joel, a regular guy trying to make ends meet in this apocalyptic world, when he is asked to help smuggle a teenage girl across America, which obviously isn’t going to be easy given the circumstances.
Strict nightly curfews are in place and the world is almost abandoned, with the few people left either double- crossing you or, worse, trying to make a meal of you.
Games set in zombie- filled, postapocalyptic worlds has been done before, but The Last of Us manages to breathe fresh life and authenticity into the theme.
You’ll walk into abandoned buildings revealing clear traces of the struggle the inhabitants must have faced.
When engaging others in conversation you get a real sense of the tension and lack of trust everyone has for one another.
The Last of Us isn’t perfect. There are visual glitches here and there, tedious puzzle fillers, unclear objectives, and occasional downtime.
However, these are eclipsed by stellar storytelling and voice acting, Hollywoodstyle presentation, and gameplay that will keep you engaged until the credits roll.