The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FUN & GAMES - JOE GRIF­FIN

18 cert, Sony, PS4 The Last of Us is one of the most crit­i­cally ac­claimed games of our time. Ev­ery re­view seems to be a big bou­quet of flow­ers wrapped in a gi­ant love let­ter. I don’t be­grudge its raves, and the only rea­son this game gets a mere four stars is be­cause it’s barely dis­tin­guish­able from last year’s PS3 ver­sion, and some mi­nor bugs still per­sist. Now, on with the praise: The world is in­fected by a virus that turns peo­ple into zom­bie-like “click­ers”. Joel, an or­di­nary man, is a re­luc­tant guardian to teenager El­lie. What emerges is not only a dy­na­mite stealth/ac­tion/hor­ror game, but an in­tel­li­gent story with a hefty emo­tional punch and well­drawn char­ac­ters. The Last of Us is one of the best-look­ing games of its gen­er­a­tion (and looks bet­ter than many new-gen ones too) and it’s got lovely act­ing and an ex­quis­ite mu­sic score. Es­sen­tial, then, de­spite its mi­nor short­com­ings. the­lasto­fus. plays­ta­

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