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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Masterpiece of the Art

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    Secryt
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    I had missed the original PS3 release of TLOU and was on the verge of actually getting it when I heard the Remastered edition was on its way. I spent the last week playing through the game and wanted to wait until I had fully completed it to actually put together a review. I was 'introduced' to Naughty Dog from the first Uncharted game. I played each of the three as they were released and was hooked from the beginning. From that perspective I was very familiar with the quality that Naughty Dog holds itself to and the level of cinematic polish that they bring to their games. That being said I expected TLOU to be held to those same standards and was a little leery at all the praise this game got. The comments people made about it made me think that perhaps they haven't played any Uncharted game and weren't aware of the style of Naughty Dog, which that in itself puts them held and shoulders above the competition. Ultimately I walked into this game hoping that I wouldn't be on the bandwagon and that I would find something not to like about the game. On one hand I was right, but on the other I couldn't help but fall in love with it. As the credits rolled by on the game I was convinced that TLOU was the best game I have ever played... but it wasn't the most enjoyable. If that seems contradictory I will explain further. It excels at telling a remarkable human story in an apocalyptic time with emotion and storytelling surpassing that of movies. The acting is impeccable and the motion capture is pristine. I truly wish the Academy Awards would introduce a category for video game motion capture and voice acting because this was something magical. While not wholly original - some of the motifs have been well used in standard zombie apocalypse settings (although to be fair Naughty Dog put an interesting twist on 'zombies') - it offered a level of emotion that takes 15-20 hours to establish that cinema just can't. Ellie (the 13 year old girl) is voiced by a 30 year actress but you'd be hard pressed to actually believe that while listening to her in the game. She's a foul-mouthed firecracker who, psychologically for me at least, I was glad to know wasn't actually voiced by 13 year old. I have no desire to spoil any of the storyline for you, and if you're like me, you somehow were completely able to avoid spoilers and it pays off. Leaving that behind I want to touch on gameplay. For those familiar with the Uncharted franchise I need to stress that this is light-years ahead of the gameplay mechanics that I have felt have always stunted the Uncharted games. But... it still wasn't quite there. You essentially have 3 zombie enemies and maybe 4 human enemies that you shoot, slice, stab, bludgeon, blowup, set ablaze, or just sneak by hundreds of time. The variation is lacking. Stealth components are a little iffy, especially near the beginning of the game. It brought me back to thinking of games like Metal Gear or Splinter Cell, and I feel they had a firmer handle on stealth than this did. It's not terrible, but at times it takes you out of the action and makes you think, "Seriously? The guy didn't hear me stabbing his buddy two feet away just because his back was turned to me?" Outside of that, the game has a great progression of guns/weapons that you're still unlocking right up to the last level. It has a very survival/horror feeling to it so you will ALWAYS be scrounging for ammo and supplies. If you're not a fan or a regenerative health - then you are in luck! Every health bar needs to be refilled by a med kit which you need to take the time in game to craft and then apply. Every now and then there will be a canned fruit that will give you some health back, but those are few and far between. I enjoy games like Resident Evil so I found this mechanic very fun and preserved the feeling that this wasn't a video game but something more real. The skill upgrade tree is great - it's not XP based, you need to collect 'pills' throughout the game. So essentially you could make it through the entire game without ever upgrading your skills. Same goes for weapons - you need to find scrap material, but you also need to find up to 5 tool kits which allow you to upgrade your weapons to varying degrees. I found this very fun and a slight deviation from normal. The settings are picturesque and it's evident a lot of love and care went into them. I don't often get supplemental material for games but I will be picking up the Art of TLOU book to keep around. I'm a sucker for video game soundtracks and this is no exception. The haunting guitar of Gustavo Santaolalla fits perfectly and like many modern game blockbusters, is on par, if not better than movie scores. I need to stress I fell in love in with this game as it went on. If the game lacked the acting and polished motion capture, then it would be a different story. The gameplay isn't enough to save the game by itself, no matter how beautiful and varied. It would have just gone down as a 'good' game instead of an amazing one. But I came to the conclusion that it was the single best game I have played. Not the most enjoyable or fun, but the best. If you're 16 and looking forward to the next CoD for frag fests - keep moving. If you're mature enough to want a game that stretches the boundaries of video games then this is your game. I'm 25 and have been playing games since birth. I've grown up in this trend of maturing games and found this to match what any other mature media genre can do in regards to storytelling, without the need for "Adult" themes that plague other games like Grand Theft Auto (Best Buy wouldn't let me type what I originally wrote... so "Adult" will suffice). Language is strong, but nothing we don't hear in other places (or online play). It's suitable enough for teens who aren't bothered by gore, violence, and language, but probably will resonate more with those of age to have children of their own.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent mix of story and gameplay

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    Matt003
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    The Last of Us Remastered for the PS4 is a re-release of The Last of Us for the PS3, a game which won numerous accolades when it was first released. Given that the writing and story are generally regarded as a high point for this game, I intend to make this review spoiler free. It should also be noted that this game is rated M for Mature. This game is not intended for children or individuals who are offended by gore or harsh language. TLOUR tells the story of of world where the human race is decimated by a parasitic fungal disease that causes physical disfigurement and mental deterioration. Those infected by the parasite eventually lose all sense of themselves and thereafter exist only to spread the parasite to other potential hosts. You play as Joel, who has survived some 20 years in this end of the world scenario as a smuggler of food, clothing, and other supplies. Early in the game, Joel takes on unusual job; rather than smuggling goods, he's asked to smuggle a 14 year old girl named Ellie out of the city, in which they live. In the interest of remaining spoiler free, I will say that you learn more about Ellie and Joel's histories and personalities as the game progress through cutscenes and in-game banter between the characters. You control Joel from the third person perspective as you traverse the apocalyptic landscapes, with Ellie never far behind you. Gameplay includes minor puzzle solving, such as seeing a ledge and scouring the surrounding environment to locate the equipment to reach that ledge; combat, including gunplay, melee, and stealth; and crafting, such as locating the necessary items to create first aid kits or improvised weaponry. Ellie provides assistance both in and out of combat. She may warn Joel of an enemy trying to flank him or she may attack enemies who have overtaken Joel. She will also locate and provide equipment to Joel along the way. The idea of escorting another character for the entire game, gave me pause initially, given the history of escort missions in video games. However, Ellie never felt like a burden. In your quest, you'll face off against infected humans and other survivors. Each enemy type has its own weaknesses and optimal combat strategy. For example, using your firearms may be a last resort, given that ammo is relatively uncommon and firing a weapon could draw more enemies toward you and therefore stealthily dispatching your foes one at a time, or avoiding combat altogether, may be recommended. All three strategies are satisfying and the game makes an effort to let the player to decide which works best for him or her. For my initial playthrough, I played on the Hard difficulty and, while I certainly died, I never felt as though their were any unearned deaths. I learned from each encounter and tried new strategies and equipment after each death. Now why is this called a Remaster? To start, TLOUR includes the previously downloadable-only side story called Left Behind featuring Ellie and a new female character named Riley. Riley, like Ellie, is a teenaged girl and a friend of Ellie's. Left Behind takes place during the main story of TLOUR, but also flashes back to events that occurred prior to the main story and, as such, spoils some portions of the main story and is recommended to be played after completing the main story. TLOUR also includes all of the previously released map packs for the multiplayer mode. The multiplayer mode is not connected to the story and may be played without spoiling anything. The gameplay is similar to the main game, although without the puzzles. Essentially, two teams square off in arenas in attempts to kill one another. Prior to each game, you may choose your character's loadout, which include your weaponry, from pistols to rifles to shotguns, and skills, such as being able to sprint longer distances or providing improved medical treatments to your teammates. Playstation Plus is required to play online. In addition, on the technical side, TLOUR now runs at a native 1080p resolution and an unlocked 60 frames per second, which some occasional dips. More detail has been added to the environments and the characters. As a whole, the game is gorgeous on both a technical level, thanks to these improvements over the original release, and an artistic level, from iconic and sometimes hideous character designs to beautiful and frightening environments. I found TLOUR to be well worth the price of admission. The main story was engaging and well written, in my opinion, and it felt like the right length. If you're looking for solid third person gunplay, it's here. If you're looking for gratifying stealth takedowns, it's here. If you're looking for visceral melee combat, it's here. And for me, the best part was how well all three styles of gameplay complemented each other, unlike many other games where one part of the gameplay is well executed, but others are lacking. Naughty Dog, the creators of TLOUR clearly had a goal and vision and I feel that they met it and I will definitely be checking out their games in future.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Must Own Experience

    Posted
    Eddy
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    This is, hands down, one of the greatest experiences I've had this generation. Story The Last of Us (TLOU) cinematic story telling can rival any movie and exceeds all expectations of a video game. It's difficult to put into words how amazing this video game is since I'm still in awe at what I just completed. This is just another zombie game, right? Wrong, this is the best story that has been written in a post-apocalyptic, zombie infested world. It has a fresh and unique take on what the world is like after society collapses which is both desperate and wondrous. This adaption is welcome in a genre that is becoming quite bloated over the past fifteen years. The dialogue exchange throughout the game develops both the main characters as well as those you briefly interact with. You become emotionally invested in this video game within the first three minutes and that emotion grows as you move through the game. The voice acting is top notch and delivers the dialogue wonderfully as the characters feel like real people. The writing is pitch-perfect and does wonders for the character development. You feel yourself rooting for Joel and Ellie because you have fallen in love with them. You are attached. You want them to succeed and survive at all costs. The entire time you find yourself struggling to be optimistic and a positive ending seems bleak. The trials you face are intense and the environment projects a sense of hopelessness. The ending is both sad, and fully satisfying. Gameplay It's awesome. You're never too powerful. You will find yourself wisely using your ammunition and strategically dispatching your foes just to survive. Going in guns blazing? Good luck with that! You have to play somewhat smart and patiently or you will wind up frustrated. The strategy makes your efforts much more fulfilling when you successfully pass a difficult area. It also makes you appreciate the slow parts of the game when you are simply taking in the atmosphere. The quiet times are a welcome break and you are fearful of any encounters that may come because you are susceptible to death easily. The combat is rewarding. The headshots are not easy, especially with a bow. Remaining in stealth is extremely trying as both humans and zombies path all around you. Each stealth kill performed puts you in potential danger and you feel that urgency. I cannot wait to play this again on a harder difficulty because "normal" was challenging and rewarding. The escalation in the challenge will correlate with the sense of reward. Graphics The environment of this game is beautiful, even the areas that are eerie. The level design is so well done. It's a linear game, but most of the time it doesn't feel like it. The game smartly paths you where you need to go, but at the same time you feel like you have a choice to go somewhere else if you wanted to. The deteriorating environment makes the funneled travel believable, and it's also gorgeous. The level of detail in this game is insane! The environment, although having a sense of death and rot, is brilliant with life. This is easily the best level design I've ever seen in a game. It's a linear game that feels like an open world that you are just trapped in and you are trying to get out. Overall I heard all the praise this game received, having not played it for the PS3. I heard all of the hype. Even with these absurdly high expectations I had for this game, it did not disappoint one bit. I had no idea anything like this was even possible! Naughty dog has raised the bar, not only for video games, but entertainment in general. I anticipate nothing more than this game's sequel and movie. If you are a gamer, you have to own this game. If you like post-apocalyptic scenarios, you have to play this game or watch someone else play it. The story is so good it needs to be experienced any way possible. I cannot recommend another game as highly as I recommend The Last of Us and I've played a ton of games.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the Best video games

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    Oscar85Cedeno
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    Story The Last of Us (TLOU) cinematic story telling can rival any movie and exceeds all expectations of a video game. It's difficult to put into words how amazing this video game is since I'm still in awe at what I just completed. This is just another zombie game, right? Wrong, this is the best story that has been written in a post-apocalyptic, zombie infested world. It has a fresh and unique take on what the world is like after society collapses which is both desperate and wondrous. This adaption is welcome in a genre that is becoming quite bloated over the past fifteen years. The dialogue exchange throughout the game develops both the main characters as well as those you briefly interact with. You become emotionally invested in this video game within the first three minutes and that emotion grows as you move through the game. The voice acting is top notch and delivers the dialogue wonderfully as the characters feel like real people. The writing is pitch-perfect and does wonders for the character development. You feel yourself rooting for Joel and Ellie because you have fallen in love with them. You are attached. You want them to succeed and survive at all costs. The entire time you find yourself struggling to be optimistic and a positive ending seems bleak. The trials you face are intense and the environment projects a sense of hopelessness. The ending is both sad, and fully satisfying. Gameplay It's awesome. You're never too powerful. You will find yourself wisely using your ammunition and strategically dispatching your foes just to survive. Going in guns blazing? Good luck with that! You have to play somewhat smart and patiently or you will wind up frustrated. The strategy makes your efforts much more fulfilling when you successfully pass a difficult area. It also makes you appreciate the slow parts of the game when you are simply taking in the atmosphere. The quiet times are a welcome break and you are fearful of any encounters that may come because you are susceptible to death easily. The combat is rewarding. The headshots are not easy, especially with a bow. Remaining in stealth is extremely trying as both humans and zombies path all around you. Each stealth kill performed puts you in potential danger and you feel that urgency. I cannot wait to play this again on a harder difficulty because "normal" was challenging and rewarding. The escalation in the challenge will correlate with the sense of reward. Graphics The environment of this game is beautiful, even the areas that are eerie. The level design is so well done. It's a linear game, but most of the time it doesn't feel like it. The game smartly paths you where you need to go, but at the same time you feel like you have a choice to go somewhere else if you wanted to. The deteriorating environment makes the funneled travel believable, and it's also gorgeous. The level of detail in this game is insane! The environment, although having a sense of death and rot, is brilliant with life. This is easily the best level design I've ever seen in a game. It's a linear game that feels like an open world that you are just trapped in and you are trying to get out. Overall I heard all the praise this game received, having not played it for the PS3. I heard all of the hype. Even with these absurdly high expectations I had for this game, it did not disappoint one bit. I had no idea anything like this was even possible! Naughty dog has raised the bar, not only for video games, but entertainment in general. I anticipate nothing more than this game's sequel and movie. If you are a gamer, you have to own this game. If you like post-apocalyptic scenarios, you have to play this game or watch someone else play it. The story is so good it needs to be experienced any way possible. I cannot recommend another game as highly as I recommend The Last of Us and I've played a ton of games.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A perfect port to a perfect game

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    mizzpenny
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    This is one of the most immersing game experiences I've ever had. I actually felt as if I had become Joel, trekking through this deadly, near hopeless world, struggling to survive for just one more day. On occasion, this level of immersion is broken, but for the most part, I truly felt like I had stepped into the shoes of the protagonist. His emotions became mine- the frustration, the elation, the horror, the desperation... and the slow, creeping pall of hopelessness in this dark, damaged earth. If you are prone to night terrors or depression, do NOT play this game, because it will alternately terrify you and make you despair for the plight of this lost world. However, if you can handle the mature subjects of the tale, you are in for a real treat, and perhaps the greatest game to ever be produced in the genre of survival horror. Yes, this game is scary, to a level I haven’t felt since the original Silent Hill on PS1. I generally felt powerless in this world and some of the enemies (primarily Clickers and Runners) make my stomach tighten with dread. If you're super hardcore, and you want a REALLY scary experience, I recommend you play on Hard difficulty for your first play-through, because the number of supplies (ammo, med kits, shivs, bombs, etc.) that are available on the Normal difficulty level are far too abundant for players who want a supreme challenge. On the subject of crafting, this is a component of the game that is easy to learn, and fun to engage in. It further puts you into the mindset of Joel, a man desperate for survival, who has learned to salvage at all available opportunities. Slowly tuning up my weapons was also a lot of fun, though Joel is but a pale imitator compared to his rival protagonists (Nathan Drake, Marcus Fenix, etc.) in other games (but this is a good thing, for it feels realistic, and fits with the tone of the piece). Joel's wobbly aim, perpetual shortage of ammo, and rather sluggish speed make him feel like a real, middle-aged guy who has learned to survive in a dangerous world, not some superhuman who handles everything with grace. The stealth aspect is also handled brilliantly, and engaging in it is extremely satisfying. This stealth system is a perfect evolution of that which was established in the Metal Gear Solid series (particularly #2), utilizing a great visual cone and audio circumference for your enemies, which must be studied for vulnerabilities and exploited at every possible opportunity. Determining how to approach each new challenge (lots of trial and error will be involved), and how to successfully clear an area of enemies (generally without being detected, as ammo and health are so limited) is really fun. These challenges become "3D puzzles" in a way, as you must use your noggin to break down enemy patterns and AI reactions, with the added tension of knowing that it only takes one slip-up to result in failure - and these enemies really do make you feel the fear. Visually speaking, this game is remarkable, even by next gen standards. The improved graphics of the Remastered edition are immediately apparent to those who of us who played The Last of Us on PS3. Resolutions are incredibly detailed, but even more effective is the silky smooth frame rate. The attention to detail is simply staggering, and it all comes together to further enhance the emotional impact of this unforgettable experience. Gameplay is always more important than graphics in my book, but it certainly helps convey the emotions of the characters when everything looks this darned good. The Last of Us is like nothing else. It is, quite frankly, an exhausting experience, one that left my mind reeling with the consequences of my fascinating journey, and the unbreakable bonds I had formed with Ellie and Joel - two fictitious characters who seem unshakably real. I just can’t forget about them, and I can’t forget about what we’ve been through together. It’s not just their story, it’s OUR story. We are family, struggling to survive in a dangerous world. We are the last of us.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Game

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    MadWalker
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    This is probably one of the most excellent games I have ever played. The game is quite linear yet it does not feel like you are confined to a small area. Plenty of space to explore and you are going to have to in order to scavenge for supplies. Along the way, you get to experience the immersive environment of a post-apocalyptic world that almost feels too real. The most important part of the game is the emotion you eventually invest into Joel and Ellie. By design, Joel was introduced to Ellie just like we were, and then we grew together with them during the entire game. In the end, it felt almost you were part of the story as you traverse the city, the wilderness, and lake-side park, witnessing brutality and violence, experiencing danger and brief moments of calm. You became concerned when you do not see Ellie beside you, or when you became Ellie and Joel was missing from the story. You cannot help but feel the pain, the loneliness, and the sense of dread as the game progresses, yet you look for that comfort and companionship in Ellie. There were touching moments, light-hearted moments, and tense moments. The game allows you to dictate the speed of the game and rightly so, the environment is just too big, too exquisite, too interesting to not do that. Try to stay in one place and do nothing and wait for Ellie's response. Watch Ellie do the little things: standing around, shifting her weight from side to side, occasionally tying her shoelace or just looking totally bored. Listen to her comments, and just take a moment to relish the incredible motion capture that game affords us. Couple with the excellent soundtrack: the raindrop hitting the glass, the horse transitioning from pavement to dirt, the sound of blood splattering, and the rushing water, the unrelenting snow, and the dreary quietness of a town long gone. Just let the game sit and listen to the sound was enjoyment enough. You cannot wait to complete the game so you can start all over again. Once you start, you cannot stop. Once you stop, you cannot but think about returning to it. Buy it, enjoy it, then celebrate with it!!! 10/10

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Gaming Experience

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    jantzen
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    Wow . . . I have been a gamer for over 20 years, and this is one of the best overall gaming experiences I have ever had. I played this game when it was released on the PS3, and I liked it so much that I bought it for the PS4 as well. The graphical upgrade is nice, and the game controls just as smoothly as before. The shooting mechanics can be a little shaky at times, but I think that this was incorporated into the game by design to enhance the tension. The characters you control are regular folks trying to survive a post-apocalyptic world and not trained soldiers, after all. You should not expect a Call of Duty type of experience, which would lessen the impact of this game. In my opinion, the most impressive feature of this game is the masterfully crafted storyline. Veteran game developer Naughty Dog has a real gift for making the player genuinely care about all the characters involved. The stars of the show are Joel and Ellie, and you play as both during the game. Joel is a somewhat broken, middle-aged man who is haunted by memories of his life before civilization ended. Ellie is a teenage girl who has never known anything other than the dystopian world in which the game is set. Throughout their 10+ hour journey, the pair evolve from reluctant allies thrown together by circumstance to an inseparable duo who genuinely care for one another. Their struggles and triumphs are brought to life by the excellent voice work from Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson. Along the way, they encounter many colorful characters, friend and foe, living and dead. The game has a perfect mixture of exciting action moments and quiet moments of reflection and exploration. There are moments that will genuinely frighten you and make your heart race, but these are balanced by moments of beauty and peace (as peaceful as one can be in such an environment). The crafting system brings a sense of realism to the game, as it allows you to scavenge supplies to create makeshift weapons and health kits. Ammo is scarce, so you must plan your encounters with enemies carefully. Stealth is often the best way to approach situations, especially when there are clickers around. Overall, I believe that every gamer owes it to him/herself to experience The Last of Us. It is a game that will make you think, make you feel, and have a great deal of fun as well. I know that many people debate whether video games are art. I would contend that The Last of Us is the single greatest piece of evidence that video games are indeed a legitimate form of art. The emotional impact it has on the player is equal to or greater than any big-screen blockbuster, TV show, or novel. At $20, this game is a steal. Anyone who owns a PS4 has no excuse not to own this game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Game for the Ages

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    Templar93118
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    The Last of Us ranks among the best games ever made. There I said it. One of the enduring challenges of videogames is creating strong emotional bonds with the characters in our televisions and monitors. Throughout gaming’s early days, our motivation to care about these characters was to provide a very simple “rescue the princess” or “save the world” archetype. Rare is the game that takes what we know and manages to recontextualize and spin these tropes into something fresh. The Last of Us is one of these games. It is 2033, twenty years after the outbreak of a virulent strain of Cordyceps which can turn humans into shambling husks known as the Infected. Humanity is barely surviving thanks to the iron grip of the military’s quarantine zones. Enter Joel, a weary veteran of this dark world. He is asked by a resistance group called the Fireflies to take a girl named Ellie across the country as a favor, and throughout the game’s fifteen hour campaign, they bond together in slow subtle ways as the journey takes the better part of a year from start to finish. Smart writing and exceptional voice acting from Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson really sells the two characters. Naughty Dog’s presence is also felt in the gameplay, which takes many cues from the Uncharted series with third person shooting. However, Joel is quite unlike Nathan Drake, in that he cannot fire from the hip, and is quite slow and lumbering. An excellent stealth mechanic and simple yet effective crafting system round out the gameplay mechanics. Joel and Ellie will contend with both Infected and other humans in their adventure across America. Stealth here is paramount as ammunition is scarce, but Joel has an edge with a listen mode that allows him to hear the enemies at a distance. In the unlockable Survivor difficulty, this mode is turned off. An unfortunate concession to gameplay flow is that Ellie or other allied NPCs will not be detected by enemies, which can break immersion at times. The Last of Us shines in the visual department with amazing lighting and particle effects. Character models are highly detailed, and water flows realistically. Bucking the trend of brown zombie games, Naughty Dog opted to show plants and foliage slowly reclaiming the world with shades of green saturating the screen. It’s an absolute marvel that such graphics were able to happen on seven-year old hardware. What is most impressive is that the story combined with the very refined gameplay result in an absolutely unforgettable game. There are almost no weak parts in the story and the pacing is spot on. The Last of Us is a transcendent experience that masterfully mixes a strong story with tense gameplay. It is, without a doubt, the very best game I have ever played.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A perfect port to a perfect game

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    Humberto
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    Okay, so the game isn't actually 100% perfect. But it's pretty close if I do say so myself. There's a few different stances I could take on reviewing this game, but I'm going to take one different from most people. I could talk about the story, as it is easily the shining star of games. But everybody talks about the story. Just go into this game knowing that it is the most gut wrenching, heart throbbing, touching, wonderful story that you will ever experience in your life. But what really makes this game for me is the little things. When you walk up/down stairs, your characters movements change to look like he's actually walking up stairs. When you walk by other people, the characters actually say convincing dialogue and interact with each other. When you shine your flashlight onto another person, they'll actually cover their eyes. It's awesome. That's what makes this game, is the immersion. This game is brutal. And you feel it. When Joel is defending himself, he'll smash someone's head in, or slam them against the wall. You feel the despair that he feels. You feel the hopelessness, and the extreme actions that you have to take to protect yourself, and Ellie. You know that if you make one wrong move, you won't make it. I know it's just a game, and that you'll just respawn, but that's what is so amazing about this game. It completely sucks you in. You see just how gritty, and dark, and cold that the world is, and you're just doing what you can to try and make the difference. For those that haven't played the game, the gameplay mechanics of this game are just great. You collect different crafting components throughout the game, and when you craft things it's in real time, which adds to the sense of urgency. You can't just pause the game and craft everything you want. When you stealth takedown someone, you can still be detected, which also adds to the realism. It takes about 5 seconds from when you click the stealth takedown for them to actually go down, and you have to take that into account with your timing. I really like how detection works. You don't get a detection meter like in most games, it's just this kind of ominous sound that gets stronger and louder the closer you are to being detected. It's different and I like it. You collect parts throughout the game that you can use to upgrade your weapons, to give you faster reload times and bigger clips. You can also collect "supplements", which are basically pills, that you can use to upgrade aspects about you, such as maximum health, how fast you craft items, etc.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Game Ever

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    Infinity33
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    The Last of Us is impeccably crafted and overall a well done game. It's called anything from a masterpiece to the greatest game people have played, but this is the remaster, so I'm going to focus on how worth it it is to pick up for a first, as well as a second play through. If you have never played this game before, buy it. This game will give you more hours and higher quality gameplay than almost any other for the cost. The replay value, multiplayer, free DLC and difficulty are enough to warrant the purchase, but if you already owned it on PS3... Buy it again. In order to see why this game is worth picking up a second time, let's look at what "Remastered" actually means. 16 dollars gets you: - 30 dollars worth of DLC bundled in free. - Improved visuals, shadows, framerate (60 fps), textures, etc. - Dualshock 4 integration. Audio logs can now be played via the controller instead of needing to stay in the menu, the light bar signals how low your health is, etc. - FULL LENGTH making up documentary included. - Directors commentary optional during cut scenes, includes other voice actors as well. - Photo mode. - Hardest difficulty mode that used to be DLC now included as well as being accessible for first play throughs. - Advanced audio options finally. -Multiplayer boost for Ps3 owners. So for 16 dollars, you get 30 dollars worth of DLC, a full length documentary, a multiplayer boost, a new difficulty available instantly... and then after that you add on the remastered visuals and audio. This game features new game plus, high difficulties, engaging and unique multiplayer, engaging and free DLC and now it comes packed with interested special features. All for less money than other games on the system. It's the best bang for your buck for the PS4, even for returning players. This isn't just a remaster, it's how all remasters should be done.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The gold standard for story telling in a game

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    I bought it because it was only $30 and I heard the PS3 version was good. About five minutes in, I realized there would be zombies. I lost some interest. About ten minutes later, I realized it was by Naughty Dog. I lost almost all remaining interest (I had Uncharted 2, played on highest difficulty from the very beginning, finished it in a day and a half, and felt like I wanted my money back). I decided to keep going. At one point, I thought that The Walking Dead Season One had better character development! Somewhere around an hour in, I began to see that all of my previous thoughts were totally wrong. Full disclosure: I played on Hard from the very beginning; it took ~45 hours and I played it over a vacation so there were several 8+ hour days back-to-back. I became completely immersed so my experience may differ greatly from others. The character development is amazing. It creeps up on you slowly through spontaneous in-game conversations and triggered events. There are some cut-scenes, and they actually add a ton of value. I LOVED how there are optional/hidden dialogues sprinkled throughout the game...they also add real value and make the story even better. You don't "watch" it, you "participate" in it...awesome idea! Ellie's transformation from a seemingly innocuous teenage girl into a ruthless, self-sufficient killer is perfectly executed and draws a line in the sand for other games to cross. But that's only part of the story. Winter was my favorite season to play...without a doubt. I think most players would agree. I don't want to ruin it, so I'll just say the ending is what it needed to be. I bought the art book and poster kit afterwards because the whole experience resonated in my head many days later. IF YOU HAVE THE SLIGHTEST INTEREST IN THIS GAME, BUY IT!! RIGHT NOW!!! Be warned though: this game is so good, other games will probably leave you feeling at least a little disappointed. You'll never catch the dragon again ;)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A game for the ages

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    I've played video games for years and years. I've played games from every genre. Of all those I have played, among many different systems, The Last of Us stands up tall as one of the best experiences I have had. Notice that I called it an "experience". It's more than just simple game. You feel like a participant in a great movie. Everything about this game screams quality. The story, voice acting, game play, graphics, scenery, and controls are all terrific. It's combination RPG, action/adventure, survival/horror and 3rd person shooter. Amazingly, it does all very well. The big payoff for the game is the story though. It's a story that keeps you coming back. I found my self playing just to see what happens next to the main characters. They are so realistic in their humanity, that it's easy to empathize with and root for them. It's rare for me to play game and end caring so much about the characters. The story starts out simplistic enough, with a Walking Dead type story. Some outbreak almost destroys civilization and turns people into dangerous man eating ghouls. You follow the main characters who survived the calamity and you see how it has affected their lives. Now society exists in smaller "safe" zones that are ruled by the military, with an iron fist. It's a dangerous world that's filled with monsters, gangs, cannibals, etc. Yet, there may be hope, in the form of a possible cure to the disease. I wont say anymore, because I don't want to spoil it. Just get ready for an immersive experience that will hold you captive for quite a while......in a good way of course.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Must Play If You Missed it on PS3

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    This honestly might be the best game I've ever played. I know a lot of people have heard that before, but I believe this is the complete package. It seriously gives HL2 & Bioshock (my 2 other personal favorites) a run for their money. It's nothing we haven't seen before in terms of mechanics/innovation but the story makes you forget about all that. It makes you believe. It makes you feel. Without spoiling anything it's essentially a Walking Dead/Survival Horror type story that plays like a perfect mix of Red Dead Redemption/Uncharted/Tomb Raider (from the makers of Uncharted, obviously) with a nice balance of story & 3rd person cover shooting. The story itself I can't say much about other than it's seriously awesome :) It will take you on one of the best journeys you'll play all year. That's all I want to say (DON"T READ MUCH ELSE BE AWARE OF SPOILERS!) Where this review gets my maximum praise though is for it's multuiplayer effort which gets seriously overlooked. I consider myself a hardcore MP gamer (with a heavy SOCOM, CS, Halo background) and this is the best entry since some of those games. A hardcore TPS with heavy cover aspects that also incorporates the scavaging/mending aspects from single player. With smaller teams it's the perfect blend of nail bitting edge of your seat action. I'm guessing the game also comes with all DLC released which at a discounted rate makes this the entire package. A must buy for $50, and a must buy for any new PS4 owners

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Storytelling and Character-Driven Masterpiece

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    The Last of Us Remastered is a remastering of the PS3 title, The Last of Us, a game that has been in critical acclaim. This port of the original game made for the PS4 runs at a fantastic 1080p 60 frames per second, creating smooth gameplay with an artistic detail that Naughty Dog couldn't achieve on the PS4. The single player game is simply amazing. The game will tell you the story of Joel, a middle age man who has encountered more than his fair hardships in a post-apocalyptic world. He encounters a girl, Ellie, who may be the key to saving the rest of humanity. We follow these two throughout the game their story is one to experience. The way they develop and gradually start accepting each other in the game is a testament to how far video game story telling has become. The gameplay itself is also very smooth. The third-person aiming feels really good as does the stealth approach to combat. Real gameplay enthusiasts can up the ante with a Survivor mode, designed to make the game extremely challenging. As much as the single player portion is praised, you can't forget about the multiplayer. The multiplayer combat functions the same way as the game, but you are paired with three other players in arenas. The gameplay is tactical and very satisfying. Even today there is a strong multiplayer community. The Last of Us Remastered also comes with the "Left Behind" DLC that was released months after the original game, giving you more insight into the background of Ellie. If you choose to buy this game you are in for money's worth and a wonderful treat.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Truly deserves all the praise!

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    The Last of Us is one of those gems that seems so far and few between these days. Naughty Dog is absolutely, hands-down, one of the true GREAT studios that Sony has so graciously blessed us Playstation owners with. Seriously, has there EVER been even a mediocre Naughty Dog game since its' inception? The Last of Us is absolutely a game that will always stand out for this decade and will certainly become a classic. The storyline is not another zombie game. It plays strongly on human condition, tough decisions, and heart felt moments. It will truly evoke your emotions through the characters and events. The single player campaign is second to none. It is well written, well dialogued, and well scripted. The game play is smooth, often frantic, yet highly rewarding. Strategy combines with run-n-gun differing based on circumstances. Plenty of exploring, plenty of rewards, and lots to discover off the beaten paths. The multiplayer is a whole new experience unlike anything else out there. The grit, panic, dynamics, and overall experience is just another layer of sweet, sweet buttercream icing on top of a diamond-encrusted cake. Seriously, there is almost no game out there that will leave your adrenaline ACTUALLY pumping like being on last stand. Last stand is when your team has no revives left and the enemy team is hunting you down like an animal. Some of the most EPIC gaming moments in my gaming lifetime (22+ years of gaming) has happened during these moments. Overall, if you haven't played TLoU, get with the program!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great story line

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    Okay, so the game isn't actually 100% perfect. But it's pretty close if I do say so myself. There's a few different stances I could take on reviewing this game, but I'm going to take one different from most people. I could talk about the story, as it is easily the shining star of games. But everybody talks about the story. Just go into this game knowing that it is the most gut wrenching, heart throbbing, touching, wonderful story that you will ever experience in your life. But what really makes this game for me is the little things. When you walk up/down stairs, your characters movements change to look like he's actually walking up stairs. When you walk by other people, the characters actually say convincing dialogue and interact with each other. When you shine your flashlight onto another person, they'll actually cover their eyes. It's awesome. That's what makes this game, is the immersion. This game is brutal. And you feel it. When Joel is defending himself, he'll smash someone's head in, or slam them against the wall. You feel the despair that he feels. You feel the hopelessness, and the extreme actions that you have to take to protect yourself, and Ellie. You know that if you make one wrong move, you won't make it. I know it's just a game, and that you'll just respawn, but that's what is so amazing about this game. It completely sucks you in. You see just how gritty, and dark, and cold that the world is, and you're just doing what you can to try and make the difference.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Essential story-driven game

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    TLOU is one of the most acclaimed games of all time. Does it deserve it? Yes... and no. I personally think the story certainly deserves all the praise it gets. It excels in having characters that we might not like, but can sympathize with at the same time. The suspense is always high, and you never know who you can trust. HOWEVER, with all the praise this game gets, I will admit that I was expecting the gameplay to be a BIT better and more involved. There are no technical issues to speak of: the PS4 version runs superbly, and this game makes the PS3 version obsolete. It's just that the mechanics in TLOU are a bit simpler than most action/adventure games like Uncharted. But it works as it should, and is still fun. Just know that the story takes the center stage of this game, not the gameplay. This is especially true for TLOU: Left Behind, the DLC included with the PS4 version. I was actually slightly disappointed with the lack of gameplay in this DLC, but again the story and interactions kept me playing to the end. The Last of Us, whichever system you get it for, in my opinion has the greatest story in any game, and the ending of The Last of Us will never be topped. Play it if you can.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Must Play If You Missed it on PS3

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    This honestly might be the best game I've ever played. I know a lot of people have heard that before, but I believe this is the complete package. It seriously gives HL2 & Bioshock (my 2 other personal favorites) a run for their money. It's nothing we haven't seen before in terms of mechanics/innovation but the story makes you forget about all that. It makes you believe. It makes you feel. Without spoiling anything it's essentially a Walking Dead/Survival Horror type story that plays like a perfect mix of Red Dead Redemption/Uncharted/Tomb Raider (from the makers of Uncharted, obviously) with a nice balance of story & 3rd person cover shooting. The story itself I can't say much about other than it's seriously awesome :) It will take you on one of the best journeys you'll play all year. That's all I want to say (DON"T READ MUCH ELSE BE AWARE OF SPOILERS!) Where this review gets my maximum praise though is for it's multuiplayer effort which gets seriously overlooked. I consider myself a hardcore MP gamer (with a heavy SOCOM, CS, Halo background) and this is the best entry since some of those games. A hardcore TPS with heavy cover aspects that also incorporates the scavaging/mending aspects from single player. With smaller teams it's the perfect blend of nail bitting edge of your seat action. I'm guessing the game also comes with all DLC released which at a discounted rate makes this the entire package. A must buy for $50, and a must buy for any new PS4 owners

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Greatest Game on Playstation Ever!

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    As stated above, hands down it is the greatest Game I've ever played on Playstation. I'm a pretty hardcore gamer and work in the industry. The story to this game will make you smile, cry, swear, jump, and fall in love with Naughty Dog (the maker). It is exceptional and unforgettable. You will want to play it from beginning to end and most likely a few times through. This game is what converted my hardcore xbox-loving brother to Playstation. And he'll never go back lol. I play all consoles, and to this day I can still say after playing games my whole life, nothing beats The Last of Us. The graphics, gameplay, mechanics, audio, story, and multiplayer will completely change your video game standards if you have played as many games as I. It's a game that every playstation owner should have in their collection. I bought this copy as a second copy in case my original copy ever fails me. I started playing the game on ps3 2 or 3 years ago, and moved on to the ps4. I've played the multiplayer almost everynight for a year. Get this game while you can. It will probably change your gaming life. The only con I can say is, Naughty Dog needs to add more map packs as add-ons for multiplayer and they need to improve the box colliders around the objects so you aren't getting shot while behind cover. Sometimes bullets come through walls when they shouldn't be.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Game Ever! 6/5 *

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    If you haven't played "The Last of Us" yet, then you haven't played the best game there is. Here's my story, I knew nothing about "The Last of Us" and it wasn't til a week after it came out for PS3 when I was in the mall at Gamestop with only $30 when someone tried to return the game there and they wouldn't take it back, so I offered the person all the money I had ($30) and they reluctantly said yes. I was excited I got a brand new game for $30 but hoped it was worth it. When I got home I started playing, since then I've played through on Grounded difficulty 8 times and am still playing. This is one of those games that you'd have to be an idiot not to buy! If you haven't seen anything about this game yet then don't search anything up, just take a chance and buy it, then you can have no idea what your in for (like I was) and be totally blown away by how amazing it is! Yes I would recommend this game! I wouldn't even keep my PS4 if it wasn't for this game!

    I would recommend this to a friend