The Last of Us Review - A New Apocalypse

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The Last of Us Review - A New Apocalypse

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Wait... this is out already? Damn, that one snuck up on me.

Ah well, sounds good. Purchasing ASAP.

Yeah, the reviews this is getting do make me bitter it's not coming out on other platforms. First Journey, now this. I hope Sony is port-friendlier next generation.

Still, I've got more than enough gaming backlog as it is, so I guess it's not like I'm lacking for something to play.

Araksardet:
Yeah, the reviews this is getting do make me bitter it's not coming out on other platforms. First Journey, now this. I hope Sony is port-friendlier next generation.

Still, I've got more than enough gaming backlog as it is, so I guess it's not like I'm lacking for something to play.

Exactly. It seems weird that they would release such a high profile console exclusive so late in the console cycle. I might have bought a PS4 to play this game, but there's no point in buying a PS3 at this point.

I thought there was still a month or two before this came out. Sheesh...where does the time go?

I may have to wait to get this. I just finished up The Walking Dead adventure game and my emotions need some time to recover.

Can't wait for the next gen to arrive so I can spend most of it playing all the current-gen exclusives I've missed out on with a heavily discounted PS3.

The Last of Us has held my attention for a whole year and I don't even have the means to play it. I've missed Naughty Dog... Jak 3 was so long ago.

really want to play it. but i cant since its PS3 only :(

Araksardet:
Yeah, the reviews this is getting do make me bitter it's not coming out on other platforms. First Journey, now this. I hope Sony is port-friendlier next generation.

Sony owns Naughty Dog. This game not being on other platforms has nothing to do with any sort of exclusivity agreements or publishing a third party title. They literally own this game and the company that made it.

Quantupus:
Exactly. It seems weird that they would release such a high profile console exclusive so late in the console cycle. I might have bought a PS4 to play this game, but there's no point in buying a PS3 at this point.

How is it weird to release a high profile console exclusive for a console with, what is it now, 60 million units out there? Especially when they're able to build on the knowledge they've developed over three previous games. I'm also not sure I see how there's no point in buying a PS3 now. It's cheaper than ever and has almost seven years worth of exclusives to catch up on for those who don't have one. If anything, there's never a better time to buy one.

Looks like a really promising game. This makes me wish I had a PS3, oh well it happens.

Zhukov:
Wait... this is out already? Damn, that one snuck up on me.

Ah well, sounds good. Purchasing ASAP.

According to metacritic it doesn't release for another 8.5 days.

Sony just doesn't have a review embargo over this game as they know it will get overwhelming positive reviews, and they dont have to trick people into buying it like some games do (Cough Colonial Marines)

OT: Its a shame Sony decided to make this an exclusive on a console that will be dead in a few months.

Very balanced review.
I hope I'll be able to finish it, but I'm just so very tired of post-apoc zombie games/movies/stories and bland action-adventure-shooters.

I'm really wondering how a game that combines the single most tired genre of gameplay with the single most tired genre of story is able to get such positive hype. Not trying to trollbait, really.
Just really... curious.

Stop! Stop with the reviews and praise god damn it! I won't be able to buy PS3 until the next week, ok?!

IllumInaTIma:
Stop! Stop with the reviews and praise god damn it! I won't be able to buy PS3 until the next week, ok?!

At least you know you'll be getting one! >]=(

This review felt very bland to me. I mean, is was fair I suppose, but bland. I guess its better than over hyping it like a lot of review sites do, but considering the admittedly over-enjoyment I had with the Demo, I guess not everyone can share my excitement for this game. The review didn't ruin my enthusiasm though :P Like I said, it seemed fair enough

Funny, I was just listening to a podcast from Friday about the leaked review of this game calling it the best game of this generation.

I went up to metacritic and The Last of Us is absolutely killing it on the critic reviews. It'll be interesting to see how user reviews pan out. I was curious how The Last of Us had 42 critic reviews before even being released, yet Tomb Raider Bioshock Infinite have 27 reviews and MLB 13 has 36. Then I looked at Ni No Kuni with its 89 critic reviews. Is this disparity in number of critic reviews normal?

Desert Punk:
According to metacritic it doesn't release for another 8.5 days.

Sony just doesn't have a review embargo over this game as they know it will get overwhelming positive reviews, and they dont have to trick people into buying it like some games do (Cough Colonial Marines)

OT: Its a shame Sony decided to make this an exclusive on a console that will be dead in a few months.

There's also some little event going on next week that would drown out even the best game releases, so it behooves them to not coincide review embargoes and get lost in the noise.

So basically, they took the Walking Dead and added actual gameplay

I dunno, zombie games have been done to absolute death. I can't muster up any motivation to go and buy a PS3 just for yet another fucking zombie game. Just... Ugh. Remember when zombies were cool and fresh?

Yay well written characters. Oh and children. Because you can't have an emotional story in a zombie game without having to sacrifice yourself/other people for a little girl 50 times in a row.

Sorry, I just HATE child characters. HATE. I hate children in real life too, the whiny brats but in a story it's like "yo dawg, I heard you have inbuilt ma/paternal instincts for protecting the offspring of your species. Let me just abuse the shit out of an impulse you just cannot control for an "emotionally moving" story."

Yeah i can use quotes within quotes. Come at me Grammar Bros!

One child character in the history of gaming I have actually liked. No, not Clementine, although she was tolerable.

Jim Sterling gave it a 10 out of 10 and he hates everything. IGN also gave it a 10, but they're super horny for Naughty Dog, so that doesn't mean as much.

Anyways, I think I'm going to buy it instead of Bioshock Infinite. That's if I have enough time to play it what with work being 14 hours daily, everyday for the past month. I might get to play videogames around September at this rate. But that's when Battlefield 4's Beta comes out and Battlefield takes precedence over everything else. But then I'm also on academic probation when I go back to University so I definitely have to study more. So, I don't think I'm playing this or Bioshock till Christmas break. But that's when the next-gen consoles come out, and that might peak my interest, too. But I also might work Christmas break. I think I'm just gonna give up videogames for a while.

The Wykydtron:

Yay well written characters. Oh and children. Because you can't have an emotional story in a zombie game without having to sacrifice yourself/other people for a little girl 50 times in a row.

For what it's worth, the reviews seem to be indicating that Ellie is an asset much more often than she is a liability. In Jim Sterling's review, he noted how it was actually a little immersion breaking to see the enemies completely ignoring her in favor of concentrating on him even though she's right in front of them.

I find it interesting that this game is basically one big escort quest, though. XD

"It's about what happens when you put a reluctant hero in a dire situation, surrounded by enemies, with only a memory to keep him fighting."

So EVERY WESTERN MALE PROTAGONIST EVER.

Got it.

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last of us is....PEOPLE!

finally the developers get what all those sucessful zombie films were about.
people interacting with people during a hypothetical life threatening scenario.

i only wish i could get this game for pc.

Well since I own a PS3 and am not burned out on zombie games like everyone else(haven't bought one since... I don't know. Resident Evil 2?), I think I'll go pick this up.

Oh I can't wait for it to be released, the environments look like they'll be so much fun to explore.
I'm just hoping they don't turn out to be just large hallways.

*Sigh*

"Generic gameplay, cliche plot, lackluster busywork to drag out sections of the game" Am I the only person who heard these parts of the review? This is Uncharted all over again... and I hated Uncharted. Even the bit where Josh tries to make the repetition of enemies sound better is dually giving me flashbacks to Uncharted and to a lesser extent FUSE.

The only thing to make me not even consider this at a below $30 dollar price range at this point is the fact no one said it's platforming or setpieces mattered. Progress?

*grabs http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQjhwbwaSWzEIyIT8q9Vo8l9NZXlPA5Th6YHrx7c7Vu-sxZYu4R *

I'm not trying to cause some sort of debate or flame war it's just... gah, Naughty Dog! I was trying to keep high hopes for this game! Why do you have to continually be the Nickleback of gaming in my eye? You made Jak & Daxter! Crash Bandicoot!

I'll write it down in my time-travelling box to-be-opened in 2020 for when a functional PS3 Emulator has made it to the market.

Not getting a PS3 now, still wondering what made people think a PS3 exclusive at this point was a lucrative idea for either studio or publisher.

Gutted this is a PS3 exclusive! I know the thing to do is to buy a console from the previous generation on the cheap and work through the classics, but I've got enough on the PC to keep me going for years (plus, I prefer it as a platform) and I don't know of enough on PS3 to make me pick one up.

Sounds like a decent game then, with all the other reviews coming in. Here's hoping it gets ported to PC so I can actually play it at some point. :-/

To be honest I just can't get myself hyped for this game. I've already played a game where you escort a child through a zombie-infested world with the focus on characters and humans instead of the zombies, and it was called Bikini Zombie Slayers. I'm just going to go through this game thinking "How long until Joel dies?" because there is no other way this game could end for me (I have no idea about the ending, so this wasn't spoilers).

I'm also not that enthused about the gameplay. I'm tired of stealth gameplay of "Walk behind man... strangle him". If a game is going to do stealth they have to make it the focus and add a TON of different gadgets and cool ways to make the stealth better (see early MGS, Hitman and Splinter Cell). The gunplay doesn't excite me, since from what I've seen (and played of the demo) it's pretty much just Uncharted's gunplay, which I've never liked.

Aww I so want this game. If anyone has wanted to buy a PS3 for a complete stranger, well now is your chance! Send Able Seacat a PS3 and get a guaranteed nothing in return! But quick this is a limited time offer so send your PS3s now!!

LetalisK:

The Wykydtron:

Yay well written characters. Oh and children. Because you can't have an emotional story in a zombie game without having to sacrifice yourself/other people for a little girl 50 times in a row.

For what it's worth, the reviews seem to be indicating that Ellie is an asset much more often than she is a liability. In Jim Sterling's review, he noted how it was actually a little immersion breaking to see the enemies completely ignoring her in favor of concentrating on him even though she's right in front of them.

I find it interesting that this game is basically one big escort quest, though. XD

Pffff, the REAL Escort Quest: The Game would be ICO on the PS2. I never got that far into it because it's too hard (shut up it is) but it was really good. You basically lead a mute girl around by the hand the whole game and I swear he's trying to dislocate her shoulder by how hard he pulls on her sometimes.

The best is when I randomly die because I left her alone for a minute to go exploring and she gets kidnapped by demons before I can climb back down and save her.

Women!

The Wykydtron:
One child character in the history of gaming I have actually liked. No, not Clementine, although she was tolerable.

I'm going to guess... Nanako?

OT: Game seems interesting but the things that @Parakeettheprawn pointed out, stand out to me, too. I also share his dislike of Uncharted. I was watching a video of the demo and the first two monster encounters were a QTE and a cutscene respectively. It completely murdered the tension.

Still, it looks enjoyable and "cinematic" pretensions aside it seems like my kinda thing.

Anyone else finding it odd how many people are hoping that a game that's made by Naught Dog, a company exclusive to Sony, gets ported to other systems? I thought this would be common knowledge by now. Don't hear about people going "I hope Mario Galaxy gets ported to ____."

Anyway seems to be getting good reviews, but I like seeing the less than perfect scores for an anticipated title just to reign in my expectations.

Arslan Aladeen:
Anyone else finding it odd how many people are hoping that a game that's made by Naught Dog, a company exclusive to Sony, gets ported to other systems? I thought this would be common knowledge by now. Don't hear about people going "I hope Mario Galaxy gets ported to ____."

Not only do I find it odd, I find it even stranger that people keep saying those things right after I posted about the fact that Sony owns Naughty Dog to correct one of the earlier comments. I guess it just goes to show that most people don't actually read any of the posts in the thread they comment in.

Vivi22:

Arslan Aladeen:
Anyone else finding it odd how many people are hoping that a game that's made by Naught Dog, a company exclusive to Sony, gets ported to other systems? I thought this would be common knowledge by now. Don't hear about people going "I hope Mario Galaxy gets ported to ____."

Not only do I find it odd, I find it even stranger that people keep saying those things right after I posted about the fact that Sony owns Naughty Dog to correct one of the earlier comments. I guess it just goes to show that most people don't actually read any of the posts in the thread they comment in.

I might skip some posts if it's multiple pages long. To be fair though, some of those peoples may have been writing up their comments before you posted and just didn't see yours.

Vivi22:

Quantupus:
Exactly. It seems weird that they would release such a high profile console exclusive so late in the console cycle. I might have bought a PS4 to play this game, but there's no point in buying a PS3 at this point.

How is it weird to release a high profile console exclusive for a console with, what is it now, 60 million units out there? Especially when they're able to build on the knowledge they've developed over three previous games. I'm also not sure I see how there's no point in buying a PS3 now. It's cheaper than ever and has almost seven years worth of exclusives to catch up on for those who don't have one. If anything, there's never a better time to buy one.

I personally don't want to buy a $300 console that might not get any new games developed for it once the PS4 comes out, just for the sake of playing a few older exclusives. Though, I might have adopted the PS4 as my new gaming console if this was one of the first games to come out for it.

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