The Last of Us Review - A New Apocalypse

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LetalisK:
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?

Metacritic breaks out games by individual consoles. So it makes sense that games with exclusivity to one console would have more reviews by comparison. Every review is in one bucket as opposed to some split between platforms. Tomb Raider, BioShock Infinite and such were multiplatform, while The Last of Us and Ni No Kuni are PS3 exclusives.

Looks like a nice actiony version of The Walking Dead, this just adds up to the list of the (many) games I need to get once I get a PS3.

The really good reason to get a PS3 is because a PS4 won't play PS3 games. Do people just forget the prior generations and turn them all into strictly memories? Not to mention the fact that you're going to be seeing PS3 games for a while after the PS4 comes out, namely Dark Souls 2 off the top of my head.

On topic: Would get this game, spent way too much money on other shit, already played Uncharted 3 times and I just got the Walking Dead. So I'm covered on the action platforming/moving story involving child combo. Maybe when it's cheap or Sony's crazy enough to put it on Plus.

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Vivi22:

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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.

Sorry, but I don't understand this attitude. Even ignoring the fact that previous Playstation consoles were still supported for years after the release of the next gen system, you're basically saying that you'd rather buy an expensive new console for one title, with no guarantee anything else will come out that you'll really be interested in for, potentially, years, instead of buying a cheaper console which you can actually look at the library for it and quantify how many games you missed that you're interested in. And you wouldn't even have to get it now since the price will inevitably drop over the next year or two.

Now I'm not trying to say that you have to get a PS3, but it seems a bit strange to be willing to pay for an unproven new console for one title, rather than paying less for an older console with the same exact title and a proven back catalogue of good games that are cheap as hell now.

OKAY! THAT'S IT! I'M GETTING A PS3! ARE YOU HAPPY NOW SONY?!

Of course, I'll be waiting until the sweet-spot during the post-Christmas sales that are already after the PS4 release. The fact that I'll have an income by then also helps. Hey, I never said I'd be getting a PS3 now...

But yeah, good to see that this came out well, good to see a strong game with a strong female character, and I love the sound of combat that's balanced between stealth and aggression...

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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 feel exactly the same. I really hope they port it over to other platforms at some stage. Mind you I would assume they have a version for the ps4 waiting in the wings. More than likely I'll be getting one of them....

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 ____."

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.

You know what I've noticed? This behaviour only happens with Sony's games.
It doesn't matter what Sony does, the public still hates them.
If Sony cured cancer with a drug that can be administered with a simple injection like any other vaccine, I bet the internet would be full of people complaining that they don't like needles.

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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 feel exactly the same. I really hope they port it over to other platforms at some stage. Mind you I would assume they have a version for the ps4 waiting in the wings. More than likely I'll be getting one of them....

Why would Sony port one of their biggest games to their competitor's platforms? Hell, why would anyone ever port any games to their competitors?

GenGenners:

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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 feel exactly the same. I really hope they port it over to other platforms at some stage. Mind you I would assume they have a version for the ps4 waiting in the wings. More than likely I'll be getting one of them....

Why would Sony port one of their biggest games to their competitor's platforms? Hell, why would anyone ever port any games to their competitors?

At the end of this generation, why not? a man can dream can't he?

Wait...can't he?

Heh, Kinda funny how the game is called "The Last of Us" and it's the last PS3 Exclusive to come out.

DrunkOnEstus:
The really good reason to get a PS3 is because a PS4 won't play PS3 games. Do people just forget the prior generations and turn them all into strictly memories? Not to mention the fact that you're going to be seeing PS3 games for a while after the PS4 comes out, namely Dark Souls 2 off the top of my head.

Heck, I still play Super Metroid at least once a year along with a bunch of other games in that era. Plan on giving a lot of games I missed last generation a try like God Hand. Kinda makes me sad to think of newer generations closing themselves off on great games just because they aren't pushing as many polygons or whatever.

Vivi22:

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Vivi22:

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.

Sorry, but I don't understand this attitude. Even ignoring the fact that previous Playstation consoles were still supported for years after the release of the next gen system, you're basically saying that you'd rather buy an expensive new console for one title, with no guarantee anything else will come out that you'll really be interested in for, potentially, years, instead of buying a cheaper console which you can actually look at the library for it and quantify how many games you missed that you're interested in. And you wouldn't even have to get it now since the price will inevitably drop over the next year or two.

Now I'm not trying to say that you have to get a PS3, but it seems a bit strange to be willing to pay for an unproven new console for one title, rather than paying less for an older console with the same exact title and a proven back catalogue of good games that are cheap as hell now.

I already have a 360, so I have been able to play most console games. The only things I would need a PS3 for are the exclusives, and I have lost interest in plying most of them by this point. Eventually I will forget about The Last of Us and lose interest in it too, and Sony will have lost a sale. Though the PS4 in unproven, if I want to play console games in the future I will eventually need to pick one or the other. The 360 and PS3 will not be supported forever. It just seems to my The Last of Us could have been a good system seller.

Woohooo,glad I preordered Ellie Edition before they were all sold out.I'm glad Naughty Gods still got it.
Also its fun to see some people are freakin out over that 7.5 Polygon review which may very well have been made for the clicks but that's beside the point,the game still sits on top of 95 metacritic score which is quite an amazing feat.(/hype hype hype)

Can't wait to see their stuff on PS4.

Just want to remind people that there are rumors Sony will be using the streaming service Gaikai for PS3 on PS4 emulation.
So if people really believe this could be a system mover, there is your possible solution to playing it on their next system. By that time it will probably cost less as well.

I just do not get all the questions of why would they release this so close to a consoles life cycle? Are people really that jaded and filled with distrust to think a company like Sony would not release a game like this simply as as a way of thanking those who have purchased PS3's? I mean not for nothing, out of the Big 2, they have always come off to me as the company that does care more about making things better/easier for their customers. From the decision to allow any HDD installed on the PS3, to free PSN for multiplayer (yeah yeah it got hacked, move on), they have always done the better job IMHO of "taking care of their customers."

As for the review. I have had this game pre-ordered basically since it was announced. Stopped playing the demo about 15 minutes in as I decided it was best to experience the entire story the way it was meant to be, not in one little snippet. Definitely looking forward to it.

Platform(s): PS3

I own one but refuse to purchase exclusive titles as they are obviously carriers for rectal-cranial disorder. Actually the only thing I do with it is play the occasional BluRay movie, since PC freedom (modding the crap out of crappy games) and better graphics always makes PISS^3 versions look slightly less bland than the X-Brick $3.60.

Besides, I want plant infested zombies in my post-apocalyptic paradise. Guys with dockers and lead pipes really does not scream end of the world to me.

I had a horrible dream about this game where I was watching the ending and it turned out Ellie had to go back in time to retcon everything and Joel was getting eaten in the background. It was pretty fucked up. Hopefully this one's ending isn't half as bad.

I was more interested in this game before I played The Walking Dead. Now that I've played the character-driven-raise-a-child-in-the-zombie-apocalypse story once, I'm kind of meh on this game now. I'll still buy it, but the luster just isn't there anymore.

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GenGenners:

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I feel exactly the same. I really hope they port it over to other platforms at some stage. Mind you I would assume they have a version for the ps4 waiting in the wings. More than likely I'll be getting one of them....

Why would Sony port one of their biggest games to their competitor's platforms? Hell, why would anyone ever port any games to their competitors?

At the end of this generation, why not? a man can dream can't he?

Wait...can't he?

You are aware that this isn't a publishing deal, right? Sony actually OWNS this game, the IP, the technology behind it, and the developer itself. It's all completely in-house, first-party stuff here, funded and resourced entirely from Sony's pockets.

A whole thread full of salty X360 and PC gamers? Lol.

As for releasing a game late in a console cycle, Google GoW 2 and a little console called the PS2.

I youtube'd "last of us walktrough no commentary" only to find multiple vids of people playing the demo...with commentary, along with last light gameplsy 4 vids down.
Guess the day after is too early.
Wish I knew someone who plays this game in view of their window, late at night.

As much as I would love to be excited about this, I don't trust Naughty Dog after I basically bought a PS3 for Uncharted because everyone said it was amazing, only to end up hating nearly everything about it.

GenGenners:
You are aware that this isn't a publishing deal, right? Sony actually OWNS this game, the IP, the technology behind it, and the developer itself. It's all completely in-house, first-party stuff here, funded and resourced entirely from Sony's pockets.

(No sarcasm) Oh!? That's much more impressive. To think that Sony is making games like these. While Microsoft has just announced that halo windows 8 BS. I've been jealous of ps3 since little big planet 1. I don't own one and my 360 is in my closet beside my 64 and dreamcast... but still go team!

GenGenners:

You are aware that this isn't a publishing deal, right? Sony actually OWNS this game, the IP, the technology behind it, and the developer itself. It's all completely in-house, first-party stuff here, funded and resourced entirely from Sony's pockets.

I...was not aware of that, no.

I will leave, hopes and dreams crushed by the cruel hard mallet of fact.

Jim thinks its strange that the enemies ignore ellie? I would You know you always take care of the adult first not the child???? I mean unless it was to take her hostage I could see that.

molly31:
I youtube'd "last of us walktrough no commentary" only to find multiple vids of people playing the demo...with commentary, along with last light gameplsy 4 vids down.
Guess the day after is too early.

The reason for that is quite simple,the game's not released until 14th,it's the review embargo they lifted today in advance.Sony usually doesnt try to bullshit people with the review embargos (from what I've seen)á la Aliens:CM and probably they also wanted the sites to build hype for the game as soon as possible,because with E3 on the horizon,a review would be quickly forgotten in the midst of next-gen news.

SanAndreasSmoke:
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.

Naughty Dog has changed since then, it really won't be truly the same feeling. Both founders left too. Although Andy Gavin is fairing much better than Jason Rubin at this point. I mean... comparatively.

OT: Doesn't really sound like my bag. Which is good because I have no money to spend on it this month. Which is sad because Deadpool and Resident Evil Revelations are on my list too :/

Still looking forwards to Animal Crossing though! Can't wait! Five more days and an agonizingly long wait on the fifth. Stupid UPS, not delivering until 8 PM.

So its good.

Now that its confirmed I'm slightly more annoyed I have to wait another week.

I don't know, I wanna get it but critics went crazy for bioshock infinite and I thought it was just decent.

I'll have to get this game the next time I get money. Let's just hope the hype wasn't for nothing, I do love riding the hype train

deserteagleeye:
I had a horrible dream about this game where I was watching the ending and it turned out Ellie had to go back in time to retcon everything and Joel was getting eaten in the background. It was pretty fucked up. Hopefully this one's ending isn't half as bad.

But what if that was the ending, and you just spoiled it????

Sounds like I Am Alive; but better executed.

I did enjoy I Am Alive though. Didn't get very far though because I was drawn away by my mistress, Crusader Kings II.

I'm still waiting, though, for a hardcore survivalist's game. The Sims: Robinson Crusoe. But with something a little more mature than 'flippidol wappuhdar langpor' and shit more dangerous than, well, deciding whether to shit before or after you invite your friends over.

Quantupus:
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.

Why would they do that? If history shows us anything, it's that the PS3 will still be supported even after the new system is released. One, Sony isn't going to just abandon the install base they already have with the PS3 because not everyone will pick up the new console right away. Two, didn't they stop making PS2 games only a year ago? That's WELL into the life of the PS3.

If anything, now is the BEST time to pick up a PS3. Huge library of games (many of which have HD remakes and collections in one package) and are fairly cheap now. You could pick up games now and be playing for years to come.

ScrabbitRabbit:

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.

Dammit! How did you know?! I was perfectly vague!

Stupid previous Persona 4 posts giving me away...

I really look forward to a demo of this, because i canīt for the life of me figure out whatīs so special about it. It just doesnīt look interesting to me, and i always get kinda sceptical when a game is universally praised, it almost always means that i find it to be complete rubbish. I guess iīm out of touch, but i hope itīs good cause i do miss me some survival horror. Iīm jost really fearing that the game is focused too much on story and too little on gameplay, because i donīt really care about stories as anything else than flavoring to a good gameplay experience.

Yay! I've waited forever for this title. So glad I traded my 360 for a PS3!

kburns10:

Why would they do that?

Because it would make them more money. The point of exclusives is to sell consoles, this exclusive is not going to sell enough consoles to offset the gain of millions of extra potential customers this late in the game. The fact that Sony is the developer doesn't make an exclusive automatically the best decision in any way.

The only sane reason I can think of why they didn't is that they have plans for the future. Either a port to the PS4 or sequels, but that would be a much greater risk than just porting and cashing now. They can do what they want of course, but publishers generally aren't immune to doing stupid things and my guess is this is simply one of them.

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