Videogame review: The Last of Us
Sony’s PlayStation 3 is on its way out and The Last of Us, its latest horror-survival game, is the perfect swan song for this generation's gaming console. Game developer Naughty Dog, makers of the highly successful Uncharted Series has created yet another masterpiece.
The game is situated 20 years after a zombie outbreak has decimated the planet and left the people to survive and somehow establish a new way of living. Sound's familiar? Well yeah, because that's the plot of hundreds of other survivor games and movies, but the similarities end there.
For one, this game doesn't really involve zombie bashing or plowing through hordes of infected monsters and finally facing the main protagonist in the main battle. In fact, there is no real villain here. None of those mini boss battles that we're used to facing after each chapter nor those gigantic mutated zombies that have somewhat developed super powers.
There are only three types of zombie enemies here: The runners, which are the normal zombies who run and come in hordes; the clickers, who are somewhat slow and can only detect you through sound waves or vibrations but harder to kill and they give your position away to all other hordes of zombies; and then the bloaters, who have been infected the longest so they are bigger and emit some sort of airborne spore virus that kills you.
But what truly shines about this game is the fighting mechanics. You’re never really given any special weapon or ability to fight the zombies. One must rely on his ability to avoid confrontation either by escaping or killing the enemies through stealth assaults or by running and gunning tactics.
Rest assured that a head-on confrontation with the zombie hordes would not end in your favor. Your supplies are limited and your melee weapons don't last forever. Although weapons can be upgraded at some point in the game, they don't necessarily tilt to your favor when facing the enemies.
This, combined with the very well-written story line and award-worthy performances of the actors in the cut scenes, gives the game an incredible sense of realism.
In fact, toward the end of the game, you become emotionally attached to the main characters. You feel that, instead of just playing a game, you are living in a nightmare. You become tired of surviving because that is what you are just actually doing in this game -- survive long enough to finally reach your destination.
And when finally you thought you've reached the end, the game will give you a curve ball that may shake your core beliefs.
But I will not give away the ending. It is definitely a must try.
The Last of Us costs about P2,000 with a classification of R18.