The Last of Us is a third-person action game developed by Naughty Dog, known for the Uncharted series as well as Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter. The game takes the player on a journey to the post-apocalyptic United States. The game is cinematic, with a strong focus on story and character relationships, and is one of the highest rated PlayStation exclusive games.
The Last of Us Remastered
In 2014, a refreshed version of the game subtitled Remastered was released for the PlayStation 4 console. It improved the original in a number of ways. The PS4 version runs at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second, resulting in a smoother experience. A few cosmetic improvements have been added, such as the colour of the LED light on the DualShock 4 controller changing depending on our health. Textures and shadows have also been improved. Completely new to the Remastered version is a photo mode that allows you to easily capture in-game moments. Remastered version includes all released DLC, including the warmly welcomed Left Behind.
The Last of Us Remake
In 2021, it was reported that TLoU would also be coming to PlayStation 5, this time as a full-fledged remake. It is set to be developed by Naughty Dog.
TLoU is set in 2033, twenty years after the fall of civilisation. Humanity has been decimated by a pandemic of the cordyceps fungus. Usually preying only on insects, the fungus has mutated and begun attacking humans, causing a contagious and incurable brain disease. Those infected slowly turned into aggressive, bloodthirsty beasts, living only to spread the infection. Most of Earth's population died or was infected in the first months of the pandemic. With the collapse of the government, the military has taken control of the US, ruthlessly treating any attempts at resistance. People live in quarantine zones that they cannot leave. The greatest threat to the status quo are the rebels known as the Fireflies. They oppose military control and are desperately trying to develop a vaccine for cordyceps.
The main character of the game is Joel, a 50+ year old smuggler, tired of life. During the outbreak of a pandemic, he experienced a personal tragedy that changed him forever. The protagonist is hired by the Fireflies for an important task. The rebels want Joel to escort orphaned teenager Ellie to the other side of the country. It soon becomes clear that the girl is immune to cordyceps spores. Joel and Ellie embark on a long journey through a post-apocalyptic USA.
Gameplay in The Last of Us is observed from a third-person perspective. Game can be divided into two main elements - exploration and fight. During the calmer moments of the game our task is to explore various locations, search for resources and solve simple puzzles, as well as listen to conversations between Joel and Ellie and observe the bond building between them. We have the opportunity to visit suburban houses, underground tunnels, sewers and cities overrun by bandits. From time to time, we come across puzzles, most often involving finding a safe passage: Ellie can't swim, so the player has to guide her to the other side.
While exploring, the player must be careful and look into every corner. The maps are full of resources and finds for survival. The crafting system allows the player to create useful items from collected materials. For example, metal and duct tape can be used to make a blade that can instantly kill an enemy. Alcohol and rags can be combined into a first aid kit or a Molotov cocktail. Unfortunately, the player cannot create ammunition, it can only be found or taken from defeated enemies. Joel can also find supplements and survival manuals. Supplements are used to improve the hero's skills. Manuals on the other hand improve items, for example allowing you to create more durable blades.
Our resources become useful when we encounter infected or hostile survivors. Combat focuses on stealth. The artificial intelligence of enemies is advanced and adds to the sense of realism. Opponents use cover, try to flank you, and become more aggressive if you run out of ammo. Joel has access to a so-called listening mode, which lets the player see silhouettes of enemies through walls. We can also throw bottles and bricks to confuse enemies and distract them. When attacking an enemy from cover, we can slowly strangle them, or quickly kill them with a blade. This gives the player many options to resolve skirmishes.
Apart from humans, Joel is also threatened by several types of infected. Runners are fast and attack in large groups. However, their attacks are very weak, so they can be easily defeated with bare fists. Stalkers hide in the shadows and attack by surprise. Clickers have considerable strength, kill Joel with a single blow and are immune to strangulation. They are blind and locate enemies by echolocation, so it is best to avoid them, kill them with a blade, cold weapon or firearm. The most dangerous type of infected are the Bloaters. They are highly resistant to damage, can throw caustic spores, and approaching one will result in instant death. When fighting Bloaters, the player will almost always use near-all resources.
TLoU features great audiovisuals. Level designs, character models and objects impress with their attention to detail. Motion capture technology used in the game results in realistic movement and facial animations. Music composed by Gustavo Santaolalla also makes an impression.
In addition to a campaign with twelve chapters, the game also includes extensive competitive multiplayer. The multiplayer gameplay is based on stealth, sneaking and attacking enemies by surprise. The player can choose from three modes: Supply Raid, Survivors and Interrogation. Each of these involves two teams of four players competing against each other.
Supply Raid is a typical team deathmatch. Each team has a pool of twenty revives, which decreases with each death. The team that eliminates all enemies wins. Survivors is a more tactical gameplay mode. Killed players are only revived at the end of the round. To win, all opponents must be eliminated in four rounds. The final game mode is Interrogation. Unlike the previous modes, killed players are reborn indefinitely. Both teams have a hidden, locked cache that they cannot allow to be opened. In order to learn the location of the enemy cache, players must attack enemies from hiding and interrogate them. Victory is achieved by the team that completes a certain number of interrogations and opens the enemy cache.
Game mode: single / multiplayer Multiplayer mode: Internet Player counter: 1-8
User score: 8,6 / 10 based on 10737 votes.
Pre-release expectations: 9.1 / 10 based on 1211 votes.
PEGI rating The Last of Us