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The Last of Us

Discussion in 'Console Gaming' started by Geoff, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. Geoff

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    Seems like a good number of our members have played (or watched LPs) The Last of Us, so what are your thoughts? Does it live up to the hype? Let's get some discussion of the game going on in here.
     
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    This game has been sold out EVERYWHERE in my city for at least two weeks now. My roommate finally broke down and just bought it off PSN over the weekend.

    And honestly? We were both disappointed with it. He's a big fan of the Uncharted series and this game is supposed to be similar, so he's been wanting to play it for a while. I knew I wouldn't like the gameplay but I'd heard such great things about the story that I wanted to see the game too. So we went into it with really high hopes.

    The beginning is amazing. I hope everyone, if they never intend on playing the game, gets to experience it somehow. It set the atmosphere so well and I just... I loved it so much.

    Big early game spoilers below
    I knew that something had to happen to main character's daughter because she wasn't Ellie and I knew Ellie was really the only other big character in the game... so I wasn't getting attached to her but to die like that? So abruptly? It's often rare to actually see people die violently on screen in a video game like this, nevermind CHILDREN. It threw me for a loop and I knew then that the game was going to be powerful and really good.

    Except then it wasn't.

    The combat seemed really clunky. The whole time, I sat there happy that it wasn't me playing. Every action seemed frustrating and while ammo wasn't as rare as the internet seemed to imply it was (seriously, have those people only ever played COD or Halo where ammo is EVERYWHERE??), the fact that everything was so sensitive to noise from gunshots seemed to get old fast. The enemies were bland and boring. There were... what... three different types that I saw throughout the whole game? Okay. The game very much suffered from typical FPS go-from-point-A-to-point-B-and-kill-the-same-groups-of-in-each-new-room. And god, all the water sequences? WHY DID THEY EVEN PUT ONE IN, NEVERMIND LIKE 5?? Did they think people would like it?? I honest to god don't understand the water raft parts or why they were there at all.

    Plot spoilers
    Right so story-wise, the main character was your typical white male indifferent asshole which was REALLY DISAPPOINTING because I thought we were going to get a sympathetic father character, especially after that opening sequence. But nope, he got all bristly and closed-up because of what happened. Which fine, okay. I get it. But the fact that he took so long to warm up to Ellie? That... wasn't appealing to me at all. She was SUCH a great character. Total plot device, sure, but I found her character really realistic and just... refreshing. Her idle chatter was nice and she was just a great kid to have around. For a game that is entirely an escort mission, she was never annoying (...to me, a bystander in the experience haha). I admittedly was not there for whenever Joel (is that the name of the main guy? It is now) had his "aha" moment and decided he actually cared about Ellie and decided to accompany her the rest of the way instead of dumping her on his brother but the fact that it wasn't built up to makes me feel it probably wasn't great anyway. I certainly have no real desire to look it up, anyway. (I was making dinner when my roommate hit that part...)

    Also there wasn't really a story to the game. There was a goal, but there wasn't a story. We get notice that it's 20 years later. There's no evidence that it's been 20 years except that it showed up in a subtitle and sometimes they try to reference the fact that Ellie doesn't "get" things like coffee shops and other pre-apocalyptic ideas. It doesn't LOOK 20 years later, society hasn't progressed or regressed much at all. Had you told me it was 2 years later, I'd believe that too. The goal was to get Ellie to the resistance group or whatever since she's immune to the disease but beyond that... there's nothing. No draw to the game whatsoever. Joel does his best to leave Ellie off to the side for the bulk of the game, refusing to even give her a weapon. The best part of the game after the beginning for me was during the time you control Ellie because that's seriously the only part that was interesting. Joel was such a deadbeat, unlikable, unrelatable main character and I think the game was seriously hindered by his lack of warm personality. It contrasted too much with Ellie and made whatever relationship they had completely bland.

    The ending though? Whatever semblance of plot the game DID have was completely destroyed by the ending choice that Joel made! He's just damning humanity because he finally decided he likes the little girl he spent the bulk of the game hoping to ignore? Maybe if they built up the relationship between the two that would be believable and/or acceptable but the way it was presented, it just pissed me the hell off. I'll admit they probably ended it in just the right place given what they decided to do for the final decision... I think it was a beautiful ending cinematically but man did I hate what led up to it. u_u

    also goddamnit why were there giraffes ;_;

    lol I hope more people than just me here have played/watched this so this rant wasn't for nothing.
     
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    I finished it a while back and was pretty impressed by it. I loved the story - it's probably one of the most mature games I've played, and that isn't in terms of violence; it definitely takes care of the themes and concepts that it chooses to represent - and the gameplay was good, if not a bit unrefined. The multiplayer's a lot of fun too, though it's kind of simple and lacking in features at the moment compared to other games. Then again, TLoU's main attraction wasn't the multiplayer mode, so it's understandable.

    ... It's always been said that The Last of Us isn't supposed to be like Uncharted. :S The game plays nothing like it, even its story is totally different.
     
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    Well, he's the one who picked it up based on liking ND's other stuff. It had no bearing on my interest for or disappointment in the game.
     
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    Fair enough. The only stuff I found that was similar to Uncharted were the visuals and how the movement/gunplay felt, which makes sense since they run on the same engine. Everything else was totally different, though.
     
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    It is the most mature game I've ever experienced as well, and like you said, not in terms of violence. It was a game that respected the gamer. It gave a smart, thrilling (although not original) story full of memorable twists and turns. However, the gameplay only became interesting to me once Winter came. It appeared very repetitive prior to the Winter chapter. Of course, I probably would have a different opinion of the gameplay if I actually played the game. :lol:
     
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    Looks great. Been watching GuudeBoulderfist's LP of it and it looks like a lot of fun. I wish I had a PS3 to play though!
     
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    I'm sorry for necro'ing a thread that was never really alive to begin with, but Sony released this video today detailing an alternate ending of the game, and it isn't exactly what you would expect. If you don't care about spoilers for the game, or if you've already finished it, you definitely need to watch it. Even if you know nothing about the game, it's... impressive, to say the least. And hilarious, too.
     
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    That really was funny!

    I can't believe the guy who portrayed Joel is the Joker in Batman: Arkham Origins. Two completely different characters.
     
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    Yup. Troy Baker also plays Snow (Final Fantasy XIII), Booker (BioShock Infinite), Yuri (Tales of Vesperia), Revolver Ocelot (Metal Gear Solid V), Kanji (Persona 4), and Jake Muller (Resident Evil 6). He's basically on the same level as Nolan North and Johnny Yong Bosch in terms of his number of roles nowadays.
     

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