Last week, Naughty Dog released their highly anticipated game, The Last Of Us.
I won’t get into the synopsis or anything since if you’re reading this, I hope you are familiar with the game already. This is not the place for you to be if you don’t want to know anything about the game.
This is the place to be if you’ve already beaten the game and you’d like to have a discussion about what happened throughout and at the end.
So, be warned, there be MONSTERS out there. And by “monsters” I mean spoilers.
You’ve been warned.
I’ll get things started here by sharing a few of my thoughts on the game. Feel free to comment on what I have to say or just add your own points and thoughts that don’t necessarily tie in to what I’m saying… Ready?
It took me a while to get into The Last of Us. The first day or so, I only put a little bit of time into it. The gameplay was a bit clunky at times -I get that it wasn’t an open-world game so there were limited options, but sometimes that drives me a bit bonkers- but the story… oh my gosh, the STORY.
I’ve used this phrase a lot in regards to The Last of Us, but this game seriously just punched me in the FEELS. First there was the Red Wedding (Game of Thrones, just in case you’re not down with that) and now this? My EMOTIONS are being TORN APART.
The game had one of the best opening sequences that instantaneously made me love the man character, despite Joel’s curmudgeonly nature. And ELLIE! What a wonderful character that just had so many layers to her.
Ok… so I’ll skip ahead and go to the ending: how did you feel about it? Was Joel selfish in saving Ellie or was he justified in not letting the Fireflies take her life for the “greater good”?
If you found the notes and recordings around the hospital, there was a recording from Marlene and she notes that there were others and while they don’t say anything more than that, they obviously didn’t extract a cure from that, so why take Ellie’s life for a slim chance at a cure? I know they elaborate a bit more in the game itself talking about the mutation in Ellie’s brain, but still. 20 years after the infection, how effective would a cure really be?