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#0: 06-18-2013 @ 09:01:04 am
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Got this over the weekend.  So far I am a pretty big fan of this.  As in, if it maintains its current momentum, it might fight with Bioshock Infinite for favorite game of 2013 so far.  BSI's world is more interesting, but tLoU's characters and world are more immersive, emotionally sucking you at pretty close to second one.  Plus playing the game on Hard really makes you feel the limited resources, turning each encounter into a puzzle of how to succeed with the expenditure of the least resources.

My biggest beef with the game at the moment is really the PS3 controller.  I'm still not good at twin-stick shooting on the analog sticks on it, so missing my shots with my extremely limited ammo is extra frustrating.

Anyway so far I'm loving it, and I recommend it to anyone who likes emotional video games or survival games or horror games and owns a PS3.  It's really just good so far.

This post was edited by machvergil on June 19, 2013, 10:47 am


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#1: 08-13-2013 @ 05:19:39 am
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Finished this last night.  My overall impression is still very high.  The game is very tense, both in game play and plot, and the characters and music suck you in and keep you there.  There were more than a few places that hit me in the feels, though I feel like I as someone who is not a parent I have a hard time understanding Joel's actions from time to time.

During my wrap up of Bioshock Infinite I said that I would be upset if Elizabeth didn't automatically win "best character" or "best supporting character" or something else like that from every gaming venue.  I want to take that back now because while I'm not sure Elle is better per say, she definitely holds a candle.   The Last of Us does a better job of making Elle relatable, Especially since you get to play her during a few parts, but Elle is also not as helpful or quite as independent as Elizabeth. Either way I think its a boon that two big name games came out this year with side kick characters who kick ass and are well written, fleshed out, and relatable characters.  It is interesting to me that both are 'daughter' surrogates though...

The only thing that stops me from giving The Last of Us an automatic "Favorite game of the year" bid is how frustrating I found the game play in parts.  On the one hand the game deserves praise for trying to blend melee weapons, fist fighting, cover shooting, stealth, all with scarcity survival gameplay into one game and in general it works really well.  The downside is that sometimes the way the game handles certain things feels inconsistent. I'll have one time where I can hide around a corner, have a guy walk past me, and then jump him.  The next respawn, same guy, same cover, he turns around and instantly sees me.  Through trial and error you'll find what things work all the time and come to rely on them.  It is my experience that any time you can rely on stealth take downs or just skipping enemies, this is the better option than trying to kill everything in the room.

The other problem I have with it is that the shooting is kinda frustrating.  In order to make sure you couldn't Rambo your way through the game, Joel starts with some pretty haneous weapon sway while aiming.  This coupled with the fact that I'm already less comfortable on the PS3 controller than keyboard/mouse means that I have missed more than a few shots or taken longer to aim than the AI more than enough times to get frustrated with gun combat overall.  Close range shotgun and the guns with scopes still work pretty well though.

At the end of the day if you have a PS3, and you're a fan of well written and acted games, and think playing a flexible survival game sounds fun, you totally need to play The Last of Us.  Those easily frustrated by dodgy controls should probably give it a pass. I'd even recommend it to those sick of zombies since they really aren't the chief antagonists here as much as they are a cause for circumstances our heroes find themselves in.


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