Last of Us


The Last of Us is an action-adventure survival game that takes place in the post-apocalyptic United States. It takes us on the journey of two survivors, Joel and Ellie, who are traveling across what is left of the country to find a cure for a plague that has left the population zombie ridden in the year 2033. Now to back track some, after the zombie outbreak, the government tried to step in and make a vaccine that in turn furthered the progress of the plague. To try and fix their mistakes they created quarantine zones that separated them from the infected to keep them safe. The game is played through first person control and gives cut scenes through different levels to give us the inside look on their life threatening journey.

This video game was released in 2013 and was in the running for the game of the year. This was not only for its gameplay or storyline, but for its amazing graphics. The graphics involved in this game were groundbreaking for high definition being involved in the video game world. These graphics involved the 1080p resolution which was the best at the time. The game was recently remastered for the newest PlayStation and given an even better resolution. With this being said, the graphics take this video game and turn it into more of an interactive cinema. To give you a nice movie experience as you play along with the game.

On a technological aspect there are many different things that make this game better than the rest of its time period. The first being the 1080p resolution. Before this game and a few others, only TV shows were in 1080p resolution. Bringing this idea to video games was revolutionary. A second aspect is its boosted 60 frames per second. This helps the game move at an even smoother pace when moving at faster speeds. This makes the game and graphics more appealing to the eye as well as less overbearing.

The game is made to flow together as you play. You begin with a cut scene that explains the beginning of the story. Once the story is over you are in third person mode and you learn the controls of the game and you begin the journey. As you play along there are objectives and checkpoints that you must reach to continue. Some objectives may require a time limit or even course obstacles to overcome. Some levels are also more difficult than others; although you can set a general difficulty at the beginning.

Throughout the video game there are many different moral obstacles. There are choices you have to make, like killing someone before they turn, or making the choice to leave companions behind. This leaves a lot of themes on the table. One being responsibility. Considering the way the story flows, you have to make the right choice. This involves being the responsible one and doing what needs to be done regardless of consequence. A second theme is value and value in family. Joel and Ellie meet many new people and many new sources of help. With a population so small and little chance of survival, they value the small things in their lives. Joel keeps his younger companion alive, is fighting to the death for her, and begins to see her as a daughter. He values their relationship and knows he would do anything for her.

Overall, this game is an amazing work of art. It feels like a story as you go through each level, while doing so it feels like a movie. As you play you build a connection with the characters, choose favorites, and hope the story turns out the way you want. Games like this changed the way campaign gameplay works, and lets us know how important and intriguing the storyline is to a video game.


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