The Last of Us is a post-apocalypse 3rd person adventure with a distinct focus on naturalness and photorealistic graphics. It is the first title in the IP, followed by the second part, coming out in 2019 by Naughty Dog, mostly known for 'Crash Bandicoot' and 'Uncharted' series.
You play as Joel, delivering small requests in America, the year 2033, precisely 20 years after Cordyceps fungus catastrophe which have turned human hosts into infected shrooms. Your next quest is to deliver 14 years-old Ellie, immune to the virus to the hospital in the other end of a state. It is a usual story of two characters getting along throughout their journey.
You need to fight fungus infected and usual soldiers, patrolling the territory — ammo and health are of the essence here, because it is post-apocalypse and everyone is short of resources. You face multiple encounters with bosses, various traps, and numerous puzzles. Let alone the number of collectibles telling a complete story of an epidemic world.
I really loved this game. The story, the gameplay and the graphics are all on point. This game made me feel like I was in there, and gave me the right feels at the right moment. I think this game is perfect in its own way.
This is what I direct people to when I want to show them an example of a game with a well written, deep story with fantastic characters. This isn't your typical game with glorified violence and a story that's used as an excuse for gameplay. This is a mature story that brought me through an emotional rollercoaster. Gameplay is fine, it's satisfying to play and allows space for the story to shine. It has well-written dialogue and characters. The story is great at taking the characters through a self-reflective journey for them. The soundtrack is fantastic, having a very quiet tone that embraces the zombie genre.
In general, this game still holds up as one of the best story driven games to date.
The story is better than the actual gameplay, but it's still a pretty solid experience all in all. I liked it, but not nearly as much as other people do. As an experience, it's well worth going through at least once. I wouldn't consider it to be an exceptional game though.
Easily one of the best narratives in all of gaming, even if the gameplay isn't revolutionary. Not a fun game by any means, oftentimes it feels like trudging through the depths of despair permeated with brief moments of solace but it's just so goddamn powerful.