I was living in a small college town when a certain Playstation 3 game titled The Last of Us was released on Sony’s said console platform in 2013. When all of the trailers and press were dropped for the game, I was intrigued, to say the least, despite the fact that I was growing tired of the horror/survival genre across all entertainment front. It seemed like every every other show, game or movie was about zombies. The Resident Evil games (and the blockbuster films that were based on them), were getting played out. The Walking Dead was red hot on television, but I absolutely had no interest. However, after sitting down for the next week and a half after playing through The Last of Us, every aspect of its sprawling gameplay and and it’s story, I became enamored with. From exploring that beautiful (yet perilous) landscapes of the state of Massachusetts, to dealing with infected zombie-esque people and fully armed militias, to the development of the father and daughter-esque relationship between the game’s main characters, Joel a grizzled man nearing his fifties, and teenage girl Ellie (voiced by actors Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, respectively.), The Last of Us left such an impression on me, that any other horror/survival game that entered my vicinity was a major letdown in comparison.
Now here I am, 7 years later, living further away from the aforementioned college town, just finishing the long-awaited sequel to the game, simply titled The Last of Us, part II, after years of speculation and hype by industry experts and fans. The story of the sequel (which is on Sony’s Playstation 4 game console) starts off 4 years after the events of the original game, where we find our main protagonists now living a somewhat simpler life in a Northwestern settlement. However, as the old saying goes —
“Nothing (seemingly) gold can stay”
In The Last of Us, it was all about the survival of Joel and Ellie, and the tangibility of their fear. The Last of Us, part II is a story of far more than just that. Without spoiling anything, this is also a story of loyalty, love, sacrifice, and the lengths that a human being can go for the sake of vengeance. Given all of this, I implore you, to try this game (assuming you have a Sony Playstation 4). Ignore the click-bait level YouTube videos that complain about the more spoiler-territory elements of the game. Trust me when I say that it is more than worth your money and time experience this… visually stunning (and terrifying) odyssey of adventure, survival and pain.
Spoilers, coming soon.
photo cred: Sony Computer Entertainment