This was probably one out of three of the last PS3 games that I was super excited for and just couldn’t wait for it to come out because it was one of those over hyped exclusives and I just had to see if the hype was real. Not to mention it came from one of my top 5 studio’s for making AAA games, which is Naughty Dog. Anyway, you know the deal if it ended up on this list it means that for some reason I didn’t finish it so keep reading to find out why.
In The Last of Us, you play as Joel. Joel is one of the survivors of the outbreak of the cordyceps virus. He’s carrying some major baggage of his own and will be tasked with taking care of Ellie. Ellie is immune to the cordyceps virus and a group called the Fireflies want her. They want her to save the rest of the world and get rid of this virus hoping to make a vaccine from her. In order to get to the Fireflies, Joel will have to escort Ellie through some dangerous areas filled with people infected by the cordyceps virus and bandits, meet some dangerous and not so dangerous people, and then finally turn her over to the Fireflies. During this time though, Joel will bond with Ellie, something he never thought he would be able to do after suffering his own loss and will have to make the hardest decision of his life by the end of the game.
Within the first twenty minutes of playing this game I was in tears. Not like simple tears rolling down your cheek as you watch a sad game, but actual sobbing tears. I knew this game was going to be good from there on out, but the thing is that after that major scene in the beginning of the game, things kind of took a nose dive and went in the opposite direction. Things majorly slowed down and as much as I tried I couldn’t get into this game. It took me weeks to actually get to a part that just blew my mind away and then I couldn’t put down the controller until the story of the game was finished. By the end of the game, I was thoroughly impressed and emotionally captivated by this brilliant game. I even went to play the multiplayer, which I was horrible at, for a little while too before putting this game down. So the reason for not finishing it was basically that I felt like this was a one and done kind of game. Some great games are like that and that’s perfectly fine. This was one of those games for me. I had finished the game and seen the whole story play out, but I just couldn’t go back and play again.
As you can see from the picture above, I was able to get a 4 out of the base 24 trophies for this game, 50 all together if you count the DLC. The thing is, the game wasn’t filled with trophies like other games, because this was a serious game. It wasn’t some fluff game that had you shoot someone in the balls for a trophy. The trophy list was simple and just involved playing the game on all modes, playing on new game + modes, and collectibles. That was it. There were also multiplayer trophies and like I said before I was really bad at the multiplayer so that was out of the question. Anyway, I’m not upset about my 4 trophies since the platinum for this game is ultra-rare and for me it was just about the experience with the game and not the trophies.
Probability of this game getting played again…1 out of 5.
While I really thought that this game was amazing and groundbreaking, not to mention that I can’t wait for Part 2, I can’t see myself playing this game again. As I said before I experienced the story once and that was all I needed. This is one of the games where I really didn’t care all that much about the trophies and still don’t. While I ranked this as a one, there is a huge possibility that by the time the announcement of an actual release date for Part 2 comes out, I might go back and play this just because. If I do though it won’t be for the trophies and will be just to have some reference for the second game.
Now it’s your turn. Did you love this game? Hate it? Fall in and out of love with it before ending up just loving it? Let me know in the comments section below. As for next week, I have to say that I really had no idea what to play at this time. I had no one telling me what to play and what not to play so I was free to do whatever, but when you’re given so many options it’s insane to try to pick just one game. Anyway, because I did enjoy playing Little Big Planet 2 even though I didn’t finish it, I decided I would play another free PS+ Little Big Planet game. This time it was Little Big Planet Karting. What could possibly go wrong with this and why did it end up on this list? I’ll let you know next week.