Her success means the player is successful, and her hardened exterior is the perfect complement to her complete ignorance of the world before it was destroyed.Ellie was born after the collapse, and as such, she’s full of questions and wonder, often communicated through the many contextual conversations she and Joel share. The interplay between Joel and Ellie, as well as the other characters you meet on your adventure, is one of the great highlights in The Last of Us.Players are cast in the role of Joel, a grizzled and tired survivor stuck in a cycle any person could imagine finding oneself in two decades after the collapse of society.
Like The Road, The Last of Us is perpetually dangerous and unpredictable, and like The Road, what happened to get society to a point of rapid decay isn’t the focus.
It’s the story of the characters at hand, and those characters alone, at the center of both plots.
The Last of Us takes place in 2033, so the regular world Joel harkens back to on occasion is one you and I understand. Joel can be cold and ruthless, but those around him have the propensity to be far worse.
It’s fascinating to think about how he’s evolved since the world crumbled around him, and even if he does what’s necessary to stay alive – including stealing and murdering – it’s hard to fault him for it. As riveting as Joel is, he isn’t the only character of consequence in The Last of Us.
The Last of Us demands exploration, not only to scour for needed supplies, but to satisfy your curiosity.
The Last of Us is undoubtedly pretty to look at, but that beauty is often overshadowed by imminent peril.Forests, fields and wooded trails are overgrown, dense, and lush.Abandoned villages and metropolises alike are eerie, silent, and crumbling.But rest assured, it’s very helpful, especially later in your quest.The beauty of stealth in The Last of Us is the incredible, uncomfortable realism you’re forced to witness each and every time you execute a silent kill.She’ll pick through records at a music store, become fascinated with wildlife she’s never seen before, and ask a million questions about the past. Voice acting is not only consistently superb, but the game’s graphical beauty makes the events of The Last of Us overflow with realism.