So I have not played The Last of Us since it first came out on the PS3 back in 2013 and with the sequel coming out this month it was about time for a replay, so what better way then on the remastered version.
In 2013 there is an outbreak of a fungal virus that is spreading across the United States, if you become infected then you lose all control of your body, and the longer it is left to go on then the more infected you become. This causes a mass panic and everyone fends for themselves, this is when we are introduced to Joel who is just trying to get out of the city to save his brother and his daughter, however the army is stopping anyone trying to leave which causes Joel to lose his daughter after she gets shot. 20 years later, Joel is still struggling to cope but he has found a partner in Tess, they have been offered an opportunity they can’t refuse which is when Joel meets Ellie.
For me back in 2013 when I was 16 this was the first game that really made me love stories in games. The game takes you on a journey, you are traveling across the country in order to get Ellie where she needs to be, but it is on that journey through all the struggles of trying to survive but at the same time trying not to become close to anyone in case you lose them makes you love the two main characters. They go through the stereotypical hating each other at first and obviously later on in the game becoming closer but the writers have made it actually become interesting to play through with this trope.
The game is an action adventure/ survival horror and you can add a little bit of RPG in there as well. Your aim is to basically not die and get to your destination safely but in order to do that then you need to be clever with your supplies as you need to save ammo for when you need it the most, which means you have to sneak in order to kill. You need to save your crafting materials for when you need med kits or a molotov otherwise you will probably die. The developers have made it be both fun and a challenge to do this throughout the game, they have done this by making sure that as long as you are playing the game properly and using everything to your advantage then you will have just the right amount of materials to progress. I am not a fan of stealth games personally but even I had fun trying to find a way to sneak kill all of the infected without having to waste my precious bullets for when I needed them.
Voice acting from Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson was fantastic and I couldn’t imagine anyone else being able to voice these characters better than them. You felt every bit of emotion from Joel (Troy) who is still struggling with his past, as well as Ellie (Ashley) who is scared of being alone. Of course the rest of the cast did a great job as well, without them then the game wouldn’t be what it is today.
This game is fucking beauitful for a lack of better words, you could be in some dark basement or up top where the land is taking back the earth you will find yourself looking at just about everything.
It has been 6 years since the release of the remastered and it is still without a doubt one of the best games that the PS4 has got. I personally think that it should be a must play by every PS4 owner just so you are able to understand the hype around the game. There is a reason so many people call this game a masterpiece.