Pros: A different kind of 'zombie' game, creepy atmosphere
Cons: Overrated, lackluster graphics, irritating story
As soon as you start, the game it sucks you in. This is a good thing right? After you have been successfully sucked in, the game swiftly proceeds to take everything you ever loved away from you (literally).
As an avid follower of comics and films, I am a strong believer in the fact that you need a strong and somewhat likable protagonist. While the protagonist, Joel, is strong, he is hardly likable. In my opinion, that is already the first blow to the game. While he does slowly soften up over the course of the game, it is still hard to get to a place where you actually like him, even by the end of the game.
I feel like the whole zombie genre is getting played out, starting with The Walking Dead, so it's hard for this story to be really unique. There is a virus, there is a cure, there are zombies; sound familiar? While the environment is definitely creepy (one of the best things about the game), dealing with it can be very frustrating. The weapon system is wacky, you want to be that cool guy sneaking around and killing zombies, but sometimes you just want to be able to survive, and TLoU makes that pretty difficult.
I saw the ambition of the graphics, but the delivery was just not there. It was built to look realistic and fantastic, but the delivery was somewhat soft.
I wanted to like this game a lot, I really did, but there were a few key things that kept me from really embracing it. It's still a good game, it's just not the game it was made out to be.