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Last Of Us Ps3

100% Positive Reviews


Pros: Great story, best soundtrack to a videogame I've ever played, best graphics on PS3

Cons: Cumbersome controls when fighting, some weird glitches every now and then

The Last of Us in my opinion is the last hurrah of the Playstation 3 and boy did it go out with a bang! I know most of you already know the overall story and are more interested in my overall take of the game as a whole, but for completeness sake below is a quick/general summary of the game. The premise of the game is that in the not-to-distant future a virus has turned most of the population into rabid plant zombies. Of course you play one of the survivors, Joel, who lives in this new world just trying to survive. The story sets it up where Joel, reluctantly has to “deliver” Ellie to the resistance group the Fireflies. The Fireflies are rebels who are working against the established “government” which does not have the entire human civilizations best interest in mind. So Ellie is important to the Fireflies because…she is immune to the virus. Like any other great zombie type story drama/action/madness ensues on the journey in getting Ellie to the Fireflies. The game is more than that, but in general that is the overall story. Don’t get me wrong I thought the story was one of the best ever in a videogame, my assumption is that most people have already played this game.

The graphics for this game are great. They are some of/if not the best graphics on PS3 that I’ve seen. In particular you get a great sense of realism when playing the game. The movement of the characters, their voices, and facial expressions really make the game feel like an interactive movie and not a video game. As far as glitches, a handful of times while playing the game the screen would go partially black/grey and I wouldn't be able to see what was going on. Not sure why that happened but it was only for a few seconds in certain parts of the game. It never caused any problems while playing it was just annoying. Not sure why but wanted to point it out.

The one minor problem, I did have with this game was the cumbersome controls when fighting. Most of the time the game sort of “guides” you into avoiding fights but every now and then you do have to throw down. Before I played this game I had just finished up playing the latest Tomb Raider (another great game). On that game I thought the fighting was handled very well, but on The Last of Us I found it difficult to quickly change to different weapons and move around while fighting. However, I think that was part of what made the game “difficult” and perhaps was the developer’s intention. In other words I got the impression that this game was not meant to be an all out action game (like TR) and was set up more as a stealth exploring type game. Either way if the controls from TR could have been used in this game, the game would have been perfect!

Even with all my previous praise, I think overall this game is the best audio/video presentation of any game I’ve played on any system. Just before buying this game I was in the process of “upgrading” my home theater. So this game was the first “ride” my system took (before any movie or game), and man it was a great ride! The simple fact that the game gives you multiple audio options told me right away that it was going to be sweet. The graphics of course were great but the audio, man the audio was something else. You have not played this game if you have not played it on a good surround sound system where you hear the clickers coming for you from all around! I don’t know how many times I was actually startled from an explosion or clicker coming from one of my surrounds. I’ve noticed that some people don’t consider video games as “worthy” of being used in home theater set ups, but I think a game like this really helps to demonstrate that games are really moving towards being immersive cinematic experiences that clearly benefit from great set ups. I also think sites like AVS forum now putting an emphasis on video games will help that also.

Overall, I thought this was a great game with awesome believable characters and one of the most unexpected endings in a video game ever. The audio/video presentation is first rate and if you own a PS3 you owe it to yourself to check it out.


Pros: good story, great acting

Cons: Tedious weapon system;some backstory could have been fleshed out a bit more; Joel is a dick to humanity(if you finished the game you know what i mean)

warning may contain spoilers

The last of us is a PlayStation 3 exclusive (that has a slightly ironic title as it is one of the last of the big titles for the PlayStation 3). in typical naughty dog fashion it combines great game play with incredible story telling. The last of us is the story of Joel a guy who survived what is essentially a zombie apocalypse, however unlike other zombie media (ie, Walking Dead and Resident Evil) this is actually based in something real and real science; a real world fungus called Cordyceps has made the jump from insects to humans much in the same manner as swine and bird flu and has wiped out over 60% of the worlds population from either killing them outright(this seems to be implied by news broadcasts at the start of the game), transforming them into zombiesque creatures called "infected". or from getting killed by those that have been infected. Having lost his daughter Joel spends 20 years moping around in a government controlled quarantine zone until his old flame Tess shows up and asks him to help her take a 14 year old girl named Ellie to a group of people called Fireflies as she holds some kind of key to the survival of the human race.
now that ive sufficiently bored you with a more entertaining version of what you can read on Wikipedia here's my take;Joel gets stuck taking some obnoxious 14 year old brat that is supposedly immune to the infection(though could still possibly turn at any moment) cross-country with his ex girlfriend that basically ran off to join the fireflies with his brother. he seems upset by the fact that Ellie is close in age to the daughter he lost and unbeknownst to him is taking her to her death. Over the course of the story Joel starts caring about Ellie and starts seeing her as a second daughter, this isn't actually said but is implied by the Pixar level voice acting. Ultimately Joel makes a decision that possibility dooms the whole of humanity and opens the game to continue franchise, possibly on the PlayStation 4.

As for game-play the controls should feel familiar as they are very similar if not identical to the scheme used in NaughtyDog' s other PlayStation 3 franchise Uncharted, so if you've played those games there isn't really that steep of a learning curve. the game was advertised as needing to conserve ammo and craft other weapons to survive but on normal mode i found there was plenty of ammunition save for a few sections where you had to rely on stealth and crafted bombs instead. As other reviews all over the internet have said the graphics are beautiful and proves that the PlayStation stills has life left in it, but after playing the uncharted series that's what you'd expect from one of Sony's own development teams; the voice acting, as ive said before and this is my opintion, rivals even animated films made by Pixar. You can really tell that NaughtyDog wanted to create an incredible single player experience, which is refreshing in a world where single player experiences are given the "third row seat" to multiplayer as other studios(*cough*EA*cough*Activision*cough*) have done in the past and made decent multiplayer games but below mediocre single player experiences. the game does have multiplayer but its nothing special, its enjoyable but its not the same typical call of duty clone that everyone has come to expect this generation. there are only two game modes; Supply Raid and Survivors the only difference between the two is that Survivor mode is to the best of seven rounds. Even the multiplayer has its own small story-line; you are in-charge of your own little group or "clan" of survivors and by your team winning rounds you get supplies, food and additional survivors, at certain points you are given the option to complete tasks to further the story, such as completing a task will give you medicine, ammo or train some of your group to defend the clan.my only issues with the game is that the game doesn't pause when you craft items in your backpack and you can only have certain amounts of materials and there seems to be an overabundance of one but you can never seems to find that you need when you need it. Also i would have liked to see more makeshift weapons than the broken scissors with tape "prison shivs" and a flame thrower that looks as if it was make of drain pipe, duct tape, an LPG canister and the brake assembley from a bicycle.

The audio video quality isn't exactly what you'd expect this far into the "HD age" the game is 720p according to the box and sounds pretty good on my modest 5.1 satellite system the music, is odd mix of music you'd expect in an old western film, acoustic guitar, classical and tribal seeming procession with some tracks having an almost film score feeling which sometimes makes your forget your playing a video game. A really cool thing that has seemingly become the norm is depending where you purchased the game the games soundtrack was bundled as part of a "sights and sounds" package or is available to listen to on YouTube, if this game is adapted into a film i really hope that the studio uses the same composer.

overall this is one of the best games ive played in a while and recommend that you get it. ive seen other reviewers say that this game is a reason to buy a PS3 and while i say i agree id have to say if you want to get a PlayStation 3 wait for the holiday season as this is one of those games that will most likely have its own bundle.


Pros: Enthralling story, awesome soundtracks and sound effects, excellent graphics, excellent online multiplayer

Cons: Very long load time.. needs time to load all of the awesomeness.

The hype about this game is not overblown like a couple other reviewers have tried to suggest. First of all, it has some of the best graphics you will get on PS3. If you want better, get a PS4 of XboxOne. The music and sound is great. Between the sound, the attention to detail in the environment, and the very well written story, this game sucks you in. It would be the perfect game for those with a nice surround sound system (listening is very important for survival!). As for all the other aspects of this game, everything is very good; gameplay, intelligently placed auto restart points, customization of your character, a thriving online multiplayer, a newly released DLC, super dedicated developers and a very good studio in NaughtyDog. This game also has a lot of replay value, especially if  you start on a low difficulty level. Like I said, the ONLY time I've had an issue with this game is during the long load time.. which is totally worth it. Very rarely I see a graphical glitch. Not sure how they could improve this game except to continue the story. Which they are.. Get it!


Pros: A game that truly has a better story than most movies in the zombie genre. The best gaming experience in my 30 years of gaming.

Cons: Only niggles. It is very well focused on what it sets out to do.

I won't bother with the backstory. It's been told before.

I can see how some people would dislike the fighting mechanics. The game itself is somewhat different than the traditional third person shooter. Unlike the "Uncharted" games, this is not meant to be played with guns blazing and ammo clips emptying every 10 seconds. The combat is designed to be played much more slowly and methodically. With stealth and guerrilla tactics taking over for pure firepower and frontal assaults. The benefit being that periods when enemies surround you become that much more intense. The objective though is to convey that actions take time. You can't swap a rifle over your shoulder and then unholster a handgun in the blink of an eye in real life (like you can in most shooters) and you can't in TLOU either. It makes you be much more aware of your tactics and your limitations. Personally, I find it a breath of fresh air in the genre.

The story. It is quite a bit above average for zombie fair. And I say that comparing it to all works of fiction from literary works to film. This story blows away anything you've played in a game for plot, exposition and character development, and it is quite above average compared to other mediums. You truly worry about what happens to the characters. An impressive feat.

I don't know how well the visuals compare to today's offerings on PS4, but on a 120" HT w/ 7.2 surround, it is both amazing and terrifying at times. Plus it is enjoyable to just experience all the work put into truly filling out each area/building on the map such that you never feel like, "I've been here before."

At it's core it is a game that sets out to allow you to become part of a very deep and enveloping story, that allows you to truly care about the characters while forcing you to put them into dangerous circumstances that you are hesitant to do, but know you must to further the character's objectives.

Prior to this game I have always maintained that Zelda OOT was and has been my favorite gaming experience of all time, TLOU has replaced that easily.

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Last Of Us Ps3

Abandoned cities reclaimed by nature. A population decimated by a modern plague. Survivors are killing each other for food, weapons; whatever they can get their hands on. Joel, a brutal survivor, and Ellie, a young teenage girl who’s braver and wiser beyond her years, must work together if they hope to survive their journey across the US.

BindingVideo Game
FeatureDeveloped by Naughty Dog, creators of the best-selling Uncharted series Genre-defining experience that blends survival and action elements Character driven story about a population decimated by a modern plague
Item Height0.58 inches
Item Length6.88 inches
Item Width5.26 inches
LabelSony Computer Entertainment
ManufacturerSony Computer Entertainment
Package Height0.5 inches
Package Length6.7 inches
Package Weight0.05 pounds
Package Width5.3 inches
ProductGroupVideo Games
PublisherSony Computer Entertainment
StudioSony Computer Entertainment
TitleThe Last of Us
UPCList - UPCListElement711719981749
Item Weight0.22 pounds
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PlatformPlayStation 3
DepartmentVideo Games
HardwarePlatformPlaystation 3
EditionStandard Edition
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