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Postmortem: The Emotional Impact of The Last of Us

The Last of Us 1Now that The Last of Us has been out for a little more than a month, I’ve had numerous opportunities (as I sat around doing nothing) to reflect on what did and didn’t work. I kept swinging around in semi-circles with my chair as I thought back to the major thematic beats and emotionally gut-wrenching dialogue.

I stand by my review of The Last of Us; it is a flawed game. But I constantly find myself thinking about different, highly impactful moments. I run over my review time and again, never questioning my opinion, but wondering if there was a better way to articulate it. I continue to remember the fantastic narrative beats and the rich characters that permeate all throughout The Last of Us, and little by little my rose-colored glasses tint just a shade darker. I gave The Last of Us a positive review, even if some don’t think that’s the case. I really like the game, and it will probably make it into my top ten at the end of the year (but let’s certainly not think about that now), so I’m attempting to explore why I still think The Last of Us is one of the best games this year.

The Last of Us Review: Struggling to Survive

The Last of Us 1Uncharted 2 is one of my favorite games this generation. It’s an adventurous shooter with sarcastic characters and bombastic setpiece moments; most of all, it felt like watching a fun summer movie. But Naughty Dog was also critiqued for the ludonarrative dissonance of the series: Nathan Drake will murder vast quantities of people then turn to the camera with a wink and a smile, the way only a likeable action hero can.

The Last of Us throws that entire formula out the window and creates something uniquely different, but not always successful.

A Second Opinion of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Nathan Drake after one of the best set piece moments in the game.

Evan Tognotti’s full review can be found here.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception at its core is just Uncharted 2 with a new story. With Uncharted 2 being one of my favorite games in 2009, I’m completely fine with this choice. Subtle changes to the Uncharted formula refine the experience to be one of the best the PS3 has to offer.

The driving force behind an Uncharted game are the characters and the story so I won’t go into any detail besides a vague summary. Nathan Drake is once again in over his head as he attempts to solve the historic mystery of the ‘Atlantis of the Sands’. The four main characters in Uncharted 2 (Drake, Sully, Elena, and Chloe) return for another adrenaline-fueled thrill ride.