One of the PlayStation 3’s most anticipated new games is getting rave reviews. The Last of Us is a post-apocalyptic zombie-blasting survival horror thriller that, by most accounts, will make you forget all about the awful Resident Evil 6.
The Last of Us is another major release from Naughty Dog, the developer behind the very popular and critically-acclaimed Uncharted series. Like Uncharted, The Last of Us is a PlayStation exclusive, meaning you won’t find the game on PC or Xbox 360 any time soon.
That’s a big deal at a time when exclusives of this magnitude are becoming a thing of the past. Not since Forza Horizon, a racer found only on Microsoft’s Xbox 360, has an exclusive made this much noise.
The Last of Us is a story-driven affair that closely resembles The Road, an extremely dark Cormac McCarthy novel that became a major motion picture in 2009. Like The Road, we’re not given much of a back story; instead, we’re left with a bleak world inhabited by a lot of desperate, violent figures.
For me, it’s a little disappointing that the enemies found in The Last of Us are “infected” (ahem, zombies). There are some human opponents, but gamers will spend much of the time blasting away at plodding, grotesque and not-particularly-bright foes. As someone exasperated with the entertainment world’s recent obsession with the zombie theme, this seems like a wasted opportunity. IMHO, focusing on how humans react in these circumstances is what made The Road so compelling.
But, so far, critics haven’t been bothered. Currently, the game has a Metacritic rating of 96, indicating that this very well could be the PlayStation 3’s last must-have title.