'The Last of Us'
Sony PlayStation 3
ESRB rating: Mature
Review rating: 5.0 stars
"Resident Evil" introduced gamers to the concept of survival horror with chilling results, but the series has transformed so much that it now offers more action than dread. Fear not horror fans, or perhaps, fear much, because Sony's new survival title, "The Last of Us," provides ample horror without relying on outdated scare tactics.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world twenty years after a deadly infection has wiped out most of America's population, this story takes players on a roller coaster of emotion. The main character, Joel, is not only an atypical hero, but he also isn't necessarily a good guy. In fact, he has to be coerced into accepting the arduous mission of escorting a young girl to safety.
Ellie is the young girl, and, thankfully, she isn't a cowering damsel in distress. Instead, this plucky youngster has a strong mind of her own, which helps her become Joel's moral compass. What sets the story apart is the exploration into how far people are willing to go to survive, which also helps forge the relationship between these two unique characters.
In addition to fighting and avoiding other desperate humans, Joel and Ellie will have to battle infected creatures that are as deadly as they are ugly. Adding to the tension is the fact that most enemies don't lumber around like zombies, but instead run right at players! Even scarier are the blind "clickers" that accurately hone in on sound once they're disturbed.
Scarce resources and plentiful enemies forces players to be resourceful in their endeavors. Fortunately, makeshift weapons including knives and bombs can be crafted out of everyday materials scavenged from the surroundings. Sneaking around without attracting attention is also necessary to avoid groups of enemies, and using guns is also very effective if you can find ammunition.
To put it bluntly, "The Last of Us" is a truly exceptional game.'Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara'