Hopefully you’ve heard of The Last of Us by now, but just in case, it’s a third-person action adventure from Naughty Dog, the makers of the fabulous Uncharted series.
It’s much darker than the Indiana Jones-like adventures of Nathan Drake, instead casting you as the grizzled Joel, one of the few human survivors left after a virus has turned most of population into zombie-like mutants. For reasons too interesting to spoil, Joel has to escort the young Ellie across a ravaged United States, using improvised weapons and stealth against terrifying zombies and the often violent and predatory remains of humanity.
That’s the broad setup for what is a heavily story-driven game, and thanks mainly to the relationship between Joel and Ellie, it’s a truly exceptional, emotional, sometimes humorous, sometimes harrowing, always thought-provoking narrative. The lines between right and wrong are blurred, combat is frantic, desperate and always about survival. Essentially, there’s no other game story with this sort of depth or maturity.
It’s so good, in fact, that it’s currently being turned into a movie through producer Sam Raimi, and he’s really not going to have to do much to it for the movie to be a rip-roaring success.