The Last Of Us (Series) Review
Posted: 9 months ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.
Author: Andy Robertson.
Travelling, shooting and surviving as Joel with Ellie means their relationship builds haphazardly, between and during the action. Even without direct control, you step into the shoes of a father’s heartbreak and feel responsible for its resolution.
- The Last of Us is on PlayStation 3
- The Last of Us Remastered is on PlayStation 4
- The Last of Us Left Behind is paid additional content.
- The Last of Us Part II is on PlayStation 4.
Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+
Release Date: 14/06/2013
Platforms: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4
Players: This is a single player game. It’s possible to get through the game in 12 hours, but taking your time with the narrative and investigating every area will need upwards of 30 hours. The Left Behind additional content adds around 6 hours of further gameplay and substantially fleshes out Ellie's back story and a section in the game where she is looking after Joel.
The Last of Us Left Behind is a paid expansion for the first game, and adds an important part of the story. There are also packs and bundles, which include multiplayer maps as well as the harder "grounded" mode for the single-player game.
This game is free with PlayStation Now. This game is free on PlayStation 5 (but not PlayStation 4) with PlayStation Plus Collection.
Rated PEGI 18 with violence and bad language. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: Violence ranges from moderate to strong, featuring decapitation, dismemberment and torture. Frequent scenes of blood and gore. Strong language such as ‘*!@?*’ is used frequently.
ESRB rated this MATURE with Intense Violence, Blood and Gore, Suggestive Themes, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol.
In addition to the official ratings, it's worth noting there is a scene that can be interpreted as attempted rape. It also includes a scene where a young person appears to kill himself with a gun.
How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.
Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.
Customise Difficulty: Customise different aspects of the game.
Assistance When Stuck: The game notices if you get stuck and provides assistance, such as skipping levels, hints or tutorials.
Assistance With Controls: You can get the game to assist aiming, steering, reloading, jumping, running etc.
Assistance With Direction: Indication of where to go next with arrows, cookie trail and the like.
Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.
How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.
Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required.
Large Clear Text: Text is large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.
Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.
All Dialogue is Voiced: All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced.
How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.
Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.
You can customise the controls for the game as follows:
Select Preset Controller Mappings: Select preset button layouts.
Swap Sticks: Swap the sticks over.
Invert X/Y Axis: You can invert the direction required to control looking and aiming.
Informative Vibration: Controller vibration indicates aspects of the game, echoing visual and audio cues.
How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.
Audio Cues for Visual Events: Audio is provided to indicate visual events.
Motion sickness friendly: Option to reduce motion sickness (motion blur, depth of field, field of vision).
How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.
Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.
Customise Audio Levels: Control volume levels of specific events and elements in the game.
Visual Cues for Audio Events: Text or other visual indicators of audio events.
Visual Depiction of Directional Audio: Indication on screen with arrows, icons, located colour splashes and the like, to show where directional audio for damage, footsteps, environmental or way-finding sounds are coming from.
PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping)... read more about system accessibility settings.
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