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The Last Of Us Review

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Posted: 20 months ago, last updated 2 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

You play a father, Joel, whose daughter was killed during the early stages of a deadly fungal outbreak. It’s now 20 years later, and he has clearly suffered from the loss. When Joel is given charge of a girl, Ellie, about the same age his daughter was, he is resolute that he won’t be the father figure she clearly needs. Equally, the girl is independent, angry and scared, and won’t admit her need for his care. As the game proceeds through its 18-or-so hours of shooting, exploration and city traversal, you see this dysfunction soften both ways as they slowly gain deep understanding, appreciation and care of each other.

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.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 14/06/2013

Platforms: PS3 and PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: @Naughty_Dog

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 12 hours and 16 hours to complete.
 
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.

CostsCosts

The Last Of Us usually costs £15.99.
 

The Last Of Us

The Last Of Us Remastered

PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99

The Last of Us Remastered

 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. The Last of Us is available in different versions:
  • The Last of Us is on PlayStation 3
  • The Last of Us Remastered is on PlayStation 4

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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 with violence and bad language. Violence ranges from moderate to strong, featuring decapitation, dismemberment and torture. Frequent scenes of blood and gore. Strong language such as ‘*!@?*’ is used frequently.

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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

While playing you don't get subtitles for what other characters are saying unless you are close to them. The "Listen Mode" visually highlights any enemies in the vicinity you can hear.
 
Our The Last Of Us Accessibility Report documents 21 accessibility features:


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