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Video GameThe Last Of Us Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 3 weeks 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

Release Date: 14/06/2013

Platforms: PS3 and PS4

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Shooting and Stealth

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog)

 

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DurationDuration

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

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

 
This has been enjoyed by families in the following styles:

 

BenefitsBenefits

This game has helped players develop their Behaviour and Experience as part of the following pathways:

This game has been the inspiration for the following activities:

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.

Skill Rating

16+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need patience and emotional maturity to appreciate the themes and dialogue that develop.

Our Game Pathways reveal how 12 - 16 year-olds play this game:

CostsCosts

The Last Of Us usually costs £15.99.
 

The Last Of Us Remastered

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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our The Last Of Us Accessibility Report documents 22 accessibility features:
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.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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