The Last of Us - it's the time of the season

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http://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-3/the-last-of-us

"The Last of Us is a masterpiece, PlayStation 3's best exclusive and an absolute must-play."

zombies? do i have to?

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 6 June 2013 11:50 (six years ago) link

it does sound pretty fucking cool tho

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 6 June 2013 11:50 (six years ago) link

really wish i could play this :(

precious bonsai children of new york (Jordan), Thursday, 6 June 2013 14:58 (six years ago) link

zombies? do i have to?

feeling this but will get it anyway. i'll wait for used copy at least

joe bogus (am0n), Thursday, 6 June 2013 15:56 (six years ago) link

i have tried to get excited by this but yeah zombies post-apocalypse gritty survival blarrrgh

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 6 June 2013 16:21 (six years ago) link

ha, but i thought you liked the Metro games?

precious bonsai children of new york (Jordan), Thursday, 6 June 2013 16:23 (six years ago) link

i also keep confusing this with like 7 other games, like that ellen page one and whatever "remember me" is

the 2010s also seem to be the era of the "strong protagonist helps waify young dark haired girl with a smart haircut achieve her goals"

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 6 June 2013 16:24 (six years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbNmmK9Bhzw

joe bogus (am0n), Thursday, 6 June 2013 16:25 (six years ago) link

i liked metro 2033 because its the king of interesting background mostly - any game that makes me want to hang out and listen to as many npc conversations as possible is an all time achievement tbh.

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 6 June 2013 16:26 (six years ago) link

the 2010s also seem to be the era of the "strong protagonist helps waify young dark haired girl with a smart haircut achieve her goals"
― O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, June 6, 2013 12:24 PM

haha true. at least here she doesn't have a huge head n eyes like a thrift store keane painting (bioschlock)

joe bogus (am0n), Thursday, 6 June 2013 16:28 (six years ago) link

i am kind of resigned to the fact that despite my better judgment i will go for a walk one lunchtime and suddenly find myself somehow holding a copy of this game with 60 bucks missing from my wallet

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 6 June 2013 16:32 (six years ago) link

someone should make a game where you play as the waify girl trying to escape from the dude who keeps trying to help you + killing people.

precious bonsai children of new york (Jordan), Thursday, 6 June 2013 16:34 (six years ago) link

^ dlc

joe bogus (am0n), Thursday, 6 June 2013 16:35 (six years ago) link

main character looks like drake w/ a beard

joe bogus (am0n), Thursday, 6 June 2013 16:35 (six years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/PN3c5JS.jpg

joe bogus (am0n), Thursday, 6 June 2013 16:46 (six years ago) link

lol.

i wanna be a gabbneb baby (Hungry4Ass), Thursday, 6 June 2013 16:55 (six years ago) link

"GAMING'S CITIZEN KANE MOMENT"

oh good lord shut the fuck up

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 6 June 2013 16:56 (six years ago) link

the gaming yankee foxtrot hotel has arrived

joe bogus (am0n), Thursday, 6 June 2013 16:57 (six years ago) link

ok haha so despite not actually starring ellen page, the character from this looks uh exactly like ellen page?!

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 6 June 2013 16:58 (six years ago) link

wait, they got 10/10 from God as a Geek????????? *runs to store*

they are either militarists (ugh) or kangaroos (?) (DJP), Thursday, 6 June 2013 16:59 (six years ago) link

and her characters name? you guessed it: frank stallone ellie

joe bogus (am0n), Thursday, 6 June 2013 17:01 (six years ago) link

OFFICIAL PLAYSTATION MAGAZINE says "this PS exclusive is a MUST-BUY"

joe bogus (am0n), Thursday, 6 June 2013 17:03 (six years ago) link

http://images.crispygamer.com/public/column-2288/kanethegame.jpg

never forget

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 6 June 2013 17:07 (six years ago) link

actually, is there a gritty adventure narrative rhythm game out there? I would totally play that

they are either militarists (ugh) or kangaroos (?) (DJP), Thursday, 6 June 2013 17:09 (six years ago) link

just play bit trip runner on a half broken black and white tv, that should get you there

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 6 June 2013 17:12 (six years ago) link

until i see video demonstrating otherwise i assume this game is just zombie uncharted with some handwringing over the murdering

adam, Thursday, 6 June 2013 17:21 (six years ago) link

gameplay looks the same, the molotov cocktail throw in the video above is exactly like uncharted grenades. i think main difference is that its more rpg, open world, carrying items, etc. i could be wrong tho

joe bogus (am0n), Thursday, 6 June 2013 17:25 (six years ago) link

the laboured choking and the head-smashing are quite different from the tone of uncharted

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 6 June 2013 17:27 (six years ago) link

actually this isn't rpg at all so nm

joe bogus (am0n), Thursday, 6 June 2013 17:33 (six years ago) link

ok i am getting this tomorrow and if it is anything less than gaming's citizen kane moment i am going to have been misled by advertising yet again

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 13 June 2013 11:40 (six years ago) link

this isnt the citizen kane of gaming... citizen kane is the The Last Of Us of cinema

i wanna be a gabbneb baby (Hungry4Ass), Thursday, 13 June 2013 11:44 (six years ago) link

that jpg has many ilx appropriate applications

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 13 June 2013 12:42 (six years ago) link

my hopes for this game are right around the level of gaming's lethal weapon moment, or at my most giddily optmstic, gaming's ghostbusters moment, although the original ghostbusters game had a fair claim to that distinction.

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 13 June 2013 12:45 (six years ago) link

it was pretty cool but man the loading times

Nhex, Thursday, 13 June 2013 13:53 (six years ago) link

gaming's citizen kane with andy warhol's loading times

am0n, Thursday, 13 June 2013 15:05 (six years ago) link

day 1 server issues :B

https://twitter.com/Naughty_Dog/status/345591249148985344

am0n, Friday, 14 June 2013 17:36 (six years ago) link

http://thecitizenkaneofvideogames.tumblr.com/

kenjataimu (cozen), Sunday, 16 June 2013 16:00 (six years ago) link

i am not sure this is gaming's citizen kane moment, but it is very good

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 16 June 2013 16:24 (six years ago) link

it doesn't start off promisingly - for the first few sections of the game it doesn't hold your hand so much as take the controller, sit you down with a hot drink, and say 'listen, let me do this bit ok?'. but it gets beyond that, although it never quite stops giving you helpful nudges. it feels initially like it is aiming for Uncharted: Heavy Rain of Zombies but once it gets going it surpasses that low bar without effort. the basic gameplay is very simple and i did wonder if i really wanted to throw however many hours at doing the same thing over and over, but the game manages to keep contriving situations that refuse to let you just fall back on what worked last time, and that is probably the most impressive achievement. it's never scary but it is frequently intense. however it is as linear as all get out, no more illusion of choice of direction than i dunno operation wolf, so if you have a philosophical problem with that look elsewhere i guess.

supplies are scarce enough that you actually have to think about what your doing, which is essential for a game like this to work and if i'd have had to pick a place they'd have gone wrong that probably would've been it. it does look great, and the recognizable bits of boston at the start are very cool. the story and the characters and the voice acting etc are all at least reasonably intelligent but as usual the assumption is that gamers are impervious to subtlety, so none of it is what it could or should be to deserve the critical jizz.

so yeah, it is very good. it's paced so you can't put the controller down because you always feel like you're in the middle of something, but there is also a genuine feeling of not wanting to stop, of wanting to know what's next, and that's as much of a recommendation as anything imo.

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 16 June 2013 16:41 (six years ago) link

how much space does it need to install on ps3? (ive only got the 12gb hd)

NI, Sunday, 16 June 2013 19:03 (six years ago) link

it's 26gb so it will want 52 gb (!) to download and install.

adam, Sunday, 16 June 2013 19:50 (six years ago) link

i mean from disc version - i've written off ever downloading anything on this flimsy thing

NI, Monday, 17 June 2013 02:05 (six years ago) link

operation wolf!! i have not thought about that game in literally years

the bitcoin comic (thomp), Monday, 17 June 2013 21:52 (six years ago) link

Anyone else getting a Children of Men vibe from this?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 18 June 2013 13:09 (six years ago) link

getting a citizen kane vibe
for christmas
lil orson welles head that takes three AA batteries

i didn't even give much of a fuck that you were mod (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 18 June 2013 20:06 (six years ago) link

hey remember how you were like man i love uncharted's shitty gameplay but all these engaging characters and this breezy story are really dragging me down? have i got the game for u

adam, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 22:46 (six years ago) link

like right at the beginning of the game this little girl dies and it's like who cares but the protagonist is fuckin freaking out and it's just like that heavy rain glitch video where dude is like SHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWN

adam, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 23:21 (six years ago) link

lmao

am0n, Wednesday, 19 June 2013 02:06 (six years ago) link

This is good so far!

lego maniac cop (latebloomer), Thursday, 20 June 2013 17:57 (six years ago) link

leee are you talking about the sequel?

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 1 May 2018 22:04 (one year ago) link

sequel isnt out yet

ciderpress, Tuesday, 1 May 2018 22:11 (one year ago) link

I'm playing the original! (I've taken a long break from console gaming.)

Twyla Thwoorp (Leee), Tuesday, 1 May 2018 22:28 (one year ago) link

And without checking any advice, I started my game on Normal difficulty and am currently at the sewers (so about halfway through the game?), don't quite feel like starting over. ESPECIALLY don't want to retry the hotel bit with the bloater, which was all I could do not to completely freak out (even though I ended up just sprinting to the exit) (I'm so bad at this game!).

Twyla Thwoorp (Leee), Tuesday, 1 May 2018 22:34 (one year ago) link

Just finished this. Really reminds me of Citizen Kane.

Twyla Thwoorp (Leee), Sunday, 6 May 2018 00:29 (one year ago) link

lol

ciderpress, Sunday, 6 May 2018 00:29 (one year ago) link

was this the game responsible for the current generation of Dad Games

ciderpress, Sunday, 6 May 2018 00:33 (one year ago) link

what are the current Dad Games?

Mordy, Sunday, 6 May 2018 01:32 (one year ago) link

so many empty drawers

lol.

OK so the Winter section was a bear, I'm amazed that I was able to make any progress during the whiteout sequences because I was scared out of my wits and was just running to avoid gunfire without any clue about where to go -- one of the times I was thankful for how linear the game is. But after that the difficulty started to melt away, in part because some of the stages became, with all my dying, a de facto training ground for me, which made the last two stages a lot more tractable (and dare I say easy?).

Except the hospital stuff was still hard! But it also forced me to use smoke bombs in a somewhat strategic manner.

I never got to actually use the flamethrower!

Twyla Thwoorp (Leee), Sunday, 6 May 2018 01:42 (one year ago) link

xp witcher 3, god of war, theres several other big ones from the past few years but im blanking on em at the moment.

ciderpress, Sunday, 6 May 2018 02:11 (one year ago) link

but yes, this was totally the game responsible (+ Telltale's Walking Dead S1 which was around the same time iirc)

Nhex, Sunday, 6 May 2018 04:11 (one year ago) link

One thing that annoys me though about the game is the compulsive scavenging mindset it forces on you, because of which I missed the giraffe petting part.

Twyla Thwoorp (Leee), Sunday, 6 May 2018 17:30 (one year ago) link

Oh and BTW, Tommy is IMO definitely modeled after a lesser Baldwin brother (Stephen?).

Twyla Thwoorp (Leee), Monday, 7 May 2018 21:21 (one year ago) link

always seemed more like sawyer from lost to me

Mahogany Loggins (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 7 May 2018 21:34 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

For Part II, it'd be great if Ellie knows how to swim, it'd be even better if she only knows how to dog paddle.

Regreta Garbo (Leee), Friday, 25 May 2018 18:10 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/the-last-of-us-and-the-post-apocalypse-by-darran-anderson

Great longform article on post-apocalysm by the Invisible Cities author.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 15 September 2018 04:58 (eleven months ago) link

i played the first 3 hours or so of the remastered ps4 version and just wasn't into it at all. but does it get better after that? i'm assuming that i continue helping the girl get to wherever i was supposed to be taking her, but then something happens and i end up having to be her guardian more or less full time, and i don't want that and neither does she, but then we go through some shit together and we slowly bond while learning that in this terrible land of zombies and death and terror, the capability to love and be loved is ultimately the thing worth living for? meanwhile solving little puzzles, moving ladders around, and judiciously saving ammo and going through lots of cutscenes where the little girl is moody and hates me but is slowly starting to respect me? and at one point i get really injured (or maybe just straight up die) and end up playing as her for a significant portion of the game? i'm just making all this up and would like to be very wrong and surprised. so many people adore this game, so it makes me think that there must be something more to it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcZZlQ4Tmrc (Karl Malone), Saturday, 15 September 2018 05:20 (eleven months ago) link

That was a really assholey way to ask that question, sorry. I guess it’s better phrased as something like “is this more of a really well polished action-adventure game, or is there something really innovative about it that I haven’t seen yet?” That sounds assholey too. Maybe I’m just an assholey. It didn’t help that I played through the first hours of the game with someone who was adamant that it was the greatest game of all time, so I was naturally kind of inclined to pick it apart (internally) as I went, which is kind of an assholey tendency, I know

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcZZlQ4Tmrc (Karl Malone), Saturday, 15 September 2018 05:38 (eleven months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTSGp4UdEvQ
in my mind your two posts were spoken aloud in this voice
but tbf and answer your question, no, there isn't really a great innovation you're looking for. it's just really exceptionally well done

Nhex, Saturday, 15 September 2018 06:17 (eleven months ago) link

good article brocc

Nhex, Saturday, 15 September 2018 06:20 (eleven months ago) link

xp
your plot guesses are pretty much otm haha
as you suspect it's a well polished action adventure game
I remember someone (on here?) calling these sort of games "content tourism", being led thru a linear path of set pieces while giving you the illusion of agency

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Saturday, 15 September 2018 06:28 (eleven months ago) link

xpost Weird, that Family Guy clip briefly was replaced by a Last of Us 2 trailer for me, then reverted back to Family Guy after I reloaded the page. .

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 15 September 2018 13:39 (eleven months ago) link

hahaha, uuugh, i'm sorry. i would prefer that my posts be read in the voice of the crystal river boy on the right from 3:35 on in this video, but i brought that on myself.

i'm sure we've already discussed stories + videogames before, but i can't find it at the moment. in the spirit of being the ilx i want to see, i'll start a thread on it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcZZlQ4Tmrc (Karl Malone), Saturday, 15 September 2018 15:57 (eleven months ago) link

As someone who feels that story is not inherently but in actuality an afterthought (at best) in most videogames, I was surprised to find myself getting a lil emotional during the opening portion of this game.

I Don't Have Any Ears, I Am Positive (Old Lunch), Saturday, 15 September 2018 16:04 (eleven months ago) link

(I never got too far beyond that, though.)

I Don't Have Any Ears, I Am Positive (Old Lunch), Saturday, 15 September 2018 16:05 (eleven months ago) link

They've made a point of emphasizing that story is an important context for the apparent ultra violence of the sequel. Likewise, as discussed elsewhere, there is apparently more emotional payoff to Uncharted 4 if you've played the previous games. Most games and esp. game series have mere scenarios or setups for action, or boast pretty elliptical/confusing/optional narratives. But as graphics get better and better and more and more "realistic," and games intersect and overlap with the qualities of feature films - and as feature films become more and more like video games - I assume there will be a gradual but still ever greater emphasis on story.

Has there been a high profile (or low profile) collaboration with a game developer and A+ author or screenwriter yet?

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 15 September 2018 16:22 (eleven months ago) link

Pretty sure whoever did this has won at least a Pulitzer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAhG9D9UO7c

I Don't Have Any Ears, I Am Positive (Old Lunch), Saturday, 15 September 2018 16:33 (eleven months ago) link

i'd say there was plenty of context for the ultra-violence in the first game (at least, beyond the first Uncharted, for instance). the second one looks even more violent, but that world has already been established as pretty sickening so i wasn't that taken aback. Plus The Walking Dead has been on for like eight seasons now and has really normalized this kind of thing, for better or worse

Nhex, Saturday, 15 September 2018 16:50 (eleven months ago) link

if anyone cares to join me on the story tangent:

storytelling, plots, and narratives + videogames

Karl Malone, Saturday, 15 September 2018 16:53 (eleven months ago) link

Damn this sounds like a Plastikman track (spoiler-free!):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dn50VaRva0s

Nag Reddit (Leee), Friday, 28 September 2018 17:26 (ten months ago) link

three months pass...

Not TLOU2 news, but still:

https://www.reddit.com/r/LivestreamFail/comments/ae2ug8/the_last_of_us_in_a_nutshell/

Siouxie Sioux Vide (Leee), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 19:47 (seven months ago) link

this is probably a good thread to say that i didn't realize until last week that life is strange 2 came out!

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 19:52 (seven months ago) link

LIS has such a cool vibe i just recently played it

(•̪●) (carne asada), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 19:55 (seven months ago) link

I bought LIS last month! Haven't had the chance to play it yet, but nice to hear it get the ILG stamp of approval.

Siouxie Sioux Vide (Leee), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 19:57 (seven months ago) link

there are some cringy parts and it's not for everyone but i overall loved it .

(•̪●) (carne asada), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:23 (seven months ago) link

I don't know this game (LIStrange). Is it worth $5 for the "Complete Series?"

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:37 (seven months ago) link

yes!

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:41 (seven months ago) link

Oh, wait, it's for PS3, don't think I can play it on PS4?

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:44 (seven months ago) link

I bought it for PS4! It's pricier than the PS3 version of course: $6.

Siouxie Sioux Vide (Leee), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:45 (seven months ago) link

I got that a while ago, and I need to backlog the other series and the sequel before I can even start the first one right

Nhex, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 21:50 (seven months ago) link

there's only one episode of S2 out now iirc or maybe I've misunderstood

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 22:02 (seven months ago) link

Nhex, I may be misinterpreting your post but from what I've gathered, LIFE IS STRANGE can/should be played before LIFE IS STRANGE: BEFORE THE STORM which is a prequel.

Siouxie Sioux Vide (Leee), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 22:08 (seven months ago) link

i should go back to it. i played the first ep (maybe 2) and it was charming but not super compelling to me - maybe it picks up?

Mordy, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 22:15 (seven months ago) link

xp ...right... also that prequel before LIS2

Nhex, Thursday, 10 January 2019 00:24 (seven months ago) link

Hold up, is Life is Strange kind of a choose your own adventure game? Or are there control mechanics? If it's the former seems better suited for something like the Switch. Even then, I got Thimbleweed Park for the Switch way back and haven't really played it because I didn't find the gameplay (as such) compelling. The reviews of Life is Strange are super strong, but without seeking spoiler-y gameplay vids it looks like maybe it's a bunch of cut scenes connected by asking you to pick from a pair of choices?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 10 January 2019 13:00 (seven months ago) link

yes it is a story game where you make choices and walk around - not for everyone but i loved it and feel like it shares a vibe with last of us

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 10 January 2019 13:03 (seven months ago) link

Which I haven't played yet, but that (this) one has character mechanics, right? You control the character, fight, hide, explore, right? It just has a strong narrative on top of it, correct?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 10 January 2019 13:10 (seven months ago) link

Last of Us is an action/stealth game

Life Is Strange is a supernatural story game

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 10 January 2019 13:40 (seven months ago) link

life is strange is like a telltale game (tho not actually a telltale game)

Mordy, Thursday, 10 January 2019 14:53 (seven months ago) link


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