“Zombies, again? Might as well, it’s an exclusive after all. Gotta fly my PS flag, right?” I thought as I stared down The Last of Us. Naturally, I relented, taking it home and popping it in to endure another storyline of loss, betrayal and regret.
Imagine my surprise to find myself playing a little girl. “Nice little take” I thought, playing on to discover, go figure (SPOILER ALERT?), that the little girl dies. That explains why she wasn’t on the cover. So there’s the loss.
Cue issue number one. The buildup to actual gameplay is too long. While I myself powered through it to finish the game, I know people who dropped it just because the time between that little girl hook and zombie survival was just too big.
As if that wasn’t enough, the actual gameplay, once you get to it, is solid cookie-cutter zombie survival. You have your stealth aspect, scavenger crafting system, human bandits out only for themselves, and different tiers of zombies introduced as you progress through the game. The only bit of innnovation I noticed was the type of zombie virus; fungi. I have to be afraid of mushrooms now. WHY could they not let us have mushrooms?
There’s also the other survivors you meet along the way. Cue the betrayal. I don’t know what it is about zombie apocalypse situations, but they have a way of bringing out the worst in people. No spoilers here, if you want to know, go find out.
The regret, of course, is bothering to try the multiplayer. For some reason when you combine third person shooter and stealth combat, it’s either boring or frustrating. Never fun. Not ever, ever fun. It’s one of life’s great mysteries, really, up there with the purpose of life and the secret to happiness.
All in all if you haven’t had your fill of zombie stories by now, two things. One, play this game, on PS4 ideally, because it is one of the best zombie things out there. Two, go get help. Seriously. Because for you to not believe that this horse has been beaten to death, resurrection, and death again (zombie jokes) requires you to have some sort of obsessive disorder.