No matter where you reside in the world of gaming, it’s a given that you’ve heard about The Last of Us. A game that’s made tsunami-like waves on the internet, it’s a no wonder its all anyone is talking about. But amongst all the fluff of forums, fan sites, fanfic and many, many inappropriate drawings of both Sarah and Ellie, it’s time we get down to the real deal — the nitty gritty of what it’s like to have truly lost The Last of Us.
Playing TLoU was life-changing. I thought I’d felt the same thing with my Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time adventures. Not quite. I even thought my playing through Sleeping Dogs would be able to sit on the same bench. It can’t. The tumult of emotions that came with seeing Henry commit suicide… watching as Joel fell to the deepest depths of insanity… these are moments that will stay with me until Death greets me as an old friend. I’ll never forget the look in Ellie’s eyes as she said that final “Okay.”, and all the meaning and symbolism that came with it.
And after all of that, after all we’ve been through…
How do you come back from a game like The Last of Us. How do you look another game in the eye (well, insofar as that’s possible) and be honest with it. How. How. How.You can’t, or rather, I can’t. I’m not saying that I won’t be able to play anymore games. I’ve always loved Zelda and the new Ratchet and Clank game is definitely at the top of my ‘To Do’ list. But I really cannot believe that another game will make me feel this way ever again.
And I know I’m not the only one.
So, as I spoon my giant safety pillow, the dirge of Santaolalla echoing this very, very short article, I want to know: what do you guys think?
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