Bismillah Hir Rahman Ir Raheem
Peace and blessings be upon you all
To all the gamers out there, you all must be aware or have played this awesome game called The Last of Us and that it’s second part has been released on June 19th. Unfortunately due to lockdown, I’m unable to get Last of Us Part 2 which I have been excited to play ever since it was announced in The Game Awards in 2018, where it got Most Anticipated Game Award.
For now, let’s go back down memory lane and recall why this game is worthy of praise.
I played this game in 2018 (Yes, i played a game released in 2013 in 2018 because when my siblings played it then, it was too scary for me) yet the experience of the game is very raw. In addition, I conveyed everything that was on my mind by the end of the game to a friend of mine who played the game too so a lot of information is from that chat. So here’s what I think about the game and if you haven’t played it, why you should play it.
BRACE FOR IMPACT (of Clickers??)!!
Rating: 1000 out of 10! (This is based on my poor raw judgement and feelings at that time.) because it’s SO AWESOME!!
The game has amazing graphics. The dystopian location is very well designed and crafted and looks real which is a big deal even now as a lot of game makers have improved on this aspect. In addition, the people shown are very realistic appearing and their emotions are so prominent it’s shouting in your face so you become so involved in every aspect of their journey in the game. Also, the music? Perfection, especially when properly timed when you get attacked by a zombie.
However perhaps the best part of the game is the gruesome, brain and blood-thirsty, viscous looking zombies that come out of nowhere, chasing you down narrow allies stumbling yet determined, shouting out frightening sounds that put dread in your heart, and how you manage to kill them once they are within one feet of you. However, zombies have been in multiple games like Resident Evil, so what makes The Last of Us special? A new invention called the Clicker. (If you don’t want any spoilers about the Clicker, you can stop reading here and come back to it later).
It possesses this name because of the sound it continuously makes in attempt to be aware of its surroundings as it is blind. However, its ears are very sharp and can hear even slow walking steps and when it does, it will sprint towards you and unleash its sharp teeth around your neck.
When you face a Clicker, you have to kill it before it reaches you, unlike the other zombies who only harm you, so basically all your hard work goes to waste when you let a Clicker get to you. You can’t throw a brick at it or punch it, like I do when I forget to pull my gun out. In addition, in order to avoid detection by a Clicker, you have to push the analogue stick and walk at the same time which can be tiring but the anxiety at that moment keeps you going because even a slip of the finger will get you killed.
I planned to draw a sketch of the Clicker as I found it so fascinating but never seem to have gotten the time. Hopefully, I’ll sketch it soon and share it.
2. THE STORY
Apart from the Clickers, the next amazing and beautiful part of the game is the story. Here is where I warn you: SPOILERS ALERT!!
I loved how they showed multiple perspectives on their current situation: Zombies were everywhere and the army had imposed martial law preventing people from leaving. A gang called The Fireflies were against the army so were fighting them so amidst avoiding the zombies, you had to avoid and often kill people stuck in a sort of civil war.
Furthermore, the rocky relationship between Joel and Ellie was well depicted. They were not family members yet they had to stick with each other. They didn’t care much for each other yet one or the other didn’t want to be alone and separated from the other. Joel is cool and funny when initially he’s thinking “Why won’t this kid shut up and make my job easier?”
Afterwards, when Joel had a metal pole passed through his chest and Ellie went to find medicine and she comes across two men who are amongst those killed by Joel and they found her so they caught her and she escaped. That was one of the best part of the game because of the change in Ellie after that, how she had to grow up instantly and have a big responsibility .
“It was creepy when Ellie had to go out alone to get stuff for Joel and then she had to distract the people who were trying to kill them, especially in that restaurant where I had to hide and stab that cannibal dude. It became a very weird game of tag when he spotted me. I should do that often; play tag with a cannibal. Totally not scary at all! (sarcasm)”An excerpt of my message to my friend
After the life changing scene of Ellie, it was nice how they tried to restore some stability and peace in the game when they came across the zoo and they stopped by to see the giraffe. Also when at that point, Joel has doubts about taking her to an unknown destination and wants nothing more than to save her from any more pain and keep her safe.
I’m still thinking about the end as it was not your typical ending. They didn’t save the world but Joel may have prevented it from ever being saved. I’m still thinking that what he did was wrong, saving her and killing the fireflies, but I understand why he did it. He did it because the uninfected people in the game are as crazy as the zombies and he didn’t take her across the country to see her die. It’s quite sad and messed up. I wonder what I would’ve done in that situation……
Then he lied to her in the end; how do you live with that? What regret, guilt and doubt would one feel knowing what he’s hiding from her. Maybe she wanted to die to save the world but he didn’t let her and lost perhaps the only chance of saving the world.
Then that would make all the meaningful deaths, of Tess, Sam, Henry, etc. be all for nothing.
My friend gave his views that it was it was a emotional decision and due to the situation they were in, emotion can overwhelm the rational decision. True, it’s not an ideal situation for one to judge, perhaps. Who knows? May we all be able to balance out our rationality and emotions when in tough situations like these.
Lastly, the side mission was cute; the time spent between Ellie and Riley which gave me a strange sense of ease and peace after the ending of the game. Also the best part, it was fun throwing bricks and watching zombies and other people fight with each other while you stay hidden watching the chaos you unleashed.
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All these thoughts were flowing in my head when the game ended. I’m so excited for Part 2. I hope it also makes you question morality and life like Part 1 did and stab you in the head and heart (if that’s a proper description).