We actually had three older threads for this game, but they were all full of posts made by members before any of us had actually played the damn thing, so I just merged them all into one and renamed it "The Last of Us - Pre-release hype" and created this new thread for new discussions based on actual experiences with the game (feel free to browse the old thread if you want to though). This was probably one of my most anticipated games of all time. It's not new or anything (it came out in summer of 2013), but my PS3 was broken at the time. It still kinda is, but recently I've rediscovered a way of making it play Blu-rays again and had a reason to buy The Last of Us now. [YOUTUBE]p4pYIsaZqE0[/YOUTUBE] So, after years of waiting, I finally played and completed this game... and honestly, it's pretty much everything I wanted it to be. Gameplay is quite tense and requires proper tactical thinking, especially if you play it on hard or survivor (though I recommend going for normal on your first playthrough so that you keep focused on the plot); for a third person action game/shooter with basic platforming and environmental puzzles it actually incorporates some decent stealth mechanics and the survival horror elements are taken much further here than they were in Metro 2033. Enemy types feel distinct and require different approaches to defeat, sneak past or avoid. Plus the level design is that nice kind of mostly linear with plenty of larger, slightly more open levels and little optional areas. Graphics are gorgeous, especially for an exclusive title that was released near the end of the previous console generation. There's plenty of content in TLoU as well - my first playthrough took over 22 hours, during which I tried to explore as much as I could without any guides, but even then I didn't get to see all the conversations or get all collectibles, so it gives you plenty of reasons to play it again. The world created in this game is not only visually impressive, but the atmosphere is really spot on too and it should scratch that post-apocalyptic itch for many members of this forum (in some ways it is very similar to Metro, in others it is completely different, having that awesome American feel to it that reminds of The Walking Dead by Telltale but remaining unique at the same time). The soundtrack is perfect in a minimalist kind of way. However, the story/characters/dialogue are by far the best parts of The Last of Us. I don't wanna spoil anything for you, but the way the main characters in this game were written and the way they were performed made me really want it to never end. The plot is mostly quite grim and depressing (as it should be in this setting), with some really morbid stuff in there, but in other moments it was beautiful and tugged at my heartstrings. And the Left Behind DLC is just full of feels. Overall, I think it may be my favourite console exclusive and perhaps one of my favourite games in general. If you have a PS3, you need to play this (preferably a bundle or GOTY edition with the amazing Left Behind DLC included). You can also buy a remastered version with slightly better graphics and a much better frame rate on PS4. I think pretty much the only glaring flaw of the game is its multiplayer. It's not terrible or even bad really, but feels tacked on and completely unnecessary, plus it stopped working for me entirely. Thankfully you can ignore it completely even if you're a trophy-hunter, because none of the trophies associated with it count towards the platinum. Anyone else here played The Last of Us? Judging by those older threads, plenty of us were really hyped for it, so it would be interesting to see if it lived up to its expectations for others here. Please use spoiler tags when necessary though.