"Instead, Joel’s personal motives are called into question. As his protection of Ellie becomes more and more desperate, the astute gamer will not be able to escape wondering whether Joel is trying to replace his own lost family with this little girl—leading her into an unbalanced emotional reliance in the process."
The first thing I need to say about The Last of Us is that you shouldn’t be reading a review of it. I know that’s not a very compelling argument for my writing, but really this is a game you should be avoiding like hell on Google searches. You don’t want any aspect of the story spoiled. There are enough emotional twists here to leave you bleeding on the floor, and I’m going to tread carefully in this review so as to avoid revealing anything, while trying to impress upon you the power of the game’s narrative.
The Last of Us offers an apocalyptic view of a world overrun by zombies, encased in quarantine zones, and filled with despair. Its plot, of a man ferrying a young girl across the unexplored wilderness to help save humanity, is reminiscent of Children of Men. However, its real heart lies more along the lines of The Road. For those who haven’t read the book or seen the movie, The Road details the apocalyptic journeying of a boy and his father, away from their home towards a potential Nirvana, a distant and dim hope that may not actually exist.
The Road tells a depressing tale. If anything, though, The Last of Us is more bleak. After all, the boy and the father in The Road lend each other hope and strength, being family. Joel and Ellie, the main characters of The Last of Us, are not family. Initially, Joel resists even thinking of Ellie as anything more than cargo he’s been hired to transport and protect. And as this wall does start to break down between them, it doesn’t lead to a hopeful, supportive relationship. Instead, Joel’s personal motives are called into question. As his protection of Ellie becomes more and more desperate, the astute gamer will not be able to escape wondering whether Joel is trying to replace his own lost family with this little girl--leading her into an unbalanced emotional reliance in the process.
Community review by zippdementia (June 30, 2013)
Zipp has spent most of his life standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door. There is a small mailbox there. Sometimes he writes reviews and puts them in the mailbox.
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