Why ‘The Last of Us’ remains relevant | Tech

video gamesWith ‘The Last of Us Part I’, a true piece of video game history makes its comeback on the PlayStation 5. Perhaps publisher Sony PlayStation should have cut the price a bit: not everyone is happy to pay full for a remake, no matter how strong it is . But this radical makeover is definitely a must, if only thanks to the power of the original that now shines through in a product that makes the most of today’s gaming hardware.

Unlike the ashen filter that the makers of other post-apocalyptic games (and films) throw over their images, the environment of ‘The Last of Us Part I’ has a strikingly colorful patina. That has everything to do with the basic theme of the game: nature taking over from us. And it gives room to effortlessly update a timeless game back to the powerful visual hardware in the PlayStation 5 console. ‘The Last of Us Part I’ features improved enemy AI, 3D audio and improved gameplay during combat, but what will stand out the most is how stunning the game world unfolds before you. And how comforting it can be when you find yourself back in the midst of dazzling nature after another dark, bloody, frenetic sequence in which you have had to knock or shoot hordes of infected enemies.

Joel in ‘The Last of Us Part I’. © Playstation

Original ‘zombie’ approach

In ‘The Last of Us Part I’, late forties Joel and 14-year-old Ellie traverse the wasteland of the former United States from East to West Coast, sometimes having to defend themselves with tooth, nail and gun against semi-vegetal zombies. A zombie holocaust is usually caused by a catastrophe caused by human error, such as a virus that quickly spreads across the globe from a failed lab experiment, but in ‘The Last of Us’ it is Mother Nature herself who is responsible for most of the reduced the world’s population to mindless undead. By means of a fungus, of course: a vegetable parasite, which settles in the heads of the billions of unfortunates who wander the planet in The Last of Us, and turns their heads into a cauliflower-like excrescence that can secrete new spores from the plant .

14-year-old Ellie has to grow up way too quickly in ‘The Last of Us Part I’. © Playstation

Emotional roller coaster

And not even a little one. This game – along with contemporary hits like ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ – changed the conversation about what a video game can be. You have to count: in 2013, the year the original game came out on the (yes!) PlayStation 3, we were only witnessing the very beginning of the indie movement, and the makers of bigger games increasingly took their medium. see as an art. There were also games with an enormous emotional resonance before the arrival of ‘The Last of Us’, such as ‘Heavy Rain’ (2009). But that was a game with interactions that were too restrictive for many gamers, and most of the big games that delivered a cinematic experience — like “Uncharted,” that other series from developer Naughty Dog — aimed for Hollywood blockbuster cachet rather than that. of a work that touches the player in his deepest being. ‘The Last of Us’, with its sometimes challenging fighting gameplay, was the first game to unite those two components.

The scenery looks stunning in 'The Last of Us Part I'.
The scenery looks stunning in ‘The Last of Us Part I’. © Playstation

Something to tell

Successor ‘The Last of Us Part II’ (2020) previously had a story that tried to tell players something about the human condition, what it means to be human, especially in extreme situations. But with the first, the eco-message was still there. By sending you through the landscape of the former United States in an at times whizzing through time, ‘The Last of Us Part I’ tries to be a parable about what we as humanity are currently doing to ourselves, not the planet. The game’s creators took inspiration from a National Geographic documentary about a similar, real-life fungus that instantly reduced an insect species threatened by overpopulation to a more livable population. They just transposed that principle to humans. In other words, in the plot of ‘The Last of Us’, nature has vomited most of us out because there are so many of us that it puts a strain on the ecosystem. You may or may not agree with that, but the potential talking point has been made while you’re blasting stalkers and clickers.

The events at the end of the game open the door to the equally haunting 'The Last of Us Part II'.
The events at the end of the game open the door to the equally haunting ‘The Last of Us Part II’. © Playstation

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