The Last of Us
The Last of Us is a unique game. It's hard to put my feelings about it into words. At it's core the game is about survival. You play the role of Joel, and aging male who has lived through the apocalypse. You travel across the United States with a young girl, Ellie. I don't want to get into too many spoilers, but each stop along your journey plays out in different interesting fashions. The different encounters, especially the ending of the game, really make you think. Think about life, about what you're doing, and about what really matters. At the end of the game I was left with more questions than answer. Not questions for the game to answer though, but questions I needed to answer for myself. What would I have done? If I were there what would be the most important thing in my life? What could I not live with out? These questions still go unanswered. It's hard to answer them without being put in the situation. I'd like to think I'd make the right decision, but who is to say there is a right and a wrong decision?
I know this all seems very vague, but I'm sure anyone can relate. In the end times what will be most important for you? Family? Loved ones? Society? Yourself? Would you risk going on a dangerous mission if it only benefited the group or someone else and not you, but run the risk of leaving your family to care for them selves? What is the greater good? Would you leave your loved ones to protect them? What would you sacrifice you protect them? Or to protect yourself?
The Last of Us is more than the questions that it leaves behind, and the feelings that you are left with. But seeing as how only about 12 hours have passed since I finished, questions are all I'm really left thinking about. As unlikely as a zombie or infected apocalypse is, it's interesting to think about what if, and challenge your self to some tough decisions. If you have finished The Last of Us, did you come away with the same thoughts I did? Comment below, but try not to spoil anything for the readers. If you have not finished it or played it, I highly recommend you do.