I struggled for a long time with survivin’. And you—No matter what, you keep finding something to fight for.Joel Miller, TLOU
Twelve game plays, around 30 hours (including the DLC), with countless Bonamine and coffee — and we’ve finally finished The Last of Us (TLOU) Remastered. It was a spectacular game — truly deserving of winning game of the year years back.
This game was first released on PS3 in 2013 and the Remastered was released for PS4 the following year.
It is an action-adventure survival horror video game featuring the protagonists Ellie and Joel. The plot happened in a world that seems to be crumbling in an apocalypse. They weren’t related at all — Joel lost his daughter, Sarah, in a gunshot 20 years before he met Ellie. Ellie, on the other hand, lost both of his parents and was taken custody by a group of people that calls themselves Fireflies.
Joel’s task is to take Ellie to a laboratory where she will be studied by doctors because, as it turned out, she’s immune to the mutated fungus that makes people transform into zombie-like creatures. She’s the only hope to finding a cure and saving the entire humanity from the unforeseen enemies.
The game would make you play as Joel most of the time, and a little bit of Ellie, too. Their hurdles range from fighting different infected creatures to humans with ill intentions.
They have embarked into years of surviving into the wild world looking for Fireflies’ traces and following it. There were times they had to deal with infected and kill them however way possible. But what shocked me is how they met different people that resorted to different means to survive — cannibalism, killing other people and looting from their stuff, etc. It was pretty disturbing but also thought provoking.
The game was divided into four seasons and eventually, they will reach the hospital where the Fireflies are residing. It was then where Joel was faced with a breaking moment that Ellie will die because of the procedure that she needs to undergo in order for the doctors to study the thing that makes her immune.
It ended with Joel going full rage to obtain Ellie back and save her from demise. Ellie woke up and she was in the car with Joel — she asked what happened and he lied by telling her she isn’t needed to finding a cure anymore. She had her inhibitions but Joel gave his word — end of story.
What I love about this game, personally, is it allowed you to witness the blossoming of the relationship of the protagonists. Joel’s distant feelings turn into a fatherly love towards Ellie. It came from quite a number of ordeals they both had to endure, of course. And the rawness of those feelings are quite priceless to see, to be honest.
Ellie had transformed into a tougher kid, too. Joel gave her the love she so desperately needed in a very grim world to live in. Her stubbornness and distrusting nature turned into genuine care for Joel. It’s heartwarming to see. Unknowingly, I have invested emotions more than I thought I should in a game.
It’s not easy to play this game during the crisis that the world is encountering right now, too. It never left my mind if that game really reflects how the world and humanity will be when an apocalypse occur. There were no unity amongst everyone, and different groups resorted to different measures in order to survive. There were still government bodies of some sort but it wasn’t as prevalent as it is.
This game made me realize how we should fear the living more than the living-dead. The malicious intent, the drive to do anything in order to survive — with little to no morals at all; that’s what triggered my anxiety so much. Somehow, I still want to believe there is still good left in this world — but the game mirror this world so much. The world isn’t as broken as it is in the game yet but it still showed the division that we are in right now — even without that intense infection.
Worst comes to worst, will people really resort to killing other people, be it children or elderly — in order to survive?
Will we rob each other of basic necessities — food, medicine, water?
Will we resort to eating our own kind — because it is easier to obtain and the government is not reliable anymore?
Lastly, will we really sacrifice a kid’s life in order to save the entire humanity? If it’s your kid, someone born from your blood, will you really accept what others deem a small dent for the greater good?
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