The lights are on
Hear me out.
This game was one of the most engaging experiences
I've had from a story in a looooong time. The character and
relationship development between Joel and Ellie was fascinating. Those
few sweet moments in between the extremely violent combat scenarios,
when you get to hear their mundane conversation, were some of the most
powerful moments that I've seen in any video game narrative.
Case in point: the silly but awe-inspiring giraffe scene.
I guess the giraffe exhibit was the only animal species that survived the apocalypse.
Also I think it is safe and necessary to say that it is one of the most visually stunning games ever made.
That camera-jerk animation when you take down a biter with a melee is genius.
The combat and survival aspects of the game while very tough and brutal, were very impressively motion captured.
haven't felt the need to be that stingy with my ammo since Resident
Evil 4, which clearly the creators of TLOU at Naughty Dog must have been
inspired by RE 4. No doubt
Now when I say it's overrated, I
should probably say a little over-hyped. It received several perfect
10's which I think is ridiculous. You certainly cannot call this a
flawless game. There was a fair share of monotonously boring tasks
throughout the campaign (e.g. moving ladders or planks, helping Ellie
get across water "LEARN TO SWIM, DAMMIT") and the multi-player, while
really fun, is not perfect by any means.
I won't get spoilery with
the ending, which could be another whole post, but personally, I
thought it was kind of lame. When you consider how great the journey was
and all the build-up to reach it. I felt like I worked REALLY hard to
get somewhere without any real reward in the end.
Naughty Dog could learn a thing or two from Irrational Games about how to deliver a satisfying climax.
Yeah, I said it. THE ENDING WASN"T ANYTHING SPECIAL.
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