The last Sony console that I owned was the PS2. It was a fantastic console, and I absolutely loved playing it. Still, when I had to choose between the Xbox 360 and the PS3, I decided to go for a change, rather than stick with what I knew. There wasn’t anything in particular that made me change company – other than that the Xbox 360 was a bit cheaper, and my parents were more likely to buy that console for me than they were the PS3. When it comes to my decision, I only have one or two regrets about choosing the Xbox 360 – and those regrets are not getting to play The Last of Us or inFamous. Other than that, I have no regrets about choosing the Xbox 360 over the PS3. So far, now that I own an Xbox One and not the PS4, my regrets are pretty much the exact same. But, thankfully, I now have the chance to appease those regrets, because my brother purchased a PS4, with both inFamous Second Son and, you guessed it, The Last of Us!
The good thing about having a sibling is that, if you get along, you’re able to share your things. In my case, I’ll let him play my games and he’ll let me play his, so the second that I found an opening, I booted up The Last of Us on his PS4. I had waited well over a year to get my hands on that game, and I’m really glad that the first time I was able to play it, I was able to do so on the more powerful PS4. Graphics, sound and gameplay aside, the remastered version isn’t leaps and bounds away from the original – which is a good thing. The Last of Us was an absolute force in 2013, so there was no need to fix something that isn’t broken. The little tweaks just helped to give it a little polish, and smooth out any rough edges – which were few and far between.
So, what did I think of my first experience of ‘The Last of Us?’. One word – sensational. From the second that the game opened, I was absolutely captivated by it. The story instantly drew me in, creating a whole range of emotions within me. Mostly fear, and an awful lot of sadness. For a few minutes after the prologue, the game does slow down a little – just so that you can learn the ropes. But, once you’ve picked up the basic skills you’ll need for survival, you’re thrown straight back into the rich, tense and terrifying world that is post-apocalyptic America. I’ve not played a huge amount of the game so far, but I am a couple of hours in. From what I’ve already played, I can tell that this is a game I’ll be enjoying for some time to come.
After playing just a few hours, I can already see that I was right to be so jealous of PS3 gamers when the original was first released. The hype surrounding the game was more than justified and, to be honest, I don’t think that there was an Xbox 360 exclusive that can compare to The Last of Us. Of course, that’s just my opinion – I’m sure that there are plenty of people who would prefer to play Halo. But, I’m a zombie/apocalypse fan, through and through, so The Last of Us really is my kind of game.
I was planning on getting a PS4 at some point, anyway. But, after playing The Last of Us on my brother’s console, it’s made me realise that ‘at some point’ really needs to be a lot sooner than I first planned. It’s getting to the point now where there are a lot of great games coming to both consoles, and I don’t want to have a repeat of the last generation; when I look at the gameplay videos of games like Bloodborn, The Order or No Man’s Sky and wish that I had a PS4 of my own to play them on. Looks like 2015 is going to be an expensive year.