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Joel, a ruthless survivor with few moral lines left to cross, lives in one of the last remaining Quarantine Zones. These walled-off, oppressive cities are run by what's left of the military. Despite the strict martial law, Joel operates in the black market of the city, smuggling contraband for the right price. Joel is asked by a dying friend to look after Ellie, a fourteen-year-old girl with courage beyond her years. What starts out as a simple job to deliver Ellie to another Quarantine Zone, soon transforms into a profound journey that will forever change Joel and Ellie. As they trek across a post-pandemic United States, Joel and Ellie will encounter different factions of survivors that have each found a unique way of dealing with the infected humans, the lack of supplies, and the threat of other survivors. As Joel and Ellie struggle to persevere, they must learn to trust each other and work together in order to survive the realities of this new world. At its core, The Last of Us is about the bond that forms between Joel and Ellie - it is the story of love, loyalty, and redemption.
A Different Kind of Post-Apocalypse
The Last of Us team is well aware of the many tropes that come along with making post-apocalyptic and zombie games. "It's been done before. We've seen the typical zombie shooter, the typical desaturated gray worlds," says game director Bruce Straley. "That's not Naughty Dog. That's not our style. It has to be beautiful. It has to give you that sense of mystery and entice you to want to see more." Visually, the team is inspired by the popular "ruin porn" branch of photography in which decrepit structures are taken over by nature in some way. This allows them to create ruined relics of human civilization while juxtaposing them against lush greenery, creating intriguing yet disturbing environments.
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Rated 9.50 out of 10 by Game Informer.