In 2013, there debuted a game that was not only my favorite game for the PS3, but also one of my favorite games of all time. It starred a duo who I have not only loved as characters, but written Critical Examination posts about. My contention is that both of them have given up something in order to survive in the world of this series. The name of this series means the last part of yourself that you are willing to throw away in order to stay alive. Joel describes himself as a survivor to justify the horrible things he has done and continues to do throughout the first game. At the end, Ellie chose to make the sacrifice in order to continue living. Will the next game keep that idea going? From what I have seen so far, absolutely. Let’s take a look at the trailer.
Alright, we start off seeing somebody who we don’t know tuning a guitar. I love how detailed at all is. They start to play, and a familiar voice can be heard. The song is a miserable one about how she is no longer a good person, and to be seen as good is wrong. While singing, we see somebody coming into the house. We don’t see his face, as he walks through what looks to be a real bloodbath. A lot of people died in there, recently. The man is holding a gun, so maybe he will be the next one that our girl Ellie decides to waste. Sucks to be him.
However, as he gets to the door where she’s playing, another familiar voice asks her a question – what are you doing, kiddo? Joel’s back, and as the paternal figure he has always been, he’s with his young charge. I’m curious to see how their father-daughter relationship has grown over the last few years. Ellie has done some growing up, and since she’s covered in blood when we get a close-up of her, she clearly has gotten used to a violent life. He then asks – are you really going to go through with this? I think this question has significance. If my theory is right, and The Last of Us represents the last part of yourself that you are willing to give up to survive, then his question is asking her if she is willing to make the sacrifice once-again. Another instance has been put to her to make the sacrifice of her humanity to survive. To which she responds – I’m going to kill every last one of them. So, yeah. She is willing to make the sacrifice. Joel being her surrogate father has come full circle, and now his way of surviving has passed on to her.
There are a lot of things that I am curious about, though. For instance – what happened to Tommy? Why did they leave? Did something bad happen? There are a lot of unanswered questions, and I am so stoked to see what those are. No release date, but I am a patient man when it comes to Naughty Dog. They don’t release games half-done, so I got nothing but time.
8 out of 10