Huzzah! It’s my first Fictional Friday! During my time here on the blog I’m going to try and branch out from the typical book related posts and discuss some other media of fiction. Let’s go!
For the holidays my family (the Bookworm included) all pitched in to get me a Playstation 4. Since then, I’ve done almost nothing with my days but play The Last of Us. I’ve got to be honest, while I’ve always been a fan of zombie horror stories, it has never been my most favorite story type. I’m a big character drama person so for me the typical high-speed thriller rarely does it. What makes The Last of Us so special is its two main Characters, Ellie and Joel.
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In the beginning of the story, Joel loses his young daughter in an attack from a soldier. The story then advances 20 years to Joel being a bitter old man in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Soon after we pick the story up, Joel meets Ellie and the two embark on a cross-country journey through hordes of undead.
What makes the dynamic between these two really fun to watch is that Ellie is 14 years old. She hasn’t known any world but the zombie-infested one. As a result, she tends to look at the world with the innocence of a child even while blowing the heads off of undead and people alike. During their journey, it becomes Joel’s job to educate her on the world that was and step in as a father figure.
The effect this relationship has on the player is astounding. By watching these characters grow and develop, the game becomes much more than just your typical survival horror game. As Joel, you become attached to Ellie in a way that doesn’t quite feel virtual. When you get separated, the game feels more tense and scary. When Ellie’s in trouble the controls just don’t feel as smooth, even though it’s probably just my imagination.
!!!!!Potential Spoilers Are Probably Over!!!!!
This game really makes you care about the characters in a way that causes the drama to have an effect on how you experience the game. You really don’t want anything to happen to them, and it makes the game that much more immersive.
I haven’t actually finished it yet, but I’m flying through it. I can’t put it down! That said, knowing this type of story I’ll bet the ending is just going to break me. I’m becoming way too attached to these two!
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