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The Last of Us and why Single Player Games are the Future.

I have recently finished my playthrough of The Last of Us and it made me think about Playstation’s back catalogue of exclusive titles and what they all have in common. Including the anticipated Game of the Year The Last of Us 2, all of Sony’s exclusives are single player story driven games that might propel them to the most successful console launch ever.

The Last of Us

Firstly, lets talk about The Last of Us. This is a game I had played/ watched in bits and parts but never sat down to take it all in chronologically myself. So with the upcoming release of The Last of Us 2 I rectified this.

I’m so glad I did. I don’t need to tell you that this game is fantastic, it speaks for itself. It is a iconic game for the right reasons. A story driven survival adventure game that does it all right.

The story is fantastic and has one of the best scripts/ direction out there. There’s no wonder HBO want this made into a series, the material is too good to miss out on.

It follows the story of Joel and Ellie on their way to a group called the Fireflys interested in saving humanity from an infection that turns them to zombie like creatures.

Joel is rough, closed of and very typically masculine and makes for a good protagonist on this kind of adventure. His only priority is staying alive and keeping promises. His promises is to make sure 14 year old Ellie makes it to the Fireflies.

Ellie is, for want of a better phrase, humankinds cure. She is unique and immune (kinda typical in a story like this). However its her relationship with Joel that really carries the narrative.

On their journey it is full of turmoil and struggle as they fight through ‘infected’ – those that have caught the disease and turned. The infection is like a fungus that grows and gives them deformities from the brain. It also gives them a horrible clicking noise.

The combat is really good and follows your typical survival mantra. You never have ‘enough’ ammo but multiple ways of approaching combat. There are puzzles, loot and an upgrade system. Its all very well put together.

As I said the story takes its turns, ups and downs its amazing and leaves you wanting more after every little interaction. You really should pick up this game.

The Future is Single Player

The thing is, I find myself constantly saying that after every Playstation game I play. The story is really good, the combat, graphics, systems and everything else is all really good.

Sony really are way ahead of everyone with games like Uncharted, Final Fantasy VII Remake, God of War and Spiderman being top tier, single player games to boost and sell their platform.

There is often a debate over the future of gaming. Will single player titles that were a staple back in the 90’s and 2000’s die out in favour of always online, multiplayer games?

The answer is no. They’re driving the industry forward. The current release for The Last of Us 2 is some of the biggest hype I’ve seen for a long time and it doesn’t even have Co-Op. It’s sales will likely exceed any multiplayer game. Even GTA V launched without multiplayer and gained over $1 billion in revenue.

After it has released we are only left waiting for Cyberpunk 2077, another single player title with as much hype as The Last of Us 2. This kind of unprecedented excitement is rarely seen for releases of multiplayer titles such as Call of Duty, FIFA or a free to play like Fortnite.

September 17th cannot come soon enough.

Moreover, single player titles have always been a benchmark for how well a generation is performing. We think back to games like Crash Bandicoot and Spyro, Metal Gear Solid and Grand Theft Auto for earlier generations and the titles mentioned on Playstation for later titles of how well we are utilising software.

Once developers are dying for more performance to work with for games, we normally see the next generation release. In this case games like Assassins Creed Odyssey, Death Stranding and FFVII Remake are probably the end of this currents generation capability. Without a new generation we probably wouldn’t see more titles.

This is where the need for innovation really comes in, to make more of these games. Unreal Engine V will push forward these experiences and world building even further but Epic didn’t make it for Fortnite and without it, Apex Legends would carry on for many years, thats the difference.

Multiplayer games are often the current that keep us gaming when really we’re waiting on the next single player driven content to get absorbed in.

Sony are the currently the leaders in this movement. Xbox are heavily reliant on their multiplayer franchises to boost console sales and community approaches and PC rarely have exclusives as hyped up as console releases. (That’s a whole other argument that console wins!).

Even the Switch is driven by single player franchises such as Zelda and Pokémon (in the most part) and is incorporating more single player franchises such as Bioshock onto its platform.

Personally I’m a selfish gamer and have always leaned towards single player approaches. I’ve dabbled in some FIFA when I was younger (alot before I found proper good games) and Destiny’s Crucible or Fortnite with buds but it never gave me a feeling like God of War or The Witcher did. Partly because I’m terrible at them, mostly because I love world building and RPG mechanics.

What Sony have is only going to be aimed towards (studios like Bethesda aren’t far off) and I think it is excellent. Ubisoft has seen some joy with their single player orientated releases more than their multiplayers and seem to be going in this direction. People are already asking for Elder Scrolls 6, GTA 6, God of War 2. No one wants Call of Duty 267.

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Uncharted 4 Review

I recently finished my play through of Uncharted 4, my first in the series. Its a tremendous game, so here are my thoughts.

I originally was going to start with the Nathan Drake collection as it has been free to play on Playstation but thought I’d first look at 4. Mostly because its the most recent so everything would be at its best technically.

Before going into this game I already knew a few things such as its an action adventure game. Its similar to Lara Croft in that you treasure hunt, has a good story and its linear.

I chose to play on hard as recently I’ve been doing that for all of my games. I’m not the best at games, especially shooters. I fair better at more fantasy RPG like Assassins Creed or Diablo but want to get better and have a challenge.

My first impressions were very positive.

I have to say my first impressions were positive. It puts you right in the middle of a story in a boat getting away from some enemies before bringing you back to a more sombre home life of the main character Nathan Drake.

The story goes through several chapters to really get going and set you off on your adventure.

That adventure is to find the pirate treasure of Henry Avery to help pay off a debt.

It hunting this treasure that this game really starts to really show off why it’s so highly regarded.

This game is hands down one of the best visually and it came out like 4 YEARS AGO.

I was constantly just taking time to look at the beautiful scenery Naughty Dog had created here. Mix that with the great character models and attention to detail it was one of the best all round packages.

Naturally on your adventure you have to run into a few bad guys. I enjoyed the combat, for the most part but I would have had a better time playing on normal difficulty. It felt like I had to be John Wick just to prevent myself from getting overwhelmed.

The enemies are aggressive and towards the end of the game take several headshots to take down. So if you’re not quick, you’re surrounded. Mix that with the low health pool Nathan has and its game over. Often.

In addition to this there’s the stealth. I fucking hate the stealth in this game. I am no stranger to the stealth aspect of games but this one wound me up. There would be occasions where the person that ‘sighted’ me would have their back to me or no line of sight (like a fucking cliff between us dude!).

While I’m ranting about the unlikely, lets talk about the grenades. They just appear next to you. There was an occasion early in the game where the only person left alive was shooting me, but I had a grenade land on my toes. I get it, you want me to change position but make it realistic.

Just look at it.

Anyway, back to the good. Which is everything else. I loved the story, its well paced and it’s tense and keeps you hooked. The characters are interesting and you love hearing their little bits of small talk about their lives. The puzzles, they’re not the most challenging but give you something to think about. The mix of things to do such as driving, platforming, combat, sailing and more keep this game feeling fresh. And lore collecting makes you explore more, this game really is a true great.

If this game is on your ‘to do list’ put it to the top. Its not too long to play ~20 hours and is so worth it. I haven’t played through the multiplayer or anything else so there’s more if you want to return.

All in all this is definitely a treasure worth finding / 10.

p.s bonus points for that protagonist being called Nathan. Every time they complained about Nathan, it felt personal as we share the name.


I do just want to take a moment to say, if they’re making a film for this series and it is Tom Holland. I hope they get it right. We’ve had some casualties in that department and this series won’t deserve that treatment.

The core material is good enough to make something worth watching, Lara Croft wasn’t bad but this can be better. Sounds unlikely with the trouble going on with it production.