The Last of Us

Year: 2013

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

Developer: Naughty Dog

Country: US

Genre: Action-adventure, survival horror

Platform: PS3/PS4

The Last of Us concerns Joel, who has been charged with safely transporting young Ellie across the devastation of a post-apocalyptic United States. Gameplay is from a third-person perspective. Firearms, improvised/customized/scavenged weapons, and stealth are tools in a player’s arsenal for escaping dangerous humans and those transformed into zombies by the mutated Cordyceps fungus. Another tool is “listen mode”, in which heightened senses enable users to pinpoint the location of enemies. Eight gamers are able to play cooperatively or competitively within The Last of Us’ online multiplayer edition.

LGBTQ references in this game:


Ellie and Riley

See also QRM’s entry for this game.


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