A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Last of Us is a "Mature"-rated video game with plenty of violence, blood, and gore. There is quite a bit of combat in this game, including dramatic scenes that might also be scary to the gamer. Joel and Ellie will shoot to kill, blow up, stab, or smash enemies -- many of whom are dangerous bandits or zombie-like mutants -- so they're trying to stay alive. Parents should also know there is strong profanity, sexual references, and online gamers can talk without moderation.
What's it about?
Is it any good?
This game is by far the best title to debut in 2013; and possibly one of the most engaging, entertaining and emotionally-invested title in a very long while -- but be aware it's rated "Mature" for graphic violence. Naughty Dog's talented designers and developers crafted a thrill-ride that fuses clever combat, puzzle-solving, and exploration -- all tied together by a great story with well-written dialogue, excellent voice acting, and characters you genuinely care about. This is no easy feat for a game to nail all of these points, not to mention others like great pacing, tight controls, and high production values including near-photorealistic graphics and top-notch sound effects and music. When you've finished the solo campaign, multiplayer options add to the game's replayability. If you're 17 years of age or older and enjoy story-driven action games, don't pass on The Last of Us -- you won't find a better disc to sink your time and money into.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence. Naughty Dog's The Last of Us might have a lot of violence, but it's clear the protagonists don't want to engage in these confrontations if they can avoid them. Does that make the violence more palatable? Does it matter Joel is protecting young Ellie from harm? Or is the game as bad as others that let you kill, virtually, for enjoyment?
What do you think the impact of violence in media is on you or your kids?
- Platforms: PlayStation 3
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, using supporting evidence
Social Studies: events, exploration, government
Science: ecosystems, electricity, plants
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, decision-making, solving puzzles
Self-Direction: achieving goals, personal growth, work to achieve goals
Emotional Development: handling stress, moving beyond obstacles, persevering
Collaboration: meeting challenges together, teamwork
Responsibility & Ethics: learning from consequences
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment
- Release date: June 14, 2013
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Friendship, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Science and Nature, Wild Animals
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language
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