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‘The Last of Us’ stays true to the game, and hits just as hard


The 2013 PlayStation 3 title, Naughty Dog’s “The Last of Us,” broke ground as a video game that looked more like a prestige TV show or film than just about any other game before it. Players took on the roles of Joel, a long-grieving father turned black market smuggler who suffered immeasurable tragedy at the start of a zombie outbreak, and 14-year-old Ellie, an orphan who has only ever known the post-apocalypse — a militarized and zombie-ridden America.
The zombies in “The Last of Us” aren’t the undead. Instead, they are humans infected with the real-life Cordyceps fungal infection, which takes over the brain functions of creatures, mostly insects. In “The Last of Us,” humans are susceptible to this and become manic, ravenous monsters.