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The Last of Us

I’ve been playing through this again while I’ve been in England for my brother’s wedding.

Three things have been prominent this time through.

The life that Joel has been leading is one of risk and reward. But the risk is always death, and the reward is always life. He dives into a flooded basement to see if he can find anything that will increase his chances of survival. He risks dying in the attempt.

I love the way that things get darker and darker and worse and worse.

Joel’s rage at the loss of his family is taken out on the people he shoots and bashes and stabs and bludgeons. This transforms into a feeling of protective rage towards anyone who would come near Ellie.